Monday 30 April 2012

What kind of crisis would do us the most good?


Since crisis there shall be, what would be the best kind of collapse?

What would be the kind, that is, which might (conceivably) tend to lead to repentance before it it too late?

This is an easy question to answer, because there is only one answer: collapse of the mass media for long enough.

Any other crisis which left the mass media intact would be refracted through the lens of the mass media, which would suppress, distort, and simply lie about what was going on; as has happened with all other crises until now: riots, crime, economic hardship.

But denied the possibility of having reality displaced by the view from the mass media - people would be forced back onto their own common sense and experience.

If anything could induce a state of mind conducive to recognition and repentance, that would.

Sunday 29 April 2012

The search for meaning and purpose (everywhere except Christianity)


For many decades I was searching for the meaning and purpose of life - and it was a serious search, involving a great deal of time, travel, effort and expense.

I was searching in many, many directions and places, in almost all places - except for Christianity.


Because I knew all about Christianity, and I knew that the answer was not there; and therefore I resented all discussion of Christianity because it was merely wasting my precious time.

I was impatient and irritable about Christianity, because I knew all about it and I knew it was nonsense.


When I eventually discovered Christianity was what I had supposedly been seeking, I felt pretty silly: I was pretty silly.

I had been willfully blind; I had systematically refrained from searching the only place where what I sought was to be found.


This is the evil triumph of anti-Christian modernity - to have people assume that they know-all-about Christianity, that it is obsolete and exploded, and to deflect their search for meaning and purpose everywhere-except Christianity, and to make these same folk pride themselves on their open-mindedness, their unprejudiced truth-seeking.

Yet no matter how open minded and unprejudiced and sincere they are in their wide-ranging search for meaning and purpose they have unwittingly made the one, single, lethal assumption which utterly prevents them finding what they seek.

Wasted lives...


Saturday 28 April 2012

What is the evidence against Christianity?


There are 1001 lines of evidence against 'Christianity' - as I was well aware during the many years when I assumed the falsehood of Christianity.

Of course, as I now know, taken individually, examined one at a time, all these lines of evidence are shallow, weak, inconclusive and thus inadequate.

But my implicit assumption throughout the time I ignored Christianity was that 1001 pieces of individually inadequate evidence - when heaped-up together - was in total effect more-than-sufficient to refute Christianity.

One good argument is enough to refute a falsehood; 1001 bad arguments don't refute anything - even if they are repeated, and repeated. 


Friday 27 April 2012

The empowerment of the internet? Justice and the law


If it wasn't for the internet, then the mass media would be able effectively to manipulate the Western populations with shamelessly distorted and dishonest reporting and evidence-free rhetoric.

But wait!...


The internet cannot - does not - keep the mass media decent and honest.


People need to cultivate their instincts; to use evidence from their own experience and observations primarily; not from mass communications.

Since we are all (supposedly) so concerned about justice - let's judge by common sense law

Political correctness has offered us a moral inversion, whereby we are most concerned to avoid the ‘prejudice’ of assuming that because a person is habitually dishonest, then they are likely to be lying in this specific instance.

Instead we focus on the fact that the habitually dishonest individual *might* uncharacteristically be telling the truth, for once – and this so obsesses us that that we construct systems which actually assume that knowledge about the past is an intrinsically misleading guide to the future.

Modern legal and other codes are indeed always biased against the people with a track record of sociable behaviour whom the early medieval codes would have assumed were ‘always’ in-the-right.


This is utterly typical of modernity. In the wish to set ourselves above and apart from our ancestors, we in the modern world have created social systems that avoid the specific and rare mistakes of the past at the cost of enforcing systematic error.

In order to avoid infrequent injustice against people of bad character, which happened in the past; we nowadays enforce routine injustice against people of good character.


So, if we retain the ability to judge character, we are able to judge without taking notice of the 'facts' provided by the openly-evil media; which means we can also dispense with the internet.

We can, we should, assume that people of good character are in the right, and people of bad character are in the wrong.

This is a much more reliable basis for justice than one which depends upon a specific and detailed objective historical reconstruction of precise behaviours and motivations compared with a precise template of laws, regulations and practices - many of which laws, regulations and practices are of evil intent, tending to the corruption and destruction of The Good. .


And if the judgement is, as usual, attempting to arbitrate a quarrel among thieves - an attempt of people of bad character to use justice in pursuit of their self interested evil plans - then we throw the case out of our court.

That's not the purpose of justice - justice exists to assist the Good and suppress that which opposed Good. If the law does not do this - if, indeed law is not even trying to assist the Good; then law is on the side of evil.


At any rate, we do not not need to subordinate the judgement of our own hearts to the injustice of modern legal process as reported by the mass media.

That would merely be to add another layer to the corruption.


Thursday 26 April 2012

Christianity in a nutshell - Fr Herbert Kelly SSM


The following is excerpted from The Gospel of God (1959) by Fr Herbert Kelly SSM (1960-1950) - who founded the Society of the Sacred Mission - the first proper monastic order within the Church of England and linked most famously with Kelham Hall theological college,

(Both thriving until about 1960 with Kelham closing in the early 1970s and the SSM now all-but gone and 'liberalized' in a direction very different from Kelly's orthodox order.)


I only discovered HHK about a month ago - but already it looks as if he will join the select pantheon of theological/ devotional writers who have had a major influence on my faith since I became a Christian - the other two are Fr Seraphim Rose (1934-1982; Russian Orthodox) and Blaise Pascal (1623-1662; Roman Catholic).


What I get from Fr Kelly is nothing less than a clarification of what the Gospel is, and how it works - leading onto an understanding of the central significance of the crucifixion.


Excerpts - somewhat re-paragraphed and re-punctuated and emphasized:

Who for us men, and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man, And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. [The Nicene Creed]

Some people believe this story, and some do not.

Quite a large number, at all times, have been unable to see any point in what happened, or what difference it is supposed to make even if it were true...


About one thing the preachers... were quite clear. It was a story about God - that or nothing...

'A story about God' - it is not a revelation of what God is like, nor of God's character, which in other words might mean a dramatic picture of the nature of ultimate ideals...

...but we can tell you what God has done.


As a common person, when I am asked Bible authority for anything worth arguing about, I learnt from [F.D.] Maurice to quote: 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth', down to 'even so, Come Lord Jesus'... and every single verse betwixt and between.

Anything which is there at all, is there in every verse, for the story is, and always has been, a whole.

The Church might read selections in bits, but the service (liturgy) itself was a memorial of the Passion, and Sunday was the festival of the resurrection...


What is it all about?

A story of a man with remarkable powers... and remarkable sayings who got killed?

Why call it a Gospel?


Parts of it are pathetic, and parts fantastic, and the whole more than a bit futile.

The Gospel narratives were intended to show how perplexing our Lord's life was to his disciples; when the Resurrection did come, how staggered they were at it.

Nevertheless the narrative was, and could only have been, written under the consciousness of this climax, in the glory and faith of the apostolic Gospel.


Certainly there is a contrast, but the evangelists did not see any inconsistency between the perplexity of the early and the glorious confidence of the later time.

They believed they were showing how the one was transfigured into the other, just as the apostles believed that they were showing how we might be delivered out of the power of darkness (which is the contradictions of this life) and translated into the kingdom of the Son of his love.


