Ours is the great transition age. For the masses, the glowing assumption is that the revolutionary period we are undergoing is the work of a long, evolutionary process of “natural progress.” Wandering about their bubbles, the hipster proles neither challenge nor examine these presuppositions, rather decorating their cafeteria-plate lives with a long string of media-generated buzzwords and empty slogans overheard in establishment schooling. “We are evolving,” and “We live in an era of change,” and numerous other advertising blurbs that underlie modernity’s plastic ideology actually form the basis for most of humanity’s worldview. Yet are any of these assumptions actually true? Are we in living in an era of “progress” and “human ascent”?
I’ll answer in the negative, and the reasons for a dark assessment are many. Listening to a recent interview between someone of a truly skeptical bent with a figure in the scientism/skeptical crowd, I was irked to hear a bevy of fallacies, incongruencies, and unexamined assumptions that will be analyzed here with scalpel-like precision. As mentioned above, what precisely is meant by “evolution,” “change,” “progress” and “Nature?” According to those in the ranks of establishment scientism, these are givens, terms of brute factuality and reason, all of which mystically coalesce to give us the “best possible model” of the world under the new grand narrative mythos of “science.”
What is meant by “evolution?” According to modern scientism, the observation of small-scale changes in a species that appear to aid in the species’ extension into the future through reproduction is the basic understanding of evolutionary adaptation. Thus, because certain breeds of animals can be bred with fitter members of the species, we can extrapolate that large-scale aeons of time resulted in the origins of all life from a single amoeba. When it is pointed out that aeons – millions of years – of adaptation and change are not observed, the reply is that bacteria purportedly adapt under conditions of pressure. Thus, it follows that all life mutated under conditions of pressure to “evolve” into what we see today.
On the surface, this carries the appearance of being reasonable. Almost no one denies micro-evolutionary adaptation and change, that within the mechanics of various organisms there resides the DNA programming to adapt to environmental circumstances. Where the bait-and-switch comes is with the dogmatic assertion that from this observation, it is certain that all life originated from a single cell millions of years ago, following billions of years of “Big Bang” expansion. The evidence for such theories nowadays is, of course, taken as dogmatic fact, with any dissension on these matters scorned and mocked. Why? Because religion is irrational and “unscientific” and cannot be tested. Yet can these assertions be tested as scientific?
The standard reply is that they are proven by carbon dating and observing various UV rays that appear to “expand” from the presumed “singularity” point. There are numerous problems with these claims, but the most glaring will suffice in illustration. First, carbon dating is notoriously unreliable, with examples of testing on recent artifacts showing outrageous time stamps for items that are manifestly not ancient. Further, the carbon dating itself works on the assumption of millions of years of evolutionary, chaotic flux, which begs the question. In other words, if your testing methods already operate on the assumption that matter is aeons in age, then the results of the tests are obviously predetermined.
Second, the appearance of light expanding from some locale is only as coherent as the assumption that it comes from some point of singularity, of which there is absolutely no observable evidence. When pointing these facts out to those enmeshed in the religion of scientism, many will admit these are “theories,” but they are “the best models we have.” Says who, exactly? Why will the scientism caste never admit they are subject to biases and greed (for grants)? How is it that science or the lab is magically averse to the failings of the rest of human endeavors? “Ah, well, yes, it is subject to those things, but that is the beauty of science, we are always changing and adapting our theories to fit the evidence,” the general response comes.
To a degree, this is true. Science does posit new theories and does refine its previous analyses as new data emerges. Yet as I’ve pointed out many times, for this methodology to be consistent, they would have to also conduct scientific experiments into the question of the empirical scientific method itself, as well as its governing assumptions. This is never, ever done, aside from one establishment-funded study that tried to implicate lab bias into a ridiculous Marxist framework. On the contrary, there is a motivating impetus to not conduct this kind of investigation, because it would expose much of scientism’s fraud and deception, where we would discover the scientific establishment is the servant of the same master as the banking, economic and entertainment fields, all of which operate under the (fallacious) umbrella of consensus reality.
