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Inner-City Carnage

I just had this one published at The American Thinker which you can find here or you can just keep reading...

In the course of my management consulting, I’ve been to some of the toughest neighborhoods in the country.

If you do business in these areas, you know to always visit them relatively early in the morning, before the animals wake up. Thus in my travels I’d see four and five-year old kids playing like all four and five-year olds do.

But, as they got older, they developed an increasingly hard look in their eyes. And, by only nine or 10, many had a look in their eyes no child in America should have.

Even at that age, they had put up with more crap than one can imagine. The neighborhoods they were born into have astonishing crime rates. The few terrorize the many and unlike the police, they don’t leave.

A great deal of America’s $500 billion annual illicit drug trade flows through their world. An illegal trade where violence and fear take the place of contracts and the rule of law.  An illegal trade which unfortunately often offers the best economic opportunity for many.

Job opportunities are limited and youth unemployment reaches heights unheard of anywhere else in the country. A hand up is not an easy thing to find in these neighborhoods.

In many of these places, a culture has taken root where the very keys to success are viewed as being somehow foreign and something to reject, not embrace. These realities are true regardless of one’s heritage but it has fallen disproportionally on black Americans.

What of the education opportunities presented to these children today? The inner-city schools these children are forced to attend are a national disgrace. Education has been called THE civil rights issue of our time by political leaders across the political spectrum.

What we see in the inner-cities is the result of a lot of factors. But a major one is the collapse of the educational system decades ago resulting in generations of people, each receiving a lousy education. Generations of people pretty much screwed from the womb with their only hope being a chance for a decent education.  Without that they are lost.  Without that they have little hope.  In the face of this desperate need, the schools that are forced upon these children are an obscenity.

It is quite easy for someone who has never witnessed these realities to talk about hard work and pulling one’s self up by the boot straps.  It is much easier said than done.  What future truly awaits a 12 year old with very poor reading and writing skills, little to no math skills, and no command of the English language?  They are supposed to happily go to jobs pushing a broom or flipping burgers?  And fighting for these jobs against an army of illegal immigrants who are willing to work for below-market wages?  Or is a much more logical path one of crime?  Far too many of these inner-city schools are simply one stop on the assembly line from school to prison or the cemetery.

It is a fact that blacks commit an astonishingly high percentage of all crimes, especially when you consider their percent of the total population. The NAACP reports “one in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001 and if current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime.”

In the vast majority of cases, spending time in prison destroys a person’s economic situation today and, in many situations, the rest of their lives. Losing one generation to prison usually ensures their children will also be born poor and forced to attend lousy public schools, thus perpetuating the cycle. Public schools where violence in the norm. Public schools that operate more as day-care and institutional holding cells than as institutes of education. Public schools where even the top performers are not prepared for college.

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

But the public education system is doing neither for the poor souls forced to attend these life-destroying institutions.

How many of the problems of the inner-cities in general and of black Americans in particular find their roots in generations of failed education? We will never address the issues of race, crime, poverty and the pathologies they unleash until we at least provide an opportunity for every child in America to attend a quality school where their intelligence and character are developed to the peak of their potential.

Will every parent and child take advantage of this? Of course not. But until everyone who wants it is given a true opportunity to send their kids to quality schools, this country will fail in its basic commitment to those poorest among us. And, when you consider the resulting crime statistics and the cost of filling our prisons, that’s a problem for all of us.

For the richest country the world has ever seen to allow this destruction to these young lives is simply wrong. Not every parent is “parent-of-the-month” material but at least let’s give those who cry out for help a chance by offering them a school which at least have the potential to save their life rather than destroy it.

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John Conlin is an expert in organizational design and change.  He is the founder and President of E.I.C. Enterprises, www.eicenterprises.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to spreading the truth here and around the world, primarily through K-12 education. 

He’s seen first-hand the harm being caused by our nation’s schools and believes it’s time to do something about that.  E.I.C. Enterprise’s GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/so-you-believe-in-science-eh

 

I will convince you of a fact-based God in less than 1,500 words

You can watch it here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEZxE66_mhE&t=251s  or read it below...

