Posts Tagged ‘science’

Ghost particle found beneath Antarctica holds key to breakthrough in understanding the universe.

July 13, 2018

Split an atom and a host of sub atomic particles are released. The problem is these are little fizzes of energy which dissipate in less than one millionth of a second. (Image: gawker)

In another great scientific breakthrough that will make absolutely no difference to anything but is likely to cost taxpayers a pile of money as scientists scam research grants out of politicians by selling the idea that it is really important we understand and learn to control processes which have worked for billions of years without needing assistance from scientists, the mystery of the origins of light are set to be unlocked by the discovery of an elusive “ghost” particle a mile beneath Antarctica, scientists have announced.

Astronomers have for the first time identified the source of a high-energy neutrino which shot through a solid ice laboratory at the South Pole last year in “a “triumph that promises to revolutionise understanding of fundamental physics.”

Sorry but the only breakthrough I can see here is that these scientists have taken the idiotic hyoerbole of cosmology further away from reality than ever before. For people who have taken little interest in theoretical physics, Neutrinos are, according to people who believe the meaning of life can be found in equations, are virtually massless, subatomic particles which race across the universe, passing unnoticed through planets and stars. Despite their abundance – hundreds of billions pass through each human every second – they have so far proved impossible to detect because they interact with matter so rarely.

Or in layman’s terms, they are imaginary things like fairies, demons and the Disney Princess who sings “Let It Go,” in Frozen.

The alleged detection of this frozen neutrino on September 22 2017 has since, according to its discoverers, enabled scientists to identify its point of origin. Using a complex network of ground and space-based radiation telescopes and the highly advanced scientific technique of making stuff up, the international team traced the particle’s provenance to a flaring galaxy, or “blazar”, with a supermassive black hole at its heart four billion light years away.

Quantum mechanics theory tells us a particle doesn’t exist until it is observed (by a cat which is simultaneously dead and alive or something), so how can this one have been tracked back to it’s point of origin before it interacted with the astronomers in Antarctica last September?

Nutrinos, like many other sub atomic particles, are based on a theory that has been ‘proven’ using other theories. Presumably these theoretical particles, which remember, are ripping through your body tissue at a rate of millions per second without you noticing, will be used to prove other theories down the line, the kind of theories beloved of modern science, because the high pontiffs tell us that like God, they must to be considered true until someone can prove they are untrue.

When they do, the rest come tumbling down like dominoes.Big Bang theory proposes that before BigBang everything was compressed into a single mass, The Singularity, a mass varying in size between a grain of salt and a small planet (I go for a rat turd). Question what existed before Big Bang, what did this very singular rat turd live in, what existed outside it, and you will be told, usually rather tetchily, that nothing existed.

“The cosmic rat turd was floating around an infinite void then?” You offer only to be told that a void could not exist, nothing could exist outside the rat turd. All the voids, all the time and space, all everything was compressed into the rat turd.

“So the rat turd existed in infinity?” you venture.

“NO YOU IDIOT, NNNNOOOOO, infinity was in the rat turd,” your physicist debating partner will scream.

And thus all the theories of cosmology built around Big Bang collapse.

The sciencetits do not give up however, original theories are ‘tweaked’ to add some special rule to fit the real world again, dark matter is invented, or dark energy. Gravitational waves are conjured out of thin air to prop up failed theories. And again the scientific academe insists they must be assumed to be true because nobody can prove they aren’t.

It all keeps the academics busy consuming our tax money in the form of research grants, and living well while people whose work actually matters struggle.

I cannot be the only one who considers that modern physics (i.e. theoretical physics) in which any ‘proofs’ offered are nothing more than mathematical speculations based on other theories is a load of bollocks. Just as climate change scaremongers tell us ‘the science is settled’ and dismiss any criticism of the all too obvious flaws in their ‘science’, so physicists dismiss any criticism as coming from people outside their quasi – religious cult. My experience has shown that such attacks are used in self-interest. This latest non – revelation is just more of the same.

So long as politicians keep wasting our money funding them, physicists will continue to learn more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing. Biologists and Chemists don’t have it so easy, they have to deal with things that exist in reality.

I should add here that in the 1980s I worked in several organisations involved in atomic research, and though my job was in computer systems, I learned a little from talking to the engineers and physicists involved in real world stuff. And those guys unanimously regard the theoreticians of the academic world as a bunch of clowns.


Alien Life? Who Needs Lizard Men? There Is A Universe Of Ideas Out There.

August 23, 2016

by Ian R Thorpe
6 August, 2016

Since before civilization began there have been prophets, visionaries, dreamers (or dickheads according to one’s point of view) who have had a very different perspective on life, the universe and everything.* to that held by the mainstream of society. In the Book of Revelation, Saint John the Divine claimed to have seen ‘a new heaven and a new earth’. Chaucer, in the Dream Vision The House of Fame, travels into the heavens on the back of an eagle, which tells him that ‘in this region, certeyn, dwelleth many a citezeyn’.

An idea popular among theoretical physicists which they probably think is new (such people are to be pitied for their naive belief in science, reason and logic,) is the theory of the multiverse, an infinite number of dimensions in each of which exists a separate universe. The idea is not new, as you might expect of any ‘new’ idea proposed by theoretical physicists (they’re good at equations but otherwise not very bright.) Giordano Bruno in the sixteenth century argued for an infinite number of inhabited worlds, with intelligent beings existing on other planets throughout the universe.

