What is Social Skepticism?

Social skepticism is kabuki, the activist-minded abuse of science by means of its underlying philosophical vulnerability, skepticism. An imperious agency which has politicized and enslaved science through teaching weaponized fake skepticism to useful idiots. The social skeptic is a ‘communicator’ who seeks to foment and exploit enmity between the lay public and science.

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. Social skepticism simply put, is the activist-minded exploitation and abuse of science by means of its vulnerable underlying philosophy, skepticism.

This is what is known as Social Skepticism.

   Social Skepticism

/philosophy : pseudoscience : rhetoric : sophistry/ :

1. a form of social activism which seeks abuse of science through a masquerade of its underlying philosophical vulnerability, skepticism. An imperious set of political, social, and religious beliefs which proliferate through teaching weaponized fake skepticism to useful idiots. Agency which actively seeks to foment conflict between science and the lay public, which then exploits such conflict to bolster its celebrity and influence.

2. 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/Marxist 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. One of the gravest weaknesses of human civilization is its crippling and unaccountable bent toward social coercion. This form of oppression disparages courage and curiosity inside the very arenas where they are most sorely needed.

3. a heady movement which holds a linear inductive hypothesis that that the collective perception of society can be crafted and directed through manipulation of key media, academic, celebrity, and social touchpoints. An oppressive and obfuscating agency tasked to promote specious notions and filter undesired knowledge, opinions, or observations out of the collective gestalt. A hypothesis which then disastrously failed its first major application tests starting in 2020.

An existential hint into the darkness of the human soul
and ubiquitous song under the breath of the oblivious –
that cynical editorial which solely targets disdained insight,
probes only as far as the first convenient niggle, and
cowers from the risk and responsibility to winnow the unknown.

Failures with respect to science are the result of flawed or manipulated philosophy of science. When social control, close-hold embargo 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.

Why is Comprehending This Important?

Marco Zozaya finds his ethics ran counter to the club which celebrated him; New York Times, 2 Apr 2018

If the social skeptic can lead you to believe that things which are scientifically true, were arrived at by means of their flawed philosophy, then they can use that same kabuki philosophy to further then coerce you into accepting things which are not true,  are political, religious, economic, or pertain to governing and human rights. The social skeptic therefore is a kind of catalyseur, a third party exploitation specialist driving a wedge between the public and science (see example on right).1 They are not scientists inside those arenas they choose to target, nor do they typically bear experience in deductive research. They do not pursue insight into any specific matter; rather, they seek to twist the principles of skepticism such that they just happen to rule out alternatives and embargoed ideas which threaten the self-identifying skeptic and their cronies.

Although they talk about it incessantly, you will rarely find a social skeptic applying ‘critical thinking’ to their own favored ideas – only those they disdain.

Social skeptics bolster their confidence in this corrupted philosophical 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 – and further then exploits that conflict to boost its celebrity and power. 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 feign investigations, afford no method of mutual 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.Social skeptics fail to perceive the dime-a-dozen ease by which any research effort or topic can be trivially critiqued. Debunking, outside of the context of sound inference, does not demand the ethics, philosophical core strength, nor acumen requisite in scientific hypothesis development or skilled investigation. Moreover, they could care less in reality about the integrity of science, as their purpose is to seek to ridicule or harm any person or idea which runs counter to their truth syndicate. Their objective is not a prosecution of truth after all; their objective is a prosecution of you.

Ignorance

Ignorance is not a ‘lack of knowledge’ but is rather a verb, meaning ‘a cultivated quiescence before an idea or group which has become more important to protect than science, human rights, well-being, and life itself.’

   See The Tree of Knowledge Obfuscation database of fallacious, crooked, and oppressive manipulation of thought

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

   ~ President John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11 1962

The greatest opponent of the scientist is not the ever-questioning and mercurial conspiracy theorist, but rather the constant drone of the supposed yet clueless ally – the explainer and enforcer, propagandizing as dogma, decades-old and now mostly falsified or suspect science.

