The Ethical Skeptic

Challenging Pseudo-Skepticism, Institutional Propaganda and Cultivated Ignorance

What is Social Skepticism?

Failures and agendas in the name of science are not the result of ‘scientism’ per se, as science can never be a teleological ‘-ism’ by its very definition. Science itself is neutral.  In similar thought, science delusion, a term coined by Rupert Sheldrake, is the belief that science has already ascertained the principal components of the nature of reality, and that only a small portion of the unknown details remains to be filled in.
Ethical skepticism supports bringing attention to this cognitive mistake on the part of mankind. However, rather than deem such mistakes an error of science, ethical skepticism instead identifies the problem as an imperious social agency which corrupts the common underlying philosophy in defense of science, skepticism.

This is what is known as Social Skepticism.

        Social Skepticism

/philosophy : pseudoscience : rhetoric : sophistry/ : a form of weaponized philosophy which masquerades as science, science enthusiasm or science communication. Social skepticism enforces specific conclusions and obfuscates competing ideas via a methodical and heavy-handed science embargo. It promotes charades of critical thought, self aggrandizement and is often chartered to defend corporate agendas; all while maintaining a high priority of falsely impugning eschewed individuals and topics. Its philosophies and conclusions are imposed through intimidation on the part of its cabal and cast of dark actors, and are enacted in lieu of and through bypassing actual scientific method. Failures with respect to science are the result of flawed or manipulated philosophy of science. When social control, change or conformance agents subject science to a state of being their lap-dog, serving specific agendas, such agents err in regard to the philosophical basis of science, skepticism. They are not bad scientists, rather bad philosophers, seeking a socialized goal. They are social skeptics.

The social skeptic is a catalyseur, a third party exploitation specialist fomenting conflict between the public and science (see article on right).1 They do not pursue truth in any specific matter; rather, they seek to twist the principles of skepticism such that they just happen to rule out alternatives and ideas which threaten the self-identifying skeptic. They bolster their confidence in this corrupted approach through the reassuring power of their club, cronies and figurehead celebrities. A cabal which only functions to promote conflict between science and its at-risk stakeholders. They presume to tender preferred final conclusions in lieu of science, without having to account under any semblance of scientific rigor, save for at most skepticism itself. They afford no method of peer review, eschew any assessment of entailed risk or the harm they serve to cause to both persons and science; yet promote stacks of highly questionable conclusivity, by means of the Raimi-Hall superior belief entitlement established through the intimidating power of their Cabal and its cadre of dark actors.

Instead of investigators involved in curious inquiry, they interpret the purpose of skepticism to be promoting polarized controversialism. They seek compensation and salve for some past emotional offense, through the process of belittling others and being hailed by their club for how clever they can appear or how many of the enemy they can harm. They ‘establish’ their method correctness by armchair or social debunking ghosts, homeopathy, Bigfoot and UFO’s and then ply this false-method (humbly deeming it as a mechanism of ‘best evidence’) credibility into directing what everyone else can do with their body, doctor, voting, research, thoughts, nation, open-mind, rights, political choices, faith choice and their health. They could care less about the topic under discussion; their focus is upon you. All this, confirmed no better than by ‘Skeptics in the Pub’, a social skeptic organization in New Zealand.2

They call themselves ‘skeptics’ – preferring the US spelling – and see themselves as watchdogs at the crossroads between science and consumer protection.

They think carefully and logically (i.e. conduct no science) about a subject, and use the best evidence available to reach a judgment. When someone makes an extraordinary claim, they demand it’s backed up with extraordinary evidence. Faith doesn’t cut it. “It sort of feels like ‘skeptics’ is the wrong name for us,” says Wiles. “We’re not skeptics, we’re critical thinkers. When we see a piece of information, we ask, maybe even unintentionally?'” The New Zealand skeptics movement began one February afternoon in 1986, when seven academics from around the country decided to form a club.

