Reality Check


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Reality Check. http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 ‘Without some sort of a map orientation is impossible’ Bertrand Russell. Patrick Moore and Stephen Hawking ‘When did time start?, the greatest question of all’ Go to websitehttp://mailafriend.guide.real.com/index.html?link=http%3a%2f%2fwww.bbc.co.uk%2fscience%2fspace%2frealmedia%2fsky_at_night_jun.ram Or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_274TIy_zKI

To track down a theory of everything, we might have to accept that the universe only exists when we’re looking at it”!

The continuing evolution of humankind – from Homo sapien to Homo interneticus – ‘The Virtual Revolution’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00r3qhg/The_Virtual_Revolution_Homo_Interneticus/

‘Knowledge or Certainty’ The Ascent of Man – Jacob Bronowski http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avDcBJX3uAw
“Laws of nature are human inventions, like ghosts. Laws of logic, of mathematics are also human inventions, like ghosts. The whole blessed thing is a human invention, including the idea that isn’t a human invention. The world has no existence whatsoever outside the human imagination…” ‘Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance’ Robert M. Pirsig. And, “Days have become phantasmal and incoherent, except in terms of Quality.” “My personal feeling is that this is how any further improvement in the world will be done: by individuals making Quality decisions and that’s all. God,…”
The Infantile Situation GB, UK, and its ‘stickiness’. (delectable fruit of unreason or happy savages)
Google News Alert for: ‘The Infantile Situation’ GB AFGHANISTAN: THE HUMANITARIAN AND DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE ReliefWeb (press release) The situation in Afghanistan started deteriorating rapidly from the occasional …. From 2003 to late 2008, she worked as Country Director of Oxfam-GB in … http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/ADGO-7ZXRMH?OpenDocument
‘Evil-doers’ http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!681.entry I’m not one (think & ?), but it gets worse. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8479364.stm The Drone Freaks (beyond any law/rules, so on…)  Don’t you hate the ‘helicopter gunship’ that flies low over your house in the middle of the night, or scares the life out of you when you go for a quiet walk, or for a ride in the woods – imagine this f…er over your town! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MQ-9_Reaper
“The number of British people who are sceptical about climate change is rising, a poll for BBC News suggests.”
Scared (children & children’s children)?
Google Web Alert for: ‘The Infantile Situation’ Geza Roheim PEP Web – Gèza Róheim: Psychoanalytic Anthropologist or Radical … http://www.pep-web.org/document.php?id=aim.028.0146a
BBC Radio 4 ‘Great Lives’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00qc2hn

Matthew Parris presents the biographical series in which his guests choose someone who has inspired their lives. Professor Richard Dawkins explains why he believes Bill Hamilton to have been one of the greatest evolutionary theorists of the 20th century. Dr Mary Bliss offers expert advice.

Global Finances (PIGS – Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain). Nothing is secure: politics and social science is in charge of your money! Money Box BBC Radio 4 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8499699.stm Debt concerns affect global stock markets. Global shares have fallen sharply this week as investor concerns about some European governments’ debt levels continue to grow. Indices in London, New York and Tokyo fell by more than 3% despite a surprise fall in the US unemployment rate. A lack of demand for Portuguese government bonds reignited fears that countries such as Portugal and Greece may struggle to service their growing national deficits. Money Box talks to Gillian Tett, an assistant editor at the Financial Times. IMF – “The UK should be seen in the same category of countries as Greece and Spain, who are facing severe debt problems, a leading economist has said.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8503090.stm And http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/money_box “A system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating concepts of a general order of existence and clothing these concepts with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic” Clifford Geertz. The moods and motivations in men (women) have been destroyed and undermined by top heavy, disconnected and incompetent (FSA – Revenue & Customs, Immigration, so on…) government. “Thousands of steel workers are to be balloted over strike action in protest at the mothballing of part of the Corus plant in Redcar on Teesside.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8524208.stm The Peoples Economic War On Greed – Latvian ‘Robin Hood’ hacker leaks bank details to TV – An alleged hacker has been hailed as a latter-day Robin Hood for leaking data about the finances of banks and state-owned firms to Latvian TV. And, “although the total value of these bonuses is less than half the £2.7bn paid by Barclays, RBS’s bonuses are more controversial because the bank is 84% owned by taxpayers.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8533641.stm http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/robertpeston/2010/02/government_approves_13bn_of_rb.html