   ~ The Ethical Skeptic

Instead of investigators involved in curious inquiry, they interpret the purpose of skepticism to be promoting cultivated ignorance 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. Their legacy is often iatrogenic – one for which they do not bear even an inkling of guilt, because they are convinced that they represent reason and science. Therefore, they are justified in ignoring their deeper stultification on what is considered truth. They ‘establish’ their method correctness by armchair or social debunking ghosts, homeopathy, Bigfoot and UFO’s and then ply this religiously-pitched false-method (humbly deeming it as a mechanism of ‘best evidence’) 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.

Narrative Ninny – a simpleton who believes that automatically adhering to what they have heard is the ‘official truth’, exhibits a superior level of erudition on their part, along with an exclusive monopoly in scientific reason. A fool who is conditioned to be automatically vulnerable to authoritative deception or an official narrative, habitually allying with any apparent position of power. The opposite of a conspiracy theorist, save for their holding a reality shaped by zero research or logic in support their ‘position’.

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 in the Skeptics in the Pub description 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’. They enforce this through the intimidation of emulating a government agency ‘close-hold embargo’ – a form of tacit intimidation wherein you will be vilified as irrational and anti-science, unless you agree with their beliefs. If you agree with their beliefs, you will be afforded socially visible tacit approval or neutrality. This is how fake skepticism works. It is Orwellian 1984-style social coercion.

Fake Skepticism (Methodical Cynicism)

Fake and celebrity skeptics generally define skepticism as a set of various self-licensed forms of scoffing, doubt, disposition promulgation, comprehensive denial of knowledge (de rigueur bullshit to appear academic in pedigree), criticism targeting only disdained objects or systematic culling of ‘wrong’ evidence – all under the authority of skeptics or scientists (they do not possess mere mortal opinion). Generally any weaponized philosophy which allows them to dismiss that which threatens them, and keep that specific conclusion which they want to enforce on you. The goal being to issue a final disposition as quickly and as devastatingly as possible. In other words the exact opposite of skepticism, methodical cynicism. To wit, these versions of poseur skepticism as defined by Skeptical Raptor, David Gorski in his propaganda blog (please note the last highlighted item constitutes an illuminating circular appeal to authority):3

    1.  an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object;

    2.  the doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain; or

    3.  the method of suspended judgment, systematic doubt, or criticism that is characteristic of skeptics.

Not one of the expressions in red pertains to true skepticism by any stretch of the imagination. In other words, they employ the very prejudices and practices which Moon landing skeptics, flat-Earthers and 9/11 truthers use to raise question inside clearly settled subjects bearing overwhelming evidence. Those who undertake Antifa-styled public vilification, charades of critical thinking, and court defined malice and oppression all in the name of science. A Gorskisser wouldn’t know science if it sat on their face and p-valued. Science to them, is nothing but a cudgel and means of leverage to rulership. Closely watch their patterns of idea suppression, topical disdain, and personal hatred of targeted individuals. This species of obtuse and arrogant princess culture overlaps heavily with Nietzsche’s bildungsphilister class of activist, a subset of the anomie of this entire arrogant club.

Bildungsphilister

/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.

Goodhart’s Law of Skepticism: Once you self-identify as ‘representing scientists, science or skepticism’ – you cease to be any of those things.

Anomie – a condition in which a club, group or society provides little or negative ethical guidance to the individuals which inhabit it or craft its direction.​

“Whenever you have someone who is a professional skeptic, you should be suspicious of them.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Moreover, if this were all simply a fever of individual stupidity, it would still be harmless as a social factor. Unfortunately for mankind, such is not the case.

The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them. ~Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs

From Bildungsphilister to Cabal

A cabal is detected not through their unity in message, but rather their unity in ignorance. A cabal is a consensus of ignorance.

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.