Notice the heavy implication of having means to access acumen and information which you do not. A boast which is never backed with actual science and plenary evidence, aside from an apothegm or two, and a couple ignoratio elenchi tidbits they will spin as ‘facts’. This class of aloof and arrogant princess culture overlaps heavily with Nietzsche’s Bildungsphilister class of activist:

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/philosophy : rhetoric : pretender/ : a philistine possessed of a facile, cosmetic culture. Someone who reads articles and reviews and imagines themselves to be cultured and educated but lacks genuine, critical or introspective erudition. Nitzsche’s name for the pseudo-intellectual class of social activist. Bildungsphilisters are prone to dogmatic, cliched, and unsubtle responses to events and things. An activist who sees a majority vote which goes their way as ‘democracy’ and one which does not as ‘populism’. One who sees arguments which indicate their view, as being scientific, and those which do not, as pseudoscientific. Political and scientific constructs are mere artifices to be used and cast aside when not to their advantage. They wallow in rhetoric, apothegm and bear the inability to discern sophistry; vulnerable yet to it.  A member of social skepticism or Nassim Taleb’s Intellectual Yet Idiot (IYI) class.

From Bildungsphilister to Cabal

A social philosopher once said “I do not fear robots thinking like humans, as much as I fear humans thinking like robots.” Indeed social skeptics mindlessly function inside a false philosophical construct stemming from either an inability to understand the philosophy underlying science, or suffering from being mis-taught its principles. Social Skepticism is the philosophical basis of agenda-generated false authoritative representations (a.k.a, ‘agency‘) of the conclusions of science (pseudoscience is the pretense of representing science). This is why it most often surfaces inside its use by science communicators and science enthusiasts. This errant philosophy employs questionable a priori abduction combined with stacked risky provisional inductive reasoning, both employed as a masquerade of science method in order to enforce a belief set as being based upon science, when in reality it is not. Social Skepticism is a sponsored activist movement on the part of a self appointed bien pensant; those who function as an integral part of the socially engineered mechanisms attempting to dominate human thought, health, welfare and education. This domination serving as means to a twisted and extreme form of epistocracy; a subjugation of all mankind’s value under mandated totalitarian institutions. Institutions which avert legal exposure by abusing skepticism to serve their goals. Ends formulated by a social elite; however, which stand threatened by innate elements of mankind’s being and background.

Most of the so-called skeptics who influence media and seek to intimidate scientists, sponsors and researchers today, are not skeptics at all.  Rather they are the opposite of a skeptic, an apparatchik – a blindly devoted official, follower, or organization member, of a corporation, club or political party. One who either ignorantly or obdurately lacks any concern or circumspection ability which might prompt them to examine the harm their activities may serve to cause. One who seeks the celebrity boost incumbent through fomenting conflict between media and science versus the general public whom those entities ostensibly serve. ~ The Ethical Skeptic

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world. ~ Propaganda, Edward Bernays

Individuals expressing belief superiority—the belief that one’s views are superior to other viewpoints—perceive themselves as better informed about that topic… [However} Despite perceiving themselves as more knowledgeable, knowledge assessments revealed that the belief superior exhibited the greatest gaps between their perceived and actual knowledge. When given the opportunity to pursue additional information in that domain, belief-superior individuals frequently favored agreeable over disagreeable information, but also indicated awareness of this bias. ~ Raimi-Hall Belief Superiority Study3

False skeptics bear the habit of forming negative impact, fake informative, social intimidation clubs, often enlisting the aid of angry punks or academics pretending/wishing to possess the credibility of a scientist. They seek to issue appeal to authority scientific conclusions, without conducting any scientific method, and then issue such claims to the public, preemptively in lieu of and as if on behalf of science.  Philosophy, including skepticism, cannot step in and act on behalf of science. This is a critical tenet of scientific philosophy. Science is a method, based upon a discipline of thought and accrued-active direct observation, and is never legitimately conducted through armchair or social rationalization under the guise of ‘critical thinking’. These fakers straw man that every scientific inquiry outside of their club’s ‘judgements’, authorizations to study and self confirmed authority, constitutes an act of ‘belief’. ‘Pseudosciences’ or ‘extraordinary claims’ they call these unauthorized actions and domains. They believe that a judgement must be reached on every matter of inquiry, in the here and now and by means of only the paltry evidence one already holds. These final conclusive claims of fake skeptics are conducted in lieu of science, mostly adopted in absence of any evidence whatsoever, and are not plied simply upon the upon claims themselves. The ultimate goal is to ply them imperiously to discredit the topic, the sponsors, the victims, the public, wayward scientists and any budding scientists who might consider unauthorized ideas. This constitutes malice and a corruption of science in the public trust.

