Do You Have Faith In Science?
This article examines a Playboy rabbit hole of Flat Earth fantasies and governmental online cognitive infiltration fun.
Let's Get Into Some Sexy Physics: Thomas Dolby - "She Blinded Me With Science"
Physics: "1580s, "natural science," from physic in sense of "natural science." Also see -ics. Based on Latin physica (neuter plural), from Greek ta physika, literally "the natural things," name of Aristotle's treatise on nature. Specific sense of "science treating of properties of matter and energy" is from 1715."
Thomas Dolby - (She Blinded Me by Science) (Extended & Original Versions) HD Audio source: Metal Wolf Music
"It primes pleasurable behavior to repeat, such as sex, eating, drugs, and according to neuropharmacholocal studies, even prayer and other religious behavior. In other words, if there was no reward in it, you wouldn’t be interested. Dopamine levels rise significantly in anticipation of a reward, e.g., heaven, recognition and approval."
Radio Science: Welcome To The Predicted Future
"The Golden Age of Wireless is the debut album by Thomas Dolby. Released in 1982, the album contains the pop hit "She Blinded Me with Science" in its later resequencings (see below). Following the album's overall theme of radio are the songs "Airwaves", "Commercial Breakup", and "Radio Silence," along with songs about the modern world ("Windpower", "Flying North", "Europa and the Pirate Twins")."
A Mythical Vision Reveals Our World Of Wireless Internet Was Long In the Making: Tesla Did Not Predict Online Porn
"It is intended to give practical demonstrations of these principles with the plant illustrated. As soon as completed, it will be possible for a business man in New York to dictate instructions, and have them instantly appear in type at his office in London or elsewhere. He will be able to call up, from his desk, and talk to any telephone subscriber on the globe, without any change whatever in the existing equipment. An inexpensive instrument, not bigger than a watch, will enable its bearer to hear anywhere, on sea or land, music or song, the speech of a political leader, the address of an eminent man of science, or the sermon of an eloquent clergyman, delivered in some other place, however distant. In the same manner any picture, character, drawing, or print can be transferred from one to another place."
1984: "The Flat Earth"
"In 1984, Dolby released his second LP, The Flat Earth (Capitol), which peaked at No. 14 on the UK Albums Chart and at No. 35 on the Billboard album chart in the US. Utilizing a wide range of influences ranging from nostalgic jazz, funk-tinged Motown R&B, and world music along with a strong electronic element and featuring a slew of guest musicians, including longtime Dolby collaborator Matthew Seligman on bass, Kevin Armstrong on guitar, and Cliff Brigden on percussion, and guest vocals from Robyn Hitchcock, Bruce Woolley and others, The Flat Earth further established Dolby's wide range of talents as musician, songwriter, and producer. The album also included a cover of the Dan Hicks song "I Scare Myself"."
2+2 = 1984
"The phrase "two plus two equals five" ("2 + 2 = 5") is a slogan used in many different forms of media, most notably in Part One, Chapter Seven of the book 1984 by George Orwell. In the novel, it is used as an example of an obviously false dogmathat one may be required to believe, similar to other obviously false slogans promoted by the Party in the novel. It is contrasted with the phrase "two plus two makes four", the obvious—but politically incorrect—truth.
Orwell's protagonist, Winston Smith, uses the phrase to wonder if the State might declare "two plus two equals five" as a fact; he ponders whether, if everybody believes it, does that make it true? The Inner Party interrogator of thought-criminals, O'Brien, says of the mathematically false statement that control over physical reality is unimportant; so long as one controls one's own perceptions to what the Party wills, then any corporeal act is possible, in accordance with the principles of doublethink ("Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once")."
source: 2 + 2 = 5
Let's Get Physical
People seem to like to use the word "science" as if it was some kind of magical mantra. Science has become God for many of us.
The various "scientific" media figures act like modern religious shepherds for a modern flock of faithful followers. This version of "science" is not very scientific or logical. Demonstrable natural principle gets mixed with liberal doses of metaphysical musings to produce the modern patchwork scientific cosmology many seem to take quite literally.
The Flat Earth social (and even mainstream) media blitz would seem to be a damage control type operation designed to add a whole lot of discrediting noise to what seems to be obvious criticism of some of the more fantastic and metaphysical claims of governmental authority and mainstream science. Social media and the medium of the internet itself are the real weapons of mass behavior control. No super top secret "chemtrail" tech necessary. Human neurology has long been weaponized. Culture has always relied on stimulating the pleasure centers of the human brain with simulated reality of one kind or another. Dopamine is the real mind control agent of government.
"branch of speculation which deals with the first causes of things," from Medieval Latin metaphysica, neuter plural of Medieval Greek (ta) metaphysika, from Greek ta meta ta physika "the (works) after the Physics,"
Physic: The Medical Science & Art of Healing
physic (n.) : "c. 1300, fysike, "art of healing, medical science," also "natural science" (c. 1300), from Old French fisike "natural science, art of healing" (12c.) and directly from Latin physica (fem. singular of physicus) "study of nature," from Greek physike (episteme) "(knowledge) of nature," from fem. of physikos"pertaining to nature," from physis "nature," from phyein "to bring forth, produce, make to grow" (related to phyton "growth, plant," phyle "tribe, race," phyma "a growth, tumor") from PIE root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow." Spelling with ph- attested from late 14c. (see ph). As a noun, "medicine that acts as a laxative," 1610s. The verb meaning "to dose with medicine" is attested from late 14c."
Dopamine Levels: Priming Pumps
AN ADDICTION TO SEX, EATING, DRUGS & RELIGION
"This analysis is quite interesting and serves to challenge us about the subconscious motives behind religious beliefs. Studies show that cultural and behavioral predispositions are linked to chemicals in our brain, such as dopamine. One of the most important functions of dopamine is in the reward system of the brain, the nucleus accumbens (NAcc)."
"Basically, people get rewarded to be deluded."
"It primes pleasurable behavior to repeat, such as sex, eating, drugs, and according to neuropharmacholocal studies, even prayer and other religious behavior. In other words, if there was no reward in it, you wouldn’t be interested. Dopamine levels rise significantly in anticipation of a reward, e.g., heaven, recognition and approval."
Scientism: A Neo Religion
"Several scholars use the term to describe the work of vocal critics of religion-as-such. Individuals associated with New Atheism have garnered this label from both religious and non-religious scholars. Theologian John Haught argues Daniel Dennett and other new atheists subscribe to a belief system of scientific naturalism, which holds the central dogma that "only nature, including humans and our creations, is real: that God does not exist; and that science alone can give us complete and reliable knowledge of reality." Haught argues this belief system is self-refuting since it requires its adherents to assent to beliefs that violate its own stated requirements for knowledge. Christian Philosopher Peter Williams argues it is only by conflating science with scientism that new atheists feel qualified to "pontificate on metaphysical issues."
Philosopher Daniel Dennett responded to religious criticism of his book Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by saying that accusations of scientism "[are] an all-purpose, wild-card smear... When someone puts forward a scientific theory that [religious critics] really don't like, they just try to discredit it as 'scientism'. But when it comes to facts, and explanations of facts, science is the only game in town".
Non-religious scholars have also linked New Atheist thought with scientism. Atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel argues neuroscientist Sam Harris conflates all empirical knowledge with that of scientific knowledge. Marxist literary critic Terry Eagleton argues Christopher Hitchens possesses an "old-fashioned scientistic notion of what counts as evidence" that reduces knowledge to what can and cannot be proven by scientific procedure. Agnostic philosopher Anthony Kenny has also criticized New Atheist philosopher Alexander Rosenberg's The Atheist's Guide to Reality for resurrecting a self-refuting epistemology of logical positivism and reducing all knowledge of the universe to the discipline of physics.
Michael Shermer, founder of The Skeptics Society, draws a parallel between scientism and traditional religious movements, pointing to the cult of personality that develops around some scientists in the public eye. He defines scientism as a worldview that encompasses natural explanations, eschews supernatural and paranormal speculations, and embraces empiricism and reason.