Of Course God exists

The Conlin Challenge - I will convince you of a fact-based, as opposed to a faith-based God in less than 1,500 words

So you believe in science, eh?  Excellent, so do I.  One aspect of this scientific thinking is a laissez-faire attitude towards results.  A person who truly follows a scientific-way of thinking shouldn’t care one way or the other about a certain experiment; they simply attempt to map reality and by definition must follow the facts wherever they lead.

True followers of science are therefore immune to allowing personal biases to infect their professional thinking.  With that said I challenge you to reassess your thinking regarding God.  In less than 1,500 words I will convince you of the physical reality of God.  Don’t believe me?  Then take the Conlin Challenge.

In any analysis it is always best to begin at the beginning, and the beginning of us is that we evolved on this planet.  There has probably never been a theory so overwhelming supported by the facts.  Thus we are directly physically related to all life on the planet.    

Physicists have also discovered we exist in this thing called space/time and although it may seem incredible this means the past and even the future actually exist as a real, physical reality.  We experience time kind of like a wave passing through this space/time and don’t have access to the past but this does not mean it does not exist.

I am tangibly connected to a millisecond ago, to a minute ago, to my birth, to my parents, to all life.  We are part of a single, cohesive and connected Life and the illusion of being a separate, discrete, “stand-alone” entity is just that, an illusion.  The more fundamental reality is there is no boundary when we examine life from a space/time perspective; there is only Life and all life is simply a part of it. 

This Life could just be the continuous flow and off-spring of basic replicators from 3.8 billion years ago, which of course it is.  But this fact says nothing regarding God, one way or the other.

If one wants to take it a step further, this same thinking flows back all the way to the Big Bang.  We truly are one with the universe (whatever that means), in a very real sense; as real as anything in this world.  At this more fundamental reality our independent, self-contained perspective is the illusion.

This isn’t based on faith but on fact and already discovered reality.  Are you with me so far?  Everything I’ve said is fairly well accepted fact.

Let’s then move to evidence of this “connectivity” as played out in our everyday lives.  A few years ago a co-worker’s mother was enjoying one son’s soccer game while another was playing ice hockey.  Midway through the soccer game she leapt up and informed her husband they had to leave immediately because their other son was injured.  This was witnessed by all their friends in the stands.  And sure enough, the son playing hockey had broken his leg at that exact moment.

Similar stories have been told by people for thousands of years; mothers knowing their far-away child had died in war; people being aware of things they could in no ordinary way actually know.  Of course there are charlatans, grifters, and just the plain crazy out there but if we examine these things from a scientific perspective, even a single occurrence must still be explained. 

Near-death experiences are also evidence of there being “more” than just what our everyday senses experience.  Yes I know many (most?) might not be real but there have been plenty of cases where knowledge of and seeing events are documented which simply “can’t be”.

If we follow Occam’s razor, the answer to this is quite obvious; there is more than we know and there is a connectivity which transcends our senses. 

There is some evidence similar-type things also occur among animals.  This shouldn’t be too shocking as they too are simply a piece of this larger Life.  In fact it would be shocking if this weren’t the case as the entire concept of distinct species fades away once one takes a longer time perspective.

Yet for many “science” folks out there, their mental paradigm simply doesn’t allow them to consider all possibilities.  Their bias towards “no God” renders them blind to any evidence which contradicts their mindset.

In the early science days almost all scientists were religious and although they were just opening the door on all the discoveries this science-way of thinking would discover, they still worshipped God.  They considered their work and the discovery of the truths of the natural world to be in honor of God.  In fact they believed God desired us to discover these truths.

Today the vast majority of scientists are non- (or even anti-) religious. Few have any direct experience with religion at any level.  And to the detriment of science, now rather than worshipping God they often seem to worship themselves. 

Many loudly proclaim themselves to be atheists, which to me is simply a childish anti-religion religion which consciously ignores the facts in front of us.  As Einstein noted, “The fanatical atheists are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against traditional religion as the "opium of the masses"—cannot hear the music of the spheres.”

So what do we know?  We are a physical continuation of all Life, in fact of all things, and there seems to be some sort of connectivity which exists between us.  There is more to this life than our senses can perceive, which isn’t really shocking, and it seems to transcend our physical being.  At the individual level let’s call this a soul.  That’s a word which has been used in the past and there seems no reason to attempt to create a new word.  At the universal level let’s call this God.

