. . . In the social and cultural battles affecting people today, you would expect the same principle of responsible attention to facts and results to hold sway. But it doesn't. Many continue to disregard the tragic effects of the sexual revolution, for example, and double down on policies that harm. These people fit the caricature of the generals who cared nothing for the wellbeing and lives of their men. Such leaders repeatedly do others harm, but will not admit to error or change course. ►►►
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. . . To Krauss's thinking, people who protest the harvesting and marketing of aborted babies' tissue are "anti-science" because those practices "could help save lives." It's a bit like calling those who opposed the harvesting and marketing of tissue "procured" by Josef Mengele as "anti-science." Anyway, religion is getting too much respect, and something's got to be done about it, so Krauss is calling on his fellow scientists to be militant in liberating "humanity from the shackles of enforced ignorance." As to who really needs to be unshackled, Krauss might want to take a long look in the mirror. . . .►►►
The benefits of science are so amazing that they can seem almost magical. There is more to the comparison than mere whimsy. In his classic book The Abolition of Man (1944), Oxford don C. S. Lewis claimed that "the serious magical endeavour and the serious scientific endeavour are twins." At first glance, Lewis's observation might seem nonsensical. Science is supposed to be rational, skeptical, and objective. Magic, by contrast, is supposed to be the domain of the dogmatic, the credulous, and the superstitious. Yet as strange as Lewis's observation might first appear, I think he correctly ascertained three key similarities between science and magic—similarities that highlight the growing dangers that are posed by the misuse of science in today's society. ►►►
. . . When pornography enters into a marriage, the result is shame. By "shame," I do not mean the feeling of being ashamed (although that may be part of it). I mean that one is, at the most intimate level, hiding. There's something within us that knows that sexuality is meant for something other than the manipulation of body parts. Pornography kills sexuality because porn isn't just about sex and because sex isn't just about sex. . . . ►►►
. . . Am I saying that there is nothing wrong with Western civilization? No, and neither was Goodman. He was a gadfly to the modern West as Socrates was to Athens. He was no shallow triumphalist. But unlike today's critics, Goodman loved the Western culture he was criticizing. He wanted to improve it, not destroy it. Our kids deserve teachers with that motive. ►►►
. . . the machine metaphor is inadequate as a description of living organisms. Then what about the inference to design from molecular machines? The inference is still justified, because the machine metaphor is appropriate for isolated structures such as ATP synthase, kinesin, and the ribosome. Each of these consists of several parts that are precisely arranged by a cell to utilize energy to perform a specific function (which is how "machine" is usually defined). None of them can perform their functions if parts are missing or arranged incorrectly. They point to intelligent design just as much as machines made by humans. . . . ►►►
. . . You might say that your belief in the reliability of your senses is an article of faith. After all, it is something that you hold to be true without conclusive proof. Moreover, it is a conviction that has practical consequences for every moment of your waking life. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you conduct yourself according to this conviction that your senses are reliable. In short, you devoutly trust your senses. This is just one of the ways that all of us live by faith, regardless of what our particular worldviews happen to be. . . . ►►►
. . . Following the huge birth explosion that occurred in the decades after World War II, the issue of population control gradually returned to the national limelight. But this time, instead of being explicitly linked to theories like eugenics and social Darwinism, it was propelled by the emerging ideology of environmentalism. ►►►
. . . In hindsight, he calls the four years following that prison visit, where his atheism, along with any delusions of moral relativism, had died in the span of about three hours, his "floating period." The Christianity of his youth still lay beneath the ruins, but returning to church was another matter altogether. His heart felt shame over his past life, while his head (he'd been a very outspoken atheist) imagined people snickering, "What is Mike Adams doing here at church?" It took another prison visit to propel him out of the water and onto solid ground. . . . ►►►
. . . It is unfortunate that the American Psychiatric Association, as the "voice and conscience" of the very medical discipline in a position to point out the delusional nature of such beliefs, has instead chosen to support the transgender agenda and thus lend it an air of medical legitimacy. Whether having a "transgender" or so-called "non-binary" identity causes subjective discomfort is quite beside the point. All experienced psychiatrists have seen patients whose delusions cause them no apparent discomfort. The bigger question is whether one can have a "deeply held belief" so drastically counter to reality as is the belief that one's sex is different from one's anatomy and still be considered normal. . . . ►►►
. . . the Chicago townhouse murders marked the rise of what New York Times columnist David Brooks calls the "spectacular rampage murder." According to Brooks, from 1913 to about 1970, there were no more than two of these types of murders per decade worldwide. After that, the number shot up to nine in the 1980s, eleven in the 1990s, and twenty-six in the past decade. Since July 2012, when Brooks wrote his analysis, there have been a half-dozen more, . . . Clearly, the rise in such killings could not happen without the rise of a certain type of killer: a socially isolated person who, psychotherapist Dr. Paul Hannig declares, "can't feel the normal range of human emotions" and has lost "all sense of normal morality and impulse control." Think Cho Seung-hui, James Holmes, Adam Lanza . . . zombies. ►►►
. . . "As the philosopher of science Karl Popper argued: a theory must be falsifiable to be scientific." But that is precisely the idea that is under attack. What if "scientific" just means "supports naturalist atheism" and nothing more? And "unscientific" is whatever doesn't support it? . . . ►►►
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