BBC 2 TV, Enemy of the State? “Twenty years on from the invention of the World Wide Web, Dr Aleks Krotoski looks at how it is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives. Joined by some of the Web’s biggest names – including the founders of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, and the web’s inventor – she explores how far the Web has lived up to its early promise. Here, Aleks charts how the Web is forging a new brand of politics, both in democracies and authoritarian regimes. With contributions from Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates, Aleks explores how interactive, unmediated sites like Twitter and YouTube have encouraged direct action and politicised young people in unprecedented numbers. Yet, at the same time, the Web’s openness enables hardline states to spy and censor, and extremists to threaten with networks of hate and crippling cyber attacks.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qsbvv And https://secure.wikileaks.org/

Religious Education (RE) Dorset For You. SALED, NASACRE, SACRE. RE Search – Agreed Syllabus. http://cid-a18bf3fcc5e126a2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Daddys%20Space%20The%20Gutter%20Or%20The%20Stars%20-%20Journal%20^0%20Book/Religious%20Education%20^5RE^6%20Dorset%20For%20You.%20SALED^J%20NASACRE^J%20SACRE.%20RE%20Search%20-%20Agreed%20Syllabus^2docx

And, http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1249.entry

Professor Amartya Sen. Nobel Prize Winner.

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“Children as young as five are being targeted in a new online safety campaign by the UK body charged with protecting children from abuse.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8499356.stm Kids watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK5OeGeudBM Catholic Church and Sex Education UK. “There is no opt-out for any faith school from teaching the full, broad, balanced curriculum on sex and relationship education and that is a huge step forward.” Mr Balls added: “Every school will have to teach the full curriculum in a balanced way that respects equality and is not discriminatory, but of course what we are saying is they can explain the views of their faith. “Catholic schools can say to their pupils that, as a religion, we believe contraception is wrong, but what they can’t do is therefore say they are not going to teach about contraception.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8533235.stm And, Oh-Dear! The ‘sex-experts’ (Sexperts), “As the Roman Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the penitential rites of Lent, during which the faithful beg forgiveness for their sins, an unprecedented act of private penance has been held behind closed doors at the Vatican.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8519036.stm

“Cadbury’s new owner, Kraft, says it plans to close the company’s Somerdale factory in Keynsham, near Bristol.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8507066.stm America’s Impending Master Class Dictatorship. By GB. (Remember to multiply this amount by every person in your household, including any infant children.) If the common people suspect that something diabolical was in the works, a portion of the $32 trillion in non-elite wealth could be evacuated as … Throughout history, the type of situation in which America now finds itself has been a fertility factory for tyranny. The odds of an outright overthrow of the people by the Washington and Wall Street Axis, or more broadly, … http://garybryan.blogspot.com/2010/01/americas-impending-master-class.html Britains’ 1% of the population own 21% of the wealth http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=2 The Nobel Savage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_savage Who Owns Britain? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Owns-Britain-Ireland-Kevin-Cahill/dp/1841953105 Very smelly http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2324.entry “The world is losing its human dimension,” he says, “Self-propelling mega-machines, large-scale enterprises, faceless governments and other juggernauts of impersonal power represent the greatest threat to our present day world: Totalitarianism is no more than an extreme expression of this threat.” Vaclav Havel. Cuts – most vulnerable and future progress – politics and short-termism. Ref, War On UK Banks, bailout and bonuses, so on… LLOYDS Banking Group staff are intimidating victims of the recession who have fallen behind on loan payments, an investigation by The Sunday Times has found. Workers at Lloyds debt recovery department were secretly tape-recorded saying they would “put the frighteners on” and “f***” customers who owed the bank money. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article6078489.ece  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8491729.stm “The UK economy is facing more redundancies, with substantial cuts expected in the public sector, a report has found.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8515257.stm “Continuing global economic growth “is not possible” if nations are to tackle climate change, a report by an environmental think-tank has warned.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8478770.stm The Fraudulent Promise http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2531.entry

Bad weather at Cape Canaveral, Florida, has prevented the US space agency from launching its latest Sun probe. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8506140.stm

Why do a lot of young people self-harm? Young people & self harm – Child Development Centre, Poole General Hospital http://www.selfharm.org.uk/Article.aspa?PageId=255&NodeId=259 Moved to: http://selfharm.atticmedia.com/Article.aspa?PageId=255&NodeId=249 And, Margaret Singer Ph.D. “Six Conditions for Thought Reform”. “A new hard hitting advertising campaign starts today to help reduce the number of teenage girls who suffer domestic violence at the hands of their boyfriends. It comes after NSPCC researchers found an alarming number of youngsters believe physical and emotional abuse is normal within relationships.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8515631.stm And, be aware of,  Stanley Milgram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment  Working on:  Global Gullibility ‘For Dawkins, religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe “something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything”, and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust.’ http://www.stephen-greenspan.com/pdf/samplechapter.pdf Global Gullibility Index.