Do any of us truly have any idea what this God or soul is actually like?  Nope.  Does this mean that if I have a soul, so does my dog?  Yep.  A reality we face is it is difficult if not impossible to talk about things which are like no other thing in the entire universe.  You have no point of reference and thus these are impossible to describe.

Does this God and soul fit into your preconceived notions about what God and your soul are all about?  Probably not.  So what?  And if people choose to build a faith-based belief system on top of this fact-based foundation, I’ve got no problem with that.

I can hear the anti-religion “scientists” right now saying, “well sure John this might be true but there isn’t a personal or Christian God.”  To which I reply, in what other area of science do you think the same?  In what other area of science do you loudly proclaim what isn’t when you have no evidence whatsoever to back up your claim?  These are simply the bigoted thoughts driven by the limitations you put upon yourself via your mental paradigm.

This has driven a childish war on religion waged by those who operate under the heading of science.  It is simply wrong and the damage this long war has wrought deforms many present thoughts about science and God.  Science doesn’t need to be or should be an attack on God.  It should be an unbiased search for the truth, for reality.

Look in the mirror and ask yourself why you are fighting this?  You can believe in all the weirdness of the quantum world yet are unwilling to accept the facts regarding God?

As Galileo noted, “Where the senses fail us, reason must step in.” If you addressed these known facts from a true scientific perspective you would embrace these truths.  You would be celebrating, rejoicing. 

We know these things to be true and it is as incredible as any scientific discovery ever made.  In fact one could argue from a human perspective this is the most important scientific discovery ever made.  This reality should be taught in public schools across the globe.

Do we know what this all “means”?  Perhaps that question makes as much sense as asking how does purple smell?   It is nonsensical.  What does it “mean” when 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom are placed next to one another at room temperature?  Does the then formed water molecule “mean” anything?

The evidence is overwhelming.  There is a God.  You might feel the scales are not tipped very far in favor of this truth but that too is meaningless.  Following the laissez-faire perspective of science, you have no choice but to accept the evidence and to embrace the reality of God and your part of this bigger picture.

Rejoice!  What could be grander than this discovery?

 

Enlightenment or Dark Ages?

Hey all,

Just had this one published in The Daily Caller which you can find here... http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/19/scientific-revolution-or-dark-ages/

 

jc

We have become stewards of the planet - whether we want it or not

Just had this one published at The Daily Caller, http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/07/curve-of-earth-is-epiphany-of-stewardship/

Worth the click to read ;-)

 

Transgendered People? They don't exist

Just had this one published in The Daily Caller which you can find here or you can just keep reading…

My dad’s left hand is messed up.  It didn’t develop properly in the womb.  It’s an oval-shaped thing with small, dangly, non-working nubs.  This hand is both natural - it occurred, didn’t it? - and unnatural - that’s not how a hand is supposed to be - at the same time.

But in no way is he morally inferior because of this reality. He is not defined by his left hand.  It is an aspect of him, but only one of hundreds, and not a very important one to boot.  I suppose people could use his left hand as the sole means to define him but that would be rather silly.

It is not that rare to have a major physical malformation at birth.  We don’t celebrate these issues; we don’t cheer and hope for more babies with birth defects, we just deal with it.  Natural and unnatural at the same time.

Mental issues are no different.  Sadly, schizophrenia is not that rare.  A good friend’s son came down with it while a freshman in college.  He fights the demons it unleashes on a constant basis – there is no escape.  It is heartbreaking to witness.  Yet he too is not morally inferior, not somehow “less” simply because he has this terrible disease. 

Or there is bi-polar disorder.  A friend too fights this on a daily basis.  Educated as an attorney, he is quite intelligent and out-going yet due to his disorder he has never held a job for more than 2.5 years over the course of decades.

And these mental issues cover the gamut.  1 out of 100 female adolescents are starving themselves due to anorexia!  Without treatment a surprising number of these young women will die.

Should we celebrate these poor young women and help further their mental issues by agreeing they are fat and need to lose weight?  Should we assist them in their various methods of self-destruction?  Should we have our public schools celebrate, embrace, and reinforce their mental disorder?  Perhaps install fun-house type mirrors which add weight to their reflections to help them connect with their perceived body condition?  I think most would agree these would be ghoulish to even consider.