Until two hundred years ago, the visionaries and the dreamers controlled the game. The belief that the universe was only a few thousand years old was so well embedded in the human psyche that Shakespeare’s Rosalind could mention it in passing: ‘The poor world is almost 6,000 years old.’ In such a young universe only intelligent design could be a satisfactory explanation for complexity and diversity of life, and a God-created universe could contain all kinds of wonders. It is no surprise that William Blake saw angels in the trees of Peckham Rye, (anyone following his footsteps today would see plastic carrier bags and condoms) and that Emanuel Swedenborg claimed he had conversed with spirits from Mars, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter and the moon.

In the centuries following the renaissance of the sciences our understanding of the universe has been completely transformed and with it our knowledge of life on Earth. Geology provides the timeline for evolution; Darwin and his followers described the processes involved. Our more recent understanding of DNA and the workings of genetics provide the tool kit for evolutionary processes. On Earth, instead of regarding ourselves as a unique species, created in the image of our creator we now realise that homo sapiens sapiens (man who knows he knows) is the survivor of a large genus of hominids. It is only the relatively recent extinction of our most persistent competitors, the Neanderthals, that has led us to imagine a human – centric universe.

The change in our universe – view was initially from speculation to investigation, from vision to observation. Every decade has brought new discoveries that broadened our knowledge and understanding of the world to the point we have at last reached: now on the threshold of truly wondrous advances in understanding our scientists seem hellbent on abandoning scientific study in favour of speculation and theory once more.

Astronomers and physicists claim we are on the threshold of discovering planets that could support lifeforms similar to ours, lifeforms that we could recognise and investigate on a scientific basis. The pace of discovery is rapid and accelerating, because we recognise the significance of the search and are devoting enormous resources to it. This only proves what a bunch of dickheads, fuckwits and tunnel visioned idiots physicists really are. They cannot see beyond their own narrow interests. There may be planets out there on which Homo Heidelbergensis – or Homo Neranderthalis, like species are surviving as primitive humans did. There might just as well be highly developed species who regard our civilizations as no more significant than ant’s nests and who would suck us up in a tractor beam into the belly of their mothership to reduce us to basic nutrients.

The scientists who talk about making contact with aliens (based on the flimsiest of evidence that there might, just might, by some one in a billion chance there could be a planet orbiting some distant star that might, just might, by some one in a billion chance support a life form like ours that really wants to be best mates with humanity and go for picnics, attend the First Church of Christ Astronaut services and support “liberal” causes with us are crazy. These are the people who want to spend whatever it takes on discovering the fundamental particle that holds everything together (the Higgs Boson or God particle) and yet vehemently deny the existence of God. These are the nut jobs who are turning science into a religion. Their kind of science has replaced observation, experiment, investigation and critical analysis with dogma, made icons of mathematical models and the statistics they produce, turned untestable theories into a creed and scriptures, and insisted things that may or may not have happened unimaginable distances away and incredibly long ago have been proved by speculative mathematics and statistics derived by subjectively interpreting data. Hand having deluded themselves into believing their fantasies are true they stand on a bogus scientific authority to insist these truths are unchallengeable.

The only reason people would try to convince the world that such infantile fantasies are in fact true is they have such limited intelligence they cannot deal with abstract ideas. Thus they insist that Big Bang Theory is a proven fact, when in fact it is just another variation on creationism. Leaving aside the creation myth of The Book Of Genesis which is really two creation myths in one, some creation stories are quite interesting. The alt_creation in the New Testament’s Gospel of St. John for example, which starts “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” OK, what does it mean, you might well ask.  Nobody can really tell you with any certainty, but here’s an idea. The word for God in one of the regional dialects (there was no cohesive ‘Hebrew’ language, but many dialects of Aramaic, the common tongue of the middle east region) was Ea or Jah. This means “I am.” So we are led to ask is the creation really the dawning of consciousness? Think that’s bollocks? Renaissance artist Michaelangelo didn’t. Below is his depiction “The creation of Adam,” from the ceiling in Rome’s Sistine Chapel. Note how God is not forming Adam from clay as in the Genesis version, but is reaching out to touch a fully formed human. For what? To bestow the gift of consciousness perhaps?


That’s one take on creation, the one in the Zoroastrian Avesta is in some ways similar. The Zoroastrians were great astrologers (in the true sense – study of the movements of stars, not fortune telling) and knew the earth was round. Their god, Ormazd or Ahuru Mazda however created the world of intelligent humans by flattening it (making maps possible) and ‘squaring the circle’ (mathematics) so that area and distance could be measures. Thus in  a way the development of those arts and sciences gave us consciousness by granting our ancestors the ability to be aware of their place in our environment.

My personal favourite creation story belongs to the Uitoto people of the Orinoco rain forest in South America. Here’s how Sacred Texts presents it:

In the beginning, the word gave origin to the Father. A phantasm, nothing else existed in the beginning; the Father touched an illusion, he grasped something mysterious. Nothing existed. Through the agency of a dream our Father Naimuena [he who is or has a phantasm] kept the mirage to his body, and he pondered long and thought deeply. Nothing existed, not even a stick to support the vision: our Father attached the illusion to the thread of a dream and kept it by the aid of his breath.