The Iranian scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr has stated that in the West, many will accept the ideology of modern science, not as "simple ordinary science", but as a replacement for religion.
Gregory R. Peterson writes that "for many theologians and philosophers, scientism is among the greatest of intellectual sins". "
"Scientism isn’t scientific"
"Scientism is the over-reliance on or over-application of the scientific method. Scientism has many forms, one of which is the use of empirical methods to do economic science, or the dismissal of claims not based on experiment results that question other claims that are based on experiment results. Mises dealt with scientism repeatedly, and closely guarded the boundary between economics and other sciences.
The scientific method is not universally appropriate. Consider an extreme case: if you measured a few right triangles and observed that the sides did not correspond to what the Pythagorean theorem says, would you toss the Pythagorean theorem, or would you reexamine your measurement method? Would you dismiss the logical geometric relation in favor of the scientific method?
The scientific method is particularly suited for the natural sciences. It’s hard to recommend a different method than experimentation and observation to answer questions about chemical reactions, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and biology.
The scientific method is unnecessary or even ill-suited in other areas, however. Consider these questions, and what sort of approach is appropriate to answer them: What is 17 divided by 3? All else held equal, what are the effects of an increase in demand for blue jeans? Who should I invite to my party? What are the effects of expansionary monetary policy on employment, prices, incomes, production, consumption, and borrowing? How should I treat people?
Of course, Neil deGrasse Tyson wouldn’t recommend using the scientific method to answer all of these questions (hopefully), but the point is that empiricism and experimentation are limited in their appropriate applications. The scientific method does not have a monopoly on truth."
"Always open to falsification"
"The scientific method has another large limitation: conclusions derived solely by experimentation are always susceptible to falsification by just one aberrant observation. For this reason and others, even wide consensus among scientists should be met with at least some skepticism before the heavy hand of the government gets involved.
In 1992, the government, backed by the scientific community, told you that you needed 6-11 daily servings of bread, cereal, rice, and/or pasta to maintain good nutrition (and that saturated and animal fats are to be avoided). Many government policies and public school food offerings were based on this recommendation, including, suspiciously, agricultural subsidies and import tariffs. But then, years later, new information revealed this to be terrible advice, after a big jump in diabetes diagnoses and obesity rates.
Or, consider the government’s attempts at alleviating malaria. The National Malaria Eradication Program sprayed DDT in 4,650,000 homes and overhead by aircraft. Later, it was realized that DDT is carcinogenic and the spraying had a severe effect on the environment and wildlife, birds in particular. Birds of prey like the bald eagle are not considered endangered species anymore, and the ban on DDT is considered a major factor in their recovery. Even this conclusion is in question, including whether or not DDT is carcinogenic for humans, but the point is that the government itself backtracked on its own science-based solution to a problem. It banned a chemical it once sprayed indiscriminately.
Since the climate is such an important issue for Tyson, consider also the claims and predictions of various scientists around 1970. Earth Day had just started, and scientists were predicting rather apocalyptic scenarios, similar to what we are hearing today from climate scientists. To be clear, just because these predictions turned out to be “spectacularly wrong”, it doesn’t necessarily mean that modern claims are wrong. But it might explain a lot about the modern layperson’s skepticism, as opposed to sheer stupidity as Tyson suggests.
Sites like retractionwatch.com document the increasingly frequent cases in which academic journals must retract published research because the peer review process was a sham or when other fraudulent activity comes to light. A recent entry reports that Springer had to retract 107 papers on cancer due to fake peer reviews. Surprisingly, retraction doesn’t always mean fewer citations, as this top 10 list of most highly cited retracted papers demonstrates."
Absurd Is The Word
"The mirror-image of this—that 2 + 2 = 5 is the archetypical untruth—is attested at least as early as 1728. Ephraim Chambers' Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, published in that year, follows its definition of the word absurd with this illustrative example: "Thus, a proposition would be absurd, that should affirm, that two and two make five; or that should deny 'em to make four." Similarly Samuel Johnson said in 1779 that "You may have a reason why two and two should make five, but they will still make but four."
The first known sympathetic reference to the equation 2 + 2 = 5 appears in an 1813 letter by Lord Byron to his soon-to-be wife Anabella Milbanke in which he writes, "I know that two and two make four—& should be glad to prove it too if I could—though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 & 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure."
"Although the phrase "2 + 2 = 5" had earlier been used to indicate an absurdity in general, its use within a political setting is first attested at the dawning of the French Revolution. Abbé Sieyès, in his What Is the Third Estate? (1789), mocked the fact that the Estates-General gave disproportionate voting power to the aristocracy and the clergy in with the following analogy: "Consequently if it be claimed that under the French constitution, 200,000 individuals out of 26 million citizens constitute two-thirds of the common will, only one comment is possible: it is a claim that two and two make five." "
Words Become Absurd: A Social Media World Of Socially Reinforced Stupidity, Generating Flat Brains
"Dumb used to be an accident. Now it’s a goal."
"Want to express your faith? You could spend an hour a week in a house of worship contemplating the mysteries of the divine, but why bother when there is Popemoji?
Suffering regular beatings? Don’t worry, a Swedish children’s help line has released a set of “abuse emojis” to help you communicate your troubles."
THE EMOJI GOOGLE AGE = 1984
"Newspeak is a controlled language"
"In George Orwell's world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak is a controlled language, of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, a linguistic design meant to limit the freedom of thought—personal identity, self-expression, free will—that ideologically threatens the régime of Big Brother and the Party, who thus criminalised such concepts as thoughtcrime, contradictions of Ingsoc orthodoxy."
Newspeak Becomes Netspeak
"Internet slang (Internet shorthand, cyber-slang, netspeak, or chatspeak) refers to a variety of slang languages used by different people on the Internet. An example of Internet slang is "LOL" meaning "laugh out loud". It is difficult to provide a standardized definition of Internet slang due to the constant changes made to its nature. However, it can be understood to be a type of slang that Internet users have popularized, and in many cases, have coined. Such terms often originate with the purpose of saving keystrokes or to compensate for small character limits. Many people use the same abbreviations in texting and instant messaging, and social networking websites. Acronyms, keyboard symbols and abbreviations are common types of Internet slang. New dialects of slang, such as leet or Lolspeak, develop as ingroup internet memes rather than time savers."
The Flat Earth YouTube 'Movement': "It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion."
Flat Earth Cyberculture Exposed:
"Cyberculture or computer culture is the culture that has emerged, or is emerging, from the use of computer networks for communication, entertainment, and business. Internet culture is also the study of various social phenomena associated with the Internet and other new forms of the network communication, such as online communities, online multi-player gaming, wearable computing, social gaming, social media, mobile apps, augmented reality, and texting, and includes issues related to identity, privacy, and network formation."
1984,The Flat Earth Science of Social Media & YouTube: Manufacturing Reality Deniers
"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?"
FLAT EARTH FOLLOWERS
"To be rewarded through a delusion of grandeur is beneficial."
"Our heightened acknowledgment capacity provides that ability to happen. To feel ascendant through reward dopamine means to feel more assertive, confident and even dominant over obstacles."
"Basically, people get rewarded to be deluded."
"Sexy" Social Media Superstar, Tila Tequila: A Vietnamese, White Supremacist, Antisemite, Hitler Fan, Porn Star & Flat Earther:
FLAT EARTH HAS GONE MAINSTREAM!
IT IS A MAINSTREAM MEME
"Tequila has expressed her belief that the earth is not a sphere but is in fact flat."
"Two sex tapes featuring Tequila were rumored to exist as early as 2010. In 2011, Vivid Entertainment released a video of Tequila engaging in sexual acts with pornographic actresses Charlie Laine and Kristina Rose. Tequila stated that the video was made for personal use and she did not consent to its release."
"Nguyen's career began at the age of 19 when she was discovered at the Sharpstown Mall by a Playboy scout and was offered a chance to model nude for the magazine. She did a test shoot, then eventually moved to Southern California and was featured as Playboy's Cyber Girl of the week on April 22, 2002, and soon thereafter she became the first Asian Cyber Girl of the Month. A few more pictorials for the magazine followed.
Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen (born October 24, 1981), better known by her stage names Tila Tequila, Tila Nguyen and Miss Tila, is an American television and social media personality.
She first gained recognition for her active presence on social networking websites. After becoming the most popular person on Myspace, Tequila was offered to star in her own reality television series. Her bisexual-themed dating show, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila (2007), aired for two seasons and became MTV's second highest-rated series premiere of that year.
Born in Singapore and raised in Houston, Texas, Tequila moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue her modeling career. After being featured in numerous men's magazines (including Playboy, Stuffand Maxim), she made her reality television debut on the VH1 show Surviving Nugent (2003).
Besides her career in modeling and television, Tequila also pursued her career as a recording artist and author. She was the lead singer of the bands Beyond Betty Jean and Jealousy, before launching a solo career."
Tila Tequila = "Playboy's Cyber Girl"
Flat Earth, Neo Nazi, Antisemitism Exposed: Porn Actress Tila Tequila Hearts Hitler
"However, on May 6, 2016, Nguyen tweeted that Jewish-American political commentator Ben Shapiro should "be gassed and sent back to Israel" and later posted that "There are only two things in this world, for which I would gladly sacrifice my own life; the destruction of all Jews and preservation of the white race" and "You know what will help Asians earn respect? An Asian version of Adolf Hitler… I want that person to be me; I want to save the world from this Zionist disease."
Rolling Stone: The Flat Earth Public Relations Canard:
"Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Kyrie Irving was recently the talk of social media leading up to the NBA All-Star Game for sharing his belief that the earth is flat on the "Road Trippin' with RJ & Channing" podcast. Irving, who spent one year at Duke before being drafted with the number one pick in 2011, then doubled down on his belief in an interview with ESPN – "I've seen a lot of things that my educational system said was real and turned out to be completely fake" – before an astronomy professor from his alma mater and Bill Nye the Science Guy gave their two cents."
"In February 2017, Irving stated, contrary to the fact that the Earth is round, that he believes that the Earth is flat while being interviewed for a podcast, stating "This is not even a conspiracy theory...The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat." In a later interview, he was less forceful in advancing his flat Earth belief, encouraging people to "do their own research" into the topic. In June 2017, Irving starred in an episode of the Houzz series My Houzz, in which he surprised his father with a major home renovation."
The Flat Earth Psy-Op Psych Out
"For flat earthers to claim open-mindedness, yet not even have the ability to weigh out evidence let alone have discernment, as well as not be able to see how obvious that this is a PSYOP is absolutely astounding."
Google YouTube Flat Earth Limited Hangout & Discredit By Association
"In adition to this, the Google and establishment run website YouTube, has been recommending flat earth videos on completely unrelated videos pretty much constantly. Almost everyone now has heard of this flat earth CRAP that has come out literally for no reason... other than to not only muddy the waters, but to distract, divide, and make anyone speaking of conspiracy look like someone who thinks the world is flat. -Guilt by association, just as people would automatically assume people who speak of conspiracy think we did not go to the moon. (Another Tavistock institute PSYOP).
I have felt compelled to use this laughably pathetic attempt to discredit the ''truth movement'' as illustrating how far the powers that should not be will go to manipulate society. So desperate and drastic, but the bullshit won't stick.
Never has any ''conspiracy'' been mentioned so much in the mainstream media. Even Obama has mentioned it as part of the psychological operation to have people equate pointing out the climate change conspiracy with flat earthers, because afterall, if you don't even know the SHAPE of the planet, you are not going to be seen as very credible.
For flat earthers to claim open-mindedness, yet not even have the ability to weigh out evidence let alone have discernment, as well as not be able to see how obvious that this is a PSYOP is absolutely astounding."
"Google goes DARPA"
"Regina Dugan loves to tell the story of how she got her current job. It was a little over two years ago, and Dugan, a mechanical engineer by training and an expert in counterterrorism, was finishing a three-year stint as director of DARPA, the Defense Department’s prodigious technology research organization that gave birth to things like the global positioning system, the stealth fighter, and the Internet. During her tenure, she sharpened its focus in areas like cybersecurity and new forms of manufacturing and on delivering tangible results. “DARPA is a place of doing,” she told Congress in 2011. It’s an attitude that earned her praise among the tech elite—including veteran venture capitalist John Doerr, who sums her up in four words: “She’s an impressive leader.”
Among Dugan’s many fans was Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, who suggested she go on a two-day visit of the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. The idea was to see if there might be a fit between Dugan and some project or other at the sprawling search and advertising giant. After making the rounds of various groups, Dugan sat down with Dennis Woodside, then the CEO of Google’s Motorola unit, who was charged with turning around a brand that was once synonymous with cellphone innovation but that had lost its way in the smartphone era. Woodside said that with a renewed focus on innovation, Motorola could leapfrog rivals like Apple and Samsung. His plan was to hire a mobile-industry veteran to lead an advanced-technology group that could deliver the inventions that would restore Motorola’s status as a pioneer."
EXPLORING FLAT EARTH DELUSIONS:
Take Care Not To Fall Off The Edge
The Power of Dopamine In The 21st Century Social Media Flattened, Wireless World
"This analysis is quite interesting and serves to challenge us about the subconscious motives behind religious beliefs. Studies show that cultural and behavioral predispositions are linked to chemicals in our brain, such as dopamine. One of the most important functions of dopamine is in the reward system of the brain, the nucleus accumbens (NAcc).
It primes pleasurable behavior to repeat, such as sex, eating, drugs, and according to neuropharmacholocal studies, evenprayer and other religious behavior. In other words, if there was no reward in it, you wouldn’t be interested. Dopamine levels rise significantly in anticipation of a reward, e.g., heaven, recognition and approval."
"Novelty generates dopamine in us, too, just like intoxicants do. The “mysterious revelations” of religion have novel implications and manifestations. We prefer novelty over the expected when given the choice. Yet we enjoy predictability too because we can feel comfortable and in control. Religion provides both of these two variables. Furthermore, combine the need for delusion with our need to worship the dominant/heroes. A study published in Current Biology describes how primates will “pay” a cherry juice reward in order to view female specie members’ behinds (primate pornography)."
"To be rewarded through a delusion of grandeur is beneficial. Our heightened acknowledgment capacity provides that ability to happen. To feel ascendant through reward dopamine means to feel more assertive, confident and even dominant over obstacles."
"Basically, people get rewarded to be deluded."
A Look At The Flat Earth Community Built, Con Artist Drawn, Comic Book
Self labeled "Flat Earthers" seem to think their opinions and ideas are of Earth shattering important. Sophistic solipsism is what the Flat Earth shill sells.
People get rewarded for promoting delusions.
FLAT EARTH COMIC BOOK source: Vince White
"Flat-Earth comic book and card game will ‘rock your beliefs’ "
"That’s right, you’ve been indoctrinated into a belief. Despite the evidence helpfully provided by your own eyeballs, you’ve been convinced that the earth is some sort of ball.
Once the lies have been stripped away, how do you deal with the startling, naked, blinding truth? You can’t just start telling all your friends the earth is flat. They’re not ready. Luckily, White has a solution."
"FLAT EARTH - More popular on Youtube than Donald Trump and Obama!"
"The phenomenon that is FLAT EARTH has gripped the Youtube community for the last 18 months in such a way it has exploded and now become exponential.
On August 15th 2016 the search results on Youtube were as follows
10,800,000 : The Earth is Flat
6,930,000 : Flat Earth
6,580,000 : Donald Trump
6,450,000 : Justin Timberlake
6,060,000 : Nasa
4,660,000 : Barack Obama
Why would this be such a popular meme at this time?
Well for all the truthers out there this is the subject which will cause the most fuss because it is the biggest conspiracy of them all and spells the end of the establishment because it will expose them as being the biggest liars of all time!!"