Instead we offer them help.  We don’t see them as morally inferior – they aren’t – but rather as simply having a mental disorder that needs to be addressed for their own good.

Yet in what can only be called a period of country-wide insanity, we do just the opposite with those who have a transgendered disorder, i.e. they feel as though “they” are not in internal agreement with their birth gender.  The official name is gender dysphoria and somewhere around 0.3% of the US population have this disorder.   

Do we offer these people help with their disorder as we do with all those others or do we celebrate and encourage their disorder?  Sadly it seems fashionable to do the later.

Society would rightly be up in arms if more and more babies were being born with left hands like my dad’s yet somehow we are collectively expected to “encourage” this one disorder.

And the obvious reason why it is treated differently comes down to one sad fact; it’s only because it has to do in some way with sex. This is a sad reflection on our society. 

This collective insanity is ultimately based on an obvious misunderstanding of human life.  We are not some little gods whose very whim can alter realty… like the reality of gender… rather we are the magnificent product of 3.8 billion years of evolution and are thus not infinitely pliable to whatever temporary whim that might be taken as wisdom and truth.

I have no doubt these individuals, both male and female, profoundly “feel” something; that is a fact.  But it is not a fact these feelings mean they physically are this thing called transgendered.  As a factual, scientific matter there cannot be such a thing.  This is a creation solely of their minds, not the physical world.

As Bertrand Russel noted “… minds do not create truth or falsehood. They create beliefs, but when once the beliefs are created, the mind cannot make them true or false... What makes a belief true is a fact, and this fact does not… in any way involve the mind of the person who has the belief.”

But what of the poor souls with this disorder?  What of their lives?  I would no more feed these people’s mental disorder than I would agree to tell anorexic young women that they really are looking a little chubby.  Both are vile and disgusting acts and we should hold those who do so accountable. 

Having a brain which doesn’t work quite right is no different than having a pancreas which doesn’t work quite right… neither has ANY moral aspect.  But of course problems with one’s pancreas are generally not outwardly noticeable while problems with one’s brain are.  Just the way it is.

I hold no animus against folks with this disorder just like I hold no animus towards my bi-polar friend, my friend’s schizophrenic son, or people like my dad who were born not exactly “right”.  They don’t need our pity.

Each is only a single facet in a multiple-faceted life.  You can embrace them or shun them as you desire.  But please, let us end this insanity that calls for us to celebrate this one, and only this one mental disorder.  These individuals deserve far more from us.

John Conlin is an expert in organizational design and change.  He is also President and founder of E.I.C. Enterprises, www.EICEnterprises.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to spreading the truth here and around the world primarily through K-12 education.

Can You Abandon The Racist Concept of Race?

There is only one person on the planet over which you have complete control, yourself.  Try to accept the scientific reality that there are only individuals and they are not defined by a handful of physical characteristics or where their most recent ancestors came from.

http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/17/the-idea-of-race-is-an-outdated-invalid-scientific-concept-lets-discard-it/

I don’t say this out of some kumbaya, warm-and-fuzzy belief.  Those who know me know I am the least “let’s hold hands, stare into each other’s eyes and sing kumbaya” type person you could ever find.  I proudly remain a black hearted mercenary.

This is simply the truth and the sooner we accept it and adjust our thinking accordingly, the sooner we can put the scourge of racism (from all sides) into the dustbin of history.

jc

A Subversive Idea - The End of Race

We will never end the scourge of racism until we rid ourselves of the failed "scientific" thinking it is based upon.  The very first step in being a racist is classifying individuals based on a handful of visible physical traits - sadly it is almost universal.  That still doesn't make it right or correct.

Please... please give this American Thinker piece a read and take it to heart.  The longest journey starts with the first step so let each of us take the first step and rid ourselves of this failed  belief.  Racism never ends until we do...

You can find the piece at The American Thinker here or you can just keep reading…

What if many of the things you thought were true simply weren’t?  Could you let go of your old beliefs?  Would you?  What if they struck at the core of some of your most basic concepts of self?  In earlier times people have confronted this unnerving reality, generally as the scientific revolution rolled over their old ideas.  We seem to think we are immune, that everything we know is the truth.

Thomas Kuhn, in his transforming The Structure of Scientific Revolutions argues that science is not a steady, cumulative acquisition of knowledge.  Instead, “science is a series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions”.  After such revolutions, “one conceptual world view is replaced by another”.  It is time for another revolution and this one involves the entire concept of race.