Don’t get carried away by your rationalism, I said I like the story, not that I believe it. But you will find plenty of respected philosophers and scientists in the developed world who will argue that our world is an illusion, what we see is not solid objects but energy (light) reflected off objects.And physics can offer us no better explanation of matter than that it is highly compressed energy. We really understand very little about the universe of which we are part.

Twenty years ago it was agreed that while in a universe estimated to contain hundreds of billions of galaxies each comprised of hundreds of billions of stars anything might be possible and it was very likely there were other intelligent life forms out there, we had no positive evidence of the existence of extra solar planets. Now scientists claim we know of 700, and the Kepler mission indicates that there may be 50 billion in our galaxy alone. Already the astrophysicist Steven Vogt has claimed that the likelihood of life existing on the unromantically named planet Gliese 581g is ‘100%’. But what real evidence is there of this. A bunch of people whose living comes from taxpayers funded sinecures, they are paid by us to spend their lives sitting around stargazing in other words, have looked at electro magnetic radiation coming from space in the region where these stars and their planets are though to be and interpreted it; “Oh look at that frequency pattern, from my equations using data extrapolated from mathematical models of the universe, we see clear evidence this energy has passed close by a body with an Oxygen / Nitrogen atmosphere on which carbon based life forms might be able to flourish.” Evidence? It wouldn’t stand up in a court of law. Scientists, in spite of their delusions, are just human beings and like the rest of us are inclined to see what they expect to see.

Obviously claims such as Vogt’s are complete bollocks. One only has to note the ways in which words like might, maybe, possibly and chance are used to see the authors of such guff are just phishing for research grants. In fact even a lay person reading this account will ascertain that Vogt’s childish enthusiasm for playing with Star Wars toys finding evidence of alien life has got the better of his common sense. The joint discoverer of Gliese 581g is a little more objective however, as the link shows.

Alpha Centauri, the nearest star cluster is over 4 years journey away at the speed of light (186,000 miles or about 300,000 km per second). The fastest spacecraft we have ever launched however would take 70,000 years to reach the closest star in Alpha Centauri. We should not forget that the universe, defined as that which is with the shock wave that has emanated out from Big Bang at the speed of light for 13 billion years (estimated) is … chuffing big. Now a light year is the distance travelled by light at the aforementioned speed and our fastest spacecraft as at March 2011 when I looked it up is 17 km per second (around 11 miles) although that is in a heliocentic orbit, the fastest we have on a trajectory that will take it out of our solar system is going at a mere 15.75 km per second because of the effect of solar gravity. I carried out that little exercise in response to a bunch of “scientists” who were yelling about how important it was for governments and international agencies to start throwing money into a fiscal black hole named “Let’s build spaceship to take us half witted wankers to the stars.” To put this into perspective our current fastest spacecraft would reach the nearest star, the Alpha Centauri constellation, in 70,000 years. And to get to Gliese 581g, the nearest planet yet discovered that might just might, possibly support some form of life, would take 20 times as long. Ad think how disappointed those scientists would be if they found life on that planet had not evolved beyond the amoeba stage or worse still had become extinct during humanity’s journey to greet them.

If we were to commission an exploratory expedition lasting say 40 years to Proxima Centauri, the closest star in the Alpha Centauri group at a distance of approx 4.2 light years from earth we would need to build a spacecraft capable of a tenth the speed of light, 18,600 miles or 30,000 kilometers per second. Now remember that what we have now, even with the pedal to the metal will only do 16 km per second. It is not science these imbeciles are talking about, it’s science fiction.

Not only do we have not have any new technology on the horizon capable of achieving such speeds but new materials would be needed to resist the stresses on the spacecraft and very possibly a completely new type of human being to cope with conditions on board the craft and devote forty years of their life to something that pointless.

What would be the consequences of the discovery of alien life, even if it were of the merest microbial life form on a planet orbiting a distant star? Well apart from “scientists” all round the world having a spontaneous orgasm and running off to change their underwear, none at all. If such a planet were to be discovered in our solar system it would be a different matter but no such planet exists in our solar system. Our species has developed its beliefs, its cultures, its religions on the basis of our uniqueness, on the idea that we are alone, the only truly intelligent life form in the universe. Some believe this universe was specifically designed for us – and I am not just talking of religious creationists here. Physicist Dr. John Gribben (In Search Of The Multiverse) proposes the universe may have been designed by an intelligent life for much like ourselves – I do not agree but it is an idea and this article is about ideas not mathematics. Incontrovertible proof that we are not alone would force us to reexamine all our knowledge, to build new theories of life, its origins, its diversity, perhaps its purpose. If we discover one life form we will discover many, for the universe is vast and the number of stars almost uncountable. Somewhere out there, almost certainly, would be life forms that possess intelligence recognisably like our own, for they will have developed by the same laws of evolution, bound by the same physics and chemistry that we know on Earth. Should we prioritize seeking contact with these hypothetical life forms, ahead of matters like feeding our growing population of meeting increasing demand for food, water and raw materials. What if they turn out to be bigger, harder and more technically advance than us … and complete bastards to boot.

