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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 15:29 - 16 Comments
Generally speaking I have high regard for Mike Adams aka the Health Ranger who runs the informative Natural News website.
His site has a whole health theme, but what impresses me the most about his site is that he gives room to a fairly wide range of highly relevant social topics that go beyond products and information about body-mind health.
In today’s ecosocio-political climate we need everyone with a blog, website or social media account to discuss the important issues of our time. To discuss only pleasantries, niceties and one’s specialization is to do a disservice to your community. We are not in Kansas (“Good Ole USA land of the free, blah, blah, etc…..”) any more—we never were.
It was a temporary illusion cast over 20th century society with the help of unidirectional radio and televisions broadcasts. And this brings to the subject of this post. According to Mike Adam’s logic, science, the creator of radio and TV is to blame for many of our modern ills.
His article on the the evils of science and “the scientific madman Stephan Hawking’ sounds like the screams of a wild-eyed religious fundamentalist.
Science has become evil, in other words. Through its lack of empathy and its failure to recognize the existence of the mind, it is carrying out agendas that go far beyond mere “crimes against humanity” and border on the demonic. In the name of “science,” life is being destroyed across our planet, and yet, astoundingly, those poison pushers who profit from it proclaim that they are the saviors of our world! “People will starve if we don’t grow genetically modified crops,” they cry.
Now really Mike… is it in the name of science that life is destroyed or is it in the name of profit? Do you really think that lab scientists are scheming ways to destroy life or is it the policy of capitalist economics that proclaims profit at all costs?
I’m sure most you have heard of the Union of Concerned Scientists, but have you ever heard of the Union of Concerned MBA’s?
Yet at the same time they refuse to let a farmer in India save his own seeds from one generation to the next. They have refused him the natural right to plant his own crops, year after year, without paying royalties to the monopolistic evil corporation that has used scientific genetic engineering to cause seeds to self-terminate after one generation.
If we follow “science” as our great leader and teacher, we will only follow it to our own self destruction. Because science has no soul. It has no spirit. It has no mind. It is an empty shell of mathematics that lacks meaning. It has nothing more to offer our civilization until we attain a deeper appreciation of empathy, consciousness and free will. Because only from that place can we hope to properly understand and apply the sciences in a way that protects life rather than destroying it.
He then goes on to list the “evil” offspring of science.
The world of “science” has given us atomic weapons, GMOs, vaccines, toxic synthetic chemicals, pesticides and psychiatric drugs. It has used innocent people in deadly medical experiments and unleashed widespread genetic pollution on our world through the careless proliferation of genetically modified organisms. But the scientists insisted they were creating a better world. “Better living through chemistry,” they said two decades ago. And now, a generation later, we are dealing with a collapse of life on our planet so large and so disastrous that it is being called the sixth great extinction of life on our planet
How could science have paved the way for such destruction on the planet?
Mr. Adams is seriously deluded as to what science is. He talks about science as if it were some sort of political ideology and nothing could be further from the truth. His rant is so absurd that is makes me wonder if he isn’t a closet creationist.
Scientists don’t craft company slogans or commercials that job is left to Madison Avenue’s sleight of hand specialists.
Science is first and foremost a methodology used in an attempt to arrive at the most unfettered and uncluttered view of reality. Humans are prone to cognitive-perceptual biases that lead to erroneous and delusional interpretations of the phenomenal world. Mr. Adams’ article is a case in point.
The scientific method helps us to distinguish between realities existing only in our heads and realities not dependent upon one’s imagination. It is evident that Mr. Adams has no understanding of what science is and it becomes all too glaringly clear as we examine the rest of his tirade.
Here’s how the dictionary defines Science.
The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment : the world of science and technology.
• a particular area of this : veterinary science | the agricultural sciences.
• a systematically organized body of knowledge on a particular subject : the science of criminology.
In Other Words Science is a Tool.
How can anyone in their right mind attribute intent to an inanimate entity? By Adams’ logic then we can also say that knives are “evil” because they are used kill people.
We all know that knives are for the most part used in beneficial ways. And when a knife is used to kill somebody do we fault the user of the tool or the tool? Science has enabled us to create many beneficial tools and to be fair science has also helped us to create many tools with detrimental effects for all concerned.
