Day by day pontificating on the Greek crisis, the black American underclass crisis, the non existent global warming crisis, Islam, Putin, Obama, the Democrats, the Republicans, the Grits, the Tories, IQ differences among races, automation, modernity and every sort of ephemeral dispute: let me summarize.
Check how many propositions you agree with below. Send me your scores and how you counted.
1. Global warming
a) not happening, as it appears from evidence
b) solar radiation and the amount received by the planet earth drives most of the climate,most of the time.
2. Anthropogenic global warming (AGW)
a) could be happening but is not, see 1 above
b) could be happening but it is too expensive to address it directly, compared to other highly soluble environmental and social problems.
3. Anthropogenic global warming craze
a) a delusional belief system, akin to the cholesterol panic, with a roughly sixty year cycle from invention through inflation to evanescence.
4. The Pope and his recent support for AGW
a) traditional catholic anti-capitalism dressed up in new clothes
5. Taking down the confederate flag in South Carolina
a) about time. The US Civil War was about the enslavement of blacks. I do not approve of slavery, slave owners, or blaming personal or collective failures on the heritage of slavery.
6. American blacks
a) according to US Department of Justice statistics, a white person is 67 times more likely to be attacked by a black person than a black person is likely to be attacked by a white person. Handle with caution.
7. Racial differences in IQ
a) quite real and possibly genetic in origin, and susceptible to improvement by the imposition of academic standards.
b) the imposition of academic standards is highly difficult in times of raging desire for equality of outcomes.
a) a totalitarian political ideology dressed up as a religion
b) in the main, a complete waste of time, Civilizations that succumb to it have succumbed to a complete failure to advance socially, materially, or spiritually.
a) a gigantic limiting assumption on whatever could be real.
b) the predominant intellectual fashion of our age.
c) To my mind, completely refuted by split screen experiments and the confirmation of the mind’s influence on the outcome of split screen experiments.
a) some kind of superintending and creative intelligence is, in this view, highly likely.
b) by definition, not subject to scientific refutation or support (if it is in the domain of material reality, it is not God)
a) likely to exist apart from its material substrates, such as brains.
b) intimately related in normal conditions to awareness, intention, emotion, and other states of mind.
a) there is too much emphasis in contemporary on the evil consequences of inequality and too little emphasis on the degree to which inequalities are natural.
b) All men are equal, and all men are unequal, and any society that tries to suppress the truth of either proposition will end in violence.
13. The sexual revolution
a) we are heading rapidly back into a pagan attitude to sexuality. Pauline Christian ideas about with whom to have sex, in what legal constraints, and in what orifice are going out the window.
b) I am ambivalent about it, but I enjoy the changes so far as they have affected me.
c) The state has successfully substituted itself for the ancient ties of family and community, and this with immense popular support in all democracies. Most people in advanced cultures trust the state more than they trust their cousins.
a) It is likely that 50% of the ideas expressed here will be repudiated in the next century.
b) which 50% – or larger – is impossible to determine
15. Fossil fuels
a) the advances of wealth, and with wealth, tolerance and the ability for self-expression, that have been made since 1800 are primarily the outcome of increased amounts of energy available to each person on the planet.
b) that increase of wealth is largely the result of burning fossil fuels.
c) Wind and solar energy sources should be pursued up to the limits imposed by physics and the costs of production, and no further. Large scale substitution of wind and solar for fossil fuel energy is demonstrably uneconomic and anti-ecological.
16. On male and female
a) while the Scientific Revolution of the last two centuries derives from other sources than male/female intelligence differences, it is males whose minds, procedures, and cooperation have generated nearly the totality of scientific and technical progress in that time.
17. On science
a) science as we understand the term has proceeded from a confidence in the intelligibility of the universe as the creation of a rational God, and not otherwise.
b) Chinese, Indian and Arabic civilizations did not develop science for reasons particular to each of those civilizations and cultures. They discovered knowledge in various ways, but not in the rigorous exploration of the boundaries of what is known, and in the organized procedures of intellectual challenge, free from physical violence and the suppression of inquiry by religious authorities, that characterize most other civilizations and cultures, and which threaten ours.
a) A half-black Woodrow Wilson, an academic, brought up by white Lefties, an ungifted politician, not half as smart as he thinks he is, who rode the wave of being “black”, which he is not, into power. Never bought into him, never was disappointed, never was impressed.
b) His appointment of the racist anti-white Eric Holder as Attorney General, has legitimized, and augmented, a general anti-whitism in the public discourse. White people have not yet shown signs they are collectively fed up with it.
19. The Left
a) is premised on the notion that society is wrongly constituted, that they know what is wrong, that their analysis is perfect, and that what is wrong can be cured by social, political, or economic measures, which act as external constraints on behaviour, not inward changes in man.
b) At their worst, a Godless bunch of destroyers who have been unleashed on our churches, schools and universities, and have destroyed them. By Godless I mean not merely atheistical, but narrowly and stupidly materialistic.
c) They are totally in denial about their destructive impulses and effects, and firmly believe they are morally superior to any opposition, though they deny the basis of morality in any supernatural, metaphysical basis.
d) lacking a metaphysical basis of agreement among themselves, or confidence in the constitution of material reality to cause things to turn out right, they turn politics into a series of tests of agreement on increasingly ridiculous propositions, disagreement with which is cause for expulsion, derision, calumny, and, in the extreme, death.
e) the belief in the rationality of their analysis of the world ends in irrational politics, and the celebration of that irrationality.
a) A strong distrust of the perfectibility of man.
b) The deep suspicion that one could be wrong about many large, important things.
c) the confidence to argue for what you believe, despite a and b above.
d) A deep distaste for persecuting hypocrites, and for persecutions in general.
e) a confidence in the saving power of Jesus Christ – whatever that may mean.
f) The confidence that somehow, against many odds, and multiple sources of error, sin, passion, ignorance, and ideology, that the human species, and not just its its living conditions, is getting better.
Materialists, feminists, lefties, Muslims, progressives, slave holders, Confederates, and Obamanauts can vie to see who among them is the most offended.
The rest of us can get on with life, knowing that someone sane is out there.