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    Today, 01:09 PM
    Neil deGrasse Tyson has released a new video aimed at a what he sees as a growing anti-intellectualism problem in the United States. It was released at the same time as the March for Science and many Earth Day demonstrations. He reflects on what he thinks made America great and what’s stalling progress today. Science used to be respected, but today, there is a growing crowd of science-deniers who threaten our “informed democracy.” The real anti-intellectual move, however, is conflating science, the scientific method, and truth to be one and the same. Fundamentally, science is any human attempt at discovering truth. What is true exists independently from what humans believe to be true or how humans arrive at truth claims. The scientific method, the process of using repeated experiments in an attempt to validate or falsify the conclusions of previous experiments, is but one way humans attempt to discover truth. The purpose of the video was to call out the obstinate, ignorant voters who deny what many regard as certain truths handed to them by a body of elite, trustworthy scientists. Yet Tyson and the marchers border on an equally dangerous view: scientism. Scientism isn’t scientificScientism 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 falsificationThe 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.
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    Maybe if we run for the hills and the pine forests and live like hitchhikers the situation will resolve itself
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    Today, 10:00 AM
    Basically nothing. The vast majority were just partisans., and from what I have seen, most of the leftovers want the government to leave them alone, while controlling other people. Their way of thinking about government is the same, but their particular feelings about which things are scary differ. Both groups are full of snowflakes who go nuts when they are disagreed with. On the left everyone is a racist, on the right, everyone is a globalist. Trumpublicans tend to be suspicious of outsiders trying to change their way of life, so I'd be concerned with the efficacy of moving to such a state to change it. On the whole, they are more likely to rhetorically support economic freedom if not personal freedom; the benefits of that should be clear, but one potential problem with it is they have been cucked into thinking they already support real freedom. When it's us vs. neocons on economics, we are viewed as contrarians who are getting in the way of incremental change. When it's us vs. liberals on economics, we the only alternative and can clearly distinguish our message, while the neocons are on display as the cucks they are. The only other thing would be the leftist riots, but that doesn't indicate any real tempermental difference between real voters because they were paid actors, and TPTB could just as easily pay people to riot on the right.
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    Today, 08:58 AM
    Figuring out what to do regarding North Korea is pretty mind-boggling in and of itself, as the country doesn't react the way any normal one does. The regime is probably just testing the boundaries right now. For decades they've been abducting the citizens of their neighboring countries (and perhaps one American college student who was hiking in China when he disappeared) with relative impunity because no one really knows how to respond. Read "The Invitation-Only Zone" for a better eye-opener into their abductions program. They periodically threaten the stability of the peninsula, too. Sanctions just reinforce their Juche philosophy and further united the brainwashed masses into unity under their dictator. Probably a good idea to just let the volunteers continue smuggling outside books, TV, movies, etc. into the country in hopes that they snap the people out of their insular thinking and bring down the regime from within.
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    HitoKichi replied to a thread I'm worried... in Open Discussion
    Dio threw a steam roller at him
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    Yesterday, 04:30 PM
    Because nobody can decide your needs for you especially the government and assuming that leads to breadlines and malnourishment.
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    Yesterday, 04:23 PM
    That's just the trend with most of the red states. Not that having having voted for Trump is a good thing but the states he did well in would be more bearable to live in assuming that they declared themselves independent.
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    A state that votesd for Trump would have lower taxes and fewer gun restriction laws
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    Yesterday, 01:58 PM
    But they DID vote for Trump, so "what difference does it make?"
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    Yesterday, 01:54 PM
    It think that there is an unspoken assumption that is sometimes made that libertarians et al. are inherently different in their way of thinking i.e. the way we process information and react to it. The truth is, all people have basically the same hardware, and the programming differences are minute. If the liberty movement wants a chance to succeed, we need to better understand psychology, both that of our enemies and of ourselves.
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    The guy was accused of being a pedophile
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    Yeah he was upset he didn't get a chance to see you. You're a good guy, Pete, don't let this keep you down.
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    Hey, Pete, here's the link where I picked up the Holder story:

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    nvm. found it. was "Cuddy"!! last name of the author. duh.
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    howdy... i'm trying to find one of the links you posted awhile back... has "cuddlynwo" or some such in the addy. can't find it. can you send it to me, pretty please??? enlightening a new Ron Paul supporter who asked to be enlightened.
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