But where does the “evil” lie? With the tool maker or the tool? I doubt that anybody is going to implicate the tool so that leaves the tool maker. So does that mean that certain scientists are “evil” because the are willing to help create harmful tools? Before we go forward with this last question let’s drop the word evil. It’s not a word that I use because it’s an archaic word left over from our more ignorant pre-scientific days.
WHAT IS EVIL?
Evil implies inherent badness, as if there were some sort of absolute source of evil in the cosmos from which evil things spring. Science has taught me a different understanding of this thing we call evil.
Humans display a wide range of behaviors and science has shown that we are shaped by a combination of inherited and cultural/environmental factors.
Not everyone that is abused as a child goes on to commit violent crimes, but some so do. Those that do resort to habitual violence have genetic factors involved. But studies have revealed that possessing a certain genetic profile is not enough to compel someone to habitual violence.
Extreme behaviors are extreme because they are committed by a very small percentage of the population. And we now know that individuals who have suffered traumatic experiences often develop deviant or extreme and unusual behaviors.
We can therefore say that extreme or unusual behaviors result from a combination of traumatic or unusual experiences and a compromised genetic profile. What we’ve called evil behavior is in fact compelled behavior that results from injury and misfortune. “Evil” people are damaged people.
Now back to the question of scientists who knowingly help create harmful tools. What are we to make of them? Are they damaged or deviant in some way? Here’s what Mike has to say about scientists.
We denounce the core philosophical delusions of science
This new documentary, The God Within, seeks to answer the question of why science is so destructive and dangerous. It begins by denouncing the false philosophy fronted by famed physicist Stephen Hawking, who insists that human beings are biological robots with no consciousness, no free will, no minds and no spirit.
In his own words, from his book The Grand Design:
“It is hard to imagine how free will can operate if our behavior is determined by physical law, so it seems that we are no more than biological machines and that free will is just an illusion.”
Like most conventional scientists, Hawking believes that human beings are not conscious beings. Thus, we are incapable of empathy; incapable of love, pain, suffering or making our own decisions based on free will.
Whoa there health ranger, I don’t know what kind of high horse he’s riding, but it seems his marbles have been rattled from riding so hard and fast.
At this point I’ll denounce Mike Adams as delusional and unfit to write about science and scientists with any kind of respect for accuracy or rigor.
Adams quotes one line from Hawking in which he (Hawking) uses words like “hard to believe” and “seems” in reference to the question of free will and biological machines, yet Adams accuses him of “insisting that human beings are no more than biological robots with no consciousness, no free will, no minds and no spirit”.
Adams then adds insult to injury, that is he insults the average intelligence and demolishes his credibility by blurting that “Hawking believes human beings are not conscious beings. Thus, we are incapable of empathy; incapable of love, pain, suffering or making our own decisions based on free will.”
Adams continues his diatribe by saying….
This utter lack of recognition of the value of consciousness in living beings is the core principle of evil upon which most of modern science is built. It is the lack of empathy itself that gives rise to great evil.
Interestingly, this is precisely the conclusion of a member of the scientific community — Cambridge University psychology professor Simon Baron-Cohen, who has written a new book in which he concludes that evil originates with a failure of empathy. He explains that psychopaths have “zero degrees of empathy,” meaning they do not recognize nor value the thoughts and feelings of others.
This just happens to be the core principle of conventional science, which believes that feelings and thoughts are mere “biological ricochets” of brain chemistry, lacking any spirit, intention or consciousness. Thus, the core principle of conventional science as practiced today is psychopathic and delusional.
This is why so many offshoots of so-called “scientific” thinking — the pursuit of GMOs, the mass-vaccination harming of innocent children, the widespread chemical poisoning of the natural world — are so blatantly psychopathic in nature. To unleash genetic contamination upon the world through the use of seeds containing “terminator” technology is a dangerous act from a psychopathic industry operating without any empathy toward living creatures.
Modern science is psychopathic in its applications
A psychopath is defined as “A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse.”
Let’s get it straight Lone Ranger. “Psycho-” equates to a person’s mental-emotional faculties and “-pathic” is derived from pathology meaning sickness or disease. People are psychopathic. Inanimate things don’t have minds and therefore can’t be psychopathic.
