The Ethical Skeptic

Challenging Agency of Pseudo-Skepticism & Cultivated Ignorance

Nihilism: Mandatory Pseudo Scientific Naturalism

Elitist Philosophy of SSkepticsm: You either accede to Nihilism, or you are unacceptable.

Nihilism

(/ˈn.ɨlɪzəm/ or /ˈn.ɨlɪzəm/; from the Latin nihil, nothing) is a philosophical doctrine that suggests the negation of one or more of the reputedly meaningful or non-material aspects of life. Socially enforced metaphysical or pseudo scientific naturalism.

The Tradecraft and doctrinal methodology of Social Skepticism is formulated to advocate and enforce the One True ReligionMetaphysical Naturalism, a very valid approach to philosophy in the generic sense, only becomes the religion of Nihilism when one group begins to enforce it on society, education, employers and science, or exaggerate the findings of science in order to boast that it has disproved the existence of a myriad of things, which also happen to be disliked by the claimant.  It is embodied in this principle:

Nihilism
Socially enforced Metaphysical, Material Monist or Pseudo Scientific Naturalism. The substitution ontology which took the place of Abrahamic Religion in Western academia.  The cult and religious doctrine enforcing absolute knowledge as to those things which are deemed ‘natural;’ moreover that nothing exists outside the materials, energies, life forms, features and principles comprised inside a pre-approved realm of understanding. A religious presumption that only the physical is real, and that the mental or spiritual can be reduced solely to the physical. A presumption that all observations of phenomena related to consciousness stem from solely a neural configuration of a single biological source.
It is justified through specious and selective application of the experimental method; attributing its false empirical basis to a pretense standard of evidence, measurability and repeatability.  Rather, Nihilism is an unsubstantiated set of pseudo-scientific claims employed as an instrument to squelch freedom of speech, qualify entrants into scientific and academic professions, screen topics under an embargo policy regarding access to science, control and direct institutions, establish social power; and in similar fashion to its Abrahamic religious precedent, leverage the resulting pervasive ignorance into a position of absolute subjugation of mankind.

SSkeptics enforce just such a religion through a mis-definition of the scientific method as only comprising the experimental method, without any supporting or predictive studies (falsification is difficult in this arena) and by conflating their religious metaphysical beliefs with atheism in a hope that most people will not realize the difference. Remember, the Ethical Skeptic does not require a mystical personification to stand as the qualifying mark of a religion.  The Metaphysical Naturalist will attempt to imply that there only exists two domains of belief – the bearded grandfather deity, or their religion of the physical only.  They will intimate that no alternatives exist.  This straw man framing betrays what the Metaphysical Naturalist really fears, that which they profoundly avoid resides in the domain they skip over.  Shooting down the grandfather patriarch in the sky is easy, but in order to win in finality, the Metaphysical Naturalist must also conflate and enforce their targeted message with science and atheism, inside a Lie of Allegiance To the Ethical Skeptic, the only possible demarcation which logically constitutes defining of a ‘religion’ is when an initiate to the rite is:

The Establishment of Religion – The compulsory adherence to an idea around which testing for falsification is prohibited.

A.  Told he must accede to an idea as a prerequisite to be regarded as acceptable – (You must accept my contention that Science has rigorously falsified everything I dislike)
If you are a science or technology professional, and you do not adhere to Nihilism, it is best that you keep quiet about it.

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B.  Is prohibited from testing that idea for falsification – (This contentions on my part are not to be questioned – applying the scientific method inside disapproved subjects or challenging SSkeptic agendas is a foolish waste of time which will carry enforced penalties).
Nihilism, as a hypothesis, can be falsified.  In fact, in an ethical reduction hierarchy under the scientific method, it should be the first hypothesis to be tested for falsification.  It is the great extents to which Social Skeptics will go, to block falsification based topic access to the scientific method, which is indicative of their secret doubt, regarding their religion of choice.