For many years the disciples had had the companionship and teaching and direct influence of what we call - and they felt to be - a unique or radiant personality.

'We hoped it should have been that he would have redeemed Israel, but our rulers delivered him up and crucified him. And there are certain women of ours... and a vision of angels... and it is all very confusing...'

And then - in a few weeks - in their sight he went up from them into heaven! There is no mistaking that.

All that they had loved and enjoyed and valued is gone finally, and, just because it has gone, at once, quite suddenly, the door opens onto a new life.


The personal and temporal, the very attraction of which had somehow blinded their eyes - as it is apt to blind ours - was only a veil.

Now that it is drawn aside, they realize what that what had been given them was a Gospel of God, universal and eternal.


What I get from this (and other passages in Fr Kelly's book) is that Christianity is primarily the story of what happened when God became incarnate, was crucified and resurrected.

And the story is not captured by any part of the Bible but the whole; and the story is not captured by a focus on Jesus's birth (incarnation) and life and teachings and example; nor is it captured by an account of what happened afterwards and the present situation.

Neither is the story captured by its philosophical summary, nor by the moral principles extracted.

Fr Kelly, wonderfully, says that Christianity is precisely not a 'religion':

Religion is, by origin, a heathen word. The heathen were always talking about it, while they had very vague and uncertain ideas about God. 

Christianity, on the other hand, is first of all and distinctively a Gospel, a very wonderful story or message about God, about what God has done. 

Thence it is a Faith, and this word means, not an acceptance of certain doctrines or beliefs, but a trust in God, and in what God has worked or effected in the way related in the story...

Of course, it is true that there is also a Christian religion...

[But] I think it is plain, and it is most important, that we should realize that to believe in God, to look and think about God and what God does, is not the same as believing in religion - which in fact means believing in and thinking about certain practices and states of mind of our own.

Among the things I get from this is that the main thing about the crucifixion of Christ is that it happened - that is what happened to God.

Doctrines of the meaning of the atonement are - by contrast - optional extras. Philosophical debates about whether the crucifixion was necessary whether it had to be crucifixion, what exactly happened and when - these recede into the background.

The big fact is that that crucifixion is the thing that actually happened to Jesus Christ, Son of God - it is the central part of his story - between his life before and the resurrection and ascension afterwards.

For the first time, I therefore understand what St Paul and the other apostles meant by '...the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.' Corinthians 1. 1: 22-25.


Wednesday 25 April 2012

How to think about sex differences


Let's use height as a neutral example.

Men are taller then women - this is true, but what does it mean, and how can we deal with disputes?


Some women are taller than some men - so we are - perhaps - talking about averages?

But the average healthy and well-nourished woman would be taller than the average disease-ridden and mal-nourished (seriously mal-nourished) man; and the average modern Dutch woman is certainly taller then the average pygmy.

So nutrition, disease and heredity are relevant - and there are other factors too.


How to sort this out? Are men taller than women, or not?

Simple: we can easily imagine a situation in which all relevant variables that influence height are controlled: so we could look only at equally well-nourished, equally healthy men and women of identical genetics (identical except in sexually differentiated features) and we could control all other relevant variables.


What would we find?

One of two things:

1. All men and women would have identical height, or

2. All men and women would have different height.


And what we would find is number 2. - every single man would be taller than the tallest woman.

There would be no overlap between the sexes.

So, that is the answer: men are taller than women (all else being equal - all relevant factors being controlled).


(Now apply the same reasoning mutatis mutandis to controversial psychological and physical traits.)



It is impossible that men and women would be exactly the same height, since men and women differ physically in so many ways.

Or, to put it another way, it is a grossly improbable prior hypothesis to assume no-difference in height between men and women; it flies in the face of everything we know about biology.

Or, to put it another way, it is grossly improbable that men and women would have ended-up identical, having experienced such different selection pressures (such differentiated environmental and social niches) throughout their evolutionary history - when this different evolutionary history is relevant to the adaptiveness of the trait in question.

Now apply the same reasoning mutatis mutandis to controversial psychological and physical traits.


Tuesday 24 April 2012

Why hasn't the West already collapsed? Why the delay? Providence?


Since this is a Christian blog, I am allowed to talk about the collapse of the West in providential terms - in the kind of terms we may be familiar with from the large sweep of history covered in the Old Testament (describing God's actions in the world).

Bearing in mind that although we can understand the past to some extent, we cannot understand the present - nor predict the future.

Therefore I am not talking about what is happening now or describing what will happen - I am discussing what has happened and why.


Cutting to the chase - for those who do not want to 'read the whole thing' - my take is that the collapse is self-imposed; the more the collapse is delayed, the more severe and comprehensive it will be; and if it is delayed long enough, the collapse will certainly take-down the whole culture including the secular Leftism which is its cause.

And the only thing which could - and would - avert the collapse is wholesale repentance and a powerful and widespread Christian Awakening.

This could at any point up to the actual start of the collapse, reverse things - although the longer repentance is delayed, the more damage will be sustained, the longer and harder it will be to repair this damage.

Thus the delay in the collapse serves two purposes - it provides more time for repentance, and it ensures that if repentance does not happen, then the cause of the problem will be eliminated.


Imagine, for a moment, that you were a deity who was managing the world - how would you manage the impending collapse of the West?

The starting point is that the modern West is (probably) one of the most sinful societies that has ever existed in the history of the world - bearing in mind that the definition of sin is to be turned-away from God.

I don't suppose there has been a society in which so many people were turned-away from God as this one now; turned-towards the world, pleasures, distractions, novelties, the search for peace and comfort and stimulation. And in which the short-term comes to more-and-more to dominate the long term.

And the trend is for ever more of the same, encouraged by ever more - and more pervasive - propaganda (via the mass media, government, education), ever more - and more pervasive - distractions, and the whole situation ever more coercively-implemented by social sanction, regulations, laws and subsidies.


If you view this from the deity's perspective - and simply let people have what they want, get what they ask for - what do we see?

Amongst other things:

The atheist Leftist elite are eliminating themselves demographically - on the one hand they have stopped breeding, on the other hand they import ever larger numbers of people implacably hostile to themselves and their aspirations.

The elite are running down the basis of their civilisation: science, technology and the economy.

The elite are making art ugly, mainstream religion immoral, and lies (hype, spin, public relations) mandatory.

The elite are wilfully and aggressively blinding themselves (and the population in general) to the most significant threats to the stability of their society.

The elite are actively-strengthening the forces likely to trigger collapse: Leftist revolutionaries, the economically parasitic - the pampered idle and the bureaucrats; strengthening all those in the arts, the media, education, law and public administration with an agenda to destroy society.


And the elite are actively weakening the power and resolve of the police and military.

The elite have all-but destroyed autonomous civil society - the Church, professions, guilds and unions, clubs and charities - which are now thoroughly bureaucratised, taxed, subsidised, regulated, linked-with and otherwise brought under control of the government.


In sum, the secular Leftist elite (that is to say, the whole of mainstream politics and the leadership of all major social institutions) are on the one hand doing many things on many fronts that will cause societal collapse; and on the other hand are weakening all pro-social forces of cohesion and strength which might respond-to and ameliorate collapse.