Now an ideology can be said to espouse psychopathic behavior, but there is no general scientific creed or mission statement unspoken or otherwise to be found anywhere. You saw the scientific method defined, it’s a process used to refine our knowing and our technologies… not a socio-political ideology.
THE REAL PROBLEM
The root problem that Mr. Adams is foaming about lies with psychopathic people and not with the tools symptomatic of psychopathic creators.
Money and power addicted barbarians with no regard for anything else are the root source of our collective problems.
The same kind of people are elected to be our lawmakers, who in turn are considered world leaders. World leaders in what? World leaders in the destruction of the biosphere that is.
We can all agree that there are not enough laws to protect us and the environment from the psychopathology of the ruling and corporate classes. And we know that the foregoing situation is not an oversight.
Psychopathic lawmakers are teamed with a psychopathic corporate class to wring out as much profit as possible from the host class. Yes host… as in hosts to parasites. The three branches of government and the corporate class are a single entity working in tandem to live off the ignorance and cultivated passivity of the subject or host class. That is why I use the term Govcorp. Fascist means the same, but Govcorp is more direct and doesn’t need much definition.
Scientists may be found guilty of psychopathic behavior if they willingly and knowingly contribute their effort to endeavors that are more detrimental than anything else. Such as the scientists who work for Monsanto, the Military Industrial Complex, tobacco companies and other dubious enterprises.
Neuroscientists and psychologists can test prospective public office candidates for psychpathological traits. A truly enlightened society would employ science to screen out the bad apples and demand laws to protect the biosphere and its denizens from those all too willing to apply science in detrimental ways.
Science is then used to create safe technologies because sane people are at the helm crafting holistic policies. But the tragic truth is that we have the exact opposite. We have a psychopathic governing class that is installed and commandeered by a psychopathic corporate class. If Mike Adams wants rail, rant and expose the “evil in the world then I suggest he leave science alone and focus on the public policy makers.
Mr. Adams continues…
Yet this perfectly describes the behavior of many corporations operating under the label of “science.” The GMO seed companies, pesticide companies, fluoride chemical companies, psychiatric drug manufacturers, chemotherapy makers and vaccine manufacturers are, in effect, “psychopathic” in their behavior. They all claim to be operating as “scientific” entities, however, and they aggressively attack those who disagree with them as being “unscientific.” It is this perverted, criminal and amoral behavior — and a total lack of empathy for living beings — that qualifies much of today’s “scientific” corporate behavior as inescapably psychopathic.
There is no such thing as “scientific corporate behavior” Corporations are not waving a science flag. Are you kidding we live in an anti-intellectual culture. The flag waved by corporations screams glorified and sexualized materialism!
They teach disease and drugs in medical school, in other words, but they don’t teach doctors to value the life experience and consciousness of their patients. The idea that the patient even has a “spirit” or a “mind” is so alien to modern medicine that the entire conventional medical system utterly denies the existence of mind-body medicine… as if somehow the mind did not even exist.
Where have you been Health Ranger? Psychosomatic dynamics and the placebo effect are well understood phenomena thanks to science.
They may be under utilized and under emphasized branches of knowledge, but it has nothing to do with the philosophy of science and everything to do with the conduct of a profit driven class of people who employ science to entirely selfish ends.
What Monsanto or Eli Lilly do is by no means done in the name of science, but in the name of economic gain. They are business/money making enterprises not schools of philosophy.
This denial of the existence of the mind (and its interaction with the body) is a kind of scientific insanity that has infected the minds of modern doctors and medical researchers. But it doesn’t stop at medicine, of course: This delusion also runs rampant through the physics community.
What has Mr. Adams’ been smoking? Who denies of the existence of the mind and its interaction with the body? Even Harvard Medical School offers classes on psychosomatic medicine.
Psychosomatic medicine has been written about extensively since the late 1930,s and is now a fully established branch of mainstream medical science. The Physics community has been discussing the observer effect for more than half a century and in 1997 the observer effect was given empirical validation.
The Health Ranger rages on….
We must not blindly follow science to our own destruction
That our world’s top physicists such as Stephen Hawking fully embrace the frightening belief that human beings have no consciousness, no minds and no free will is a gigantic warning sign that the human race must not follow “science” blindly to its own self destruction.