SUPER SUMMER SOAKING SOAP OPERA WARNING!
Flat Earth gets plenty of free press, revealing quite a roller coaster "paradox".
The self proclaimed Flat Earth "movement" is an obviously intellectually dishonest exercise in absurdist group think. For all the nonsense, Flat Earth sure gets a whole lot of mainstream style press coverage, imagine that! The Flat Earth "movement" leaders and many of its more vocal followers come across as nothing more than obvious role playing con artist shills. Either that or some of these people are simply true believers who cannot distinguish faith based irrationality from reason. The obvious lack of rationality marks the Flat Earth follower as a member of the faithful flock who is addicted to the resulting religious inspired dopamine high. Flat Earth followers are social media addicts. These online 'meth heads' act to discredit rationale research into governmental deception and real mainstream "scientific" flaws.
Mainstream Media Coverage: The Guardian Headline Proclaims:
"Flat-Earthers are back:
'It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion'
YouTube videos and spiffy websites espouse the conspiracy theory – but is the movement doomed to once again fall flat over countless schisms?"
"YouTube user TigerDan925 shocked his 26,000 followers recently by conceding a shocking point: Antarctica is a continent. It’s not, as he previously thought, an ice wall that encircles the flat disc of land and water we call earth.
For most of us, that’s not news. But TigerDan925’s followers, like Galileo’s 17th century critics, are outraged by his heresy. Welcome to the contentious universe of flat-Earthers – people who believe the notion of a globe-shaped world orbiting the sun is a myth.
Through popular YouTube videos and spiffy sites, they show how easy it is to get attention by questioning scientific consensus. Unfortunately, we don’t really know how many people believe in the movement because so many people in it accuse each other of being as fake as Santa Claus (or perhaps the moon landing)."
"That being said, TigerDan925’s admission was not a concession that the world is shaped like the globe. He merely said flat-Earthers need a new map. But for his community, he might as well have abandoned them altogether:
“Next he says the Antarctica is not governed and protected by the Illuminati, that somehow any group deciding to buy and invest in equipment is free to roam anywhere by plane or on land,” writes a user by the name Chris Madsen. “This is absolute rubbish ... 2016 is the year it becomes common knowledge the earth is flat, just like 9/11 became common knowledge, no stopping the truth now.”
Such schisms are commonplace in flat-Earthdom, where at least three websites are vying to be the official meeting ground for the movement to save us all from the delusion that our world is a globe. Their differences range from petty (who came up with which idea first) to shocking and offensive (whether Jewish people are to blame for suppressing flat-Earth thought). And they regard each other with deep suspicion – almost as if they can’t believe that anyone else would believe what they do.
“[The multiple sites are] just the tip of the iceberg,” said flat-Earth convert Mark Sargent, who used his two decades of work in the tech and video game industries to create the site enclosedworld.com and a YouTube series called Flat Earth Clues. “There’s dissension in the ranks all over the place.”
Sargent compares the frenzy to the Monty Python film Life of Brian, in which Brian gains a following that immediately splits over whether to gather shoes, wear one shoe, or possibly follow a gourd.
“It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion. Everyone’s trying to define it. And they’re turning on each other because there’s no unified theory.” And so, like the People’s Front of Judea and the Judean People’s Front, they often spend far less time discussing what they believe than they spend attacking each other.
The Flat Earth Society revived in 2004 under the leadership of one Daniel Shenton and was opened to new members in 2009. A dissatisfied group split away in 2013 and launched its own site. A reunification proposal in 2014 has withered, and Shenton’s Twitter feed went cold after he posted a cryptic photo of the Terminator in September."
"A more fiery split took place when yoga teacher and conspiracy theorist Eric Dubay launched the International Flat Earth Research Society (IFERS) and claimed that the other flat-Earth groups were “controlled opposition”: a propaganda tool in which the ideological enemy pretends to be a friend to make the movement look stupid.
Dubay has since posted a lengthy Nixon-style enemies list, labeling Sargent and many other flat-Earthers “shills” who deliberately poison the movement with flawed arguments. Sargent says he was once on good terms with Dubay and doesn’t want to speak ill of him. That said, some flat-Earthers are ill at ease with Dubay because of his other work, including a documentary that claims Adolf Hitler was a decent, peace-loving fellow who has been smeared by the Zionist media. Around the turn of the year, Dubay’s discussion board has been shut down by a hosting company claiming a terms-of-service violation. He has since started fresh elsewhere, but yet another group popped up with a new site also claiming the IFERS name.
Beyond Dubay’s vitriol and a few political squabbles lies a fundamental question for flat-Earth factions: sure, the videos draw hundreds of thousands of page views, but who are the true believers?
A New York magazine piece on flat-Earthdom is skeptical of some who claim the mantle: “The line between actually believing the theory and enthusiastically entertaining is unclear. Being a Flat Earther exists in the same online space as chemtrails and the notion that 9/11 was an inside job: there are some who believe it sincerely, and magnitudes more who entertain the notion ironically.”
Some conspiracy theorists take it farther. What if all the flat-Earth talk is a big psychological experiment to see what we humans will believe in an era in which sizable groups already go against scientific consensus on vaccines, evolution and climate change?
“Maybe they wan’t to create the perfect concoction of pseudo-science bullshit and fabricated statistics to see who will blindly follow,” reads the opening comment of a thread in Reddit’s conspiracy theory subreddit. “They can then set up or use the same tactics to further lead the conspiracy community astray. Who else thinks this is a psy-op?”
Just in time for the X-Files revival: trust no one."
"Inside ‘Flat Earth,’ Tila Tequila’s New Belief System and the Wokest Conspiracy Theory of 2016"
"What shape would you say Earth is? A sphere? Ha-ha, nice try. You could not be more wrong. Earth is a disc.
This is according to Tila Tequila, the model, porn star, Juggalette, erstwhile Nazi, and living monument to the ancient lost culture of MySpace.
“But,” you might stammer, “I was always taught that the earth was a sphere.” Oh, yeah? Who are you going to trust? The failing American public-education system or a two-hour documentary posted on YouTube by “Yoda’s Flat Earth Channel”?"
The Atlantic: "Flat-Earthers Have a Wild New Theory About Forests"
"Something tremendous is happening; over the last few weeks, without too many of its globe-headed detractors noticing, a surprisingly vast community on the tattered fringes of intellectual orthodoxy is in turmoil. A bizarre new theory has turned the flat earth upside down. The flat earth is still flat, but now it’s dotted with tiny imitations of the truly enormous trees that once covered the continents, and which in our deforested age we can hardly even remember.
I’ve always been mildly obsessed with the flat-earth truth movement, the sprawling network of people utterly convinced that the world has been lied to for centuries about its own physical shape. The particulars differ, but here everyone takes it as a given that a conspiracy reaching from your first schoolteacher to NASA to the metaphysical Beyond has deluded humanity, making us believe that we’re nothing more than something that grew on a rock, a layer of biological grease mouldering on the surface of a ball suspended in empty space, when we’re actually living on a flat plane."
Rolling Stone: "Watch Dave Chappelle Laugh Off Kyrie Irving's 'Flat-Earth' Belief "
"Chappelle laughed about his encounter with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who attended one of his recent L.A. shows. Kimmel asked if he chatted with Kyrie Irving about the point guard's belief in a flat Earth, but a dumbfounded Chappelle said he "wouldn't even know how to broach that topic."
"I don't understand the philosophy behind the 'flat Earth' theory," he continued. "First of all, what difference does it make? It could be flat, could not be flat. There could be 12 continents. How would you know?""
MAPPING A FLAT EARTH (PSY-OP) HIGH:
"Are You Addicted to Dopamine?"
"If you visit Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube, do you keep scrolling and clicking — even when you want to stop?
Do you ever find yourself fighting the urge to look at your smartphone while hanging out with people you love?"