To the Ethical Skeptic – this circumstance is the Whole Gale alert flag of a religion – the club in which he is unethically coerced into supporting, by less-than-honorable proponents of the club who do not fully grasp the unethical nature of their actions, or even more commonly and worse, …do.

To the Ethical Skeptic, enforced Metaphysical Naturalism is a religion, plain and simple (MN).  It is not exactly the same thing as Atheism. Atheism is the objection to personified deities, and sometimes includes adherence to MN tenets.  One can be an Atheist and still believe in Earthly alien visitation, for example.  Religious Metaphysical Naturalism however, is more accurately termed “Empty Set” -ism, or more commonly: Nihilsm – the firmly held and unscientific belief that nothing resides outside the bounds of what I choose as natural, the sets of life, physical energy and material domains which are approved.  The Ethical Skeptic regards this contention set no more or less valid than any other unsubstantiated claim, except where actual science testing supports its specific prejudices.  In reality, this religion skips right past the scientific testing however, assumes the robes of inerrant revelation knowledge, and hops right on into King-of-the-Hill presumption gaming.  Once in power, is assumed true and can never be disproved because no one who values their career will contest it.  The fact that it does not feature a deified personification etched into its stained glass institutional adornments, makes it no less of a religion, in the eyes of the Ethical Skeptic.

The Metaphysical Naturalist’s Decabunk of Nihilsm

Ten Key Unethical Assertions of the Nihilist

1.  I will slip the assertion by, that I posses absolute knowledge of the boundary as to what constitutes the natural and preternatural.

2.  I will slip the presumption by, that the set of unknowns are small and constrained and therefore constitute no impact on my authority (Penultimate Set fallacy).

3.  I will slip the claim by, that my inerrant boundary definitions of natural and preternatural have all been vetted by rigorous empirical testing.

4.  I will slip the presumption by, that I do not adhere to a religion because I do not venerate a personified deity.

5.  I will slip the assertion by,  that if you do not agree with me, then you are religious.

6.  I will slip the claim by, that science has only measured evidence in support of those tenets of Metaphysical Naturalism to which I am claiming to adhere.

7.  I will slip the implication by, that belief in my version of Metaphysical Naturalist is a mandatory prerequisite for a variety of social goals.

8.  I will slip the claim by, that science has found an empty set of evidence in support of those things I declare as preternatural or which could serve to falsify my belief.

9.  I will slip the false dichotomy by, that there exist only two possible philosophical camps: Metaphysical Naturalism, and irrational God-believing Christianity.

10.  I will slip the claim by, that all those in my camp agree with and hold evidence to support my claims to the supremacy of my Natural Philosophy.

April 18, 2014 Posted by | Agenda Propaganda, Institutional Mandates, Social Disdain | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cultivation of Ignorance

If one is to deceive, yet also fathoms the innate spiritual decline incumbent with such activity – then one must abstract a portion of the truth, such that it serves and cultivates ignorance – a dismissal of the necessity to seek what is unknown.​

How we effectively and selectively emasculate the scientific method through the social fabric which executes it

You have heard the old adage, “They must think I am a mushroom because all they do is keep me in the dark and feed me bullshit.”  Such is the method employed by SSkeptics to ensure that Science, is at any given time and on specific given subjects, in effect a blind and pampered parliament, wholly ignorant of the issues on which they must vote to pass final popular and unassailable conclusive judgment.  It is hard to believe that a well trained and rigorously rational group of experts could ever produce an errant conclusion.  One of the mysteries of the dynamics of human nature and understanding is that large groups of experts very often produce inaccurate outcomes, especially when those errant outcomes are the goal to begin with.