Skeptics have had to be taught how to behave over the last 20 years in particular.
As a result of their malpractices so-called fringe ideas, both valid and invalid, have grown dramatically in subscribership.
If such such a fringe subject bears validity, then of course its cynics were always in error.
If the fringe subject is invalid, its ensuing popularity too is the fault of the pseudo skeptic – and for the same reasons.

Fake moon landing and flat earth proponents have learned to employ the very same methods which
have been taught by fake skepticism in the targeting of disliked ideas over the last 60 years.
The chickens of failed philosophy have come home to roost.
And the blame for this resides squarely with our floundering skeptics.

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 Study4

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.

Through a straw man of science, skeptics seek to foment conflict between the public and science
– a state wherein their club gains authority and scientists are perceived as the denial-enemy.
An enemy which you must fear, mistrust and marginalize.
And upon sensing this, scientists begin to see the public as a frothing, anti-science horde
who cannot fathom what they have to say, and must be ignored.

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”5

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 regarding true science are indeed 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, 1975 Goldfarb vs. The Virginia State Bar, and United States Supreme Court and 2018 Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto 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.”

This is abjectly false, as philosophy cannot be exploited to countermand, evaluate in lieu of, nor decide matters on behalf of science. The purpose of philosophy is to discipline mindset, not dictate epistemological conclusions. One should investigate the unexplained, not explain the uninvestigated.

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

What Constitutes a Religion?

The necessary features which constitute a religion are a great deal less in magnitude than one might think.  There are only two necessary ingredients which are folded into the recipe formulating a religion; a body of tenets which are both compulsory and prohibited testing for falsification.  The ingredients of a religion have nothing to do with truth, deities or ceremony.  The role of priest can be played by both scientist and credulous alike.
Religion is the process of a power wielding group abusing the rights of individuals through the desire to make compulsory, that which cannot be held to account.

religionTwo necessary components form the fabric of doctrines which can be used to herd the faithful and control the fold.  The components have little to do with the subject at hand, its veracity, nor the presence of a supreme personality or ethereal spiritual principle.  By pretending that religions only involve supernatural elements and worship of deities, SSkeptics divert attention from the fact that they are priests of a specific religious order, which targets a set of non-falsifiable and highly compulsory belief requirements mandated before one is allowed to be called ‘rational.’ Fortunately, not all scientists agree with the SSkeptics and quietly go about their research, contrary to the desires of the Cabal. There are penalties for such scientists if they are caught researching/discussing unauthorized subjects.  Heavy penalties.  As a result, what scientists say in public  is a bit different than what they will tender in private.  This is the key symptom of an enforced religion.

The two features which render a person bound, and unable to extricate themselves from a belief construct (religion) are that its key tenets be characterized by the following.

1.  Prohibited Falsification (or is Pseudo-Theory)

The key doctrine of a religion, first must pass muster in that it be non-falsifiable.  That is to say, that the founding theory, construct or philosophy not be approachable by direct application of the scientific method.  The founding idea must be so untouchable, subjective or abstract in its formulation that man, in his current technological state is ill equipped to prove or disprove the contention at hand.  Non-falsifiable, of course is not synonymous with un-falsifiable.  The mathematical statement 2 + 2 = 4 is an un-falsifiable construct, in that it is proven true in finality. In fact, non-falsifiability pertains more to an idea’s status as pseudo-theory, and the eight profiling characteristic traits which distinguish psuedo-theory from real probative hypotheses.

1.  Can be developed in full essence before any investigation even begins

2.  Never improves in its depth, description nor falsifiable or inductive strength despite ongoing research and increases in observational data

3.  Possesses no real method of falsification or distinguishing predictive measure which is placed at risk

4.  Employs non-Wittgenstein equivocal/colloquial terminology or underlying premises (possibly pseudo-theory itself) where the risk of conjecture is not acknowledged

5.  Is employed primarily as a symbolic or fiat excuse to dismiss disliked or competing explanations

6.  Can explain a multiplicity of observations or even every non-resolved question (Explanitude)

7.  Is artificially installed as the null hypothesis from the very start

8.  Attains its strength through becoming a Verdrängung Mechanism (a power combination of the Lindy Effect and pluralistic ignorance)