Social Skepticism is an ideologue driven enforcement of various social epistemologies crafted to obfuscate mankind’s understanding of reality, science and such innate elements of its being. Its members practice a form of vigilante bullying, employed in lieu of science to dismiss disliked subjects, persons and evidence before they can ever see the light of scientific day. Seeking to establish as irrefutable truth a core philosophy of material monism, dictating that only specific authorized life physical and energy domains exist. A comprehensive program of enforcement sought accordingly, through rather than the risk of ethical scientific methodology, instead a practice of preemptive methodical cynicism and provisional knowledge which underpins an embargo policy regarding, cultivates ignorance and institutionalizes intimidation surrounding any subject which could ostensibly serve as a pathway to falsify their power enabling illusory religion of Nihilism.

“…-here is the key take-away: it’s not about ideas or ideologies anymore; it’s purely about the pleasures of coercion, of pushing other people around.” ~James Howard Kunstler, “Beyond Cynicism: America Fumbles Towards Kafka’s Castle”4

Doubt Abused to Cultivate Ignorance

PropagandaSocial Skepticism is a club, bearing an agenda which employs Bernaysian Engineering of Beliefs; leveraging fake a priori deduction methods combined with biased and risk-bearing stacked provisional abductive reasoning, both employed as a masquerade of science method in order to enforce on the general public, a belief set as being scientific, when it is not. It is an abuse of Cartesian Doubt as a racket of a priori, simplistic, provisional, risk-ignorant knowledge, self delusion and methodical cynicism. It seeks an embargo of certain aspects of man’s knowledge development process. It rejects Philosophical Skepticism and employs Empirical Skepticism only when its tenets support specific knowledge embargo agendas. Instead of tendering mute disposition on any topic which science has not studied, Social Skepticism corrupts science into Methodical Cynicism employed to squelch such research and enforces false interpretations of scientific conclusions to support its embargo goals. The following is extracted from the Eight Tropes of Ethical Skepticism about the habits of humanity towards knowledge and control. These most negative of human traits stand indeed as the characteristic pitfalls of social skepticism:

IV.  Even what we do know is filtered through the lens of Machiavellian desires for supreme power, unless we take action to prevent such.

V.   The corrupt nature of human social intelligence is to construct elaborate contrivances of (self) deception; to constrain and expire itself inside the actions of methodical cynicism, provisional knowledge and ignorance, if left unchecked.

Methodical Cynicism – a method of cultivating ignorance through corruption of the process which regulates our social and scientific understanding. The exploitation of denial mandating a personal belief set while at the same time tendering an affectation of science.

Provisional Knowledge – the contrivance of a series of purposed provisional arguments, into a stack of probable explanations wherein we ignore the increasing unlikelihood of our conclusions and simply consider the stack of plurality to be plausible; and eventually by Neuhaus’s Law, rendering any other idea proscribed.

Ignorance – the action of blinding one’s self to an eschewed reality through a satiating and insulating culture and lexicon.

These are the three tools of social skepticism. It is a pretender philosophy, seeking to mask itself with science and academia, and hoping to convince the public at large that it represents the conclusions of society therein.

Social Skepticism is Actually Corruption

Social Skepticism is a corruption of the public trust. No different than political corruption, it functions via a masque of legitimacy, which belies an underbelly of nefarious activity and flawed method. Not all the conclusions of those in the Social Skepticism movement are wrong. In fact most of the movement’s conclusions to date are correct. It is however, the method employed to derive those conclusions which is corrupt and not the conclusions themselves. All mafia’s will demonstrate acts of charity and highly touted correctness in order to tender an appearance of legitimacy. But it is the methods of their gaining and keeping power, which differentiate a mafia from a group operating inside the public trust.

