Stand Strong Against Anti-Science Forces

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[ Note: This Saturday, in Washington DC, the March for Science will kick off at 9 AM with a teach-in and rally and end with a march through the streets of DC.

Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be a call for politicians to implement science-based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and our daily lives. ]

By Stephanie Nakhleh, for the L.A. Monitor

First published April 18, 2017

This Saturday, April 22, people from all over northern New Mexico will gather in Santa Fe in support of science. As the event organizers put it, “The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress and prosperity. We unite on April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.” …

Respect for science as the best means of acquiring objective knowledge has been dwindling for some time.

Attacks come from the left in the form of postmodernism, which holds that there is no such thing as objective truth, that perception is all that matters, and that belief/opinion is as good as fact. Modern journalism (my own industry) has fallen prey to this line of thinking and has been particularly complicit in undermining science, giving equal weight to science and science denialism, as if there is no way to know which side is correct.

Attacks on science come from the right in the form of authoritarianism. What matters more than evidence, in this view, is what authority says—whether that authority is speaking from the pulpit, from the boardroom, or from the Oval Office.

Because they come from the left and the right, attacks on science can’t be said to be partisan. But they are political, because how science translates to public policy (whether we’re talking vaccines, climate change, or GMOs) is always political.

Since the Enlightenment, humans have made leaps forward in progress not because of ideology, but because of scientific inquiry. Science is a tool, and as a tool it can be misused. But there has been no better tool to lead humans out of darkness and ignorance than science. The 21st century has seen the world sliding backward as people increasingly turn to ideology and reject science. Our political leaders and our media have worked together to cast doubt about the efficacy of science and even the existence of facts and truth, and we cannot allow this regression to continue.

Our town, Los Alamos, was founded on the principle of scientific progress in the face of blind, destructive, world-shattering ideology… You can’t expect your science to remain safe if you are silent. Science is in need of defense, and I hope to see you out there defending it on Saturday. The March for Science is a way to stand strong in the face of anti-science forces that threaten… our planet, our children, and our future.

Editing: Erica P. Wissinger

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  1. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/22/march-for-science-bill-nye-rallies-thousands-in-dc-amid-threat-trump-budget-cuts.html \
    “Nye told The Guardian earlier this week that scientists should unapologetically throw themselves into the political fray as Trump’s administration seeks to dismantle large areas of scientific endeavor, from cancer research to climate analysis.” What does Nye think about Sandy Hook, 9/11/01 and all the other false flag events by government? He has clammed up. The government cancer research for the past 50 years is a dismal failure. He is evidently ignorant of the seminal discoveries decades ago by Otto H. Warburg M.D., Ph.D. along with the ignorant and corrupt cancer generals. The cancer generals should be fired and jailed.

  2. Just for the record: mathematics and equations cannot prove reality, at best it can help to communicate it; computer simulations and modelling cannot prove reality, they are just simulations; building a consensus is not science, it is politics. Many a naturalist/scientist has had to go against the consensus. Religion of the ancient world had much more science/truth to it than today’s religions. Since the notorious Papal Bull Unam Sanctam the Roman religion has become more and more like a cult, and its purpose became to keep people in ignorance and enslavement. We live in a time when cultish religiosity is rampant and largely divorced from truth/science/reality. This has greatly aided the KM to take root in and advantage of the Western world.

    • Yes, Senecat, that is the right way round. Maths and geometry can define (conceptually) some aspects of reality, whilst reality, the real world, is always the starting point. Mathematics strictly subservient to reality! It may sometimes help to take further steps in understanding reality, but it can also become unhinged. Big Bang, black holes, dark matter, multitude of unseen particles should all be confined to where they belong, which is speculations based on mathematics (not reality). Until the day when we can observe them directly they are just theories and speculation, nothing more. Most of them will be proven wrong before too long, I think, and some names will become footnotes only.