Non-falsifiability simply pertains to our current inability to address the topic in an evidential discovery frame of reference, regardless of whether it is indeed true or not true.  This does not mean that the construct at hand cannot ever be dis-proven, rather simply that the religious priest knows that currently, it would constitute a tough challenge for the construct to be placed by our level of technology under the scrutiny of the scientific method; long enough to buy them some important time.  Moreover, the condition of ‘cannot be falsified’ includes the condition where SSkeptics block research so that falsification and predictive testing are not permitted because the subject threatens the SSkeptics’ power or Cabal teachings.  This also constitutes a condition of ‘cannot be tested for falsification.’  Albeit simply by religious enforecment itself.  Examples of religious tenets include

  • There is an old man with a long white beard and a 20 year-old’s athletic body, who is infallible and omnipotent, who created and rules the entire universe and will soon whisk me away leaving you to rot on this planet in fire and brimstone
  • Life emerged from the primordial ooze (oozeolution)
  • Life only emerged on earth
  • The bad events and the evil state of the universe are all your fault (Original Sin)
  • There is life in the galaxy but it is all microbial and none of it travels the stars
  • Raising interest rates is necessary when the economy heats up
  • Science has proved that nothing exists outside of those things which are physically and socially acceptable for measurement
  • Evolution originates from a base of solely random allele drift, culled by other environmental factors
  • The organs of the body are the result of pure accidents and may possess no current biological function whatsoever
  • The systems in the body are perfect designs of a creator and only go wrong when we do something wrong
  • The universe goes on forever and ever
  • Angels are all around us
  • Consciousness is only the firing of neurons and the interactions of chemistry
  • Our person is a soul which resides separate from and lives on after the machine of our body.

None of these items can be proven or dis-proven in our current state of technological practice.*  Each may indeed turn out to be true or not true one day – but in the meantime, it is what we do to others with these ideas which demarcates the threshold of whether or not one is seeking to establish or adhere to a religion.   Which introduces the second key component comprised by a religion, the ‘doing to others.’

*Notice here however, that Evolution is not a religion under this context, because it CAN be tested for falsification.  Were we to find an out of place genome which broke the cladistic progression history, then a component or all of Evolution could be falsified in theory.  This has not been the case; however it is this tenable exposure, the risk to be vetted under the experimental looking glass of science, which renders Evolution a science and not a religion.  Nihilism ( Big-A Atheism) on the other hand, makes a whole series of claims which are non-falsifiable under the scientific method and is contended to be an essential conclusion on the part of a rational person or by science.  Regardless of what one calculates as the likelihoods involved, as such, Nihilism (Big-A Atheism) constitutes a religion.

2. Compulsory

The key construct must constrain you of course in that you possess an abject lack of ability to disprove it, through our current limited state as man, or through active blocking of research by policing clubs – even if our technology can address the issue.  But as well, commensurate with this non-falsifiability constraint, is the door to the same cage, in that the idea must be made compulsory for membership in or entry into a formal or informal club.    This does not mean that a governing  body need enforce the tenet being pushed,  although that applies as well; only that any form of undue pressure be applied on individuals to accept it, through some subjective personal approval means.  You are irrational if you do not accept what I am saying.  A non-falsifiable construct held for personal inspiration may constitute a faith of sorts, but it only becomes a religion when one begins to require adherence to that construct in order for others to stand approved for entry into my club.  Such compulsory enforcements include

  • Considerations as enlightened
  • Allowing club membership
  • Accusations of being stupid
  • Media bullying and campaigns
  • Religious confirmations
  • Career penalties
  • To get to heaven or avoid the apocalypse (notice how there is always an apocalypse)
  • Mandatory methods of apologetics
  • Pat and authorized approaches or answers
  • Because it is the ‘simplest explanation’
  • Withholding assignments of tenure or position
  • Public ridicule, wink and nudge
  • Unfavorable personal categorization
  • Threats of being ostracized
  • Dissertation approval
  • Conforming with peer review.