The scientific establishment is a hierarchy that operates just like any other corporation or government entity, where knowledge is apportioned on a need-to-know basis. Biologists are afraid, for example, to speak on the matter of physics because they aren’t “physicists,” while mathematicians are afraid to speak on the matter of astronomy because they aren’t “astronomers.” This ridiculous segmentation of knowledge (and there is nothing wrong with specialization) is itself also predicated on the presupposition of scientism, that reality is not a meaningful, coherent universe, but a random, chaotic mutation of accidental consequence. “It just is,” becomes the scientistic refrain, and if you don’t accept that premise and consider any other options, you must be a fool.
What begins to become clear is that this is a weighted game that has nothing to do with discovering what is true, objective and “factual” in the “natural world,” but rather a realm of gatekeepers that demand adherence to a predefined set of orthodoxies determining who is a “scientist” and who is worthy of “peer review.” Furthermore, scientism is entirely grounded in an old, outdated epistemology known as empiricism which has been dissected, refuted and annihilated so many times by cogent philosophers and logicians its continued existence is ironically miraculous. Of all the persons who ought to adhere to their much-touted “logic” and “reason,” these fools are the most irrational, incoherent and nonsensical of all, as they perpetually melt under the 100-degree flame of foundational presuppositional inquiry (and that’s a lab test I’ve done many times that appears to always hold true).
Arrogantly assuming they know, when in fact they do not (having a gadfly’s appearance of knowledge), scientism fancies logic only when it suits it, quickly to discard and dispense with such rigors when the heat comes. “All human knowledge comes through sensory experience” sets their assumptions, yet when pressed as to whether this proposition itself is a fact of sensory data (which it obviously is not), universal claims suddenly dissipate and this great commandment is hailed as an obvious given. It’s a new maxim, a new commandment from the gods of the Enlightenment, and you dare not ask such questions. Yet if science is so groundbreaking and revolutionary in character, why are its high priests so afraid of these basic questions of epistemology?
The general refrain at this stage is that science cannot, should not and will not answer such absurd “metaphysical” questions. Now wait a minute here – on what basis did this suddenly get shelved into the “metaphysical” category? By what standard does the individual scientist know that asking questions of this nature are “metaphysical,” as opposed to questions concerning lab data? One begins to see how many and multifaceted the mere assumptions are for scientism to operate. Despite the fact that their starting point is a foundational contradiction, the rest of the world is expected to gaze in awe upon the entire edifices that are constructed upon these fallacies, with rational inquiry unwelcomed. This, you see, is the role of philosophy, and that’s quite clearly the reason true philosophical inquiry it is hated by the votaries of scientism (as Tyson recently demonstrated).
Also crucial to note is the structure of scientism and the establishment, whose fraudulent bases are continuously exposed openly, with the public becoming none the wiser. This year alone papers were produced from peer review that give the appearance of black holes being both impossible and non-existent, as well as existing. “Dark matter” pervades our universe, yet, wait, no – it’s back to ancient conceptions of aether. Quantum physics is real, yet wait, it is pseudo-science theory. In other words, “science,” like all the other industries, operates under the public’s naïve assumption that it is a unified, governing body of non-biased, neutral geniuses, engaged in the noble endeavor of furthering the “progress” of human “knowledge.” Again we see those amorphous, undefined, inchoate terms.
Simple philosophical questions should come to bear on these multitudes of theories, and were “scientists” better trained in logic and metaphysics (they are not), we might avoid many of these ridiculous pitfalls. For example, if Einstein’s relativity is true, there is no fixed point of reference from which to determine which stellar bodies are orbiting which, nor the theory that the universe expanded from a single, compressed atomic mass. This preposterous notion is a clear signpost of the irrationality of scientism, as is the popular theory of how planets formed – that random chunks of space dust got caught in orbits, started spinning, and over billions of years, like bellybutton lint, congealed into a sphere from which life happened to spring forth from primal sludge. Truly it is the case that only academics could believe such fairy tales, ones which are far more laughable than religious creation narratives.
