24th May 2012 03:02
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Re: WADE FRAZIER : A Healed Planet
I’ll make some long posts on this topic over the long weekend (so we can honor our imperial troops). I took a long, strange path. I began as a math wiz and scientific prodigy, and threw it all away because some voice in my head told me to study business after I decided that life in a chemistry lab might not be for me:
My other nightmares aside, how do I feel about that today? Strangely unfulfilled in some ways, but happy in others. That voice had other plans for me, it seems.
I am not foolish enough to embrace too much fringe science in my upcoming essay, but will give nods to it. For what I am trying to get across, White Science will be plenty for most of it. I really am not going to be trying to present some extraordinary insight, at least not from the scientific end of it, but I will also be giving a big nod to Black Science and what is under wraps that I am aware of. That stuff is real.
I hold White Science in higher regard than the mainstream media, for instance:
but I am well aware of its limitations. My eyes began to open when I was twelve and my father “impossibly” reversed the hardening of his arteries:
But my mystical awakening was what really set me on my path:
just when I got my dreams of changing the energy industry:
which is pretty much the standard story for everybody I know like me; they usually had mystical awakenings in their late teens or early twenties. Brian O came to it later in life, in his late 30s:
But before he did, he was becoming quite disenchanted with White Science, with its deadening materialistic, reductionistic, party line:
All who get mystical awakenings are wrecked for buying the materialistic presumptions of White Science, but that is usually only the beginning of our adventures. If I had not tried to bring disruptive energy technology to the marketplace with Dennis, and the incredible odyssey that that entailed, I would likely not have much worth saying. But, more this weekend. Navigating the shoals of White Science, and learning to respect the fringes, while knowing that it is mostly chaff, is part of the learning experience. Because of my crazy journey, I know that Black Science and its fruits also exist:
I’ll say this: it pays to not get too enamored with any theory. In the end, they are all wrong, but some are more wrong than others. When exotic theory can lead to breakthrough technologies or “absurd” predictions that experiments can later verify, then they become very worth paying attention to, but that is part of the problem, when the national security state and Godzilla can so easily remove such technologies from the scene. Part of the problem with LaViolette’s theories, for instance, is that he often admits that the instruments today are not sensitive enough to test the predictions of his theories, if they ever will be. If that is the case, then the theories should go on the back shelf until they can be subjected to experiments that can falsify them. LaViolette admits this limitation, to his credit (although he cites many instances where his theories created far fewer ad hoc theoretical patches than the White Science theories do), and the history of White Science is littered with experiments designed to measure phenomena, to have it eventually learned that the errors of measurement inherent in their experimental technologies and techniques were larger than the effect being studied, which made the experiments worthless. A lot of that still happens today and probably always will, so it is to LaViolette’s credit that he admits that key aspects of his theories cannot be tested with current levels of technology, although the discovery of evidence of quarks, for instance, puts some of his theory at risk, it seems, but a lot of that is over my head. Quantum physics is hairy stuff.
More this weekend on the nature of that beast.
Yesterday, I was planning on making a follow-up post on the wealth issue. Here is a classic, that kind of sums up how scientists view economists:
Economics, as it is currently practiced, is a wannabee profession, getting all spun up in math and models, trying to be scientific, but is totally divorced from reality, or as that speaker said, economists are basically the magicians in a smoke-and-mirrors operation to keep the masses dazed and confused on behalf of the economists' patrons. They are intellectual warriors working on behalf of the wealthy and powerful.
This guy, with a NSFW blog name:
is another Peak Oiler. Again, the Peak Oilers get points for acknowledging how dependent industrial civilization is on oil, but does not get marks for its entrenched Level 3 perspective.
Kunstler has been campaigning on the Peak Oil theme for many years, and gets some mainstream platforms periodically:
FE makes it all go away, but until we do, Kunstler’s view is astute.
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24th May 2012 04:49
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