“Children, I’ll argue, have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people’s bad ideas – no matter who these other people are. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given licence to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith. In short, children have a right not to have their minds addled by nonsense. And we as a society have a duty to protect them from it. So we should no more allow parents to teach their children to believe, for example, in the literal truth of the Bible, or that the planets rule their lives, than we should allow parents to knock their children’s teeth out or lock them in a dungeon.” ‘What Shall We Tell The Children?’ ‘Amnesty Lecture’ Oxford – Nicholas Humphrey. http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/humphrey/amnesty.html And http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 And http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1247.entry Word doc http://cid-a18bf3fcc5e126a2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Daddys%20Space%20The%20Gutter%20Or%20The%20Stars%20-%20Journal%20^0%20Book/Why%20do%20a%20lot%20of%20young%20people%20self-harm.docx

‘Money in Muck’, ref, ‘In the Citadel of Self’, “Once that was thought (by nearly everyone) to be believed, as the true reality – without; has now, and had to – turn within”. “The Church of England’s ruling body will close its meeting with a call for more recognition of the compatibility of religious belief with science.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8511951.stm Science or technology (two separate matters) science = knowledge, and technology = application of science – “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said his country has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to 20%.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8510451.stm “A few scientists follow their religious beliefs rather than the scientific method. Biological evolution is just one of the most important of many broad issues on which substantially all working scientists agree. There may be a few persons with scientific credentials who disagree, but they do not contribute to the progress that is the hallmark of science. It is not simply that these dissenters are wrong, because wrong answers can sometimes stimulate controversy that helps lead to correct answers.” Rather, as the physicist Wolfgang Pauli liked to say, “They are not even wrong. That is, their arguments are useless and even detrimental to the pursuit of further knowledge.” http://cabalamat.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/superstition-schools-teach-superstition/

Notes Of Dads 1. A Pyramid Of The Degrees Or Levels Or States Of Consciousness Towards Knowledge – Anomy – Stratified Society – Target Grey – Explorers.

This notebook is intended to be a selection of various notes I have made over the years – say the last 10 years, in five reporters notebooks, and in my brown loose-leaf notebook.

IMPORTANT NOTES FROM A NOTE BOOK BY DAD (1980’s approx)

Idea for a book called ‘Target Grey’, or ‘The Gutter and The Stars’, or ‘Other Works’.

My idea of how society is constructed :

Target Grey refers to that small number of people lying between – ‘Reactors’ and ‘Explorers’.

Vis add : ‘The Kingdom or the Darkness’ Monod. See, ‘The Primitive Mind’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Monod

“Civilization, we may say, has advanced only at the cost of a struggle between science and superstition, working on the intelligence of the participants, a struggle of whose progress the legal status of torture and the social status of astrology, might serve as indicators.

Advanced societies, therefore are so stratified as to keep the primitive mind in a subordinate position. In this way individual responsibility and the rules of evidence, allow with fluctuating success the development of law and the organisation of knowledge and all that follows from these practises”. ‘The Little Universe of Man’ Professor C.D.Darlington.

Top

Explorers

Target Grey

Stratified Society

……………And Anomy……………..

1) ‘Target Grey’ is a fair ‘target’. They require a lead into knowledge

2) Those Explorers and above Target Grey. Do not need a lead into knowledge.

3) Those below (Target Grey) will not wish to know or care what you are writing about anyway! They require no lead and do not want knowledge!

4) I know from experience in Education that those in the ‘Grey’ area are Frustrated Secret Explorers.

Growing Up

(Science and Politics)
“No other way of knowing is based on a set of rules explicitly designed to transcend the prior belief systems of mutually antagonistic tribes, nations, classes, and ethnic and religious communities in order to arrive at knowledge that is equally probable for any rational human mind. Those who doubt that science can do this must be made to show that some other tolerant and ecumenical alternative can do it better. Unless they can show how some other universalistic system of knowing leads to more acceptable criteria of truth, their attempt to subvert the universal credibility of science in the name of cultural relativism, however well-intentioned, is an intellectual crime against humanity. It is a crime against humanity because the real alternative to science is not anarchy, but ideology; not peaceful artists, philosophers, and anthropologists, but aggressive fanatics and messiahs eager to annihilate each other and the whole world if need be in order to prove their point.” Marvin Harris (1979a, 27-28) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Harris
. ‘Knowledge or Certainty’ & ‘The Ascent of Man’ Jacob Bronowski http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avDcBJX3uAw

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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