And so the age of transition is not the transition into the era of utopian scientific progress, transhumanism, technological immortality, and United Nations kumbaya most imagine; it is the age of transitioning away from all traditional forms of culture. It is the age of transition into a new global mythology that is created and manufactured in the same way the culture industry creates cultures in various societies under its control. It is a scientific dictatorship that is not scientific, but dogmatic, fascistic, and hierarchically structured on a need-to-know basis that blatantly hides, obfuscates and rejects actual data and information about human origins and life, only to be replaced by the most preposterous theories of primal sludge, lint ball planets and imagined aeons of unobserved billions of years, meaninglessly exploding forth from the universe’s (Fantasia-level) singularity point.
This is not progress; such imbecilic theories are a regress into explanatory models with no explanatory power. They need to be called out for what they are – replacement mythologies – that are rehashed forms of ancient atomism, dressed up in scientistic garb. It is time to reject these phonies, liars, dupes and establishment hacks, and recognize how they suppress real science and inquiry for the purpose of control. Their control is not about human progress, but the Orwellian opposite, the dysgenics program to destroy man. We need only think of the Lancet, Oxford’s most prestigious medical journal, whose editor recently stated in a matter-of-fact tone that half the world’s scientific literature is fraudulent:
Dr. Horton recently published a statement declaring that a lot of published research is in fact unreliable at best, if not completely false.
‘The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.’ (source)
This ‘turn towards darkness’ is quite disturbing, given the fact that all of these studies (which are industry sponsored) are used to develop drugs/vaccines to supposedly help people, train medical staff, educate medical students and more.
It’s common for many to dismiss valuable work by experts and researchers at various institutions around the globe which isn’t “peer-reviewed” and doesn’t appear in a “credible” medical journal, but as we can see, “peer-reviewed” doesn’t really mean much anymore. “Credible” medical journals continue to lose their tenability in the eyes of experts and employees of the journals themselves, like Dr. Horton.
The Lancet’s editor also went on to call himself out in a sense, stating that journal editors aid and abet the worst behaviors, that the amount of bad research is alarming, and that data is sculpted to fit a preferred theory. He goes on to observe that important confirmations are often rejected, and little is done to correct bad practices. What’s worse, much of what goes on could even be considered borderline misconduct.
Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor in Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), which is considered to another one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, makes her view of the subject quite plain:
It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. (source)
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our entire given view of the earth and the stars above fall under this brilliantly-written criticism of Science (tm.)
copernican heliocentrism openly came from the egyptian/ greek hermetica. he namechecks trismegistus in his ‘revolutions’ book.
the hermetic texts were not scientific works but philosophical, metaphysical, and traced back to the ancient babylonian sun/ moon mystery religion, nimrod/ semiramis worship which is now found in myriad forms all over the world (obelisks, crescent moons, sun symbolism etc.)
with peace & love & grace & glory.
Great article. A complement to of http://jsbmorse.com/cult-of-the-white-lab-coat/
Neat post. I think that you would like “Genesis, Creation, snd Early Man” by Fr. Seraphim Rose. One of my friends said tgat he only believed ehat could be proven by science, although I bet he knows that his mother loves him, and it is intensely frustrating. Education would need to change, or revert, to include the validity of “subjective” truths (realting to a subject or person). It is also funny that the arguments of scientism csn be hideous straw men. G.K.C. used humor to describe the scientist deluded by the dogma of scientism. The scientists say that ghosts do not exist because only ignorant peasants see then. When asked why peasants are ignorant they reply: “Because they see ghosts”. All of the empirical evidence is with the peasant. The dogms with the scientists. Substitute saints or even “God” for ghosts and one may come very close to the materialist philosopher’s position. That there are many undeluded, educated, Orthodox Christians does not really compute, perhaps, because it contradicts their dogmas (superstitions, maybe) about Christianity.
Does one really have to opt for one in this world? ‘Heaven’ or ‘Hell’
, ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’, science or religion, ‘From diversity to one’ or ‘United in diversity’.
