Burden of Proof

The failure (and even unwillingness) to  disprove another’s assertion is not a valid argument nor proof of the veracity of the assertion.  The burden of proof is always on those who make the assertion or claim. This is especially so when an idea or phenomena  is unsupported or is not (all too often) falsifiable.

If a fan of political candidate X says that candidate X would make a great elected official, the proper response is: why?  The rejoinder ought to be a reasonable listing of candidate X’s qualifications, ideas, and general experience – particularly on weighty or important issues of public concern.  If the reply is simply, prove to me he would not be great in office and if you can’t then that, in and of itself, demonstrates he should be elected would be nonsensical  – and you’d not take the person seriously.  However, if you stop and think about it such rationalization occurs all-too-frequently.

The road to tyranny over of the mind and body of man is paved with such nonsense disguised as serious argument – fallacious as it is at its core. Those that employ it are tyrants and power-lusters of the worst sort. Moreover, those that accept it have simply abandoned their mind.  My view is that as a rational being you have a duty, not a fleeting choice or whim, to not accept ideas if the best or only argument for them is premised upon the irrefutably to disprove!

Facts, reason, and proof-not faith or flights of fantasy-are the source of all that is true.

Ask why, and demand proof whenever and wherever you’re suspicious!!

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Facts Matter

Rioting and creating mayhem including the burning of cars, buildings (government and private), and other infrastructure plus the purposeful damage to businesses (along with boycotting cyber sales and redefining Black Friday in racial terms), etc., etc. In short, purposefully destroying and damaging many of the things  and actual values that allow for individuals to improve and sustain their own (and others) lives through productive work supposedly as a means of demonstrating and protesting for “social justice (an anti-concept devoid of actual justice).” In lock step with this irrationality we also see and hear the mantra that “Black Lives Matter,” as if this single meme justifies everything and anything to get attention and, ostensibly, obtain through chaos, force, and intimidation that which is only obtainable through creating actual values by pursuing the exact opposite.

Of course the lives of African Americans matter. But in no way greater or lesser than white lives, yellow lives, red lives, your life, or my life. There simply is no debt to African Americans to which anyone is liable – historically or otherwise. Lives “matter” only to the extent and in regard to the values one creates in making their life better by whatever metric they choose. It’s fundamentally the values one can trade at arms length to others be they services, products, marketable ideas, or in raising value conscious and goal oriented children and young adults. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation it’s not what we’re given or where we start in life, but rather it’s what we create with our own minds manifested through productive work coupled with how we conduct ourselves in a social context.  Work, study and education (formal/government sponsored, private, or self), perseverance, dedication, and an unrelenting focus on ones rational best interests while respecting the rights of others to the same are the issues that actually matter, yet seem to be completely and totally ignored (conveniently supressed) in the whole Ferguson discussion.

None other than Walter Williams opined on this stating in summary that:

Either black students cannot learn or primary and secondary schools, parental choices, black student attitudes, and cultural values regarding education are not conducive to what young blacks need for academic excellence. Colleges admitting underperforming black students conceal, foster and perpetuate the educational damages done to these youngsters in their earlier education.
Read more at http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/williams111214.php3#k5UJTemGVVgvjdKB.99

What we’re being told is that facts don’t matter in and of themselves, rather it’s how events and actions are culturally perceived that matter. And to the extent this perception can be interpreted culturally (racially in the context of Ferguson) to be defined as injustice it justifies the destruction of real values and elevates subjectivism above reason and reality. Of course black lives matter. However, facts matter much much more and destroying values in the hope of gaining life serving values without regard for the causal connections that actually create those values is simply and purely a dead end.  Dr. Williams point should be reinforced here 75% of the issues he astutely pinpointed were controllable. Parental choices, black student attitudes, and cultural values are all issues that are within the control of minorities.

Yes, Black Lives matter. However, facts matter more.  If blacks want their lives to be meaningful then drop the pretext of injustice when engaging in riots and focus on real justice and in support of those attitudes and behaviors (cultural, parental, and educational) that will support the values we all need to support our lives.

