Neil DeGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist…
“The good thing about science is that it is true whether or not you believe in it.”
Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist…
“Evolution is just a theory? Well so is gravity and I don’t see you jumping out of buildings.”
In 1984 by George Orwell, the main protagonist Winston Smith wrote in his secret (illegal) diary that…
“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
Such was the brutal physical and psychological torture of Smith by the Thought Police that by the end of the novel he was doubting the simple statement of truth he had made.
In an episode of Doctor Who starring the peerless Tom Baker, an insane computer (yes, I know) was trying to destroy an entire society to fit in with its delusions. The Doctor commented (I paraphrase)…
“The very stupid and the very powerful have one thing in common. They don’t change their opinions to fit the facts, they change the facts to fit their opinions.”
All of this is a rather longwinded way of suggesting a rather old-fashioned view – that there are objectives facts in this world. Some things are right and some things are wrong, demonstrably wrong. Continue reading “Ideology And Biology”
Why are these things still happening in 2018?
I wrote about the strange goings-on at St Stephen’s in Newham here.
As I wrote at time, it mystifies me that in the days of #MeToo and Time’sUp why, when a successful female headteacher like Neena Lall is targeted by conservative ‘religious leaders,’ the self-proclaimed ‘progressives’ at the Guardian and the so-called BBC are not up in arms. And Lall is clearly of BAME background, so these arch-‘progressives’ should be doubly offended.
Any reader familiar with this blog will know that the previous paragraph was deeply ironic and that had the aforementioned denizens of Guardian Towers and Jimmy Savile House come to Lall’s support, I would have been genuinely astonished. The insane doctrine of ‘intersectionality’ means that no member of an allegedly victimised group can be held guilty of misogyny, let alone racism, simply because they are a member of ‘victim’ group. The foul ideology of intersectionality is deeply, horribly racist. What did not surprise me is the follow up story in yesterday’s (04/02/2018) Sunday Times – Ofsted Chief Amanda Spielman targeted by anti-semites in hijab row. Continue reading “A Strange Tale Of Our Times Update”
Sorry to return to the same topic in the same week (I do have other interests you know) but today I was sent a link to a documentary from the so-called BBC entitled Panorama: White Fright: Divided Britain. This deals with the Lancashire town of Blackburn ten years after the so-called BBC first made a programme about how the area was becoming divided along ethnic and religious grounds.
Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with this blog will know that I am not a fan of the corrupt denizens of Jimmy Savile House. Their shilling for the Establishment and the EU (how astonishing that the so-called BBC should be a fan of a bloated and incompetent bureaucracy!), nauseating identity politics and all-round Islamophilia are bad enough but the fact that it is funded by a highly regressive poll tax is enough to make one burst a blood vessel. But, credit where credit is due, in this case the cliché is right – even a broken clock is right twice a day. Although when dealing with the so-called BBC, once in a Blue Moon is more accurate. Continue reading “Credit Where Credit Is Due”
Why are these things still happening in 2018?
Religion is odd. Some religious people are very odd indeed. Such is our familiarity with the myths of the Abrahamic faith(s) that we sometimes fail to see just how odd they are. There are people (some as highly-educated as Pope Emeritus Benedict) who believe that a being who has existed forever suddenly and for no discernible reason decided to create the universe; according to some of this being’s more cretinous followers this ‘creation’ happened 6,000 years ago, after the domestication of the dog! Not only did this being ‘create’ the universe, he takes a detailed interest in its denizens and will quite happily condemn them to an eternity of torture for breaking one of his myriad of petty rules, rules that make little sense unless one has knowledge of the violent and brutally misogynistic societies of ancient Israel and early medieval Arabia.
As I say, odd.
Odder yet is that in 2018 we are still bowing down before the demands of this mythical being’s most demented followers. Continue reading “A Strange Tale Of Our Times”
The vital importance of language
Words matter. A lot. I think it is fair to suggest that without the ability to speak our species would not have gone from a few thousand poverty-stricken individuals scavenging the remains of lion kills in East Africa to seven billion people inhabiting just about every area of this planet. We can take a look at our closest relatives (chimpanzees, with whom we share about 98% of our DNA) to see what our lives would be like without language. Hyperbole? Almost certainly but a valid thinking point to begin with.
The greatest novel ever written – George Orwell’s 1984 – deals extensively with the importance of language. In the story, the leaders of the ruling party in Orwell’s dystopian future have invented an entirely new language called Newspeak that will make it impossible to oppose their power. Such is the corruption of the language that words start to mean exactly their opposite; the party’s slogan is…
“War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.”
The growth of social media and the power of the internet is creating the same problems Orwell wrote about in his novel. I would like to focus on two words/phrases – one favoured by the foaming right and the other by the pseudo-left. They are ‘political correctness’ and ‘racism.’ Continue reading “Freedom Of Speech Is Democracy”
The Establishment only care about money
I’d like to start my first post of 2018 by quoting those well-known Swedish philosophers, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson…
“I work all night, I work all day
To pay the bills I have to pay
Ain’t it sad
And still there never seems to be
A single penny left for me”
Full lyrics here and video here for those of you who want to relive the 1970s (that’s for you Jeremy if you are reading this).
It has long been my belief that the Establishment in the UK only care about money. Since at least 1976, neoliberalism has dominated the economic ‘debate’ in Britain. Governments of all types – Labour, Conservative and Coalition – have bowed down before the demands of the stock markets, selling public assets at a fraction of their value, allowing social housing to be transferred from council ownership to rapacious private landlords and bailing out banks with billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money when, in their arrogance and hubris, they (deliberately?) crashed the world economy. The fact that the entire Establishment – left, right and centre – is doing everything it can to stop the UK leaving the European Union suggests to me that a lot of very rich people stand to lose a lot of money when (and if) the UK leaves the EU. Continue reading “It’s A Rich Man’s World”
Intelligent debate not insults