  3. The problem with religion is that it distorts people’s thinking. They can’t think rationally. If you want to see a good example of that kind of thinking just consider Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman, the Beavis and Butthead of American politics, whose minds have been so warped by religion they can’t think straight.
    We need answers to problems like Autism and why children are not getting a decent education. Why there has been no cure for cancer for all the money spent and false claims. Why we are stuck with using coal, gas and oil and dangerous nuclear energy.
    We need to find a way to stop young unwed mothers from flushing newborns down a toilet or into a dumpster. We need to find rational solutions to the problems that plague this planet and allow humanity to move forward.
    It will not be solved by believing in demons, witches and and that according to Sarah Palin, who believes she will see Jesus return in her lifetime. Someone who anxiously awaits for the mushroom clouds over humanity.
    It will not be solved by xtian dispensationists who have a hard on for nuclear armageddon and a crazed looney tunes belief in the rapture. It will not be solved by televangelists claiming hurricanes and 9/11 are god’s punishment for homosexuality. These problems will not be solved by any of these people. They will only make them worse.

    • Change is all we need JohnZ – starting with ourselves. Only an open mind and heart is required and that is difficult enough with seemingly unlimited versions of truth coming from all directions. In the meantime it is business as usual by our controlling elite. The shekels are coming in from all sites.
      Science is also a version of one of the the mother ships of science: Rockefeller University. When researching the origin of the Spanish flu One will come across a theory, a version of truth that it originated in army trainings camps in US before the troops embarked to fight in Europe. Once the virus did spread in Europe the newly founded R.U. had no problems to come up with a patent and an vaccine.
      Another version of science today is Tesla Industries run by another successful Jewish American entrepreneur. Compared to the original Nikola Telsa “futuristic” science incl free energy, Elon Musk is the complete opposite with the only goal of profiteering in the name of science.
      To make America great again it would be very helpful to first discard the parasites feeding on it not having them run the Government.

    • “The problem with religion is that it distorts people’s thinking.”

      Is that why the Khazarian Mafia dropped the Atheist Bolsheviks and Soviets on Russia? Is that why revived Christian Russia is now fighting the mafiosos’ New World Order?

      “Most people here are very religious – they wear crosses, and carry rosaries; this is something you wouldn’t see in Italy. Everyone believes in their own way here. When a lady at the border learned that I was from Italy she went inside the church and brought me some holy water – this would’ve never happened in Italy… We have six icons hanging in our barrack… These fights are going to last long. This isn’t a fight for Donbass’ freedom; this is a global geopolitical showdown.”
      ~ Donbass militia member “Sardan,” 2015

      Funnily enough, Sardan also said he’s an Atheist; however, “He hasn’t been to the frontline, nor is he planning to…” Unalienable human rights must come from a power or force higher than humanity, hence the authority to protect them even at the cost of one’s life. The rights cannot come from government, money, forces of evolution, or pretentious characters on the Internet.

  4. “… those who become ill or children born with deformity are ‘God’s punishment’ for sin and wickedness.”

    To be fair, usury and greed are sins, and letting greedy usurers run you health care and industry often leads to illness and deformities…

    “I’ll take atheism any day over the kind of rubbish spewed by the frauds, charlatans and megalomaniacs that pretend to be the final and last word of God.”

    And that’s the funny thing about the Khazarian Mafiosos: They believe they can be God because they do not truly believe in God…

  5. True scientific inquiry involves a number of basic principles beginning with basic honesty and integrity and logical thinking and reasoning. The Scientific Method involves the idea that no claim is accepted as “true” until it can be exactly repeated by many different observers at many different physical locations at different times. This is a rigorous demand to establish what we mean by “truth”. However any claim is always subject to challenge and/or revision if new information so demands or errors or fraud are found in the development of the original claims. Galileo Galilei, the world’s greatest physicist, is generally credited with establishing these rigorous rules for establishing what we mean by “truth” about 4 centuries ago. It took the Catholic Church nearly 350 years to admit he was right and they were wrong about the fact that the Sun is the center of our planetary system, not the Earth as the Church has falsely claimed. As JohnZ noted above, the church nearly burned him at the stake for holding his correct opinions while they were wrong.

    • Galileo Galilei died January 8, 1642 in Italy. Issac Newton, the “second” greatest physicist, was born December 25, 1642 in England. Like his predecessor Galileo Galilei, Newton made many seminal discoveries in physics. One of them is the body of knowledge called classical mechanics of bodies. He developed the concept of mass and inertia which had eluded Galileo Galilei. This theory accounts for basically all observed mechanical phenomena in our observable ordinary daily experiences. However, when detailed observations of atoms and molecules were made later, it was found that Newton’s classical theory failed to explain or account for these observations of wavelengths of light released from atoms and molecules. This led to the development of a whole new paradigm or theory called quantum mechanics which was necessary to “explain” this formerly unobserved information but this new theory reduces to the former classical mechanics theory of Newton in the limit where the scale of wave phenomena, called Planck’s constant abbreviated by h, vanishes. This is one of the most striking examples of the success of how the scientific method changed the way we look at the world and nature in the most fundamental of the sciences: physics. PHYSICS is the MOTHER science; all others are basically physics too.

