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Potential Allies

The post-modern ‘proof’ of existence seems to me to be a truncated form of Descartes. Descartes started with what he knew you could know: that, in fact, some thing ‘I’ can think. He then proceeded to prove that I was an existence, and then that God must exist. Then since God exists, everything that ‘I’ observe exists at least somewhat like ‘I’ observe it. This framework is far more subjective than I would posit, however it is a usable framework for thinking and living. I made a graph after the nature of reaction profiles. (If you have had some chemistry, you may recognize the format.) As you proceed from left to right you are following the case for the worldview and as you go up, importance increases.Untitled-1Let us contrast that to a post-modern fully subjective worldview is like.Untitled-1aThis latter figure is the new worldview. This worldview has several repercussions. For now, though, I’ll only mention one. Everything includes ideas, thoughts, truth, good, evil, right, wrong, cowardice, and valor. Since existence is defined by the mind and thoughts of the one existing, it is not necessarily the case that something observed by one is true to the other. The only reason, in this scenario, for truth and reality to be agreed upon (such as everyone agreeing on what is green) is social conditioning and pressure. There is no ground for insisting that something is wrong outside of societal norms.

This worldview is antithetical in every way to two things: religions of revealed Truth (Specifically Christianity, but that is another topic for another time.) and science. That’s why I think scientists should swallow their anti-religion pride and make some common cultural cause with the strict traditionalists of the Church in the arena of absolute, knowable, transmittable and immutable truth.

You see, if truth is only a construct of the mind, then science cannot exist. Science depends upon the core belief that the truth is knowable and constant. Our knowledge of it is flawed and in constant flux, in constant need of study, experiment, update and thought. If truth is not timeless and knowable, then a consensus of quality minds actually would define truth and therefore science. If that were the case, then the sun did indeed revolve around the earth for Ptolemy, while much later, after some cataclysmic solar revolution, it now is orbited by the earth due in large part to Galileo.geocentric

Every scientist, and probably every person not fully committed to the conclusions of this worldview, would find this ridiculous. And yet one academic department after another has fallen to this worldview. Perhaps because they are not grounded in observation, or perhaps because scientists are a particular brand of curmudgeon, the humanities have fallen first, long ago. Now however, even the hard sciences are under attack. The global warming consensus is (although it mayn’t be a consensus after all) the only consistent argument in favor of the theory and people peddle it as fact. Man-made global warming may indeed be fact, but there is not one model made to predict the future warming that predicted the current pause. When all the models are wrong, it usually means something about the assumptions of the modelers.

Again, if truth is only a construct of the mind, objective religion cannot exist. Religion is demoted to ‘something that makes you feel better’ which puts it into the category of whiskey. woodford

If that is the case, then anything in the religion that makes you feel upset or threatened must not be true –for you. Maybe someone else feels better knowing that God condemns sexual immorality of all sorts, then this religious belief is true for them.  And if a large enough group of spiritual people agree that something is acceptable for god, then, it must be. That of course leads to the absurd idea that god was pleased by the Mayan human sacrifices. If that were the case, then you could very easily argue not just that societies make their own gods in the image that pleases them, but that god must also actually exist for their believing created it. I am sure this scenario sounds more plausible than the Ptolemy scenario above. That feeling is just the result of the overwhelming nature of the subjective worldview in every domain but the hard sciences.

So that is why I recommend not just a peace treaty between traditional Church leader and scientists but active cultural cooperation. The Church is not in any danger of being wiped out by a fleeting theory in the minds of men, but science may well have to come and take shelter inside the doors of the Church, running for sanctuary from those that scientists currently think are science’s friend.

If this happens, you can count on churchmen to preserve everything they can, just like last time the forces of nihilism swept the western world. But before that, why not pick up a sword and fight in the streets of civilization (the enemy is long through the walls) alongside the Church for Truth and civilization and life?

The Red Car Syndrome

You know, when you buy something and then notice everyone else has one… Well, sometimes this happens to me with ideas –the idea version of the red car syndrome. I have a thought, and then it seems to be everywhere for a little while. I was recently thinking about the medieval times, that so many people erroneously refer to as ‘the dark ages’. Before I point to the related ‘red cars’ that drove by me after thinking about this, I would like to define a new unit of time. You see, whenever thinking about something historical, I generally believe that most people don’t try to put things into a time scale. So, for the purposes of this post (and perhaps to be used later) I would like to define the ‘america’ or am., not to be confused with Am. the abbreviation for Americium. images

You see, I do think people have a decent sense for about how long ago America was founded; they have a whisper of an idea of what 237 years is. Other amounts, perhaps not so much. For instance, how long did the Byzantine empire last? Well, from Constantine I until the fall of Byzantium to the Turks was from 330 – 1453 and anyone who takes a moment will see that that is 1123 years, but did you know that that is 4.74 americas?

1123 yrs * (1 am. /237 yrs) = 4.738397 am.

Which rounded to the proper significant figures is 4.74 am. 🙂 Now to tell about three ideas that passed by.

So, first off: there is a ‘family tree’ of doctorates in the department here. I think it is one of the coolest things in the department. Since every doctorate requires study under another doctor, then you can trace a lineage of sorts. Half of the department traces back through time to a man teaching in 1580 AD in Padua, Giulio Cesare Casseri, who if Wikipedia isn’t lying was an anatomist. So, granted this man lived after what people usually call the dark ages, but did you know that the university in Padua was founded right in the middle of them? It was founded 1222 AD, or 1.51 am. before this grandfather of my chemistry department (22 ‘generations’ ago). Without these universities, usually founded off of cathedral or monastery schools, there would be no western science or medicine at all.

So there I was thinking about this, and lo and behold a video from PJ media.

And again, to reinforce the idea, was this article about the oldest complete Torah found in an Italian university, Bologna university… which is actually even older than Padua, 0.565 am. older in fact. The Torah isn’t that old, but this line is remarkable.

The professor said the scroll came to Bologna university from a Dominican monastery in the city, most likely after Napoleon disbanded religious orders in the country in the 19th century.

It was “completely normal” that Dominican friars would have an ancient Torah as there was close collaboration between Christian and Jewish scholars in the early Middle Ages, Perani said.

The scroll dates to late 12th and early 13th centuries by carbon dating, which, by the way is 3.43 am. old!

Well that’s it, though because I made up a new unit, I figured I would make a little list of ages in that unit

Time Anglo-Saxon England was ruled by Anglo-saxons = 2.18 am.
Time between first heavier than air flight and the moon landing = 0.278 am.
Time I have been alive = 0.105 am.
t ½ of 243Am = 31.1 am.
Time since America was founded…. Exactly 1 am. 🙂