DOPAMINE ADDICTION KILLS CRITICAL THOUGHT
DARPA Stimulates With Simulated Reality
"Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) seeks to advance the pace and effectiveness of a specific kind of learning—cognitive skills training—through the precise activation of peripheral nerves that can in turn promote and strengthen neuronal connections in the brain. TNT will pursue development of a platform technology to enhance learning of a wide range of cognitive skills, with a goal of reducing the cost and duration of the Defense Department’s extensive training regimen, while improving outcomes. If successful, TNT could accelerate learning and reduce the time needed to train foreign language specialists, intelligence analysts, cryptographers, and others.
The TNT program seeks to use peripheral nerve stimulation to speed up learning processes in the brain by boosting release of brain chemicals, such as acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These so-called neuromodulators play a role in regulating synaptic plasticity, the process by which connections between neurons change to improve brain function during learning. By combining peripheral neurostimulation with conventional training practices, the TNT program seeks to leverage endogenous neural circuitry to enhance learning by facilitating tuning of neural networks responsible for cognitive functions.
DARPA is taking a layered approach to exploring this new terrain. Fundamental research will focus on gaining a clearer and more complete understanding of how nerve stimulation influences synaptic plasticity, how cognitive skill learning processes are regulated in the brain, and how to boost these processes to safely accelerate skill acquisition while avoiding potential side effects. The engineering side of the program will concentrate on developing non-invasive methods to deliver peripheral nerve stimulation that enhances plasticity in brain regions responsible for cognitive functions. The goal is to optimize training and stimulation protocols that expedite the rate of learning and maximize long-term retention of cognitive skills."
"TNT is part of a broader portfolio of programs within DARPA that support the White House BRAIN initiative."
DARPA & The BRAIN Initiative
"The initiative will accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought. These technologies will open new doors to explore how the brain records, processes, uses, stores, and retrieves vast quantities of information, and shed light on the complex links between brain function and behavior."
"It takes years to learn some of the most important national security skills, such as speaking foreign languages, analyzing surveillance images, and marksmanship. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) wants to speed up that training process using electrical stimulation to enhance the brain’s ability to learn. The Defense Department’s research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), today announced it had awarded multimillion-dollar contracts to eight university groups that will study and develop such technologies.
DARPA wants to see a 30 percent improvement in learning rates by the end of the four-year program. Studies will be conducted on human volunteers and animals. DARPA did not disclose the total value of the research contracts.
This isn’t DARPA’s first foray into electrical and other kinds of nerve stimulation. In 2014, it sponsored direct brain stimulation research in a project called RAM that aims to restore memory in people with traumatic brain injuries. Scientists last week published the first major results of that program. And in 2015, the agency bet on electrical stimulation as a therapeutic technique for treating disease, awarding contracts through its ElectRx project."
NY Times: "Cass Sunstein Wants to Nudge Us"
"The professors in Hyde Park believe in something called the University of Chicago mind. It runs cold and analytical when the rest of the culture runs hot. Chicago scholars tend to be social scientists at heart, contrarian but empirical, following evidence to logical extremes. They are centrally interested not in what it is like to be an individual within society but in how society washes over individuals, making and remaking them. During the campaign, when his former Chicago colleagues were asked to detail Barack Obama’s intellectual evolution, many of them described him in these terms. But they knew Obama, at best, only partly exhibited this tradition. His friend Cass Sunstein, who is certainly the most productive and probably the most influential liberal legal scholar of his generation, inherited it in full. “Cass has,” says Saul Levmore, a former dean of the law school, “the quintessential University of Chicago habit of mind.” "
"In “Nudge,” a popular book that he wrote with the influential behavioral economist Richard Thaler, Sunstein elaborated a philosophy called “libertarian paternalism.” Conservative economists have long stressed that because people are rational, the best way for government to serve the public is to guarantee a fair market and to otherwise get out of the way. But in the real world, Sunstein and Thaler argue, people are subject to all sorts of biases and quirks. They also argue that this human quality, which some would call irrationality, can be predicted and — this is the controversial part — that if the social environment can be changed, people might be nudged into more rational behavior."
"The University of Chicago, during the ’80s and ’90s, was the great seat of conservative scholarship — law and economics, public-choice theory, constitutional originalism. Sunstein, as a young scholar, found himself both “in awe” of these movements and convinced “that my smartest colleagues were blundering, and I couldn’t explain to myself why.” When Sunstein and Thaler presented their attack, using behavioral insights, on the rational-actor model that undergirded more-traditional economic thinking, they delivered it to a tense classroom that included conservative skeptics. It was an atmosphere, Sunstein said, that felt “a little like war.”
Sunstein spent two decades wrestling with this conservative literature, and the theories that he elaborated bore marks of those struggles and traces of their influence. “What makes Cass unique is that he does not dismiss these critiques but incorporates them, and seeks to build upon them,” the Chicago law professor Eric Posner told me.
Yet when Sunstein first became, last summer, a familiar figure to Glenn Beck’s radio audience, it was as an animal rights fanatic — endlessly mocked for having once proposed in an academic article that advocates might be granted the right to sue on behalf of abused animals, and for his suggestion that hunting was morally indefensible. Beck’s Sunstein has evolved, over time, into an avatar of a perceived Big Brother strain in the Obama administration, its secret manipulation of national life. “This is what Cass Sunstein does,” Beck said on his radio program last month. “He nudges. He moves. He slides into position.”
Sunstein had, during his academic career, a penchant for publishing trial balloons — they were a necessary part of his inquiry, a perpetual what if? Now, with their author a government official, some of these conjectures seem more worrisome. Sunstein has, for example, written often about the corrosive effects of rumors and falsehoods on democratic discourse (it is the subject of one of the two books that were published while he was waiting to be confirmed last year), and in a 2008 paper, he proposed that government agents “cognitively infiltrate” chat rooms and message boards to try to debunk conspiracy theories before they spread. The paper was narrowly concerned with terrorism, but to some, these were dark musings. The liberal essayist Glenn Greenwald, writing in Salon, called the proposal “spine-chilling.”"
"Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama’s closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama’s head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for “overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs.” In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-“independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper’s abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.
Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.” He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging (on the ground that those who don’t believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government)."
"This program would target those advocating false “conspiracy theories,” which they define to mean: “an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role.”
Cass Sunstein & The Amazing Sun Stone Reveal:
"Believers in conspiracy theories, Sunstein emphasizes, are often ill informed: they believe what they hear—and they hear only from people with extreme views. The scholar Russell Hardin named this problem “a crippled epistemology,” the kind of two-word moniker that Sunstein favors."
"People who move in and out of such groups make the problem worse. Those who leave tend to be skeptics: when they go, so does their moderating influence. Those who join and stay tend to become fanatics."
"When a theory attracts fanatics who act on their views, like terrorists, one possible governmental response could be what Sunstein calls “cognitive infiltration”: i.e., challenging the theory’s counterfactual foundations."
"The Legal Olympian - Cass Sunstein and the modern regulatory state"
"The first book, Valuing Life: Humanizing the Regulatory State, answers a question about him posed by Eric Posner, a professor of law, a friend of Sunstein’s, and a former colleague at the University of Chicago: “What happens when the world’s leading academic expert on regulation is plunked into the real world of government?”
In “the cockpit of the regulatory state,” as Sunstein describes the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which he led from 2009 to 2012, he oversaw the process of approving regulations for everything from food and financial services to healthcare and national security. As the law requires, he was also responsible for ensuring that a regulation’s benefits generally exceed its costs. By doing so, his office helped the Obama administration achieve net benefits of about $150 billion in its first term—more than double what the Bush and Clinton administrations achieved in theirs. He especially tried to humanize cost-benefit analysis, by focusing on the human consequences of regulations—including what can’t be quantified.
The second book, Why Nudge? The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism, is about the type of policy or rule that Sunstein is especially eager to see government and other institutions use regularly: nudging in one direction, with little or no cost to those who decline nudges and go their own way. Little he did in the White House involved nudges, but his job gave him the chance to see many areas of American life where they could make a large difference.
