Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted.
This is the purest statement of psychopathic thinking.
Here is a reblog from My Soapbox:
Everything is Permitted
In our pluralistic society, we have many ways of pursuing “truth.” There is religion, mysticism, tradition, philosophy… Choice is not only liberating. It is also terrifying. When everyone believed the same thing, life must have been simple. But Socrates is said to have uttered the most challenging and revolutionary statement possible when he admitted to knowing nothing. To seek the truth, one must first let go of the baggage consisting of our assumptions. Nothing is true, everything is possible.
One of the most powerful tools by which humanity has sought knowledge is science.
The term science comes from the Latin word scientia, meaning “knowledge”. It can be defined as a systematic attempt to discover, by means of observation and reasoning, particular facts about the world, and to establish laws connecting facts with one another and, in some cases, to make it possible to predict future occurrences.
Science is the path to truth that is considered the purest, the freest of subjective emotional contamination. However, perhaps because science is looked to as the one truly objective path to truth, science has been one of the most interfered with areas of intellectual exploration. The more one looks, the more one finds fingerprints of politics on the body of what is presumed to be pristine.
Science is revered precisely because it is supposed to bypass what we want to believe and take us to what is. The image of a blindfolded person used in jurisprudence to represent lack of bias should be better used to represent what science ought to be.
Science and Religion.
It isn’t surprising that religion has often conflicted with and done battle with science. One of the most notorious battlegrounds of science versus religion is evolution. Darwin, himself, was horrified when his explorations led him to the conclusion that our origins were not exactly what the Bible said they are. But, in the spirit of true science, he reluctantly went where scientific method led him. Fundamentalist Christians opposed the Theory of Evolution perhaps more than any other scientific theory since it clashed with the literal biblical account of our origins. In the battleground of ideas, the Fundies appeared to be losing, especially since many Christians were able to accept the idea that the biblical account was symbolic. More recently, Fundies decided to move the battle right to science’s own turf. Now, they are using scientific arguments to sustain their belief in creationism. Another area in which Fundies used science to sustain their own, religiously inspired, view of reality is global warming. Many evangelicals homeschool their kids and use these religiously oriented scientifically argued books as texts. They also use whatever political clout they have to force schools in the states where they have power to teach Intelligent Design, the scientifically argued version of creationism.
Science and Political Correctness.
The victories of Christian fundamentalists over pure (without an agenda) science are spotty at best. Science has managed to hold its own. But in areas involving ideas cherished by progressives (left-wing), science has lost a lot more ground. Where psychology is concerned, science is already more subjective and many don’t even accept psychology as real science. The rapidity with which “experts” change opinions in psychology already undermines its credibility. Of course, all scientific areas are subject to revision. It’s part of the scientific method itself to allow, in fact, to insist on change. Science isn’t allowed to cling to dogma. It must, by its very nature, be flexible and open to new and better ideas. However, psychology takes the prize when it comes to flexibility.
It seems as if psychologists were sometimes influenced by accepted dogmas of our very culture and political activists, forcing them to change, actually freed them from political dogma. The bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, listed homosexuality as a disorder for years. Gay activists caused them to change their minds, not by scientific debate but by protest. The cynicism with which supposed “experts” gave in to political pressure is summed up well here:
What’s noteworthy about this is that the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses was not triggered by some scientific breakthrough. There was no new fact or set of facts that stimulated this major change. Rather, it was the simple reality that gay people started to kick up a fuss. They gained a voice and began to make themselves heard. And the APA reacted with truly astonishing speed. And with good reason. They realized intuitively that a protracted battle would have drawn increasing attention to the spurious nature of their entire taxonomy. So they quickly “cut loose” the gay community and forestalled any radical scrutiny of the DSM system generally.
Although “homosexuality” is now officially normal, diehard Fundies still regard it as unnatural (contrary to God’s plan) and therefore a disease that needs to be cured. Curing Homosexuality represents their thinking.
Perhaps to look more scientific, the DSM refused to include the term psychopathy with the Cluster B personality disorders and, instead, used the term Anti-Social Personality Disorder which was based more on behavior and less on the inner experiences of those with the “disorder” such as lack of conscience.
But a recent and highly controversial “disorder” is called gender dysphoria disorder and it involves people who think they are not the sex they were born as but the other one. People with this “disorder” have formed an enormously powerful lobby which not only hijacks scientific thinking but which has spawned an enormous network of scientific technology. Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology? is a study of how this lobby got started and grew to power. The upsetting thing about this lobby is the way they have managed to impact so many people’s lives and how they have imposed pseudo science while silencing those who want to practice science that is science.
I have watched as all-women’s safe spaces, universities, and sports opened their doors to any man who chose to identify as a woman. Whereas men who identify as transwomen are at the forefront of this project, women who identify as transmen seem silent and invisible. I was astonished that such a huge cultural change as the opening of sex-protected spaces was happening at such a meteoric pace and without consideration for women and girls’ safety, deliberation, or public debate.
Concurrent with these rapid changes, I witnessed an overhaul in the English language with new pronouns and a near-tyrannical assault on those who did not use them. Laws mandating new speech were passed. Laws overriding biological sex with the amorphous concept of gender identity are being instituted now. People who speak openly about these changes can find themselves, their families, and their livelihoods threatened.
Remember gay liberation? Lesbians didn’t want to be lumped in which gay men so the movement became gay and lesbian. But bisexuals also wanted to stand up and be counted so it became GLB but could trannies be far behind? Now it’s GLBT someones with Q and I tacked on. How did the T get added to a movement for liberation of people with different sexual orientations? Transgenderism isn’t a sexual orientation. A tranny can be gay, lesbian or bi. Well, these billionaires have made massive donations to the gay movement(s). They also donate to universities who then enforce their Orwellian rules about which gender pronoun one may use.
The most disturbing aspect of the takeover by the Transgender Lobby of science and society is the way they target children. It’s funny how the same society that condemns pedophilia allows children to be encouraged to enter a lifetime of dependency on high-tech medical intervention to support their fantasies. Pre-puberty kids are now being put on hormone blockers to keep them from entering puberty. Then they are given hormones of the desired sex and, finally, surgery. A book written for children called I Am Jazz, written by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel, pushes a lot of factual falsehoods such as the notion that people can be born with girls’ brains in boys’ bodies.
I have written a couple of posts on the subject of transgenderism.
I have also blogged about another instance of politics and science in the field of vaccinations. Yes, science is supposed to be flexible and open to change as new ideas and new data present themselves. Therefore, it’s disturbing how intolerant medical practitioners to any idea that wants to take a square look at the dangers certain vaccines present to helpless children. My blog post, Medical Assault on Children, examines how this agenda has been pushed on people with children and anyone practicing medicine such as Andy Wakefield.