As a scientific fact the black race doesn’t exist, neither does the white or Asian.  There is no race gene.  In the year 2000, when the scientists at the National Institutes of Health announced that they had put together a draft of the entire sequence of the human genome, the researchers unanimously declared that there is only one race – the human race

The Hispanic “race” didn’t even exist until the 1970 census – they needed some classification for “them”.  Here is a subversive idea; what if there truly isn’t any “them”?  What if the whole concept of “them” is simply a creation of our classification?  One can take data and classify it in a myriad of ways, but the classification doesn’t become real in any physical sense. 

 If we treat the idea of race like any other scientific concept; old, invalid thinking must be discarded when new discoveries are made.  Often this demands a profound shift in thinking.  Copernicus's discovery that the earth is not the center of the universe is an example of a similar realization that demanded this type of profound shift.   

In the 18th century Goethe captured this reality when discussing the profound impact of Copernicus’s discoveries:

"Of all discoveries and opinions, none may have exerted a greater effect on the human spirit than the doctrine of Copernicus. The world had scarcely become known as round and complete in itself when it was asked to waive the tremendous privilege of being the center of the universe. Never, perhaps, was a greater demand made on mankind - for by this admission so many things vanished in mist and smoke! What became of our Eden, our world of innocence, piety and poetry; the testimony of the senses; the conviction of a poetic - religious faith? No wonder his contemporaries did not wish to let all this go and offered every possible resistance to a doctrine which in its converts authorized and demanded a freedom of view and greatness of thought so far unknown, indeed not even dreamed of."

The false concept of race is treated much the same.  Ridding ourselves of this cruel fantasy is fought by those on all sides.  Ridding ourselves of this failed theory strikes at the heart of many deeply held beliefs.  Ridding ourselves of this obscenity opens us all to knowledge “which in its converts authorized and demanded a freedom of view and greatness of thought so far unknown, indeed not even dreamed of.”  Free your mind to the truth.  There are only individuals and they are not defined by their skin color.  There are only “them” after we create them.  Here is an idea – why don’t we simply stop?

Whether we like it or not, there is no scientific basis for the concept of race and focusing on a human invention will never solve the problem of racism.  Let the revolution begin.

John Conlin is an expert in organizational design and change.  He is also President and founder of E.I.C. Enterprises, www.EICEnterprises.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to spreading the truth here and around the world primarily through K-12 education.

 

 

 

My Dad’s Left Hand – Part 2 – Let us end the insanity of “transgendered”

I just had this published in The Daily Caller which you can find here or you can just keep reading…

My dad’s left hand is messed up.  It didn’t develop properly in the womb.  It’s an oval-shaped thing with small, dangly, non-working nubs.  This hand is both natural - it occurred, didn’t it? - and unnatural - that’s not how a hand is supposed to be - at the same time.

But in no way is he morally inferior because of this reality. He is not defined by his left hand.  It is an aspect of him, but only one of hundreds, and not a very important one to boot.  I suppose people could use his left hand as the sole means to define him but that would be rather silly.

Approximately 3 percent  of all children born in the U.S. have a major malformation at birth.  We don’t celebrate these issues; we don’t cheer and hope for more babies with birth defects, we just deal with it.  Natural and unnatural at the same time.

Around 1.2 percent of the US population has the disease schizophrenia.  A good friend’s son came down with it while a freshman in college.  He fights the demons it unleashes on a daily basis; it is heartbreaking to witness.  Yet he too is not morally inferior, not somehow “less” simply because he has this terrible disease. 

About 2.6 percent of the US has bi-polar disorder.  A friend too fights this on a daily basis.  Educated as an attorney, he is quite intelligent and out-going yet due to his disorder he has never held a job for more than 2.5 years over the course of decades.

3 percent have some sort of eating disorder.  Without treatment up to 20 percent of those with serious eating disorders die.  Around 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia. Think about that… one out of every one hundred young women are starving themselves, sometimes to death!  Again, this is natural – it’s happening isn’t it? – and unnatural – they are not fat, they are dying – at the same time

Should we celebrate these poor young women and help further their mental issues by agreeing they are fat and need to lose weight?  Should we assist them in their various methods of self-destruction?  Should we have our public schools celebrate, embrace, and reinforce their mental disorder?  Perhaps install fun-house type mirrors which add weight to their reflections to help them connect with their perceived body condition?  I think most would agree these would be ghoulish to even consider.

