Recent TVshowings about royal monarchs like Queen Victoria and King Louis XIV show some similarities with the attempted monarchical rule of President Trump. To borrow a phrase, each of the systems were rigged.
Einstein used to argue with Niels Bohr and with John Bell that entanglement was impossible beyond the quantum world. At times he seemed unsure, in spite of its plausible relation to the double- slit theory and wave particle duality. How entanglement from one particle here to millions of light years away, how that is extrapolated from […]
A prime example of fake news is that supply-side economics (alias trickle-down economics) is said to trickle down to everyone in equal or comparable measures. Facts contradict this claim, of course. Perhaps trickle-down works in some pockets of the globe but obviously not everywhere. Esp. when 8 persons are alleged (in today’s news) to own […]
When traditional religious beliefs reject the notion of pantheism (belief that God is the same as the universe), they do not cast off the notion of divine omnipresence. They claim that deity is everywhere and BEYOND. If religious traditions like Christianity should propose that God is incarnate in Jesus or other figures, it is not pantheism, […]
If we will not exist in an individual after-life, it seems that we will not endure that with pain, because we’ve endured billions of years with no consciousness or pain before we came to exist.
Ninety percent or more of what we hear or view on the internet, tv, radio, or news shows consists of opinion rather than solid comments based on fact. This means that we spend most of our time as recipients of speculation or guesswork by others. These rivers of speculation flow toward the ultimate goal of […]
Elections seemingly based on factual agenda can be replaced by propaganda. Say “vote for me” often enough and some people will surrender their critical thinking. This surrender may occur at various levels and shades of intensity. Sometime we surrender control of our thought without realizing it, in response to simple phrases like sieg heil, without […]
In 2016 Daniel Levitin has published: A Field Guide to Lies, which aids in the critical appraisal of alleged facts.
In this generously reviewed NY Times best-seller,Why Does the World Exist? Liveright/Norton, 2012, 307 pp. Jim Holt raises many questions about how the universe/multi-verse could emerge from or return to nothing, if an infinite universe can coexist with an infinite deity, or if never to have existed is really better than to exist only for […]
The Roman Catholic Pope, Pius XI, made a claim in 1870–later extended to bishops as a group–that whenever popes speak formally (ex cathedra) about faith and morals, they speak infallibly. Is such self-assertion about freedom from error self-evident? Or is it circular in its logic, begging the question? On March 2016, the Swiss theologian, Hans […]