So that collapse, when it comes, will be on so many fronts that the systematically weakened response will be grossly inadequate to do anything effective.


And, the longer the collapse is delayed the stronger will be the forces of collapse, and the weaker will be the forces that oppose collapse.

Thus all delays make it ever more certain that collapse, when it can eventually be put-off no longer, will be catastrophic - rapidly and completely fatal to the ideology which itself caused the collapse.


Or we could repent, repudiate the past, and turn again to God.

For whom anything is possible - including the averting - or amelioration - of collapse.


The secular Leftist elite leadership might repent (that would be best, I would think); or the mass of the population might repent and remove the secular Leftists from their leadership.

I think they are the only options.


Repent now; or wait until everything is in ruins and repent then - or not...

(After all, repentance is and must be a free choice.)

Either we prove that our society is worth saving; or we prove that it is not worth saving, and then it will be allowed to destroy itself.


But that decision is not yet made.

There is still time....

Until, suddenly, there isn't.


How grant chasing corrupts science


The middle twentieth century saw a golden age in medical breakthroughs in a context where only modest numbers (and percentages) of people did 'medical research'.

Whether in the hope that this progress could be continued, or simply from self-interestedly using past breakthroughs as leverage for increasing future resource, medical research funding was vastly exanded from the nineteen sixties - doubling about every decade.


Nowadays, 'medical research' - i.e. research justified by supposedly having medical relevance - is by far the biggest area of science. 

Scientists working in areas that were close to medicine began to re-orientate their research in order to justify applying for these sources of funding.


Basic biologists working in cell chemistry, immunology, genetics - began to argue that their work may have potential medical relevance.

It worked - since they are doing 'hard science' full-time they got funded in preference to the kind of part-time, intuitive, semi-researching clinical doctors who had made the earlier therapeutic breakthoughs.


Pretty soon 'may have potential relevance' in basic science was hyped into 'clinical importance' - and the mythology arose that medical breakthroughs came from basic science.

So, funding basic scince on the mistaken basis that it would lead to breakthroughs destroyed clinical research - not least becausse un-funded research no longer counted as research.


It also wrecked basic science, since it was shaped by a fake imperative to generate supposedly therapeutic benefits (science is so difficult that unless you do it as well as possible, aiming at the thing you are best able to achieve; then it doesn't happen - compromise is fatal.)


So funding ended up driving 'science' - which is not effective, nor is it science.

'Science' is evaluated by the funding it attracts; 'science' is done to get funding. 

And the whole thing worked by incrementally-increasing dishonesty - if you expand science by encouraging dishonesty, then pretty soon that's all you have - because it is a lot easier to be dishonest, than to do science.


Monday 23 April 2012

Unity of the Church? That would be an ecumenical matter...


Or, rather, not.


A century of 'ecumenical' discussions about reunification of the main separated denominations of the Christian Church led to nothing except a heap of books, conferences and international travel for churchmen.

Any unification there has been has been a result of weakening/ abandonment of the faith until there is nothing left to disagree about - and substitution of secular values (Leftism - which unites the elites of all major mainstream religions in the West).


It is clear that the only true reunification is for one denomination to subordinate itself to another.

This is a real possibility at any time: e.g. the Anglican Ordinariate is the subordination of the ex-Church of England to the Roman Catholic Church - retaining certain aspects e.g. liturgy.

(But this simple negotiated or unconditional surrender was not what the ecumenical movement was supposed to be about.) 


What does it matter?

A personal view.


Schism is an evil, schism weakens the power of the Church, schism reduces the scope of salvation and hastens the end times - but for real Christians schism is not fatal to salvation, nor to the unity of the mystical Church.

None of the denominations is The Truth, none provide an assured path; all have corruptions.

Some aim higher - some achieve a higher average; some are mostly right while others are mostly wrong; each has a different emphasis, all have a particular weakness (or more than one weakness) - in all of them salvation is a middle path between corrupt extremes.

(These extremes vary between denominations, and the temptation to one particular extreme rather than another always dominates at a given time.)


All real Christian denominations are potentially valid ways to salvation - some are harder or easier, for different people, in different circumstances.

Yet all real Christians participate in the mystical Church via their relationship with Christ; Christians are unified through Christ, and (ultimately) only through Christ.

Christianity is very simple; becoming a Christin is very simple; living as a Christian is often difficult; attaining a high level of sanctity/ holiness (theosis) is always difficult - and will be (almost) impossible for some times and places and persons.


Denominations are complex and necessary, but never sufficient.

The unity via Christ is primary and sufficient.

However in many circumstances to love Christ, and via Christ to be unified with other Christians, may be very very difficult - and (because it is mandatory) if this fails then there is no salvation.

The mystical Church is not an optional extra to individual salvation - it is the only path of individual salvation.

We can save-others and be-saved-by others - but we can do nothing for ourselves.


Salvation depends on individual choice. It must be accepted. But it is not an individual matter.

Neither is it a matter of human institutions or institutional arrangements.

But human institutions make a difference, a significant difference, to human choices.


Advice (to myself) for the End Times.

Real Christianity is of individuals, not of institutions. (Although institutions matter, especially negatively.)

Forget about ecumenism - it is worldly.

Mourn, but do not try to mend, schism.(Once broken, always broken.)

Practice the fullness of denominational paths, if you can.

Seek unity of the mystical Church, via Love of Christ


The subtitle comes from the mantra taught to Father Jack - the continually drunken and debauched priest - for use in talking with a visiting bishop in the TV series Father Ted


Sunday 22 April 2012

The deliberate and purposeful evil of affirmative action


People often regard affirmative action (group preferences, engineered 'diversity') as irrational and/or inefficient; but more accurately this is evil - actively destructive of The Good, both in itself and as tending to lead to further evil.


Most organisations naturally tend to do two things:

1. pursue intrinsic goals - the proper function of the organisation - what they are supposed to do: 'what it says on the tin' - schools educate, hospitals care for the sick, builders build etc.

2. reduce the efficiency with which these intrinsic goals and proper functions are pursued by self-interested corruption. This is essentially a dilution of the intrinsic goal.

Affirmative action is, however, something new and of a different kind than either of these.


Group preferences were pioneered under the mid twentieth century Communist dictatorships. For example, Lysenko was put in charge of Soviet Biology essentially because he was of proletarian origin and top jobs were barred to those of bourgeois origin.

Or, a friend of mine who lived in a Communist dictatorship was blocked from attending medical school because his parents were doctors (hence bourgeois). This was the way the selection system worked.


Group preferences operate against the intrinsic aims of the institution, they are a form of mandatory corruption yet they are not self-interested corruption: they are corruption on behalf of others. 

This is something new under the sun: altruistic corruption!


And this is the secret to the success of AA group preferences in bureaucracies - they are primarily an advertisement of the altruism of the administration, and secondarily open-up discretionary space for graft - they are an expedient mode of corruption by which the administration can pursue their own selfish goals.

This is exactly what was seen in the Communist bureaucracies, and is now seen in the modern Western bureaucracies - complex and explicit regulations justified by their pursuit of objective fairness, and continually increasing self-interested corruption among vast numbers of officials who administer the system.   

Affirmative action is thus a stalking horse for self-interested corruption - a potent combination, especially when imposed by central government under quasi-moral grounds.  