Science, technology, all that rationalism were just a product of the man’s need for stability, certainty in an insecure game of destiny.
Maybe life should be between those two extremes. Our goal is ‘Amor fati’ –love for our destiny.
It means to accept the world as it is ,as well as our roll. And it’s not filled with contempt , resentment or passivity. It’s quite the opposite.
Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin:
‘’And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.’’
You still only get to choose between Led Zeppelin and Ayn Rand – “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromise is the transmitting rubber tube.”
Isn’t technology the reason for the dominance of scientism … ?
Scientism is seen by many as a ”problematic” way of understanding science. Some sort of ”over-confidence” and ”over-reliance” in science supported by technology.
It places the mind ”under a spell”. Individuals are ”condemned” to ”pseudo-activity and potential idiocy
incapable of real morality, love…”( because ”scientism” and ”technology” definitely create moral issues that would not exist if it were’t for them).A step toward an ideology that goes beyond what science itself requires.
“The problem arises, when ‘MEANS’ and ‘ENDS’ are separated, so that ‘TECHNICAL’ means no longer have any end except absolute, rational efficiency and they are no longer subject to objective value judgements. … “the one best way” is always the self-selecting and self-justifying end. At this point individual people no longer have a choice because technology has chosen for them, and all other proposed ‘ENDS’ become superfluous. In Christ, the ‘MEANS’ and the ‘END’ are joined, they are One, they can never be sepatated.” [Jaques Ellul]
You are quite right to point out the irony of scientism’s rejection of metaphysics and the origins of its own epistemology which it is largely ignorant of, even as the scientistic Weltanschauung gets weirder and weirder and decidedly less objective and “scientific”. The trajectory of scientism is toward creation of a new mythology based on a collapse of existential meaning. And you didn’t even get around to discussing the multiverse.
“Science,” as now generally understood, actually combines appeals to all three sources, but in undigested and incoherent ways that permit it to be manipulated in the public arena, where policy issues are in question, for numerous unscientific and political purposes. Indeed, nothing would be more helpful in the
midst of today’s confusions than a thorough understanding of the nature and limitations of “science” itself. But the sciences themselves cannot provide such an understanding, because each one is limited to its peculiar subject matter (which certainly is not “science”), and so the necessary work cannot be done in any way that is “scientific” under current understandings.”[Dallas Willard]
That doesn’t seem to stop “science” from trying.
The question for me, is, must human nature and science now dictate what the definition of “LOVE” is to over two thousand years of Christian ethics and morality, and also dictate to thousands of years of cultural and legal history whose civilizations have drawn their ethics and morality from Christian sources? Must science, the clergy and politics now submit to human nature before submitting to Christ, the Scriptures and the history of civilization itself?
If so then we have already surrendered to nature …
“Man’s conquest of Nature” will be completed when human nature is conquered. Values will then be a thing for humans to produce and to modify at will, not a thing to be guided by. The only force left to motivate us will be the force of natural impulses. The conquest of nature will thus have ended in total surrender to nature.” [C S Lewis]
… and as modern science will verify…
“If Good equals “whatever Nature happens to be doing ”, then surely we should notice what Nature is doing as a whole, and Nature as a whole, I understand, is working steadily and irreversibly towards the final extinction of all life in every part of the universe” [C S Lewis]
Entropy observed is entropy reaching its end.
Psychology is also in the group of demonstrably failed sciences. Here is a new article about a recent study: “Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results,” Ian Sample (Science Editor), The Guardian (27 August 2015). http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/27/study-delivers-bleak-verdict-on-validity-of-psychology-experiment-results
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Most of this can be described by cognitive laziness. Many are simply members of the new Priest caste and recite the words to feel superior. I feel more insulted by my social affairs being dictated by Aspies. It’s curious to note they look to the Heavens and lack such imagination as to see nothing there. The technology is less limited than the minds of the people using it. Peer review is a friendship circle, friends reviewing friends, with as much bias.