The methods of Social Skepticism support specific institutions, a specific religion called nihilism and specific form of post-democratic government called tyflocracy. The movement employs correct answers as a lure, science as a costume and push slogan driven justifications of a flawed method of knowledge development.  A method which transfers power from the hands of science and the public, directly into their hands alone.

The Origin of Social Skepticism

Big Tobacco misrepresentation of science during the 1950’s and 60’s, the 1970 Ralph Nader vs. General Motors and 1975 Goldfarb vs. The Virginia State Bar, United States Supreme Court Cases, along with the proliferation of uncontrolled media and information resources, more than any other sets of influence, necessitated the introduction of the modern era of Social Skepticism. These events elicited the stark necessity of establishing non-corporate, third party, credible but untouchable groups of fanatic or academic activists; those who would work to protect similar liability-exposed industry players, inchoate enabled by dedicated celebrity leaders and on behalf of specific corporate oligarch interests. A mafia sans the pinstripe suits and litigation linkages to any specific mob boss. A non-liability bearing risk-mitigation group, committed and gullible inside their social understanding of the science handed to them; who would be willing with or without full awareness, to pursue the enemies of the oligarchy or cartel with fervent and damaging passion. To obfuscate any study or legislative activity which would implicate their clients regarding deleterious actions or products. All in the name of science.

The cartel which resulted employs false methods of skepticism which exploit candidate member youthful anger for recruiting purposes. Their rejection of religion, establishment and/or the paranormal is utilized as a method of screening, unifying and training of those who are most susceptible to indoctrination into this activist pathway. Crafting ideologues so sure of their correctness, that any means of social shaming, career damage, or personal defamation could be justified in the destruction of ‘enemies of science’. Activists of sufficient academic intelligence to be able to understand some science, develop a simple argument and regurgitate short idea concepts or apothegms in journal, skepticism or media channels. Rational, yet still not intelligent enough to observe a game of counter intelligence nor their role therein. Energized, yet not energized enough to actually delve into real research regarding their requisite quiver of agenda items and positions.

This prostituting of smart-but-dumb players, Nassim Taleb’s Intelligent Yet Idiot class, is a common tradecraft in intelligence circles. It is the essence of modern skepticism today.

fact-and-beliefsIn its most concise definition, Social Skepticism is the deontologically correct moniker for the group of social epistemologists, bearing a group psychology and religious motivation behind methods of Hyper and Hypo Epistemology. These social epistemologies are practiced by members of Social Skepticism, who are called Social Skeptics or SSkeptics.  Social Skepticism derives its name from the similar set of practices employed by the political-counter-intelligence socialist control agencies of Eastern Europe (KI, Okhrana, AVH or East German Stasi), during the 1953 – 1983 era of the Cold War.  They combine these social control methodologies with effective tactics of oppressive Abrahamism which they observe as their precedent. It is an organized method of Social Engineering Tradecraft characterized by specific and consistent actions, proven effective in Cold War era or socialist societies, which now resides at the core of Modern American Social Skepticism. While not all individual Social Skeptics practice this entire list of unethical actions, the group as a whole orchestrates it, with various members performing different tasks:

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  • informal organizations never held to public or peer accountability
  • staffed by a variety of non-science persons who volunteer time extra-professionally
  • claiming to represent correctness or the well being of the people
  • organized and personal public and celebrity ridicule tactics, attacks, defamation and tortious interference
  • attempts to blackmail, approach employers, publicly humiliate or anonymously harass
  • ‘investigators’ pretending to do scientific inquiry
  • academic celebrity promotion, agent, and publicist employment
  • scientific method masquerades, pretense of representing science
  • propaganda one liners, catch phrases, weapon words and circular recitations
  • domination of education unions and systems
  • enforcement of informal professional penalties for dissent
  • funded legal intimidation of those who dissent
  • squelching of free speech through warnings to media and celebrity intimidation
  • enlisting the aid of government agencies to enforce data screening
  • proselytization of children and intimidation of teachers
  • screening and qualification of those allowed into science and technical academia
  • media forum and publication channel policing and monitoring and
  • intimidation, monitoring and control of scientists and researchers