“Let science consumers in the marketplace of ideas determine what constitutes good science, starting with the scientists themselves and filtering through the editors, educators, and readers.  As for potential consumers of pseudoscience, that’s what skeptics are for…” (Michael Shermer, “What is Pseudoscience?”, Scientific American; Vol 305, No. 3; p. 92)

Michael Shermer is incorrect here. It is not the job or definition of skepticism to tender conclusions, only science can do that. I do not find Michael Shermer anywhere near qualified to tell me what science thinks, nor to represent its conclusions to the media. It is not the job or definition of skepticism to ‘represent science’ to the consumer. Not only is this practice affording a pathway for chicanery and control which belies the discipline of science, but it is just flat incorrect. Skepticism is a discipline of preparing the mind and observation sets in order to perform science; it is not an artifice to be used as a substitution acting in lieu of science. Nor does skepticism serve as a justification of one’s promoting their personal ontological beliefs and politics. It does not afford the practitioner a claim of representing science or the opinion of scientists.

Six key steps, stemming from this corrupted version of skepticism, are involved in the process of Cultivating Ignorance, which relate to the old “They Must Think I am a Mushroom” adage:

Cultivation of Ignorance: Establish a Pampered Blind Parliament in Seven Steps

1.  Construct a pampered and all powerful parliament, taught via one learning style, who live in lifelong academic praise and elite self assessment of their personal level of acumen.

2.  Ensure that the parliament voting membership is educated, regulated and qualified solely by those who possess an investment in the outcome of the vote, even if that ‘investment’ is the jeopardy of their careers.  Exclude experts who sponsor or research disallowed subjects.

3.  Ensure that all channels of knowledge exposed to the parliament are filtered by Social Skeptics who pretend to represent the thoughts of scientists in other disciplines, and who possess an investment in a particular outcome of the vote.

4.  Ensure that there are far fewer true experts on any given subject, for all subjects, than there are non-expert voters inside the parliament.

How are these scientists going to vote at the AAAS5. Establish a method crafted and statistically manipulated ‘scientific consensus’ among members of the AAAS (who are not scientists at all) and tout that sentiment as the ‘consensus opinion of scientists.’

6.  Establish a Social Skepticism identified ‘dismissible margin’ inside the parliament which is larger than the mathematically plausible number of true expert voters on any singular topic.

7.  Perform public demonstrations of punishment for members (or preferably outsiders) who break ranks.

There exist at least 200 sciences comprised by Natural, Social, Medical, Engineering, and Mathematical discipline groupings.  This is a very lucrative set of career advancement structures and pathways. But the weakness residing therein is that any participant in the body of science intrinsically only holds expertise on .5% to 4% of the given knowledge base.  I have spent 30 years pursuing my career subject, replete with 8 years of undergrad and graduate work.  I am considered one of the top 3 persons in my field.  This as a result of working 6 days a week and 12 to 16 hours a day on the cutting edge of my field.  I still do not have an adequate grasp of my field after all this time.  It is still not enough for me to begin to dictate what is right inside of sister disciplines.  At most I have a 4% grasp on industry as a whole.  I am a non-expert on much of my broad science grouping.  Understanding this is a key tenet of Ethical Skepticism.

When I observe scientists or SSkeptics pretending to be experts on a broad array of subjects, I KNOW it is a load of baloney.  They have not had enough time to gain this insight.  It is a pretense and a masquerade.

So, because a group of astronomers, physicists, psychologists, nuclear technologists and mathematicians do not like the idea of a North American Primate, then the subject is given the final fatal disposition of a ‘pseudoscience’ – despite none of the ‘scientists themselves’ (or voters, in this context) in question actually having done ANY research at all into the subject.  Couple this with the fact that those who actually DO research, are declared to be not-scientists, or are relegated to and less than SSkeptics’ subjectively convenient “dismissible margin,” and one has witnessed the establishment a social construct.  There is a problem, there is a flaw in the system which creates a social order and not a science, when the following state exists in the voting input.  This state exists for much of what is deemed “Pseudoscience” by the Social Skeptics:

Sum of Expert Input   <    Dismissible Margin

Ballot Box Stuffing: Including PhD level or other technicians in the vote count of ‘scientists’