  6. We see science being used for many wrongs. Many scientists often do not consider the consequences of their research. Robert Oppenheimer, who is considered the father of the atomic bomb came to regret what he had helped to create and eventually became an activist. It is unfortunate that so many scientists often work for purposes that are less than friendly to humanity. Those that work in bio warfare labs, weapons research, mind control and research into controlling entire populations. Do these types have any regrets about their work or are they so blind they can’t see past their own arrogance? These scientists represent the evil half of science.
    Others that work for corporations like Monsanto are driven by distorted ideals, often unaware of the damage they cause.
    Scientists such as keshe offer hope in their research to make life more bearable. Hopefully his energy research will bring about the cutting of the noose around our necks from the oil, gas and coal industries and the end of newkiller power.
    Science has all too often been used for all the wrong purposes but who controls these people? Who is it that is manipulating these people into creating the false dichotomies and deceptions that attempt to control humanity?
    Consider how many of those involved in research are getting money from Washington and just how much of that is from the military, the CIA or some other clandestine deep black gang?

    • The author did not mention the attacks from the religious fundamentalist groups many of whom deny the earth is round and condemn the science of cosmology as invading God’s domain. History has recorded how the Church repressed scientific inquiry for centuries for its own benefit…that is to control humanity. How it attacked Galileo for his research on our solar system and beyond, nearly condemning him to be burned at the stake.
      This is how religion treats fact: by attacking those who would dare challenge religious orthodoxy.

    • “This is how religion treats fact: by attacking those who would dare challenge religious orthodoxy.”

      Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”
      ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:21

      “’If I said something wrong,’ Jesus replied, ‘testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?’”
      ~ John 18:23

      So no, JohnZ, that is not “how religion treats fact” unless the religion is centered around one’s own “selfish molecules.” Seriously, do you think all these scientists would be bending to government and money if they did not leave a metaphysical power vacuum for the “gods” of Big Brother and the Almighty Dollar to fill?

    • And what’s so factual about the Bible? Nothing. All of it made up fantasy by hebrew fraudsters.
      Let’s see 400 year old men building a ship big enough to house every single living organsim on earth. check.
      Adam and Eve? check
      Jews slaying entire villages and taking the women as slaves? check.
      Jewish tribes wandering the desert for forty years drinking bad water and eating noxious plants, sacrificing infants and driving goats into the desert to take their sins away.check.
      Some guy changing water into wine. feeding the multitudes from a little basket.
      And don”t forget those long moonlit walks on the water that turn into a fishing trip with the boys.
      Oh, I almost forgot…the bloody and murderous history of western religious ideals.
      Stop wasting my time.

    • “And what’s so factual about the Bible? Nothing. All of it made up fantasy by hebrew fraudsters.”

      “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’”
      ~ Matthew 15:7-9

      “As he taught, he said, ‘Beware of the scribes! They like to walk around in long robes, to be greeted in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and say long prayers to cover it up. They will receive greater condemnation!’”
      ~ Mark 12:38-40

      So, you think a book by fraudsters is condemning fraudsters…? Are you sure you’re following your logic all the way to it’s conclusion?

      “Oh, I almost forgot…the bloody and murderous history of western religious ideals.”

      It seems you did forget that “All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars.”
      But fine. I’ll go tell real Christians and Muslims, the majority of people on the front lines against the Khazarian Mafia that keyboard commando JohnZ says they are doing it wrong… I’m sure you and your armies of the irreligious (the few who are not worshiping Big Brother and the Almighty Dollar) have got this covered…

  7. Agree anti-science is bad. But that is not the real question, is it? The global elites do not want the masses to develop critical thinking, and in that sense they are anti-science. Then there is the uncritical acceptance of Einstein’s theories – it is a bit like a cult – are there any who see deficiencies? And then there is the funding, more and more in private corporate hands that want to steer it in certain pre-determined directions, and the military industries whose sole purpose is to develop applications of destructive power. So, the real question is: Whom does science serve? I should be so bold as to think that it needs to serve all the people of this Earth. But it ain’t so at present. And that is a real problem, don’t you think?