Though the level of our current knowledge suggests humans will be earth bound for the foreseeable future there is a universe of ideas out there in the deep space of our minds waiting to be explored. In addition to Gribben’s Designer Universe we have the possibilities of Quantum Entanglements which I have written about in a deliberately provocative way, the Morphic Resonance theory proposed by biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and the ideas of many other pioneers in various branches of the sciences. And then there are the ideas of philosophers, both humanist and religious, the philosophies of established religions and the speculations of modern visionaries, artists, poets and writers. I find it particularly sad that among people who claim to be “scientists” (though in reality they are science fans, a dogmatic approach has taken hold. These people will try to suppress or shout down discussion of interesting, off – message ideas because they are convinced there is only one idea and one way of thinking that can possibly be right.

* Life, the universe and everything: a line from Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy. I mention it because in an article some time ago when I used this very well known phrase one of those cupid stunts who commented, the type of person whose only contribution to the exchange of ideas on the internet is to attack original thought and try to suppress free discussion accused me of plagiarism in a pathetic attempt to discredit my article.

The Battle Of Ideas festival


Chinese Lunar Rover Finds No Evidence of American Moon Landings
As the ‘Science Squad’ (Brian Cox, Dara O’Briain and assorted Star Wars fans) get hyper over Major Tim Peake ‘going into space’ I call for scepticism. He hasn’t gone into ‘space’, the space station is in a fixed orbit 250 miles above the earth and that is within the earth’s atmosphere, in the layer known as The Thermosphere, which is not even the outermost sphere of the atmosphere.

It Doesn’t Take Much To get Scientists Excited

Yesterday we saw on television news bulletins pictures of scientists jumping up and down, screaming and shouting and generally behaving they way we would expect from Liverpool football supporters if they heard Mario Balotelli had been transferred to another club. What was the cause of this celebrationete? You might well ask …

Creativity Must Triumph Over Conformity
Bruce Elkin argues that to save civilisation creativity must triumph over conformity. We must kick our addiction to consumption, rediscover the things that are really important and use the unique abilities of humans to create a society in which fullfillment is the goal rather than wealth and power. In other words we must redefine what we mean by success.

Why The Intellectual Elitie Truly Despise The Lower Classes
Have you noticed that the professional hand wriners of the left have shifted their focus from ‘the poor’ to minorities. They did not succeed in abolishing poverty so what’s going on? Simples. The intellectual left having elected themselves to speak for the poor found the poor were able to speakl for themselves and resented posh pokenoses pontification about matters of which understanding cannot be gained by reading books. This article exposes the hypocrisy of the left …

Science, Certanties and Stereotypes
The left are always quick to accuse their opponents of stereotyping but when it comes to embracing certainties and applying stereotypes there is no political group worse than the left, which includes the supporters of politicised science and the miolitant atheists for stereotyping their opponents as a way to suppress views opposed to their own. …

Scalar Waves – the true sustainable energy

Why has science become so intolerant of those who question

The Truth Is Not Out There

Before Big Bang part 1

Before Big Bang part 2

Brian Cox’s wonders of the universe replaces reality with computer simulations

Are we becoming slaves of our machines

Alchemy For Beginners

Carl Sagan Day

We Need A Culture of Existentialism To Counter Scientific pseudoreligion

Not Intelligent Design but a Designer Universe

Turd Nine From Outer Space

Return Of Turd Nine From Outer Space
Quantum metaphysics: forget the God Particle, this will blow your mind.
Scientists claim to have created artificial life in a laboratory are just showeboating
Did you see that? Those half feen shadows might be Amoeba Constabulae
Life on Mars – a crazy look at how the ‘canals’ on the red planet might have been made
Who wants to live forever? In an overpopulated world what is the point of science trying to extend our lifespan
Clear Night – across the universe in a thought

Atomic Verse – a poem on quantum physics

CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, non commercial, no derivs.


There Is NothingIn The Dumbing Down Of Education That Does Not Support ‘The Agenda’

July 6, 2016

Most of this long post is exerpted from a post on Minding The Campus blog, a US blog site for dissident educators. The article is written from the perspective of an educator: It is reproduced here under ‘fair use terms’ in the public interest. The article exposes some misconceptions about the nature and purpose of modern education . The author opens by bemoaning the standard of education found in young people.

My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.

He’s complimentary to the children:

[T]hey rarely allow themselves to become passionate and invested in any one subject); they build superb resumes. They are respectful and cordial to their elders, though easy-going if crude with their peers. They respect diversity (without having the slightest clue what diversity is) and they are experts in the arts of non-judgmentalism (at least publically). They are the cream of their generation, the masters of the universe, a generation-in-waiting to run America and the world.


Some students, due most often to serendipitous class choices or a quirky old-fashioned teacher, might know a few of these answers. But most students have not been educated to know them. At best, they possess accidental knowledge, but otherwise are masters of systematic ignorance. It is not their “fault” for pervasive ignorance of western and American history, civilization, politics, art and literature. Science fares somewhat better but it is learned by rote and theories are passed off as fact; mathematics is all important though most of us will never use any branch but arithmetic after leaving school.

Modern pupils however have learned exactly what we have asked of them – to be like mayflies, alive by happenstance in a fleeting present.

This can’t be stressed enough. In my last decade in work the constant mantra was that new is good, therefore right and I was nothing to do with education. But old mavericks like me, men and women who had benefitted from that education system known as “The Renaissance Education” which taught us to question, were being phased out. When I left the last corporate job I had in the early 1980s to become a freelance Information Technology consultant, the management services director (another Renaisance Education type) stormed into Human Resources demanding to know why I was being allowed to take a redundancy package and go when a number of notorious plodders would be staying.