Our dance from this point on more involves tactics, arguments and smoke screens targeting hiding the fact that we are indeed a religion to begin with.  One might consider that the third necessary element of being a religion would involve the requirement that the club ironically cite evidence that it is not a religion.  But some clubs are not so surreptitious, admitting freely that they are indeed a religious order.   Having a religion which requires faith in the admittedly unknown or unknowable is OK.  But it is pseudoscience, to create a religion and pretend that it has resulted from application of the scientific method. All of the pressures which are applied in order to bind the club together, are the compulsory sinews of a religion. Once combined with enforcing an idea which our victim is patently unable to disprove, we have done our job.

To stand as true hypothesis, a construct must possess testable mechanism; that is, it must place some element of conjecture at risk. It must have skin in the game. A religion never bears any skin in the game. Indeed you will find, that a religion’s greatest philosophical skill, is in avoiding this specific burden.

A theory which places nothing at risk, yet can explain everything – does not need to have a symbolic bearded grandfather icon stenciled onto it in order to qualify as a religion. Nihilist-Atheism is just as guilty of religious activity as is Abrahamism.

Religion is the process of a power wielding group abusing the rights of individuals through the desire to make compulsory, that which cannot be held to account.

An additional trap exists inside the principle of Negative Reactance. If you are pissed at your former religious mates, and for the period of time in which you exit that religion and aggressively adopt its antithesis or some, pretense to cover its antithesis, as a form of catharsis or revenge: you are still acting under a religious set of practices.  Be very cautious therefore of bifurcation fallacies and philosophies adopted in disgust or disguise.  Be honest, calm and objective. If you hold enemies, be careful as you may be susceptible to:

Corollary: Negative Reactance

/religion by default/ : Negative Reactance –  an Aristotelian posturing wherein one, upon confrontation with objectionable principles, thereafter embraces the opposite of such objectionable principles, avoiding any possible middle path or other rational option – as a defensive reaction to such objectionable principles. If one adopts a set of tenets or a lie of allegiance, even if that set of beliefs does not qualify as a religion in and of itself, solely as a reaction to a religion one has departed from recently or in the past, and/or as a way of seeking revenge or retribution or cathartic reward over past hurts and regrets regarding one’s membership in the former religion – then one is simply operating inside a duality and indeed has simply adopted another religion.

To put it in the immortal words of Darth Vader “at last, the circle is now complete.” We have established a religion in two simple steps (and a caution).

Ethical Skepticism: Value

The Two Goals of Ethical Skepticism: Value and Clarity

Value

A primary goal of Ethical Skepticism: “Value – as measured by achieving beneficial outcomes in their research”

Value is the watchword of humanity.  It is the measure by which we are all appraised.  It applies from fields as diverse as medical research, metallurgy, information systems and on certainly into issues of economics and national wealth.  Our current economic woes stem indeed from a shift of value-laden activities offshore and into the hands of horizontal monopolies or those countries who have enslaved their populations.  As well the current malady is festering where there exists a divestiture of value oriented professions on the part of socialized countries in the Middle East and Europe.  Indeed the principle of Inflation itself, inside of value based economics, is simply a dilution in value, and is not necessarily constituted and characterized by a rise in pricing, nor by the increase in M1 to M3 conversion leverage rates. Value is the measure of how we as persons and institutions are doing at earning our keep.  It can be born by innovation, creativity, the ability to entertain, inspire, repair, engineer, support, be productive, efficiently turn money or invest hard work.  Any or all of these very human virtues each produces value in a socioeconomic context.  Where value goes, so goes the wealth of a nation.