Thus, group preferences sabotage (to the extent that they are effective) the intrinsic aims and functionality of institutions, in the immediate effect of selecting and employing and promoting and retaining sub-optimal people; and in the long term and permanently by preventing the organisation from pursuing its intrinsic aims with clarity and purpose.


Affirmative action can only become established and sustained when it is regarded as having ultimate priority - above all other objectives including the functional effectiveness of the organisation; otherwise the pursuit of functional effectiveness will tend to eliminate AA.

So diversity is driven by ideology, and nurtured by self-interest.

So a school, college or university must be more concerned about AA than about the supposedly intrinsic educational objectives; a medical school or hospital must be more concerned about AA than about helping patients, the legal profession must become more concerned about AA than about the law... and so on.


And so we get (we already have got) a society in which organisations have abandoned their primary goals of functional effectiveness, and deliberately subordinated them to the primacy of group preferences.

In this situation, nobody is aiming to do the best job they can - at most they are aiming to do the best job it can within the constraints of group preferences.

And if people are not even trying to be functionally effective, they they won't be.


So far, so uncontroversial.

But what happens next?

Let us assume that which - after half a century of expanding AA seems like a reasonable inference - that these destructive consequences to group preferences - declining functionality and expanding corruption - are not accidental.

Let us assume that since affirmative action intrinsically leads to inefficiency and dishonesty - that this is exactly what affirmative action is intended to do.

That when institutions come to resemble a lying shell of public relations around a rotting mass of manipulated procedures, that this was exactly what was meant to happen to institutions.

And that at some point a society comprised of institutions which have abandoned their intrinsic functional purposes will collapse or be taken over.

Very obviously so. This isn't rocket science.


The fact is that inefficiency and dishonesty - and societal collapse - are regarded by the advocates of group preferences as part of the specification.

And from their own selfish and short termist perspective, that is precisely correct; and from the perspective of what motivates them, this is precisely correct.


This is why group preferences are insatiable.

Existing diversity is never enough; always more diverity is needed - hence less effectiveness, more corruption.

This is why nothing whatsoever is done to tackle the problems caused by group preferences, instead the consequences are concealed, denied and overlaid by propaganda.

The pressure is now always for ever-more AA, for 'diversity' to be pursued full-on with no regard for consequences, and a complete denial of responsibility for any adverse consequences - indeed, adverse consequences are always blamed on the opponents of AA.


Group preferences/affirmative action and diversity have been made 'good' by-definition; which is as much to say that they are in reality mandatory evil: imposed on and by organisations without limit and with the covert but deliberate purpose of subverting and destroying all institutions, hence all of society.

But why would people do such a crazy thing?

Because they are crazy.

Crazy and evil.

But surely the people are not themselves crazy and evil? Perhaps not - but insofar as they are rational and well-motivated, they are using these attributes to implement a crazy and evil ideology: an ideology whose irrationality and destructiveness is so obvious that most of the ruling elite now spend most of their time and energy in concealing the irrationality and destructiveness of their ideology.  


The facts are there: organisations and institutions that go to great lengths to advertise their functionality in terms of group preferences or diversity.

The fact is that AA is destructive of Good, hence evil.


The more this is explained and clarified - and the more obvious the link between AA and destruction (there are now decades worth of evidence) - the more avidly our rulers implement AA.

The vast and pervasive harms of affirmative action, group preferences, and the pursuit of 'diversity' are no accident.

Destruction is wanted, for the ruling elites ineffectiveness and corruption are design features to be implemented, not bugs to be eliminated.


Saturday 21 April 2012

And now, the Local News...


Cree blaze

PIGEONS were unhurt after a fire spread to their cree.

The blaze started in a shed on an allotment in Ryhope Street South, Sunderland, at about 6.20pm yesterday.

The fire is thought to be an accident, after wind spread rubbish being burned off.


NB: 'Cree' is a Northumbrian dialect word for a small, typically home-made, garden hut or pen.


Friday 20 April 2012

The ruling Leftist intellectual elite: well-meaning fools, corrupt careerists, clever sillies or evil madmen?


A proper response to the ruling Leftist intellectual elites requires that their nature be properly identified: what kind of people are we dealing with?

My own characterisation has gone through at least four phases.

1. At first I though they were well-meaning fools, who simply needed to be sensibly spoken to, who needed to have the correct information presented to them and properly explained.

2. When they did not respond to rational explanation and good evidence, then I thought they were corrupt careerists; who were pretending to believe nonsense because it benefited their power, status and income. The strategy shifted to demonstrating that what was expedient for themselves in the short-term was going to be disastrous for everybody - including themselves - in the longer term.

3. When they did not seem to believe in the likelihood, or even the possibility, of disaster, then I assumed they were Clever Sillies: abstracting and systematising intellectuals who translated everything into a world of ideals and possibilities, detached from common sense and experience.

4. But Clever Sillies would not be so strategic; would not maintain such an aggressive and long-term (decades, even centuries long) attack on Good things, would not systematically seek-out and try to destroy truth, beauty and virtue.

So I realised, eventually, that the ruling Leftist intellectual elite are evil madmen: that is the nature of the enemy.

Or, at least, it is evil madmen who are behind it all - driving the process across the decades (and centuries).


What difference does it make?

Well consider the dishonest mass media; and the way they cover-up, misrepresent, and invent lies.

Why do they do this?

Well-meaning fools are dishonest because they believe that things will work out better - but when things do not work out better but instead get worse, then they would presumably tell the truth. That hasn't happened.

Corrupt careerists are dishonest because they make more money (etc) by doing so - but the precipitous decline of the mass media (newspapers, TV, news, music, movies etc) shows that the elites will lie even when it leads to the sack or bankruptcy - they will enforce political correctness even if it kills them.

Clever sillies will lie when it is interesting, leads to stimulating novelties, serves to advertise their cleverness - but they would never stick rigidly to the PC script over two or three decades, as our ruling elites have done, if this was a sufficient explanation - sooner or later they would show their cleverness by demolishing political correctness; but they don't.

So, it seems that the Leftist elites must be evil madmen - evil because they display strategic purpose in their destructiveness over a long timescale, mad because they have lost the capacity to notice relevant evidence or to reason: common sense and personal experience have no traction. 

Of course they are not wholly evil, because only partial evil is effective; nor are they wholly mad, because they retain a short-termist shredness and sound-bite logic; but by unilateral and tactical pursuit of partial goods without regard to consequences, they can accomplish more than enough evil to be getting on with...


Christianity and alien modes of thought: evolution, science, mathematics, philosophy...


There is no doubt that evolutionary thinking, when applied generally, is alien to Christianity.

The assumptions, inclusions and procedures of evolutionary thinking are just different from those of Christianity.

But what does this imply?


My belief is that this 'merely' implies that a Christian will regard evolutionary theory including natural selection as hierarchically subordinate to Christianity; in the sense that it must (ultimately) be Christianity which decides the applications of evolutionary thinking.

Evolutionary theory will therefore be restricted to specific applications and specific purposes (and not assumed to be necessarily and generally applicable for all purposes).

This seems straightforward, but there are neglected aspects to this topic.


One aspect is the hierarchy within the 'sciences'.