  8. There is no science! Science today is controlled and manipulated enough to cater for humanity who has not managed to use a little more then 10% of their brains. Evolution is in reverse and with dumbing down humanity AI will soon replace the last fragment of intelligence in mankind. When religion, capitalism and politics have faded there will be a chance to start anew without control, profiteering and corporatism.
    Without a complete reset of human conscience it will never happened. The brains are washed and manipulated, the physical bodies drugged and poisoned, the environment is toxic – we will need to do more then drain a swamp.
    For todays science to grasp reality would mean to discard all foundations it is built upon.

    • “Evolution is in reverse…When religion, capitalism and politics have faded there will be a chance to start anew…”

      Says who? If you remove altruistic religious faith, a metaphysical foundation which holds evolution is moving in reverse, then all you’re left with is Dawkins’s “no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.” With uncaring forces of evolution as a moral basis, the Khazarian Mafia is justified in doing whatever it wants with humanity’s evolution…

    • Isn’t that what is actual happening right now that the Khazarian Mafia is justified in doing whatever it wants poppadob? There is more to evolution than Dawkin.

    • “Isn’t that what is actual happening right now…”

      It is, Ed. I’m trying to get you to think about your foundation, your basis (your rock, as the Bible sometimes puts it) to say that the cartel is evolving humanity in reverse. After all, isn’t evolution just adaptations to environmental stimuli? Metaphorically speaking, the Khazarian Mafia is winning the game of survival of the fittest, and as the predators (or parasites), they are creating conditions where their prey (or hosts) are better adapting to their niches.

      From a purely material viewpoint (i.e. no religious or spiritual consideration), who are you to apply a reverse or forward quality to those adaptations?

    • “A purely material viewpoint without spirituality is an earthly cause of death.”

      Exactly right, Ed. Even if there’s a time when “religion, capitalism and politics have faded [and] there will be a chance to start anew,” you will still end up with religious, economic, and political perspectives people have already come up with. Namely, there is an altruistic higher power, people “are endowed by [that] Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” and people like the banksters are well on the wrong side of it.

  9. Really Science? Like what, GMO”s in our food, floride in our water, petrol chemical exhaust in our lungs, oil in our oceans and our waterways, poison in the vacines, military chemicals/bobmbs/intelligence,etc.
    Are you suggesting have we have confidence in the system?
    Do you now or have you ever worked for Monsanto? Exxon Mobil BP ? Coca Cola? GKS? WTF?

  10. A difference of 20 parts per million of CO2 is causing the collapse of our planet. The science is a drawing of a greenhouse with arrows of sunrays pointing towards it. Oh golly jeez, let’s tax energy. But ignore the aerosols and HAARP.

  11. Note the repeated reference to “facts.”

    Science is not a collection of “facts.” Rather, it is a disciplined method of inquiry.

    As I read the article, my mind conjured up a TV news segment of the march, in which those on opposite “factual” sides of “climate change science” bashed one another over the head with their respective signs!

  12. Science is often manipulated to meet wrong outcomes for those who would benefit from it, so I`ll always be on the side of caution.

  13. When scientists give us free energy, the cure for cancer and other illnesses​, stop genetically sullying our food, pushing theories like evolution as matter of fact, and stop serving the global elite by keeping us in the dark ages, I’ll join you in your silly march. Until then, I’ll view science as the religion of atheists.

    • I have observed certain idiots spewing rubbish across the internet that the earth is flat and that NASA has deceived humanity. When religious extremists moan and cackle over the research into our vast universe with ever more powerful telescopes and probes, and I have actually heard these types condemn that part of science as invading the domain of a deity, I have to wonder if we left the 12th century behind.
      Yes, there are failures and far to often it appears that science has let us down but who controls these people and who pays their wages, provides the funding for research that often ends up doing harm?
      How about supporting scientists who actually want to create something that is of benefit to all humanity not just corporate greed and those who want total control over all humanity.
      We still have to put up with those who continue to believe in demons, witches, and that those who become ill or children born with deformity are “God’s punishment ” for sin and wickedness. This is the kind of thinking that kept humanity in the dark for centuries. And you can thank the Church for that.
      I’ll take atheism any day over the kind of rubbish spewed by the frauds, charlatans and megalomaniacs that pretend to be the final and last word of God.

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