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The Nature of Malevolence

lie of allegiance2Social Skepticism at its root both is, and stems from, an active shortfall in integrity. It is motivated by ten particular psychologies of anger, emotional impairment and the desire for revenge and control. It is often (but differs by individual practitioner of course) exclusively, politically motivated, crony mafia network connected, anti-capital, pro-oligopoly, pro-monopoly, pro-academic, anti-individualist, anti-free enterprise, pro-information control, and pro-social economics and institutions.  Make no mistake, this is the heart and soul of Western SSkepticism today and is designed to promote through the guise of atheism, a lie of allegiance masking a distinctly different mandatory religion, Nihilsm. A religion which seeks to dominate mankind for the benefit of a specific Oligarchy.

Skepticism as the Medium to Access and Control Science towards a Religious End

In similar fashion to the tactic of falsely employing atheism to mask a religious agenda of Nihilism, Social Skeptics falsely employ the guise of skepticism as a means of controlling the professional and social discourse of science, and control access to the scientific method. The key difference between Social Skepticism and true skepticism resides in this:

Ethical Skeptics apply skepticism as one of a set of tools employed inside a life characterized by open curiosity, discipline, observation. They continually investigate in order to ask the right question in accordance with the scientific method; not defend the right answer. They bear paramount, the personal and professional ethic of defending the integrity of the knowledge development process. Skepticism is a way of preparing the mind and data sets, in order to accomplish science.

Social Skeptics wear SSkepticism as an identity, apply intimidation and doubt only to subjects they disdain, and enforce an embargo regarding any and all observations or science which might serve to undermine their Cabal authorized ontology. They eschew data collection; instead undertaking social activism and unethical activity, any means necessary to enforce the ‘right answer’ and secure the power of their sponsor institutions. Social Skeptics abuse skepticism to act in lieu of science, not as subset thereof.

Skeptical thought practices are fine, and the mental discipline is a useful technique in science.  I contend that many SSkeptics have not fully evaluated the net negative effect, long term, of their actions.  At a first layer acumen, they believe they are adding value to society.  I contend that the correctness gain they impart is not worth the value loss we suffer.  An example definition, which elicits this ethical contrast so well, is often cited as the definition of ‘skepticism’ by members of the propaganda push network:

“Skepticism is an approach to evaluating claims that emphasizes evidence and applies tools of science.”

I'm a Skeptic Karfunkle terrified bySkepticism is no such thing. Even if it were the legitimate role of philosophy, to act in lieu of science, which it is not – skepticism features no mechanisms of peer review through which to constrain the ‘conclusions’ of those seeking power or possessing the desire to abuse and harm others. For these reasons, only science can evaluate claims. Skepticism is a way of preparing the mind to do actual science. One cannot solve the world’s perplexities through simply skepticism and critical thinking. This is a ruse. The above definition affords the Social Skeptic the tacit luxury of making judgements without evidence, rigor or method; and pretending to speak on behalf of science – when in fact no science has actually been done at all. It is a form of vigilante bullying, employed to dismiss evidence before it can ever see the light of science. Moreover, just because the conclusion may turn out to be right in the end, does not qualify the practice used to derive it as being scientific. That errant practice can further then be used for malicious lobbying on behalf of special interests or to squelch topics which threaten those interests. This compromise in philosophy runs pandemic in the modern Social Skepticism movement, relegating its practitioners to the role of unwitting pawns. Many other SSkeptics do not practice skepticism at all, rather act as posers who have clung onto science as a personal masque over the effort to maintain the perch of correctness, to be right at all costs, in an effort to insulate themselves from subjects which threaten them.  This as much as anything, an attempt to protect repressed emotional conflicts, and exercise a personal preference toward institutional violation of the mind as a self-punishing sacrifice of personal integrity.  Some repress a hatred for people on the opposite end of the political spectrum; legitimizing this hate through tendering the appearance of scientific correctness and authority.  All of this coalesces into a socialized structure of tyranny.