Evolutionary theory is subordinate to biology, and biology to science as a whole - i.e. the specific explanations of evolutionary theory are required to use the entities and processes as described by biology; and biology must itself conform to chemistry and physics; and all these sciences are required to conform to the rules of mathematics and logic. 

In other words, evolutionary theory is not only subordinated to Christianity (in an ultimate sense) but is more proximately subordinated to the basic sciences, to mathematics, and to logic.

Evolutionary theory just is a subordinate and specialised domain.


Furthermore, evolutionary thinking is in no way distinctive in being a mode of thought alien to Christianity.

Nearly all modes of thought are in fact alien to Christianity.

All sciences are alien modes of thought, from a Christian perspective - because they exclude divine explanations - divine causes, purpose, meanings, relations...

And so, for the same reason, is mathematics - and even philosophy (which is defined as separate from theology).


Does this matter? Yes, it does.

Because it means that when actually-engaged-in any one of these specialised and non-Christian modes of thinking, then the truth of Christianity is obscure, excluded.

And if, or when, a person is actively-engaged-in these activities (or indeed many other activities such as the Law, of medicine, or a craft) as a job, or for long periods; then for at least that time, and perhaps longer, and perhaps permanently - (when the habit is solidly established) a person is alienated from Christianity (turned away from God).


My points are that:

1. In much Christian discourse there is a focus on evolutionary theory as hostile to Christianity. This is true - but it is not only true of evolutionary theory.

2. The metaphysical problem is due to the general application of alien modes of thought (including but not restricted to evolutionary theory) as if they were hierarchically-superior ideas, not to their specific and subordinate application for practical purposes.

3. The psychological problem is one of habit - that a mode of thought which is pragmatically justifiable for restricted purposes becomes so ingrained that it is used automatically (and perhaps rigidly and perhaps irrevocably) as the metaphysical framework for understanding 'life, the universe and everything'. It is always hazardous to use specific pragmatic discourses as general (i.e. metaphysical) frameworks, in case habit obscures the fact that these discourses are selective and biased in content and logic, are created and sustained by their exclusions.

4. In a world of specialised functions, there are therefore many causes and reasons that the human mind is held in modes of thinking which alienate from Christianity.

The cognitive causes of alienation include evolutionary modes of reasoning, but also every other specialised mode of thinking - philosophy, law, politics, the sciences, the arts - since these exclude divine operations.

5. The main hazard of evolutionary thinking is not specific to its use in biology, but its use as a general or metaphysical framework for all of life - the idea that there is a positive value to continuous and open-ended change, that 'knowledge' is relativistic or pragmatic... in sum nihilism: the denial that reality is really real.

But even this is not distinctive to evolutionary thinking: all specialised modes of knowledge including philosophy, science, law, arts... are self-refuting and lead to nihilism if used as metaphysical systems.


Conclusion: the individual and societal hazards of evolutionary thinking are real but not unique: evolutionary thinking is merely one of many discourses with potential to weaken and break the tenuous human grasp on reality.

Any specialised and pragmatically-applicable discourse becomes deadly when used generally and as a metaphysical framework - because its own exclusions and biases prevent any specialised discourse from being refuted in its own terms.


Therefore the only arguments against the general metaphysical application of specialised discourses - such as evolutionary theory - are metaphysical arguments.

The decisive metaphysical argument is that any specialised discourse (i.e. discourse made more precise and pragmatically useful in particular situations by its exclusions and restrictions) is necessarily and by definition incomplete and biased when used as a general framework, yet it will be incomplete and biased in ways and to an extent invisible to itself, hence empirically irrefutable.

The only valid refutation is therefore metaphysical refutation.


To generalise: Modern society does not need more 'evidence', it needs metaphysics.


Thursday 19 April 2012

Oliver Hardy - the best funny man, ever


But why?


It is the way he moves.

People often notice that Hardy is graceful, smooth and precise in his movements; yet the aims are often futile - for example when he elegantly, with delicate finger-tip gestures, clears a tiny space for his eyes after his whole head and shoulders have been covered in oil or soot.

But gracefulness is not funny in itself, even when misapplied - a ballet dancer is not funny.


What makes Hardy funny is what happens just before the balletic movement.

Before he takes a step forward or moves his hand forward, Hardy makes a move back and away, and judders, quivers, oscillates with hesitation - before making the forward move.

And this happens again and again, with incredible seamless integration - so that he is continually hesitating then making graceful moves, uncertain oscillation then deft precision, all joined up in a way that has never been matched.


What is signalled is a desperate desire to do the right thing, which never succeeds, a tremendously considerate and compassionate uncertainty which always backfires.

After which he looks at the camera with infinite weariness, expressive of the shared knowledge that 'life's like that' - before some final overwhelming insult crashes down upon him.

Even Hardy's aggression seems without malice, and always backfires against him.


This is why Hardy is the best of all comedians, because he is as funny as anyone but more loveable than anyone who is that funny.

He utterly lacks the hard, masterful, technical manipulativeness of most great comics (e.g. his partner Laurel, Chaplin, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carrey).

Hardy appears as a man of wholly natural goodness, in a world where he will always come off worst - despite those best intentions expressed in those hesitations.

Yet still he does what he does gracefully, precisely, delicately. No matter what happens, no matter how often disaster strikes, he will always be graceful.


That is why he is the funniest man who ever lived, and why we never tire of him; because Oliver Hardy was expressive of 'humour' in all its proper facets.


Shooting yourself in the foot with the Midas touch


Most writers know roughly what they mean in their first draft, and in the process of revising and re-drafting they try to get closer to that known meaning.

But what is natural and spontaneous in history seems to be almost the reverse of this.


Original intention counts for very little, the specifics (an image, a turn of phrase) of an incident stay the same; but the interpretation of the incident may be radically altered or even reversed.

This pattern is often seen through traditional oral transmission of narratives, it is seen in the mass media, and happens in many movies that adapt books - the specifics may be retained but their meaning transformed.


I have seen this happen with a couple of maxims during my life.

When I was a child the story of King Midas - everything he touched turned to gold - was regarded as a cautionary tale of greed leading to (potential) death (since his food and drink were also turned to gold).

But nowadays, 'The Midas Touch' is regarded as something desirable - it means the ability to make money in any situation.

So a successful entrepreneur is described as having the Midas Touch, like it was a good thing to have. 

(Presumably for modern people the benefits of wealth are now regarded as greater than survival!)


"Shooting yourself in the foot" used to mean a deliberate act of relatively-minor self-wounding, with the aim of being invalided away from the front line of a war.

Someone shot themselves in the foot on purpose, but pretended it was an accident.


But it now the expression means almost the reverse - having shot oneself in the foot is used to mean an having accidentally self-inflicted harm - rather as British people use the expression 'scoring an own goal' - referring to a situation in which a Soccer defender perhaps tries to pass back to the keeper, or kick the ball into touch - but accidentally scores a goal against his own team. Or - for US readers - the baseball-derived equivalent term might be an 'unforced error' - used generally to mean a gratuitous piece of incompetence.

So a corporation which launches a new brand which collapses and damages the company is nowadays sometimes described as 'shooting itself in the foot', since the company was harmed by a action which the company itself initiated - despite that the harm was accidental.