“This company needs people who can implement corporate policy, not people who question it,” he was told.

Mordern teachers are, on the whole, open to new developments coming out of the curriculum branch, but when something bad comes along (such as Common Core in the USA, and britain’s National Curriculum, few are prepared to stand up say, ‘Hang on, since when did education take a one-size-fits-all approach, what about diversity?’

New! New! New! That’s the mantra.

And of course new policy is backed up by new teaching materials, innit, which comprise texts and exam books, extension work – anything to get the school to buy three texts per child, not one. Let alone the teacher texts. And inside those books are a complete political system based on the assumption that all pupils conform to a standard model and thus have identical educational needs. So  who are  the drivers of the new ideas? They are bureaucrats working for central government, people who have rarely if ever taught a class or, since they left school themselves, interacted with people from different educational classes or social backgrounds. but they will all have obtained a PhD ‘education’ which qualifies them as much greater experts that teacher who have spent years working at ‘the chalk face.’

Everyone below the ‘educationalists’, through the teachers, classroom assistants and down to the pupils, is expected to fall into line behind the currently fashionable theory of education.. Teachers are afraid to appear reactionary, racist, sexist, homophobic and even the moist trivial dissent from the official line will see one branded thus. Those who doubt the message may gently and quietly mock but teachers have mortgages and bills and need to eat and they know it’s more than their job’s worth to voice criticisms or point out that the system is failing.

Of late, people have started to wake up to the fact that the BBC is in effect the broadcating arm of The Ministry Of Truth and that the leftie luvvies and ‘speshul snowflakes’ it employs seem to be so brainwashed they cannot distinguish between facts and their personal beliefs and prejudices. The damage was done  a generation ago it was done, to Generation X and Generation Y who were taught never to question authority and to accept the assumptions of the politically correct left as facts.

And voila, the culture of the 40s, 50s and 60s is not only gone, it’s mocked. A lady who was  in a blog group I was in, in 2006/7, wrote to me that I sounded as if I were from the 60s. That was meant to be bad, that was meant to cut. It didn’t, because all I had been doing was questioning the assumptions of the left.

The immense power of the people controlling the media is incalculable. And yet those people are always hidden and are always at work, advancing the agenda. Any topic, say demonstrating  a relative pronoun, can be loaded with embedded values, (e.g. (1) the boy who bullied immigrant children (2) we gave to a charity that drills wells in Africa) Every single excerpt, every single example, reinforcing the message.

Back to Minding the Campus which gets down to the nitty gritty here (BTW nitty gritty is a racist phrase because it refers to the gravel that was used as ballast on slave ships according to American educators. In fact the term originally referred to the ballast on all ships, but hey, never miss an opportunity to reinforce the message):

Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system – it is its crowning achievement. Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts — whom our students (and most of us) know nothing about — have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings. The pervasive ignorance of our students is not a mere accident or unfortunate but correctible outcome, if only we hire better teachers or tweak the reading lists in high school. It is the consequence of a civilizational commitment to civilizational suicide. The end of history for our students signals the End of History for the West.

This is not an overreaction at the end – it really is the end of history. Being a sad case, I’ve always liked history books and when I was staying at a mate’s place, his son’s old history book was in the bookshelf. Took it out and it had the leather bound, hardback look which spelt gravitas.

Good, the old history, I thought. Several pages in and I was already muttering, then expostulating – the guff included as given truths were off the planet. Usually it’s the bias of selection and omission but this one included total porkies. I looked at the date – mid-90s.

Oh my goodness – who was going to correct these things? Well obviously people such as I. And just how was I going to do this? Track down the authors when I had a dozen things to do that day? And the son was now grown, out in the world. You see the impossibility of the task. And who’s to say he’d even listen or see it as relevant to his own world these days?

Back to the teachers and how far can they be blamed? Those in charge are Gen X, the new teachers are Millennials – the process has already been done on them.

Some saw it and tried to fight back by producing alternative materials:

E.D. Hirsch even worked up a self-help curriculum, a do-it yourself guide on how to become culturally literate, imbued with the can-do American spirit that cultural defenestration could be reversed by a good reading list in the appendix. Broadly missing is sufficient appreciation that this ignorance is the intended consequence of our educational system, a sign of its robust health and success.

Heads would look at it – hmmmm, interesting angles but reactionary, racist, every other -ist. And that was that. Those values were never going to be reintroduced by us. The only real chance is that some bright kids start to see something’s wrong, something’s missing and start exploring.

It’s not unlike The Who’s song 905:

In suspended animation
My childhood passed me by
If I speak without emotion
Then you know the reason why
Knowledge of the universe
Was fed into my mind
As my adolescent body
Left its puberty behind

And everything I know is what I need to know
And everything I do’s been done before
Every sentence in my head
Someone else has said
At each end of my life is an open door/a>

I have a feeling deep inside
That somethin’ is missing
It’s a feeling in my soul
And I can’t help wishing
That one day I’ll discover
That we’re living a lie
And I’ll tell the whole world
The reason why.

Chilling, yes? The point made over and over is that none of this is random, the rising and falling wave of civilization – this is quite deliberately introduced and it has succeeded. These are very patient people.