Stephen Hawking is an eccentric physicist from what is perhaps one of the most irrelevant branches of science at this stage of its evolution. He is hardly a spokesperson for the scientific community.
And if Mike Adams would do some research and a lot less ranting he would discover that the classical definition of free will is indeed in need of revision.
“Science” has led us down the path of nuclear catastrophe, the depletion of natural resources, the chemical saturation of our agricultural lands and the ongoing collapse of food pollinators such as honey bees and bats. “Science” has irradiated our bodies, drugged our children, polluted our spaces with electromagnetic cell phone broadcasts, contaminated our water supplies and impoverished our genetic future with the incessant burden of DNA-damaging chemical contamination.
“Science” is leading humanity to its own destruction while promising progress. “Science” has become the modern-day justification for the advancement of evil — the destruction of life on our planet for the sole purpose of furthering a corporate or political agenda (at the expense of protecting life).
This is a template of absolute evil, carried out in the name of science. And it is being conducted by truly evil human beings who are quite literally psychopathic in that they have no capacity to value the lives or experiences of others. They are the demons who roam our world, destroying everything in their path while attacking those who dare to protect life. These demons must either be transformed or destroyed if we hope to have a sustainable future of life on our planet.
Perhaps the only accurate statement made by Adams in his entire article is the identification of psychopathic people in positions of power and the very real and present danger they pose. I can agree with him 100 percent on that point. Otherwise I am completely astounded by the magnitude of his misconceptions to say the least.
The End is Near that is the End of Mike Adams’ Mindless Tirade
We must denounce the mindless, soulless “scientific” path
It is time that we, the citizens of our planet, denounced the mindless, soulless philosophy of the scientific community and embraced a wiser, more advanced philosophy that recognizes the reality of consciousness… not merely human consciousness, by the way, but the consciousness of all living things: Animals, trees and plants.
- Only by embracing a new philosophy that celebrates the existence of consciousness, the mind, the soul and free will can we ever hope to achieve wisdom and peace as a species.
- Only by valuing life can we ever hope to sustain it.
- Only by recognizing the suffering in others can we ever hope to end it.
- Only by abandoning the empty mindless underpinning of modern science can we ever hope to halt the destruction it has unleashed upon our world.
A philosophical shift is the next step in human advancement
The real solutions to our world’s problems, you see, do not merely require banning GMOs or outlawing certain chemical pesticides. They require a wholesale philosophical upgrade that advances human understanding from the outmoded Newtonian era of understanding to the “quantum era” of human and animal consciousness. The next stage in our evolution, in other words, will not come from the realm of science at all but rather the realm of philosophy.
CONCLUSION and CONFUSION
Quantum era? Isn’t “quantum” a highfalutin science term used by people like public enemy number one Stephen Hawking?
I can’t help but disagree with Adams’ conclusion. We are awash with too many theories and philosophies (analysis paralysis) as it is and what good has it done us? And the last thing we need is some nebulous “consciousness” based philosophy. All this jibberjabber about “consciousness ” is so navel gazing, get over it and do something useful with it I say.
Don’t get me wrong the ability to conceptualize, write down and transmit our ideas about reality has value. But it’s not that we lack the philosophical basis to create the kinds of change our societies need in order to meet with the philosophies of sustainability and ecology.
The idea of sustainability entered the literary field in late 1970′s and ecology was around at the start of early 20th century. People started writing about ecology en masse during the 60′s and it reached a peak around the year 2000.
We well know what kinds of philosophies are needed to live sustainably on a finite planet, but do we see the governments of world acting on those philosophies? The people we call our leaders could care less about philosophical shifts. The kind of shift we need removes the obstacles (entrenched interests) so that we can implement corrective and effective philosophies.
The problem lies with implementation of evidence based philosophies and the reason that sustainability and ecologically based policies are not being implemented is due to the fact that our leadership agencies are infested and controlled by psychopathic individuals. Empathy deficient people who are addicted to money and power and who could care less about the present and future health of the planet and its inhabitants as long as they are profitting.
The sane and holistically conscientious people of the world need to understand that we are governed by the worst among us and that there will be no change at the macro scale until our leadership agencies are directed by sane and holistically conscientious people. And Mike Adams may disagree, but science will provide the safest technologies and best methodologies when sane and holistically based policies rule the day.
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