In both Midas and Shooting in the Foot, a striking detail is preserved, but its meaning is transformed.

And this seems to be quite normal for human memory: we remember striking things in a photographic (eidetic) fashion, as static and detached units; but we do not remember what they mean.

The contextual meaning of a unitary and static memory has to be supplied by our current selves, and the context often changes.


Wednesday 18 April 2012

Everyday miracles versus official miracles


Most people imagine that a miracle is detectable when normal explanations are impossible.


That may be regarded as a suitable criterion for establishing an 'official' miracle - for instance in the bureaucratic process by which a Saint is recognised.

However, there is no requirement that a miracle be diagnosed by exclusion.

A miracle was either the explanation, or it was not - it is a matter of what really happened.

And miracles are purposive - they are matters of revelation, of faith.

An aware Christian is, or ought to be, aware of, convinced of and grateful for 'everyday' miracles in their own experience; but it is a profound error to try and use these miracles in public argument, as proofs (or, especially not, in claiming spiritual status) - because this leads to argument, to rational and empirical defence of miraculous status.

Everyday miracles are to be treasured, not used; best never mentioned, never described nor discussed.


Let's be clear - the ruling intellectual elite are psychotic, not ignorant


They do not need information, they need curing...

(and their cure would involve shock treatment: orthodox religion).


It is not sensible, therefore, to imagine that confronting the ruling intellectual elite with information would be valuable, on the assumption that if they only knew the facts then they would behave sensibly.

More facts don't work with psychosis - new information will simply be misinterpreted, just like the old information.

And it is not sensible, therefore, to imagine that reasoned argument will be helpful; psychosis is, precisely, irrational.


They first have to want help; have to acknowledge their whole world is built on wilful falsehood piled upon wilful falsehood on a scale so vast and pervasive as to dwarf comparison...


But how can psychosis ever recognise the ocean of falsehood in which it swims?

Simple. The psychosis is itself caused by forward movement through the ocean of falsehood.

Merely stop swimming, and the cure will be spontaneous.


Tuesday 17 April 2012

The paradox of libertarianism: Libertarians are the purest Leftists/ Liberals


It is interesting that libertarians (such as I used to be) are regarded, and often regard themselves, as being on the political Right; when in actuality they are Leftists or Liberals - indeed Leftist-Liberals of the purest type.


The transition between being a socialist and a libertarian is merely quantitative; indeed, quite smooth, logical, painless and natural - I underwent it myself and so did many others whom I have known, read about and observed.

But, in contrast, the transition between (secular) libertarian and (religious) reactionary was a wrench to undergo - profound, qualitative, and painful.

To move from libertarian to reactionary is to move from far Left to Right.


Libertarianism is merely a different means of attaining the same end as socialism. Both are utilitarian (greatest well-being of the greatest number), seeking to promote happiness and minimise suffering.

The main difference is concerning methods: socialists favour the direct system of a central command economy while libertarians favour the indirect system of market competition.


Why - if they are so similar - then is socialism so much more politically successful than libertarianism? Why is it that libertarians, when they attain power - which is rarely - always revert to socialism?

Simply because socialism is proximately more successful, more successful in the short term and selfishly - while libertarianism is an argument for long term and general goods.

Libertarians must persuade people that things can get better in the long run and further down the line only by being allowed  to get worse in the short term - yet libertarians have no rationale by which to persuade people to take this nasty medicine rather than avoid it.

When the libertarian promise is based on hoping for jam tomorrow, then they will be beaten by socialists offering jam today.


Thus socialism can assemble self-interested pressure groups who are fighting for their own specific and immediate benefits (and to avoid taking the nasty medicine, which others deserve more than they) - whether material benefits, power, votes or whatever; while libertarianism is reduced to abstract, theoretical and remote benefits for society as a whole (yet without having any argument as to why anybody should care about 'society as a whole', except their own 'enlightened' self-interest - which can be served more certainly by more direct means).

The here-and-now specific good, continually subverts the abstract, distant general good - hence socialism effortlessly outcompetes libertarianism in the political arena.

Yet both are trying to do the same kind of thing. Both are on the Left, but libertarianism is further to the Left on logical grounds.


Another difference which favours socialism over libertarianism is that socialism provides a better arena for moral grandstanding - since socialism validates direct and coercive state intervention, the credit for which accrues to socialists.

Libertarians praise the market for good stuff when it happens (peace, prosperity, science, the abolition of slavery or other - real or alleged - forms of systematic oppression); but socialists praise... themselves.

...Naturally, socialism is more popular.


In sum, libertarianism is the ideal of socialism minus the graft - yet libertarianism offers no strong reason for any specific person to refuse graft. Thus, the ideal of libertarianism exists only among the powerless, and itself reinforces powerlessness.


The big difference, the qualitative difference between Left and Right, is therefore between on the one hand the Libertarian-Liberal axis which ultimately seeks worldly goods and to organize things in accordance with subjective satisfactions; and on the other hand the Religious Reactionary axis, which ultimately seeks unworldly (transcendental) Goods and to organize things accordance with reality - a different matter altogether.


Monday 16 April 2012

Ye shall know them by their fruits - Bad Vestments


Just thought I'd share one of my favourite blogs:

Things coming to a point?


Kelham Theology - Curriculum - The will of God in the World


Kelham Hall had interesting teaching methods

But even more interesting, and much more important, than the methods was the matter: the curriculum.


Fr Herbert Kelly wanted Kelham not to teach theology as a subject, but to teach everything through theology - in principle everything including soccer (which was played to a high level at the college).

But this means a different way of doing theology than prevailed in that era.


Kelly asked "What does God do?" and would not accept the answer that God does "everything" in general because that (for most people) means that God does nothing in particular, and therefore can be ignored.

His answer was that what God does is History.

But not history as taught in the universities nor as practised by secular historians: Kelly meant a history which aims to discover the workings of God.


Theology taught via the history of the Church seen in terms of the operation of the Holy Spirit was, then, the first and main focus of Kelham teaching.

First, because Kelly believed that the first adult intellectual discipline we master, also masters us - so it is vital that the first intellectual discipline is the most important. 


History as the Will of God in the World.  And seen in terms of large general movements, since "God's will is always primarily the universal will'.


But why history?

Because "We do not know what God is doing, and still less what he is going to do, for these things God keeps in his own hands. He does not allow us to know what he has done. There is first the revelation  of himself in the Gospel, and then the revelation of this power in history".


The aim, then, was to find the Holy Spirit at work - but not in our own lives, since that would encourage self-centredness.

But to seek the Holy Spirit at work in the broad sweep and great movements of history, which might be studied with greater objectivity.


The Bible (naturally being another major focus of study) was thus seen as a record of what God has done - the mystery of God's will.


Alistair Mason concludes that: the stress on God's real power in history is Kelham's own.

The special nature of Kelham's (and Kelly's) achievement was that it did not remain merely theoretical, a matter of an unrealised educational ideal, but was practised for several decades with undeniable effectiveness and success.


The best example of something that seems like Kelham Theology from my own experience is Charles William's book The Descent of the Dove - which is precisely described as the operations of the Holy Spirit in the history of the Church, seen from the perspective of the Church of England.

Was Charles Williams therefore influenced by Herbert Kelly in his greatest theological work?