He developed the concept with Richard Thaler, a professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago. Sunstein defines nudges as “simple, low-cost, freedom-preserving approaches, drawing directly from behavioral economics, that promise to save money, to improve people’s health, and to lengthen their lives”—small pushes in the right direction, like a restaurant disclosing the calorie count of each dish so patrons are more likely to order healthy food, or a company setting up its 401(k) plan so employees are automatically enrolled in the savings program and must choose to opt out.
In recent decades, behavioral economists have shown that, out of impulse, impatience, or ignorance, people often make choices that are not the best or even good for them: we are not the rational self-interest maximizers that conventional economists have long assumed [see “The Marketplace of Perceptions,” March-April 2006]. In response, “choice architecture” (a term Sunstein and Thaler coined) refers to the design of environments in which people make choices—a school cafeteria, say—and to the reality that there’s no such thing as a neutral design. Whether the cafeteria puts apples or Fritos at the front of the line, the placement will affect which snack is more popular. In Sunstein’s view, the cafeteria ought to put apples first. Nobody is forced to take one: the nudge is “freedom-preserving” because a student can choose not to grab an apple.
The third book, Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas, was published to take advantage of his intellectual celebrity. In the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, The New York Timesreported that Sunstein was one of the few friends Barack Obama made when both were teaching at the University of Chicago Law School in the 1990s: the friendship elevated Sunstein’s profile when Obama became president. His status as a policy luminary was confirmed by his marriage to Samantha Power, J.D. ’99, who is as close to being a real celebrity (read a profile of Power in the New Yorker) as a policy wonk can be. (“A Problem from Hell,” her Pulitzer Prize-winning 2002 bestseller, is a vivid polemic about U.S. government inaction in the face of genocides [see “An End to Evasion,” September-October 2002]. Obama, still in the Senate, hired her first as a foreign-policy aide and then as an adviser during the 2008 presidential campaign, where she and Sunstein met. She is now the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and a cabinet member. Sunstein introduced her at his confirmation hearing before the Senate as “my remarkable wife, brave Samantha Power….”)
The dust jacket of Conspiracy Theories quotes denunciations of Sunstein so extreme it’s hard to imagine what he could have said or done as a government official to trigger such vitriol. Glenn Beck, the conservative commentator, repeatedly called him “the most dangerous man in America”—“Sunstein wants to control you,” he declared, mistaking nudges for edicts of the nanny state: “He’s helping the government control you.”
Before he joined the government, Sunstein explains in this book, his job as an academic was to “say something novel or illuminating,” because today’s “wild academic speculation” could become tomorrow’s solution. Conspiracy Theories presents some of those speculations, using the alarums from Glenn Beck and others to draw a wider audience. The title essay, written in the wake of 9/11, is about the proliferation of conspiracy theories then (“49 percent of New York City residents believed that officials of the U.S. government ‘knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act’ ”) and why the theories spread. His purpose is “to shed light on the formation of political beliefs in general and on why some of those beliefs go wrong.”
Believers in conspiracy theories, Sunstein emphasizes, are often ill informed: they believe what they hear—and they hear only from people with extreme views. The scholar Russell Hardin named this problem “a crippled epistemology,” the kind of two-word moniker that Sunstein favors. People who move in and out of such groups make the problem worse. Those who leave tend to be skeptics: when they go, so does their moderating influence. Those who join and stay tend to become fanatics. When a theory attracts fanatics who act on their views, like terrorists, one possible governmental response could be what Sunstein calls “cognitive infiltration”: i.e., challenging the theory’s counterfactual foundations. Some civil libertarians ignored the “cognitive,” read “infiltration” literally, and went crazy denouncing the idea.
The dangerous ideas that most concern him are errors in thinking akin to crippled epistemology that lead to foolish or damaging behavior. They include misfearing, “when people are afraid of trivial risks and neglectful of serious ones,” so public funding is misallocated to combat the former instead of the latter, and the availability heuristic, a mental shortcut in thinking about risk that is influenced by heavily publicized events (floods, forest fires) so people worry about the wrong perils.
These concerns of Sunstein’s are weighty. They also seem narrow, leaving out of the picture the scope of the social purposes that they are designed to serve.
The second essay in Conspiracy Theories, “The Second Bill of Rights,” puts these current preoccupations in crucial perspective. A distillation of a book he published a decade ago subtitled FDR’s Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It More Than Ever, it reveals Sunstein in a very different mood: strongly patriotic and adamantly visionary. He writes about “the only time a State of the Union address was also a fireside chat,” in January 1944, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, only 15 months before his death, spoke to the nation by radio from the White House. To Sunstein, the address “has a strong claim to being the greatest speech of the twentieth century.”
FDR used it to propose a Second Bill of Rights, to redress what he described as the Constitution’s inadequacies. He recommended rights to “a useful and remunerative job”; for “every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies”; to “a decent home”; to “adequate medical care”; to “adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment”; and to “a good education.” They “spell security,” the president said: “For unless there is security here at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world.”
"Sunstein’s enduring admiration for the proposed Second Bill of Rights helps bring into focus the overarching concern of his career as a legal scholar: to understand and explain how “the modern regulatory state” has changed America’s “constitutional democracy,” and how to reform the workings of government and society to promote “the central goals of the constitutional system—freedom and welfare.”
He has pursued these aims as a preeminent scholar in constitutional law, administrative law, and environmental law, and in related fields. He has also written about animal rights, gay rights, gun rights, the death penalty, feminist theory, labor law, securities regulation, and an almanac of other topics. The span from his microscopic focus on nudges to his panoramic interest in the constitutional system, with nudges carrying out the moral purposes of the Republic, helps explain why his standing in the legal world of ideas is, more or less, Olympian."
"Between the New Deal, starting in the early 1930s, and when Sunstein became a law professor, in the early ’80s, he wrote, Congress created regulatory programs that covered relations between employers and employees, the safety of the workplace, the reliability of consumer products, the fairness of the market, the quality of the air, water, and other elements of the environment, the survival of endangered species, freedom from racial and other kinds of discrimination, and many other aspects of national life. In the decade before the New Deal, Congress passed 15 regulatory statutes. In the 1930s, that total tripled to 45. In the 1970s, it almost tripled again, to 120.
Sunstein saw this transformation as a product of “the liberal republicanism of American constitutional thought,” which views the political process “as a deliberative effort to promote the common good.” In the conception of republicanism designed by James Madison and reflected in the Constitution, he wrote, “the system of checks and balances provided a serious obstacle to national regulation.” As a result, “the vast majority of regulatory functions were undertaken by the common law courts” in the states, in lawsuits about contract, property, and tort (wrongful acts) disputes, public as well as private.
New Deal regulation rested on the conviction that the common-law system “reflected anachronistic, inefficient, and unjust principles of laissez-faire” and was inadequate “because it was economically disastrous, insulated established property rights from democratic control, failed to protect the disadvantaged, and disabled the states and the national government from revitalizing or stabilizing the economy.”
To address the crisis of the Great Depression, the New Deal transformed the system of checks and balances by increasing the power of the president, reducing the clout of the federal judiciary, and increasing the size of the national bureaucracy so that its power rivaled that of Congress. The New Deal transformed the system of federalism by transferring power from the states to the federal government. It redefined individual rights, from “rights to be free from government intrusion” to “government protection against the multiple hazards of industrialized society.” The result was “a dramatic change in the fabric of the national government….”
The administrative agencies of FDR’s era “often combined the traditionally separated powers of legislation, adjudication, and execution” and “often were given broad policymaking authority by Congress.” Some agencies, like the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, provided employment. Some helped stabilize the economy by creating risk pools that reduced the exposure of any individual or farmer, for example, or provided safety nets for the vulnerable, like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Social Security Administration. Some regulated critical parts of the economy, like the National Labor Relations Act and the Securities and Exchange Act."
DARPA Report: Defense Innovation With Cass Sunstein
The internet is the newest medium for mass behavior modification.