“SSkeptics rely upon the certainty that no one will hold them accountable, nor will history recall their ill intended work; yet the Cabal will tender them glory and celebrate the brilliance of their one-liners today. Their self-purported value in improving the quality of science is in reality, limited.  Discourse with a Social Skeptic is less about the topic and more about avenues of personal disdain, which club they can categorize you into, followed by an exercise in self-aggrandizement on the part of the role playing SSkeptic. They are neither accountable to their victims, nor do they hold each other to standards of conduct and peer review.  An unethical social cabal, who’s detriment in obscuring and blocking breaking science, far outweighs their scant value in armchair target debunking the same 768 subjects over and over again. Their vociferous levels of disdain and smug insistence are indicative of and in direct proportion to the unsettling lack of integrity which privately haunts their conscience; their will broken by institutional violation of the mind.”

Unfortunately it is we the public and the science community who suffer, victims of their imposed system of social finality.

Yes Social Skeptics practice pseudoscience.  But employment of that broad term is not specific enough to enable enlightenment of the minds of the victims (scientists and the lay public).  The broader term fails to distinguish and illuminate the specific methods of pseudoscience involved in Deskeption, as distinct from the general actions of mystical bunk peddling, fake claims to having employed the scientific method, or pretense of representing science.

Therefore, these are the critical defining components of Social Skepticism:

An ideologue driven enforcement of philosophically bad science, crafted to obfuscate mankind’s understanding of critical issues inside which it holds specific goals. Its members practice a form of vigilante bullying, employed in lieu of science to dismiss disliked subjects, persons and evidence before they can ever see the light of day. This seeking to establish as irrefutable truth a core philosophy of material monism, dictating that only specific authorized life physical and energy domains exist. A comprehensive program of enforcement sought accordingly, through rather than the risk of ethical scientific methodology, instead a practice of preemptive methodical cynicism and provisional knowledge which underpins an embargo policy regarding, cultivates ignorance and institutionalizes intimidation surrounding any subject which could conceivably threaten their religion, social control and economic power.

Employment of false hypo or hyper epistemology utilized to enforce a hidden Social Epistemological based agenda seeking establishment of a specific Apparent Coherence which denies all opposing forms of knowledge. Failures and agendas in the name of science are not the result of ‘scientism’ per se, as science can never be a teleological ‘-ism’ by its very definition. Science itself is neutral. Failures with respect to science are the result of flawed or manipulated philosophy of science. When social control, change or conformance agents subject science to a state of being their lap-dog, serving specific agendas, such agents err in regard to the philosophical basis of science, skepticism. They are not bad scientists, rather bad philosophers, seeking a socialized goal. They are social skeptics.

I.             Social Category and Non-Club Hatred
II.            Narcissism and Personal Power
III.           Promotion of Personal Religious Agenda
IV.           Emotional Psychological Damage/Anger
V.            Overcompensation for a Secret Doubt
VI.           Fear of the Unknown
VII.          Effortless Argument Addiction
VIII.         Magician’s Deception Rush
IX.           Need to Belittle Others
X.            Need to Belong/Fear of Club Perception

  1. Adrianne Jeffries, “At 12 His Science Video Went Viral. At 14 He Fears He Was Too Rude.” The New York Times: Science; 2 April 2018; https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/science/marco-zozaya-vaccines-video.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience&smtyp=cur
  2. Jeremy Olds; Stuff Online Magazine: Skeptics look beyond belief, Skeptics in the Pub; 1 Jun 2014; http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/10097418/Skeptics-look-beyond-belief
  3.  Michael P.Hall, Kaitlin T.Raimi; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Volume 76, May 2018, Pages 290-306;Is belief superiority justified by superior knowledge?; https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002210311730714X?via%3Dihub
  4. James Howard Kunstler, “Beyond Cynicism: America Fumbles Towards Kafka’s Castle”; The American Conservative; 21 Dec 2017; http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/beyond-cynicism-america-fumbles-towards-kafkas-castle/

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