Probably, I would guess - but perhaps not directly; maybe through the shared lineage of FD Maurice and George MacDonald.

And it may be necessary to add for a modern audience, that the study of history as the will of God in the World necessarily includes the operations of those personalised and purposive wills which which oppose the will of God - whether conceptualised as Satan, devils, demons, a malign force or whatever...

How do we learn stuff?


You have to know something already to learn something new - starting from nothing you can get... nowhere.

This has been confirmed in computer science; but was already known for animal behaviour. For animals to learn new material, they need to begin with inborn instincts.

A blank slate just stays a blank slate because interpretation must be constrained - an infinite universe has infinite interpretations: attention must be focused, interpretation of experience must be somewhat like a multiple choice exam.


One way of understanding how we know something is the idea of microcosm, which is related to the idea of the world being a nested hierarchy.

The idea (a metaphysical framework, not a scientific discovery) is that the world is constituted of similar wholes, the larger containing the smaller.

For example, the idea of an organism such as a human extends both upward and downward: human society is (or can be) like an organism and the cells of the body are also like an organism. Insofar as we understand the nature and workings of the human organism, then we are able significantly to understand human society (which contains many human organisms) and the cell (many of which are contained by the human organism).

This is an hierarchy because the larger contains and organises the smaller levels - and because although the smaller influences the larger, this principle of organisation is - overall - in the direction of larger organising smaller.  


So, we come into the world equipped with knowledge of the world because we are a microcosm of the world.

Thus, we know about the world because we know about ourselves; we know about our relation to the world, because we know about the relations within ourselves.

In a sense, of course, this only moves the problem one step backwards - how do we have knowledge of ourselves and the relationships within us?

Yet, in practise, modern man does not have a problem with the idea of us knowing about ourselves, this seems natural to us - so, the metaphysical principle of microcosm does some explanatory work - it does not leave things unchanged.


But the metaphysical principle of nested hierarchies at each level of which the lower is a microcosm of that above it, is precisely one of the most powerful and traditional methods of reasoning about the transcendental realm, and of answering philosophical questions about man's place in the universe.

This can be seen in nearly all ancient systems of knowledge.

Yet modern man - supposedly - rejects this principle; and asserts that there is no similarity between different entities and not hierarchy of organisation but each entity and level may have fundamentally different properties.


As a metaphysical assumption this leads to self-refutation, because each item of asserted knowledge stands alone and with no relation to any other item of knowledge - such that instead of the traditional nested hierarchy of similar entities that is traditional knowledge, the totality of knowledge is merely a disordered heap of unrelated factoids - and, even worse, none of these factoids have any validity since there is no reason to assume that a human could validly know anything about anything.


So, modern thought is incoherent and the attempt to live by it leads to nihilism.

There is no rational alternative but to return to the much derided idea of nested hierarchy as the basis of understanding.

And no difficulty about it either - since that is exactly how humans do interpret the world - spontaneously and without teaching: human anthropomorphise the world, that is humans naturally see the world as instances of humanity writ large or in microcosm, and their relations with the world as relations within such an hierarchy.


It all makes sense - so why was it rejected in favour of nihilistic incoherence?

Well, this is a good candidate for theological explanation - for an explanation in terms of the power of the Holy Spirit, and the power of that which opposed the Holy Spirit, in human history.


Sunday 15 April 2012

Clever Sillies and transcendental leapfrogging


I came across the phrase 'leapfrogging' only a few days ago - apparently meaning the Leftist practice of ignoring experience - the concrete, obvious and near at hand; and leaping over it to the ideology - abstract, remote and far away (usually only experienced via the mass media).

Leapfrogging can also be conceptualized as a focus on the second order while taking for granted the first order: which is a kind of definition of Leftism and a reason why Leftism only emerges after the primary problems have ceased to be pressing.

Leapfrogging is indeed part of the very essence of Leftism - hence a potentially useful shorthand term.


(Soviet Communism made a core principle of leapfrogging - it was the true Communist's duty not to alleviate specific instances of distress or injustice, since this might delay the revolution which would end all distress and injustices. Indeed, many modern revolutionary Leftist groups go further, and try to create distress and injustice, disorder, violence, death - in the belief that this will bring forward the revolution that we be a final solution. That seems like a wild extreme of leapfrogging, yet this wild extreme is propagated actively - albeit covertly - by elites active at the highest levels of national and world government.)


Thus Leftism ignores and leapfrogs the problem of economic production (making stuff, doing stuff) in favor of the remote problem of distribution (moving stuff around); Leftism ignores education (learning stuff) and focuses on access to educational institutions and credentials; Leftism ignores duties and harps upon rights; ignores truth in favor of process - and so on.


This is ultimately a product of Clever Sillies, of high IQ, abstracting and systemizing intellectuals whose abstracting tendency is compulsive (unless restrained by transcendental religion); since only those of high IQ can quickly and flexibly deploy the practice to an open-ended range of problems and issues.


Intellectuals are trained - especially by the highbrow mass media, but also by educational institutions, to ignore the obvious conclusions and seek behind them.

Only by ignoring the obvious and moving behind it, can intellectuals demonstrate to themselves and others their superiority. This is the strategy of the modern elite mass media - indeed that is pretty much all that it does now.

The mass media takes an event, leapfrogs over the obvious and traditional interpretations (often without mentioning them) and reframes the issue for the elites. To favor the obvious interpretation is therefore to lack the intelligence to make this move, or deliberately to refuse to make it.


Leapfrogging is therefore the prime mechanism of evil.

Since evil is the destruction of Good - Good is truth, beauty and virtue which are all obvious and common sensical (inbuilt, Natural Law).

Leftism leapfrogs over beauty into modern art, leapfrogs ugliness to modern architecture, leapfrogs virtue to hypocrisy, leapfrogs moral selfishness to reinterpret it as an act of revolutionary virtue (and leapfrogging the evil of revolution into the possibility of heaven on earth).

And so on and on, 24/7.


Every act of Leftist leapfrogging is an assertion of the superiority of arbitrary and open-ended culture over unified and transcendental reality.

And for secular Leftism (and Leftism is intrinsically atheist - and insofar as any person is really Leftist to that extent they are atheist) every leapfrog is an act of destruction of the Good: an act of destroying spontaneous Natural Law (the universal sense of Good and evil).

Leftism is the main strategy of evil in modernity - and it is a strategy devised and implemented by intellectuals.

Intellectuals are therefore the main force for evil in modernist societies.


The repentance (or replacement) of the intellectual elite is the necessary pre-requisite of awakening; otherwise the primary and pressing problems that threaten to destroy us will continue to be leapfrogged, rather than solved.


Saturday 14 April 2012

Two kinds of human anti-evolutionism: macro and micro, religious and Leftist


There are two prominent kinds of anti-evolutionist in public life - and by which I mean people who deny the applicability of evolution by natural selection to some aspect of humans.


Macro anti-evolutionists deny the reality of 'macro' evolution - by which is meant the 'origin of species' - and therefore the use of natural selection to explain the distinctive essence of what it is to be human.

This is related to the idea that the basic forms of living things are 'given', and that natural selection may modify these basic forms - but cannot create a new form nor change one form into another.