The earliest confirmed example was long ago, called the Lincoln School in America, Rockefeller funded and embracing what’s known as Wundtian philosophy. I’ll leave you to explore Wilhelm Wundt who might have died an obscure experimenter, were it not for his inclusion in the genesis of the new education.

There are just too many articles on education but one good one, on research methods, was reprinted here on my former blog:

The theme of deliberate intervention in order to suppress the very natural human instinct to question and rebel was, when I started blogging in 2005, seen as tinfoil hat conspirascy stuff, despite senior teachers and lecturers writing many essays and books critical of the way education was heading. Today, it’s seen as part of the fightback against dumbing-down which most of us (everyone who has used Facebook or Twitter for example) have observed in all its ingloriousness.


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Global Warming Is Not Causing Any Polar Ice Cap Meltdown Says NASA

September 18, 2015

Dramatic pictures showing ice cap melt are only depicting what happens every summer as the temperature rises.

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.

The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As a result, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive than they had been since at least the 1920s. Nevertheless, this abnormally extensive 1979 polar ice extent would appear to be the “normal” baseline when comparing post-1979 polar ice extent.

Updated NASA satellite data show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar ice modestly receded for several years. By 2012, polar sea ice had receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as “proof” of a global warming crisis.)

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In our efforts to expose the global warming sacre as a scientific scam aimed at justifying masive taxes on energy, we have returned again and to the theme of how all data supplied as evidence of catatsrophic global warming was in fact the output form mathematical models running on computers and fed ‘adjusted’ (i.e. fraudulent) data. Again and again we and many other alternative news sites have produced evidence to back our arguments, only to be met with a hysterical backlash from science zealots accusing us of heresy. Well sorry guys, science is not a religion and if you keep lying to try to prove your God infallible, those inconvenient real world facts are going to trip you up again and again.


Climate Change: Physicist Asks Is a Deadly Ice Age on the Horizon?

The last ice age ended approximately 12,000 years ago, and since then we’ve been enjoying a pleasantly warm “interglacial period.” But given that an interglacial may last only 12,000 years, we’re confronted with a scary prospect: Another ice age may be nigh.

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It Looks As If Carbon Credits Scam Has INCREASED CO2 Emissions

August 29, 2015

Time to bring a recent post of ours to this dying blog platform, mainly because The Independent ran a story today about climate scientists (remember that discredited bunch of crooks and liars) claiming that climate change / global warming is steaming ahead much faster that even their most doom laden, mathematically modelled predictions have ever suggested.

Well climate scientists have never knowingly told the truth about anything. So here’s a link to a site that tells it like it is, without adjusting the data or placing the data gathering equipment in pizza ovens.

from The Daily Stirrer:
As the climate change scare becomes more and more exposed for the money making fraud it always was, they green weirdie beardie, rope sandal wearing tree huggers get more hysterical and stupid in their arguments that we must all return to medieval lifestyles, the billionaires like Al Gore who hope to profit from it keep flogging the dead horse and the angrier and more vicious the left wing hate mobs become in their witch hunts.

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It Looks As If Carbon Credits Scam Has INCREASED CO2 Emissions

Immigration by numbers – Why Dave Is Fucked and UKIP are right

August 2, 2015

It seems or politicians, both conservative and Labour, Dave, Hattie Harperson, all the Labour contenders except that brain dead Trotskyite moron Corbyn, who lives in fairy land it seems,  are making noises about controlling immigration. This is probably why the brain dead revenants who support Labour are supporting Corbyn who seems to think all we have to do is “TAX THE RICH TAX THE RICH TAX THE RICH” and we will have so much money in the coffers all of the three bilion people in the world who subsist on less than $2 a day will be able to come to Britain, claim their free houses and free healthcare and claim a Kings Ransom in benefits each week.

Lefties like to run round screaming SCIENCE SCIENCE SCIENCE as if that proves they have a monopoly on intelligence and reason, but while they pontifiucate about the infallibility of climate models they do not understand basic arithmetic.

Which is unfortunate because all you need to help you understand why left wing social engineering policies are doomed to end in catastrophe is an understanding of basic arithmetic. Once you can get your head around the idea that two plus two can never equal five, you can understand what this person is getting at whith his immigration and gumballs lecture.


Majority of Climate Scientists Don’t Agree with ‘Consensus’ – Dutch Scientific Study

August 1, 2015
Interesting to note that the ‘97% consensus’ figure was arrived at by assuming all the reports that did not state specifically that climate change is NOT caused by Carbon Dioxide were assumed to agree that it is.

We have been told ad nauseum by the Warmageddonist lobby that 97% of ‘climate scientists’ agree with the United Nations position that runaway global warming (which is responsible for the overnight frosts we are getting in July here in norther England) is cause by Carbon Dioxide emissions from human activity.

The 97% consensus was of course a fictional device dreamed up by the owners of the dishonestly named Skeptical Science website and has been demolished many times by simple examination of the facts.

You can always spot science frauds and wankers of course, they spell skeptic with a k because they think it is more scientific (Helpful info: skepticos (Greek) – one who doubts; scepticus (late Latin) – one who questions official dogma.

The Skeptical Science wankers are wrong on all counts, there is no conceivable meaning or inflection of either that could be interpreted as meaning ‘one who professes an absolute belief in globalist propaganda and denies all evidence presented to challenge that propaganda.

