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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.