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Confidence vs Humility


[courtesy Google Images]

[courtesy Google Images]

I view the video below as evidence of a powerful and often self-destructive instinct in most people to follow anyone who speaks with great confidence.  People don’t much care about what’s being said.  They do care about the apparent confidence of the speaker.  Most people don’t care if the speaker speaks truth or lies, but they do care if he speaks with confidence.

If you speak without confidence–even if you’re telling a profound truth–most people won’t believe you.  Most people won’t follow you.

But if you speak with great confidence, people don’t care if you’re a pathological liar–they will follow you, they’ll obey you, they’ll give you lots of money.  Most salesmen, leaders, politicians, bankers and “men of power” understand this principle.  If you would win, if you would rule, you must speak with unbridled confidence.  Obama is a classic example of this phenomenon.

Adolph Hitler also understood this principle and called it the “big lie”.  If you told a lie big enough, no one would doubt it. Perhaps Hitler could’ve labeled the phenomenon the “confident lie”.  I.e., if you tell a lie with sufficient confidence, very few will doubt it.

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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Belief, Bible, confidence, Good & Evil, Lies, Values, Video

 

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The Longest Standing Problem in Astro-Physics


Dark Matter [courtesy Yahoo Images]

Dark Matter
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium. He’s intelligent, humorous, likable and a little bit smug.  So far as I know, he’s an atheist.  Therefore, he’s troubled by a particularly difficult and long-standing problem:  “dark matter“.

Gravity is presumed to be a consequence or characteristic of all matter.  Every gram of matter results in a fixed and knowable amount of gravity.  Scientists have measured the total amount of both gravity and matter in the universe and found a problem. The total amount of gravity appears to be about 25 times greater than the perceivable quantity of mass and energy should produce.

Scientists have been aware of this discrepancy since the 1930s but unable to offer a “scientific” (Godless) explanation.  Scientists (who often doubt the existence of God and disparage the value of religion) have essentially dismissed this problem under the heading of “dark matter”.  Their belief in their own understanding of mass and gravity is so strong that they blithely ignore the fact that their system of belief can’t perceive or account for 95% of the mass and energy of the universe and continue to insist that their system of belief remains undeniably valid.

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Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Belief, Bible, Creationism, Venue, Video

 

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Butterfly Bernanke: “Ah don’ know nuthin’ ‘bout pricin’ gold, Miz Scarlet”


Bernanke2I recently interviewed Michael T. Snyder on the Financial Survival radio program.  Mr. Snyder is the author of TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com and of a recent novel entitled The Beginning of the End.  He’s an intelligent young man with an enviable education:  B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia; a law degree and a Master of Laws of Taxation from the University of Florida.

In the course of the interview Mr. Snyder confided that, ever since he was a young boy, he sought and expected to find teachers who could explain to him how the world really works.  But he never found such teachers at the grade school, junior high, or high school levels.  That didn’t surprise him, but he did expect to find such teachers at the college level.  He didn’t.  He definitely expected to find such teachers at the advanced degree levels for a Juris Doctorate and Master of Tax Laws.  He found no such teachers.

More, in the ten years since he completed his last degree, he’s come to the shocking conclusion that, in the world of economics, no one actually knows what’s going on.  Our economy seems to bump along from one crisis to another and, so far, has seemed to survive—but no one really knows why.

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The Placebo Effect


Some people argue that virtually all of “medicine” is, in fact, nothing but a “placebo effect” whereby we heal because we believe we will heal–or even die because we believe we will die.

The following video offers some unsettling evidence that these arguments may be true.  There’s even evidence that the the placebo effect is not only found in pills, but even in surgery.  I.e., in some instances, when a doctor performs a “fake” surgery, the patient is as likely to improve as if a real surgery had been performed.

This video doesn’t discuss the issue of vitamin supplements, but I’m left to wonder about the extent that vitamins offer “real” healing and the extent that vitamins supplements heal as placebos.

Whether my health is improved by a “real,” chemical-cause-and-effect medicine (or vitamins) or by a placebo effect is irrelevant, so long as my health improves.  Of course, the idea that we might heal based on our beliefs isn’t new.  Still, the fact that there many be evidence I we heal based in large part on our state of mind is . . . interesting . . . even, surprising.

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Belief, Values, Video

 

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The Science Delusion


The following video is fascinating and arguably profound.  I’ll watch it more than once.

As originally conceived, “science” was intended to be only a method of inquiry for the purpose of discovering truth.  But is today’s “science” still a method of finding truth–or has “science” become a system of fixed beliefs very similar to a conventional religion and therefore tending to suppress the discovery of new truths?

It appears that many of the “constants” of science (like the force of gravity and the speed of light) actually vary significantly over the course of a day, week or year.  Those “constants” lay the foundation for the “science belief system” (religion). But if the seemingly fixed “constants” change, what is the value of the “science belief system”?

In the following video, we can see hints of the fundamental reasons why modern “science” is adverse to Christianity.  Both are religions and are therefore as fundamentally opposed as Islam and Judaism.  In the natural conflict between the belief in “science” and belief in God we see an expression of spiritual warfare.

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Here’s another, longer video (01:20:26)  by the same speaker on the same subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPccMlgug8A

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Belief, Bible, Definitions, Values, Video

 

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Evolution vs. Creationism–Comparing Consequences


English: "A Venerable Orang-outang",...

“A Venerable Orang-outang”, a caricature of Charles Darwin as an ape published in The Hornet, a satirical magazine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve recently made contact with several people with whom I went to high school. I haven’t seen or talked to any of them in most of 50 years. Hard to believe. 50 years?! How th’ hell did that happen?!

One of them (John S.) actually took the time to read a couple of my blog entries. I was delighted.

John then sent an email asking for my opinion on an article about a particular anthropologist. I started to read the article—and I’d like to have responded to the contents of that article—but I was quickly diverted by descriptions of the anthropologist’s dedication to Darwin’s theory of Evolution.

Well, I felt compelled to explain my notions on Evolution and Creationism to John. It wasn’t the subject matter he’d asked for, but he did ask for my opinion on “something”. In doing so, he provided me with a bit of a “soapbox”. For me, that’s an almost irresistible temptation. (In fact, when it comes to soapboxes, I’m kinda like Will Rogers. I never met a soapbox that I didn’t like. I have a little of Archimedes in me, too: “Give me a soapbox big enough and a place to stand, and I could move the world.)

In any case, once I got rolling, I wound up writing over 2,500 words on my notions concerning Evolution and Creationism. That’s too many words to present to just one man by email. Some of that text might be of interest or even insightful for some readers, so I’m reposting here:

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Secular Humanism is a “Religion”


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In A.D. 1961, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Torcaso v Watkins.  The case hinged on the right of a man who had otherwise qualified for the office of Notary Public in “Maryland” to assume that office without first confessing (as required by the Maryland Constitution) that he believed in God. The man was an atheist and refused to falsely confess that he believed in God when, in fact, he did not.  More, he contended that the requirement for a confession of a belief in God was an unconstitutional “religious test”.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the atheist as struck down the requirement that public officers had to affirm their belief in God as a prerequisite for holding public office.

The Torcaso case is probably most famous for a footnote which declares,

“Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others.”

With that footnote, the Supreme Court elevated “Secular Humanism” and other atheistic philosophies to the status of “religions“.

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