Thus we expect Skeptical Science will soon be orchestrating hate mob attacks (similar to those used by the Spanish Inquisition in their campaign to root out heresy) in order to discredit the Dutch researchers who have carried out a survey of over 6000 climate scientists and found that over half disagree with the alleged consensus and the 43% who agree with the IPCC do not go so far as to blame carbon dioxide specifically but limit themselves to saying such warming as was seen between 1950 and 1996 was caused by ‘human activity’ (which could include but is not limited to prodigious shagging leading to a population explosion in third world countries, deforestation, geoengineering projects and intensive farming methods involving feeding cows farty food.

The study, by the PBL Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency (pdf – read online or download), a government body, invited 6550 scientists working in climate related fields, including climate physics, climate impact, and mitigation, to take part in a survey on their views of climate science.

Here’s more on that research project

After Cigarettes and Alcohol, The Government Plans Sugar Tax

May 22, 2015

Sugar does not make you obese, fat does not make you obese, eating too much makes you obese (image source)

The election may have put a Conservative government in power and consigned the pokenoses and busybodies of Labour and the Lib Dems to the political wilderness, but the bansturbators of the public sector march on, their war against pleasure, laughter, tasty food and anything that might put people at risk of enjoying themselves continuing unabated it seems.

A row flared up in the Department for Health yesterday after a junior minister said snack companies could be forced to pay a “sugar tax” if they continue to sell unhealthy foods. The Telegraph reports that George Freeman, Life Sciences Minister, said he may support such a tax to pay for the cost of treating obesity, blaming sugary drinks and snacks for Britain’s expanding waistline.

He told the Hay Festival: “I don’t think heavy-handed legislation is the way to go.

“But I think that where there is a commercial product which confers costs on all of us as a society, as in sugar, and where we can clearly show that the use of that leads to huge pressures on social costs, then we could be looking at recouping some of that through taxation.

“Companies should know that if you insist on selling those products, we will tax them.”

His comments have placed him at loggerheads with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who previously ruled out such a move, saying that the government would look at alternative ways to get people to eat healthily. Other figures, mostly unelected bureaucrats in the Department for Health, have backed the idea, including chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies and Susan Jebb, chairman of the Food Responsibility Network.

The chairman of campaign group Action on Sugar, Graham MacGregor, backed Freeman’s comments, saying: “We are very much in favour of a sugar tax and we welcome Mr Freeman’s words.

“The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, can no longer ignore the fact that current nutrition policy whereby the food industry is allowed to police itself is, unsurprisingly, not working. We are delighted that Tesco has agreed that this is exactly the sort of action that we need and all other retailers must follow suit.”

Also speaking at the Hay Festival, Professor Tim Lang of City University London took an even more hard-line approach, saying that snack manufactures should be banned from calling their products “food”.

Any move to introduce such a tax would likely be fiercely opposed by more libertarian Conservative backbenchers who are already smarting after the government pushed plain packaging for cigarettes through parliament before the election.

Once again we see the innately fascist tendencies of people who work in the public sector but never have to put their jobs on the line by seeking re-election. Mars Bars, Crisps and cans of Cola do not make anybody eat them. Most of us can enjoy an occasional chocolate egg but equally can walk right past the sweet snacks or fizzy drinks displays in supermarkets without being tempted. Yet a sugar tax could not be discriminatory, we the responsible people would therefore be punished for our occasional treats while the morbidly obese would continue to get ‘special payment’ on top of their disability benefit to cover the cost of their addiction to pigging out.


The Bansturbator Diaries – Ban Everything And Tax It Too
Red Meat, fast food,, Pies, Pizzas, Cigarettes, Alcohol, and now sugar. The fun fascists are on the rampage everywere. Is there anything we can do to stop them? Yes. all we have to do is ignore them, especially the ones who try to claim some kind of authority by using the word ‘science’ far more than is necessary.

Elderly face NHS discrimination as new United Nations plan defines death targets for nations
Leaders of the western powers, anxious it seems to divest themselves of responsibility while extending and tightening their grip on power, are happy to promote the United Nations as a de facto World Government. The problem is the United Nations employs as advisers and bureaucrats many people whose authoritarian and racist political position makes Herr Hitler look positively liberal.

Alcohol: Health Fascism’s next target
The Health fascists have been out in force this week. With reports on the dangers of alcohol, meat, salt and obesity published our resistance is being tested. The Daily Stirrer is on your side whether you like a drink, a bit of meat, a sprinking of salt on your food or you are a shade overweight. We are always happy to expose the dodgy scence and rigged evidence behind theses control freak fear and panic exercises.

Heath: Scientists lied, saturated fat does not harm us
Another doctor working in research on cardio vascular disease produces a report showing saturated fat is not the cause of obesity, heart attacks and strokes. The real problem lies in highly refined sugars and carbohydrates and the processed fats sold to us as health foods in the form of ‘low fat spreads’.

Health: The Sat Fat Scare was a Big Food scam
After years of being told saturated fat is a killer and we should avoid it in favour of Big Food products that are the nearest modern chemistry can get to packaging arterial plaque, yet another scientific meta analysis shows the sat fat scare was based of fraudulent science and there is no evidence your steak is harming you.

Low salt is a bigger risk than too much
Conventional wisdom tells us too much salt in our diet is a health risk but many studies showing the opposite is true are not widely reported. Have health experts and medical scientists been taking lessonb of the climate change science crooks and liars?