A definitive weakness in the ‘count everyone’s vote’ egalitarian method of science is that we allow the definition of the term ‘scientist’ to include degreed field and research technicians, when indeed these individuals are simply there to follow the guidance, follow the rules, and make sure that everything works.  A technician, a PhD level engineer, graduate IT developer, or degreed lab tech, may be called a scientist in slang, but are not really considered expert researchers.  They may even hold several advanced degrees.  Technicians in most disciplines include psychologists, sociologists, information technology or human factors PhD experts, electrical chemical or mechanical PhD engineers, project and research program managers, lab techs, research aides, statistical analysts, methods analysts, or non-tenured research associates.  While I have immense respect for these areas of research and development, they should not typically comprise a part of the base which qualifies as ‘the scientists themselves’ – but you will find people with really 8 years in program management, or 7 years in PhD teaching or project roles being called ‘scientists’ – when in fact they are not

  • Many so called ‘scientists’ really only occupy technician or teaching roles
  • Technicians beef up the non-expert vote count
  • Technicians distinguish themselves by being good at following the instructions
  • You will find more SSkeptics in the Technology, Psychology and Engineering realms than you will find in true Science
  • Finally, the source of much of the ‘scientific consensus’ boasts come from polls withing the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. Most of its members are not scientists.

In reality, technicians make their merit, distinguish themselves in their careers by how well they follow the rules.  If you think outside the box, you are not going to do well in an engineering curriculum typically.  Laplacian Transformations, Golden Section Algorithms, Reactor Core Design theory development academic proficiencies are all typically programs which demand rigorous rule following, and are not typically designed to encourage the participant to develop new ‘out of context ideas”  Having hired and worked with over 400 engineers over the years in profit-based and demanding professional businesses, as well as cutting edge research environs, I have observed this to be very common.  Technicians follow the rules.  They will spout the dogma.  As they move into management they rarely promote maverick thinking, and are rather irritated by it.  They will cast their vote the way they are told to vote.  That is how they made the cut to begin with.  In the end, a Scientist is someone professionally trained for and actively engaged in research in a given subject, and NOT someone holding a degree or engaged in research in another subject.  These contributors add no more value or clarity than outside non-expert opinions; their inclusion can only be used for control. 

Via these steps, yes a large group of rational people can indeed craft conclusions which are highly errant.  Not all conclusions mind you, nor even most.  Just enough, and only specific conclusions – which also mysteriously happen to be those that were declared pseudoscience a priori.  To improve the veracity of a conclusion, one simply need to remove one of the above elements. This allows for the steering of the blind parliament back on track, when ignorance is not the goal involved.  The end result is crafting control and power.

Cultivated Ignorance

/philosophy : counterintelligence : Nelsonian knowledge/ :

If one is to deceive, yet also fathoms the innate spiritual decline incumbent with such activity – then one must abstract a portion of the truth, such that it serves and cultivates ignorance – a dismissal of the necessity to seek what is unknown.

the purposeful spread and promotion or enforcement of Nelsonian knowledge and inference. Official knowledge or Omega Hypothesis which is employed to displace/squelch both embargoed knowledge and the entities who research such topics. Often the product of a combination of pluralistic ignorance and the Lindy Effect, its purpose is to socially minimize the number of true experts within a given field of study. This in order to ensure that an embargoed topic is never seriously researched by more members of the body of science than Michael Shermer’s ‘dismissible margin’ of researchers. By acting as the Malcolm Gladwell connectors, and under the moniker of ‘skeptics’, Social Skeptics can then leverage the popular mutual ignorance of the members and begin to spin misconceptions as to what expert scientists think. Moreover, then cultivate these falsehoods among scientists and the media at large. True experts who dissent are then intimidated and must remain quiet so as not to seem anathema, nor risk possibly being declared fringe by the patrolling Cabal of fake skeptics.

The Art of Crafting Power through Pseudo-Skepticism, Institutional Doctrine and Cultivated Ignorance.

November 26, 2012 Posted by | Agenda Propaganda, Institutional Mandates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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