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Social Justice

… is the anti-concept that employs the concept of (the word) “justice” in order to gain moral credibility, and then obliterates the concept by replacing it with the idea that the forcible redistribution of wealth is moral. This is convolution hardly to be matched.. it trades off justice for profound injustice, or anti-justice.

For much more on this please see Craig Biddle’s astonishingly clarifying video.

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On God and Climate Change

“We don’t need fossils; the case for evolution is water-tight without them. So it is paradoxical to use gaps in the fossil records as if it were evidence against evolution- we are lucky to have fossils at all. What would be evidence against evolution, and very strong evidence at that, would be the discovery of a single fossil in the wrong geological stratum. J.B.S. Haldane famously retorted (when asked to name an observation that would disprove the theory of evolution), ‘fossil rabbits in the pre-cambrian.’ No such rabbits, no authentically anachronistic fossils of any kind have ever been found. All the fossils that we have (which are many) occur without a single authenticated exception in the right temporal sequence . Not a single solitary fossil has ever been found before it could have evolved..” (Richard Dawkins)

While the logic of the above statement is irrefutable, the problem is that a whole lot of people are seriously confused, ignorant, or have been brainwashed/indoctrinated to think otherwise regarding the reality of evolution. What upwards of 45% of Americans apparently don’t get is that evolution is nor more a theory than gravity is theory.. You can try all you want to have faith that if you toss a ball into the air it won’t come down, yet every single time the experiment is conducted the ball returns to earth. Moral: ignore nature and reality at your own risk. Problem with religion and evolution, is that those who are militant exporters of the creation myth attempt to infect it into public policy. It’s alarming, and dangerous, because the data shows that the less educated you are the more likely it is that you believe in creationism. Couple that with other correlations such as being a member of the Republican party and it gets even worse.

What the data show is that if you are a Republican, have only a high school education, and attend church weekly the odds are extremely high (99%) that you believe that God created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. Wow, just wow! In fact, only 5% of Republicans would agree with Richard Dawkins irrefutable statement above. Really stunning. On the other hand, if you have a postgraduate degree, are not a Republican (independents and Democrats are split evenly apart from GOPers on this), and rarely, if ever, attend church it is quite the opposite and it very likely you agree with the preponderance of evidence and the vast majority of scientists that humans evolved over millions of years.

Gallup’s assumption is that “Most Americans are not scientists, of course, and cannot be expected to understand all of the latest evidence and competing viewpoints on the development of the human species. Still, it would be hard to dispute that most scientists who study humans agree that the species evolved over millions of years, and that relatively few scientists believe that humans began in their current form only 10,000 years ago without the benefit of evolution. Thus, almost half of Americans today hold a belief, at least as measured by this question wording, that is at odds with the preponderance of the scientific literature.”

I would challenge this, there has to be something else going on to explain this – it cannot be ignorance to this extent/degree. The question is what?

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GOP – look deep into your past

Just wrote this to a friend, then I thought it would make a darn good blog entry…

. . . for it is there you will find your future, if you want one. And the key for the future of the GOP, IMHO, is to drop the social issues as a principal means to their political ends. It will be difficult, but it is critical. The party is simply on the wrong side of time by clinging overtly to deeply divisive issues such as an abortion litmus test (all too often manifesting as militantly pro-life), anti-gay marriage, and overt religiosity. If they continue down those premises it will go worse for them as time goes along. Those are the actual core reasons why the GOP has lost ground.. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paul Ryan: A Walking-Talking Contradiction

Ari Armstrong has a nice blog piece regarding Paul Ryan, highly recommended. In addition to Ari’s points, I would humbly add that in addition to those who were touched by Ayn Rand, but are not avowed Objectivists, you could have added as texture and contrast, for example, George H. Smith. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quotes Galore!

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. Lucius Annaeus Seneca,
Roman philosopher and statesman 4 BC – AD 65

There are two classes of men: intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
Abu Ala Al-Ma’arri, Arab philosopher 973 – 1057 AD

“Those who can make you believe in absurdities can also make you commit atrocities.”

“Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.”

“Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.”

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