Instead we offer them help.  We don’t see them as morally inferior – they aren’t – but rather as simply having a mental disorder that needs to be addressed.

Yet in what can only be called a period of country-wide insanity, we do just the opposite with those who have a transgendered disorder, i.e. they feel as though “they” are not in internal agreement with their birth gender.  The official name is gender dysphoria and somewhere between 0.3 to 0.6 percent of the US population have this disorder.   

Do we offer these people help with their disorder as we do with all those others or do we celebrate and encourage their disorder?  Sadly it seems fashionable to do the later.  Society would rightly be up in arms if more and more babies were being born with left hands like my dad’s yet somehow we are collectively expected to “encourage” this one disorder.

And the obvious reason why it is treated so differently comes down to one sad fact; it’s only because it has to do in some way with sex. This is a sad reflection on our society. 

This collective insanity is ultimately based on an obvious misunderstanding of human life.  We are not some little gods whose very whim can alter realty… like the reality of gender… rather we are the magnificent product of 3.8 billion years of evolution and are thus not infinitely pliable to whatever momentary whim that might be taken as wisdom and truth. 

But what of the poor souls with this disorder?  What of their lives?  I would no more feed these people’s mental disorder than I would agree to tell anorexic young women that they really are looking a little chubby.  Both are vile and disgusting acts and we should hold those who do so accountable. 

Having a brain which doesn’t work quite right is no different than having a pancreas which doesn’t work quite right… neither has ANY moral aspect.  But of course problems with one’s pancreas are generally not outwardly noticeable while problems with one’s brain are almost always noticeable.  Just the way it is.

I hold no animus against folks with this disorder just like I hold no animus towards my bi-polar friend, my friend’s schizophrenic son, or people like my dad who were born not exactly “right”.  They don’t need our pity.

Each is only a single facet in a multiple-faceted life.  You can embrace them or shun them as you desire.  But please, let us end this short-lived insanity that calls for us to celebrate this one, and only this one mental disorder.  These individuals deserve far more from us.

Stewards of the Planet

I just had this published in The American Thinker which you can find here or you can just keep reading…

Over the past few hundred years we, the human race, have experienced an unparalleled explosion of knowledge.  Although our advances due to swarm intelligence have been growing since the beginning of life on the planet, during the recent past knowledge of the natural world has increased exponentially. 

The start of this rapid increase in the growth of knowledge can traced to the Scientific Revolution.  It was the spark which ignited a complete redefinition of the natural world and how we interacted with it; the ignition of a never-ending search for reality and truth.

It was a paradigm shift in the truest sense; where the old way of viewing the world gave way to a new method of thinking, where only provable, testable, and replicable facts mattered.  This new approach to thinking has transformed the world.

More than that it has transformed the human race to a position no other life has ever held.  We have become stewards of all life on the planet. 

Our technology has the capability to transform the planet – for better or worse.  Our national governments are so large and powerful they can unleash planet-destroying destruction or they can simply create poorly designed systems which sooner or later crash upon millions of citizens, sending ripples of unforeseen consequences in all directions. 

Whether we want it or not, whether we like it or not, for the first time our collective hand is on the tiller steering the future of not just human life, but all life on the planet.

This is not a small thing.  As of right now we are the only known life in a 13.8 billion year old universe; which based on most recent data contains between one and two trillion galaxies and around 700 sextillion stars (that’s a 7 with 23 zeros behind it, or 700 thousand billion billion).  Yet the fact remains, here we stand alone, stewards of it all.

How long we stand depends upon us discarding childish belief-based thinking, i.e. my beliefs and desires actually matter in relation to reality.  Rather we must embrace the progeny of the Scientific Revolution; only provable, testable facts matter in all areas of our lives. 

Yet political systems across the globe operate as though they are immune from this reality, ours included.  How long is this sustainable before it comes crashing down?  We are stewards of an unbroken torrent of life over 3.8 billion years old.  Our political systems and the structures they create should have time-frames of centuries, not just the next political cycle.

