A case against intelligent design can be inferred from the way CERN’S cyclotron sends out quantum particles at near light speeds on colliding orbits. As these particles collide they seem to pop in and out of existence. Stephen Hawking has theorized that black holes and even the entire universe (or multi-verse) may similarly expand from […]
Stephen Hawking, in his best seller, A Brief History of Time, concluded too hastily that the universe emerged from nothingness entirely and randomly by itself, without any force of intelligent design. This assertion can be neither proved nor disproved by logic in itself. Intertwined with chaos in the universe, design does seem to be present, […]
Which comes first, the chicken or the egg–indoctrination or self-deception? Are either ever justified as fair advocacy? Or are they always lies and unfair propagandas? Are they limited to words? Or are they also conveyed through narratives, films, stories, and pictures? Do they sometimes infect views which are cultural, political, religious, or economical–like trickle-down economics? […]
HYPNOTIC REPETITION is one of the techniques used most relentlessly and profitably in propaganda and indoctrination. Three common examples. 1) Repeat a POLITICAL claim often enough and it will drown out facts. “Don’t bother me with facts. My mind is made up.” 2) Repeat a RELIGIOUS claim frequently enough and it will submerge contrary opinions, […]
The role of music, in both its melodies and lyrics, needs to be analyzed in terms of how it moves people by overt and also subliminal appeals to emotions. Music can indoctrinate us as to what we think or feel next. Music often comprises a major force in what sells movies, programs, and commercial, political, […]
Please see my newly revised website, Sep. 2012, Because issues about propaganda vs critical thought are so critical for readers in general, as well as specialists, I have added new articles, heading, highlights and other changes at that website to steer readers to the most important details. If you add your own insights at this […]
Welcome visitors. (updated September 2011) THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG is to provide a fresh context to some of the many social and ethical issues which divide us. A fresh perspective appears by asking this key question: what distinguishes propaganda, self-deception, and ideology from critical thought–in religions, new and old, politics, economics, etc? This blog […]
Propaganda and indoctrination permeate not only religious groups (new and traditional) but also agnosticism and atheism, whenever they claim the excessive certitude assumed by ideologists. Replacing critical thought, propaganda abounds in political and religious messages, in economic assumptions, and commercial claims.