This macro anti-evolutionist may be religious - believing that the forms are created by God or gods; or may be one of a non-religious school of biologists who regard form as just a part of the way things are, primary reality, without speculating on how these forms arise or where they come from. For instance suggesting that the forms happen to be mathematically-stable attractors.

This latter group includes many eminent biologists such as Goethe, D'Arcy Thomson, the earliest geneticists, Conrad Waddington, and some of the recent chaos/ complexity theorists.

It should be noted that the only substantive difference between the religious and non-religious 'formalists' is that the religious give a general account of the origin of the forms - and how it is that human may have knowledge of them; while the non-religious say nothing about these matters, accepting the reality of their assertions and avoiding the subject of why their assertions (e.g. their ability to identify forms) should be regarded as valid.


I am, nowadays, sympathetic to this idealist or 'formalist' group since on the one hand they have a strong empirical basis for denying that natural selection can lead to genuine novelty at a formal level - because there just aren't any strong and solid examples of this happening; and more fundamentally because natural selection formally depends upon the prior assumption of forms, and the process of NS operates within already existing concepts of form.

In other words, we may observe or impute a selection process when seeing differential reproductive success leading to a stepwise modification of a form, and a change of function leading to enhanced reproductive success.

But such observations always begin with a definition of form, with identification of a form - changes of which are tracked.


The big question, therefore, is whether natural selection is an open-ended process, unconstrained by form, which can lead to stepwise change to the point of creating novel forms; or whether natural selection is constrained by forms - that it can lead to stepwise changes only within the boundaries of forms.

Micro-evolution is about natural selection producing change within the bounds of form; macro-evolution is about natural selection producing change of form.

Or, natural selection within the bounds of form is adaptation; while natural selection yielding diversity of form is )in a general sense) speciation.

Darwin's assertion was that adaptation may, indeed does, progress to speciation; that a form may undergo adaptation to the point that it changes form. This is used a metaphysical assumption, outside of science and framing science - but it is not a discovery made by science.


Micro-evolution or adaptation within forms seems certainly to be happen - since there are innumerable examples of human selection of animals and plants (especially in agriculture) leading to heritable modifications of function; and if human selection can purposefully change functionality over the space of a human lifespan, then presumably analogous change could result from nature doing the selection over a longer span of generations.

So, there are many religious people, and a minority of biologists - some of whom are highly prestigious, who believe in the reality of micro-evolution or adaptation; but who are skeptical about macro-evolution of new forms (such as a new genus, order, family or some similar large scale and fundamental modification of form).

They do not accept the assumption that adaptation leads to speciation.


But another group of evolution sceptics actually deny the reality of adaptation or micro-evolution in humans, they deny that human functions, especially psychological functions, can incrementally be modified by natural selection - and these are mostly secular Left wing political adherents who must (for ideological reasons) deny the reality of sexual and racial differences.


Or rather, secular Leftists do not straightforwardly and honestly deny that adaptation can occur in humans - rather, they make an assumption that all humans are essentially the same everywhere and throughout historical time - and any differences are superficial and non-heritable ('environmental'); and then demand a literally-impossible standard of evidential certainty before they will overturn this assumption of universal sameness.

This is presented as if it were a higher form of scientific integrity - a purist stance that requires a higher standard of evidence... Nonsense! It is merely rigging the evaluation method to generate the results you want.


The assumption that all humans are essentially the same everywhere is therefore a metaphysical - not scientific - assumption: an assumption standing outside science and framing science.

Certainly it refutes spontaneous beliefs, common sense and the historical wisdom of mankind.

Denial of micro-evolution has reached almost psychotic extremes in relation to men and women, where there are many Leftist social science academics, journalists, politicians etc who refuse to acknowledge even quantitative differences in functionality between men and women.

For such people, to assert the reality of qualitative differences (e.g. between men and women) is regarded as simply abhorrent - malicious, vile, hurtful, aggressive, stupid, dangerous to the Leftist project and 'therefore' (according to such people) necessarily untrue.


Secular Leftist anti-evolutionists will deny even universal human experience, obvious knowledge and common sense; for instance that offspring (strongly) tend to resemble their parents and such resemblances are heritable, that some of these heritable differences have functional consequences, and these functional consequences may lead to robust average differences in the numbers of surviving and reproducing offspring.

The fact that humans who have spent multiple generations in different environments (which include men and women in any society where the experiences of the sexes are stably non-identical) are (at the group level of averages) superficially, internally, psychologically, biochemically and genetically different is taken to be wholly accidental and irrelevant - contingent.


So it turns out that the much demonised and despised religious anti-evolutionists who are skeptical about macro-evolution of humans are in plain fact much more scientific and empirical than are those numerous and influential secular Leftists who challenge the solid, and indeed observable, reality of human adaptation or micro-evolution.

The religious anti-macro-evolutionists who acknowledge within-form adaption are indeed within the historical mainstream of biology in their focus upon form as primary; the secular Leftist anti-adaptationists are chucking-out biology altogether in favour of a political ideology which ignores the most basic level of reality-testing.

And yet, these same secular Leftist anti-adaptationists whose denial of the obvious is delusional by a strict definition, regard the religious anti-macro-evolutionists as knuckle-dragging, ideologically-blinded anti-scientific fools, beneath contempt...


(The scientific 'crime' - or solecism - of creationists is that they introduce divine explanations into science and this is an error, because science properly operates within a framework of religious explanations, but does not include religious explanations. Science just is that type of explanation which does not use religious explanation. By contrast, secular Leftists stick to the rule of keeping their ideology outside of science, structuring the interpretation and application of science yet unmentioned within the science. Because they usually stick by this simple but counter-intuitive rule, anti-micro-evolution secular Leftists are often able to get-away-with outrageous dishonesty and distortion of science, whereas religious anti-macro-evolutionary more often blunder by trying to slip divine explanataions inside the science.)


Since it is secular Leftists who control public discourse we find public discourse in the extraordinary, and scientifically indefensible, position of asserting that on the one hand macro-evolution is necessarily real and the essential form of the human species certainly arose by natural selection - which is an incremental accumulation of adaptive changes; yet on the other hand denying that micro-evolution, adaptation, has occurred within the human species.

In other words, the speculative and uncertain aspect of Darwinian natural selection is accepted as necessary, as dogma (to reject which is to move outwith the bounds of legitimate public discourse); while the empirically and experientially verifiable aspect of Darwinism is at the same time rejected.

(This is the way that Leftism works: skepticism or outright denial of the obvious and primary, dogmatic belief in the interpretative and secondary.)

Secular Leftists thus believe in speciation but not adaptation; they believe that humans arose by natural selection, but also that - once humans had arisen - natural selection does not apply to humans!


The situation is extraordinary, obviously incoherent, and yet it is the everyday underlying assumption of respectable interaction, and it is a mandatory belief: imposed by harsh sanctions.

The situation with respect to evolution is therefore revealing of the objective nature of our society: that our society in its public discourse just is ideological, totalitarian, anti-religious; and it reveals that ours is a society in which where politics utterly dominates and trumps logic and science.

Ours is a society in which logic and science must work within politics such that logical and scientific contradictions are allowed - are indeed required - but not political contradictions.

And it reveals that ours is a society where the ruling, dominating, structuring political ideology is secular and Leftist.