Obesity: The lies of politicians and scientists
For years people have complained about the health industry’s food fascism and obsession with the entirely fallacious idea tha being overweight is the same as obesity. The ravings of doctors about obesity in the case of people who are a few pounds overweight really make their profession look stupid. Now, in response to surveys that show slightly overweight people live longer comes the science whore to tell us it’s impossible to be overweight and healthy.

Everything they said is bad for you is good for you
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Food fascism: Orthorexia – healthy eating is an illness
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Was CERN A False Prophet – Laugh, I Nearly Shat

November 17, 2014
Looking for a needle in a haystack the size of the universe (image source)

Some of you may remember the stick we have taken from The Church Of Scienceology Cult member when in taking the piss out of the over educated idiots at CERN, who are looking for “The Answer To Life, The Universe and Everything,” by comparing their quest for The Higgs Boson to someone looking for a needle in a haystack when:

They don’t know if there is a needle in the haystack
They don’t know what a needle looks like
They don’t know what a haystack is.

Turns out that as usual we were right and the people who think we live in a univese made out of scientific theories were wrong.

From Mysterious Universe – Published under Creative Commons licence

On reviewing data from last years discovery by CERN of the Higgs boson particle, an international research team now claim that the particle discovered may not have actually been the mysterious “God Particle”, but instead something quite different.

Last year, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (also known as CERN)revealed that a new sub-atomic particle they had discovered fit into the measurements of the then theoretical Higgs boson particle. However, a new international research team evaluating the data now believes that it may have been something different; something with implications that could alter the fabric of our scientific understanding.

“The CERN data is generally taken as evidence that the particle is the Higgs particle. It is true that the Higgs particle can explain the data but there can be other explanations, we would also get this data from other particles,” explained member of the research team Mads Toudal Frandsen, associate professor at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark.

“We believe that it may be a so-called techni-higgs particle. This particle is in some ways similar to the Higgs particle — hence half of the name,” says Mads Toudal Frandsen.

The Higgs boson discovery was originally thought to be the missing link in a model for how the universe was created. The Standard Model, as it has become known, postulates that all forms of matter and energy are governed by small set of laws and theories. The major goal of physics working to comprehend this model is to unite all these theories and laws into a “theory of everything”, by which the behavior of all matter and energy can be better understood.

The techni-higgs is something completely different… (Continue reading at Mysterious Universe )

Ah well, back to square one for the pointy heads.

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It Doesn’t Take Much To Get Scientists Excited

November 13, 2014
Space probe Philae of the Rosetta mission on the comet (or Yoda’s House?)

Yesterday we saw on television news bulletins pictures of scientists jumping up and down, screaming and shouting and generally behaving they way we would expect from Liverpool football supporters if they heard Mario Balotelli had been transferred to another club.

What was the cause of this celebrationete? You might well ask.

It seems the pointy heads were worked up because they had landed a space probe, The Rosetta Mission, on the surface of a comet. Or maybe not, later news reports said the capsule had not attached itself to the surface of the comet, some even said it had bounced back into space again.

No matter, today we hear it is down once more. The scientists are in a somewhat calmer frame of mind though still ebullient.

‘Rosetta mission could unlock key to alien life,’ says lead Philae lander scientist

“For Jean-Pierre Bibring, the astrophysicist who has worked on the Rosetta mission for over two decades, the crucial question of our very existence could be found on that relatively tiny spot in the solar system.

“When you observe the solar system now, actually we do not understand why life started here. We are convinced that really the keys were in the origin of the system itself; the process that’s really governed the modeling of different pass-ways,” Bibring said on Wednesday.”

“We are essentially convinced that these molecules, with their specific composition and structures, when they were fed in the oceans of the earth and possibly of other planets, were the missing link to the emergence of life,” he continued.

Bibring extols the “beauty” of the comet, saying it has the ability to preserve the composition of the ingredients out of which the entire solar system formed.” (Source)

There seem to be far more dogmas and established truths in that than the detached objectivity we expect from scientists.

While other scientists are chanting the “mantra “We will learn so much from this,” the way they do when asked what the moon landing actually achieved (forgetting that all we learned from putting men on the moon was that it isn’t made of cheese). Its the standard justification for flushing shitloads of taxpayers’ money down the toilet on pointless projects run by people who make no distinction between research ans science fiction of course. WTF possible benefit can there be in having another few thousand theories about the origins of life? They are emerging already.


Last April, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope team discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” – the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. (Really they observed a change in the radiated light from that star which suggested a planet sized object had passed between it and earth. As it would take our fastest spacecraft about 100,000 years to reach that star system we ain’t going to be finding our for sure any time soon.

Some scientists theorize that five stars in our galaxy have Earth-sized planets in the habitable or Goldilocks Zone.

Whether life could have formed in liquid water on one of these ‘Goldilocks’ planets, or if it hitched a ride across the solar system on a comet, Philae potentially offers a key to the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe. What’s more, if life on Earth came from microbes that hitched a ride on a comet, then ironically, human beings would in fact be the alien life they have always been looking for.

I’m sure it will not dampen the excitement of science heads if I reveal that theories claiming the whole comet landing stunt was filmed in a Hollywood studio have already been posted on the internet.

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Infinity And The Myth Of Space And Time
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Quantum Metaphysics or The God Experiments
Not Intelligent Design But A Designer Universe.
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