"Increasingly eclectic Pentagon innovation board adds Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos"
"The Pentagon’s increasingly eclectic Defense Innovation Advisory Board has reached full strength, with celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos among the latest named to a group that includes some of the private sector’s most successful leaders.
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter established the board in March with Alphabet chairman (Google's) Eric Schmidt as its head. Already, some of the members have spent time with airmen in Nevada and sailors in San Diego, and they’ll meet with other service members Tuesday at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Wednesday in Tampa, at the headquarters of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, Carter said."
"The board now includes 15 members and is at full size. Other members named Tuesday include Jennifer Pahlka, the founder and executive director of Code for America; Milo Medin, Google’s vice president for access services, broadband and fiber network; Instagram chief executive Marne Levine; J. Michael McQuade, United Technologies’s senior vice president for science and technology. Adam Grant, an organizational psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; Richard Murray, a bioengineering professor at the California Institute of Technology; Cass Sunstein, a legal scholar at Harvard; Danny Hillis, co-founder of Applied Inventions; and Eric Lander, the founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, whose focus includes biomedical and genomic research."
“This is absolute rubbish ... 2016 is the year it becomes common knowledge the earth is flat, just like 9/11 became common knowledge, no stopping the truth now.”
FLAT EARTH = A PROPAGANDA MEME PROMOTED BY THE MAINSTREAM
"Do you ever freak out at how long you can spend going down Internet rabbit holes?
When Netflix / Hulu / Amazon counts down to the next episode, do you think, “Maybe just one more?” (Which is what I said to Bob last night!)
If so, you are not unique or weird or addicted. Your brain is wired to seek. That’s how our ancestors survived and evolved, by seeking – whether it was more camas roots, sharper knifes, or a safer cave to sleep in.
Every time you seek, you get a dopamine hit. At first, that makes you feel great – smart, focused, even courageous – but too much of this functional neurotransmitter and you get that jangly, less-than, over-tired feeling."
The Science of Addiction: Riding Trigger Words To Death
"Do you ever feel like you are addicted to email or twitter or texting? Do you find it impossible to ignore your email if you see that there are messages in your inbox? Do you think that if you could ignore your incoming email or messages you might actually be able to get something done at work? You are right!
The culprit is dopamine — Dopamine was "discovered" in 1958 by Arvid Carlsson and Nils-Ake Hillarp at the National Heart Institute of Sweden. Dopamine is created in various parts of the brain and is critical in all sorts of brain functions, including thinking, moving, sleeping, mood, attention, motivation, seeking and reward."
"Social media affects the brain in the same way that a hug does. Here’s how it works, and what marketers can do about it."
"You know how you get a rush after completing a good workout or when you’ve wowed your boss with a winning boardroom presentation? That rush of happiness and contentment is thanks to dopamine, a neurochemical known as the “reward molecule” that’s released after certain human actions or behaviors, such as exercising, or setting and achieving a goal. While physical activity is most commonly linked to dopamine’s release, one form of modern-day, sedentary behavior now gets some credit, too.
According to a study of Australian consumers by San Francisco-based media-buying firm RadiumOne, social media usage is a dopamine gold mine. “Every time we post, share, ‘like,’ comment or send an invitation online, we are creating an expectation,” according to the study. “We feel a sense of belonging and advance our concept of self through sharing.” "
Are You A Flat Earth Social Media Addict?
"Bill Keller, writing in the New York Times argues that the anti-intellectual elitism is not an elitism of wisdom, education, experience or knowledge. The new elite are the angry social media posters, those who can shout loudest and more often, a clique of bullies and malcontents baying together like dogs cornering a fox. Too often it’s a combined elite of the anti-intellectuals and the conspiracy followers – not those who can voice the most cogent, most coherent response. Together they foment a rabid culture of anti-rationalism where every fact is suspect; every shadow holds a secret conspiracy. Rational thought is the enemy. Critical thinking is the devil’s tool."
BBC: Do they really think the earth is flat?
"In the 21st Century, the term "flat-earther" is used to describe someone who is spectacularly - and seemingly wilfully - ignorant. But there is a group of people who claim they believe the planet really is flat. Are they really out there or is it all an elaborate prank?
Nasa is celebrating its 50th birthday with much fanfare and pictures of past glories. But in half a century of extraordinary images of space, one stands out."
Proof The Earth is A Globe: Toronto From Across Lake Ontario
The Flat Earth faithful are too high to notice the Earth is curved. Dopamine addiction dumbs down the human mind.
Geometric Round Earth proof: Toronto skyline across Lake Ontario source: Ole Egholm Jackson
Self Proclaimed Flat Earth Followers Stubbornly Cling To The Most Ignorant Ideas
“A city in the air” appeared, according to a Nov. 1894 Arizona Republic newspaper article.
"Buffalo residents were treated to an unusual sight on Aug. 16, 1894: a detailed image of Toronto hovering over Lake Ontario.
Or rather, "a city in the air," according to a November 1894 Arizona Republic newspaper article.
For about an hour during the mid-morning, Toronto, its harbor, and the Island to the south of the city were visible to those on the ground in Buffalo. Normally Toronto is only visible to those high up over Buffalo.
"A close examination of the map showed that the mirage did not cause the slightest distortion, the gradual rise of the city from the water being rendered perfectly," said an August 1894 edition of Scientific American magazine.
Despite being approximately 93 km away, witnesses on that fateful day could see a few ships, and for the first 10 minutes, even count downtown church spires.
The Norseman, a large side-wheel steamer, could be seen travelling in a line from Charlotte, a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., to Toronto Bay, according to an August 1894 Philadelphia Inquirer article. Two dark objects were identified as large steamers of the New York Central line between Lewiston and Toronto. And a sailboat, which was "apparently a yacht," was visible for a short time before disappearing.
"The whole great scene began slowly to dissolve, a bank of black clouds sweeping along and obliterating the picture, to the disappointment of thousands who had swarmed to the tops of the highest buildings," the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote.
An estimated 20 thousand spectators saw the mirage, which was dubbed a superior mirage, meaning the image was projected above the object rather than below it.
Mirages are caused by different densities or different temperatures in the air, according to Geoff Coulson, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. For superior mirages, cold air lies beneath warmer air and light rays bend down towards the colder and denser air.
This may have occurred in August 1894, Coulson said, because the surface of Lake Ontario – and the air above it – was cool, while the summer air directly above it was hot.
"[Light rays] will bend slightly and head up again so normally the city would be over the horizon but this allows the light to bend over the lake and make it across the lake without being blocked by the horizon," Stephen Morris, a professor of physics at the University of Toronto, said.
There have been a few other recorded instances of mirages in the Lake Ontario area. In March 1885, The Globe reported that a mirage known as "looming up" was visible in Toronto, such that "the whole breadth of Lake Ontario was visible," and in April 1925 the Star documented a mirage where the lights of both shores at Niagara-on-the-Lake were visible from each other, "so distinctly that people in Port Dalhousie for instance, saw Sunnyside's illuminations as clearly as if they were standing on Toronto Island."
While a mirage of an entire city is rare, Morris said mirages are "always there to some small extent but until it gets strong enough to show you something like the image of a whole city you might not notice it." "
"Rare weather phenomenon allows northern Ohioans to see Canadian shoreline"
"Normally you can't see the Canadian Shore from downtown Cleveland. It's more than 50 miles north of us and the Earth's curvature keeps anything that far away tucked out of sight.
Except for this week. A rare weather phenomenon allowed residents all along Lake Erie's south shore to see our Lake's NORTH shore. Yep. You could see Canada from here Wednesday and Thursday.
The phenomena is called super refraction. Its a bending of light rays downward toward the Earth's surface. Its caused by changes in the density of the air with height. An impressive temperature inversion over Lake Erie caused the sun light to bend downward enough, so that distant objects not normally seen could now be seen with the naked eye.