Around 66 years ago the renowned physicist Enrico Fermi asked a famous question regarding life on other planets, “Where is everybody?”   

Since the universe is extremely old and if the universe is teeming with life, which many believe it is, one would expect to see evidence of these alien lives – they could be millions or even billions of years ahead of us.  So Fermi’s question and the paradox, “Where is everybody?”   

SETI has been searching the skies for alien radio signals for decades and so far the silence is disquieting.  We are either the only life in the entire universe, a breathtaking fact if true, or we are one of a special many.  Either possibility is staggering.

So where indeed is everybody?  Perhaps it is no more complicated than it is damn tough to make it. 

From a life evolution perspective we’re just now reaching the hard part, the stewards of the planet part.  Whether we like it or not, our actions and choices are impacting more and more of the world around us and this will not be changing.  We had better move forward with our eyes wide open.

We can refuse to embrace a fact-based political paradigm but in that case the future is preordained.  We will simply become some other planet’s Fermi’s Paradox as they look into their night sky and wonder, Where is everybody?

John Conlin is an expert in organizational design and change.  He is also President and founder of E.I.C. Enterprises, www.EICEnterprises.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to spreading the truth here and around the world primarily through K-12 education.  We leave the Truth to God ;-)

Do your beliefs shape reality?

I just had this published at The American Thinker which you can find here or you can just keep reading…

What would you think if you discovered the local school was teaching your child 4+4 did not equal 8 but rather 5?  To damage a child in this manner would border on child abuse.

Luckily we have no such thing.  Schools teach students mathematics as it truly is.  They also do so in many other subjects; imparting the facts as discovered over millennium.  No one is asked their opinion or is any weight given to their feelings when learning about the world around us.

This way of thinking is a progeny of the Scientific Revolution; a time when the concept of science was created.  Science replaced the childish belief-based paradigm, i.e. my beliefs actually matter in relation to reality, with a fact-based paradigm, i.e. only provable, testable facts matter.

Bertrand Russell explained it as “… minds do not create truth or falsehood. They create beliefs, but when once the beliefs are created, the mind cannot make them true or false... What makes a belief true is a fact, and this fact does not… in any way involve the mind of the person who has the belief.”

This paradigm shift to a fact-based worldview has transformed the world to the betterment of all.  Yet one area which has shown amazing resistance to scientific thinking is political systems and their handmaiden, economics. 

It shouldn’t really surprise us since in these areas, unlike the hard sciences and mathematics, schools teach students they can pick and choose which systems to believe; as if their opinions could affect the very nature of reality.  Worse yet, the students are taught their individual beliefs don’t even have to be part of an over-arching coherent and cohesive fabric of reality; just one belief here and another, perhaps contradicting one there.

I’m not blaming the schools.  They are simply teaching from the accepted viewpoint regarding these areas; the present paradigm.  But in what is truly a frightening development, rather than moving forward to a fact-based paradigm in all things, the childish belief-based paradigm is actually expanding in schools and colleges across the land.

Among other things, not only are students being taught they can pick and choose whatever political system they like, they are now being taught they can pick and choose their own biology.  This does not just border on child abuse but clearly crosses the line.

The facts about political systems and economics should have been settled a long time ago; individual freedom and limited government is the only self-sustaining system which is supported by natural facts and real-world observation.  These truths also fit nicely in their part of a coherent and cohesive natural reality; just like all the hard sciences.

This of course makes perfect sense since we are part of the natural world and thus nothing we can construct can operate outside of this natural world.  And in the natural world all mammals, humans included, are made up of individuals who are either male or female. 

The science on this has been settled for millennium in addition to being rather apparent to any sentient human.  And as Bertrand Russell rightly notes, a person’s mind and what they may or may not feel has absolutely no effect on whether this belief is true or not.

Most people who believe foolish things do so because they were taught them.  Our public schools should not be willing participants in this charade whether we are discussing political systems, biology or any other area of existence.  It is past time to demand an end to this school-sanctioned child abuse for both the individual’s and society’s sake.  As science has taught us, ignoring reality never works out well for any.

John Conlin is an expert in organizational design and change.  He also holds a BS in Earth Sciences and an MBA and is the founder and President of E.I.C. Enterprises, www.eicenterprises.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to spreading the truth here and around the world, primarily through K-12 education.