Where Value Goes, So Goes Wealth

If I take a dollar as compensation for my job or service, and do not provide a commensurate value in return, I have increased the amount of burden placed on everyone. I have increased Inflation, and Inflation is an equal opportunity employer. A society can produce Inflation through theft, bureaucracy, inefficiency, skimming, excessive taxation, monopoly and oligopoly, squelching of ideas, prohibiting disdained thinking, intimidation and the instilling of fear, destroying dreams, allowing infrastructure decay, excessive militarization, protocol formalizing, institutionalizing, regulating, creating elite aristocracies, class polarization, programming, institutional entitlement, excessive religious control, and encouraging the overall detachment of dreams from work on the part of the average individual.

Skepticism applied as a goal in and of itself, and not as a contingent sub-feature of a broader set of scientific inquiry, does not produce value

Deskeption is one such activity which dilutes value.  Just because one enjoys a personal reward as a SSkeptic by decrying potential errors inside a “topic of pseudoscience,” simply because they may catch a Schopenhauer logical fallacy every now and then, does not mean that one is increasing the overall value of their contribution to society.  The potential net loss in squelching even ONE significant idea of merit, is vastly more destructive than the scant benefit derived through trivial repetition of one liners.  Further, when the SSkeptic exercises enjoyment of the Ten Pillars of control he is contributing to the overall “squelching ideas, prohibiting disdained thinking, intimidation, institutional entitlement, elite aristocracies and the instilling of fear” process.  And make no mistake, this set of circumstances exists in science right now.  It might be a rewarding psychological return for the SSkeptic, to be in control of those things which science is allowed to examine, but that role is not healthy for science or our society.  It might be heady compensation to not have your thoughts held to account, and to manifest the appearance of always being right by the simple act of ridiculing those whom you deem to be lesser people, as if bully on an elementary school playground.   It might be personally rewarding to the SSkeptic, but it does not improve life, does not improve information, does not improve knowledge, does not improve science.

It would benefit me much to be a King, but I am not sure everyone else would fare so well.

The simple fact is, that in an unbridled and research driven culture, added information tends to falsify errant constructs and data through a simple disciplined process.  Such a culture does not require SSkeptics. In an environment, such as the labs I run, outlier ideas are not things to eschew as long as we have ways to evaluate them.  We do not need police who filter ideas in advance, pretending to be on our side, as that stifled thinking destroys our lab’s business.  We do not need Kings who have appointed themselves to that Lordship role by their own volition.  The Science is King.

Ethical Skepticism seeks to Add Value – Not Intimidate and Squelch Ideas

How  does the Ethical Skeptic Add Value? First we must address two prerequisites to Ethical Skepticism:

A.  That one actually does research

B.  That one is under the burden of changing the state of mankind for the better (note: teaching everyone ‘the truth’ does not qualify as bettering mankind)

Outside of these two requirements, one is a person with an opinion (which is fine), but is not an Ethical Skeptic.  From there, the Ethical Skeptic adds value by some basic tenets:

  1. By conducting actual ground up research.  Nothing kills SSkepticism quicker than by one actually being out there and doing the field work
  2. By skipping Promotification, and looking at what ALL the data really says
  3. By not Filtering Data, or Dismissing Data because one has presumed the superiority of one’s own or Cabal’s knowledge
  4. By getting out of the classroom, media and academia – or other self focus activity
  5. Allowing constructs to falsify themselves through rich added data, not Deniability
  6. By tolerating the falsification of my pet ideas and beliefs
  7. By working to eliminate the personal character flaw of disdain
  8. By being placed under a delivery burden which required new thought
  9. By having a human need ride on their research, not just intellectual banter
  10. By deriving an actual benefit, from their work, in terms of one of the counter-inflationary activity sets
  11. By reducing the need for power gratification, and increasing the understanding and appreciation of those around you.

Personally addressing the Ten Pillars in all of us, is our task in life.  No squelching, no intimidation and excuses to ridicule people (“outlandish claims are indistinguishable from a parody of same”, etc.), no intimidation of colleagues into a house of silence and fear, no prejudiced data filter, no disdain, no leveraging our elite entitlement power.  Rather, provide Value.

Ethical Skepticism, exhibiting the best of Human Character.