Here's what happened: The lake is still VERY cold. Any air over that chilly water is instantly cooled. But the air over the nearby land and above that thin, chilly marine layer has been warmer than normal all week. We've seen highs in the 70s. That warm air flows over top of the shallow cold air over Lake Erie, effectively creating a lid or "cap." That thin layer of cold air is denser than the warm air above it and beside it. This "lid" allows light rays to bounce off of it and get reflected back down towards the Earth's surface. These BENT light rays allow us the ability to see what's reflected in the light at much farther distances than normal. Even objects that are beyond the horizon. Oh, Canada!
The city Wendy saw? Most likely suburbs around Detroit, Michigan."
The World Is Flat: A 21st Century Post Script
"The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century is an international best-selling book by Thomas L. Friedman that analyzes globalization, primarily in the early 21st century. The title is a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field in terms of commerce, wherein all competitors have an equal opportunity. As the first edition cover illustration indicates, the title also alludes to the perceptual shift required for countries, companies, and individuals to remain competitive in a global market in which historical and geographic divisions are becoming increasingly irrelevant.
Friedman himself is a strong advocate of those changes, calling himself a "free-trader" and a "compassionate flatist", and he criticizes societies that resist the changes. He emphasizes the inevitability of a rapid pace of change and the extent to which the emerging abilities of individuals and developing countries are creating many pressures on businesses and individuals in the United States; he has special advice for Americans and for the developing world (but says almost nothing about Europe). Friedman's is a popular work based on much personal research, travel, conversation, and reflection. In his characteristic style, through personal anecdotes and opinions, he combines in The World Is Flat a conceptual analysis accessible to a broad public. The book was first released in 2005, was later released as an "updated and expanded" edition in 2006, and was yet again released with additional updates in 2007 as "further updated and expanded: Release 3.0." The title was derived from a statement by Nandan Nilekani, former CEO of Infosys. The World Is Flat won the inaugural Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2005."
Post Script Two: Designing A New Age Mass Mentality
Drawing On A Dawning New Age of Ignorance & Subsequent Fear:
Flat Earth Heads Do Not Understand Perspective Or Vanishing Point: Art Is Simulation, Not Reality, Vanishing Point Is Not Real
"The projection is achieved by the use of imaginary "projectors". The projected, mental image becomes the technician’s vision of the desired, finished picture. By following the protocol the technician may produce the envisioned picture on a planar surface such as drawing paper. The protocols provide a uniform imaging procedure among people trained in technical graphics (mechanical drawing, computer aided design, etc.).
There are two graphical projection categories each with its own protocol:
The 21st Century = 1984 Newspeak: A Century of Augmented Reality Cyber Terrorism
What A True Head-Rush!
Nothing like limiting thought with fear.
9/11 Introduced The World To An Eternal Fear-Based, Theatrical, Type of High
Mainstream and related News media love to run terror based news stories complete with dramatic, screaming, scary headlines.
"The science of fear: Why do I like being scared?"
"When our bodies are primed for danger — which is the physical state in which fear puts us — we achieve a weird kind of high. You've probably heard of the "fight or flight" response. Humans evolved this reaction to scary situations because our ancestors would have died out without it. Fear gives us a rush of hormones that make us faster and stronger, and back when the world was a more (immediately) dangerous place, people who lacked that response likely didn't survive to pass on their genes to future generations."
A 1984 Emoticon Vocabulary To Dumb The Public Down
"In George Orwell's world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak is a controlled language, of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, a linguistic design meant to limit the freedom of thought—personal identity, self-expression, free will—that ideologically threatens the régime of Big Brother and the Party, who thus criminalized such concepts as thoughtcrime, contradictions of Ingsoc orthodoxy."
"In "The Principles of Newspeak", the appendix to the 1949 novel, Orwell explains that Newspeak usage follows most of the English grammar, yet is a language characterised by a continually diminishing vocabulary; complete thoughts reduced to simple terms of simplistic meaning."
"Dumb used to be an accident. Now it’s a goal. No matter how complicated something might be, someone is reducing it to a tiny cartoon."
"In Jonathan Franzen’s novel “Purity,” a 1970s college student having a long, captivating initial phone conversation with the woman who will capture his heart reflects, “My world had been shrinking to the size of her voice in my ear . . . It seems crucial that we had our first real conversation on the phone, which distills a person into words passing directly into the brain.”
Olden days. Lately a young lady telephonically contacted by a suitor must content herself with something more along the lines of “U so hot want 2 come ovah 4 chill sesh?”
Which is more or less a sonnet compared with the emoji-chatter that’s taking over from word-based texting. In an attempt to show that it, too, understands the supremacy of cutesy pictograms, USA Today last week ran emojis next to its front-page stories: surprised face for news of leading Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy bowing out of the race for speaker of the House; crying face for “U.S. hero of French train attack stabbed.”"
"That’s right: It’s gotten to the point where USA Today is worried that it needs to lighten the load it places on its readers. It’s as if Hostess started worrying that Twinkies were being perceived as overly nutritious. “Social media and its icons are becoming a dominant form of communication in our world,” explained USA Today’s editor. “We wanted to show what they would be like if transferred to print.” "
Generating Dumb Minds: Social Media News For Dummies
"Mark Bauerlein, in his book, The Dumbest Generation, reveals how a whole generation of youth is being dumbed down by their aversion to reading anything of substance and their addiction to digital "crap" via social media.
Journalist Charles Pierce, author of Idiot America, adds another perspective: “The rise of idiot America today represents--for profit mainly, but also and more cynically, for political advantage in the pursuit of power--the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they are talking about. In the new media age, everybody is an expert.”
“There’s a pervasive suspicion of rights, privileges, knowledge and specialization,” says Catherine Liu, the author of American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique and a film and media studies professor at University of California. The very mission of universities has changed, argues Liu. “We don’t educate people anymore. We train them to get jobs.”
"We’re creating a world of dummies. Angry dummies who feel they have the right, the authority and the need not only to comment on everything, but to make sure their voice is heard above the rest, and to drag down any opposing views through personal attacks, loud repetition and confrontation.
Bill Keller, writing in the New York Times argues that the anti-intellectual elitism is not an elitism of wisdom, education, experience or knowledge. The new elite are the angry social media posters, those who can shout loudest and more often, a clique of bullies and malcontents baying together like dogs cornering a fox. Too often it’s a combined elite of the anti-intellectuals and the conspiracy followers – not those who can voice the most cogent, most coherent response. Together they foment a rabid culture of anti-rationalism where every fact is suspect; every shadow holds a secret conspiracy. Rational thought is the enemy. Critical thinking is the devil’s tool.
Keller also notes that the herd mentality takes over online; the anti-intellectuals become the metaphorical equivalent of an angry lynch mob when anyone either challenges one of the mob beliefs or posts anything outside the mob’s self-limiting set of values.
Keller blames this in part to the online universe that “skews young, educated and attentive to fashions.” Fashion, entertainment, spectacle, voyeurism – we’re directed towards trivia, towards the inconsequential, towards unquestioning and blatant consumerism. This results in intellectual complacency. People accept without questioning, believe without weighing the choices, join the pack because in a culture where convenience rules, real individualism is too hard work. Thinking takes too much time: it gets in the way of the immediacy of the online experience."
Never Forget 9/11: Big Aluminum Tubes Vs Steel Structure
Passenger jets cannot be used to demolish huge steel structures despite official governmental "science" reports to the contrary. Does this fact magically make the Earth flat?
How Do They Do It? - Airplane Recycling source: Hooray4ATC
Demolitions Is A Real Science
It takes a lot more than a passenger jet and some jet fuel to take down steel buildings, despite all official explanations and all official accounts. The historical record is filled with numerous examples of such fake science.
Planes or No Planes, a "9/11 truth" is that the passenger jets could not do the damage we were told they did; such a feat is physically impossible.
Hoax Busters: Yapperpalooza!
History: Science or Fiction?
The manufacturing of language, culture and history examined. How much of history is true and how much is just imaginative myth?
Is 9/11 just the tip of a titanic iceberg of deception and mass reinforced delusion?
UnSpun 076 - Jacob Duellman: “Scaliger notatus, hallucinatio Scaligeri, pt. 2" source: GnosticMedia