You and I are under no obligation to accept or conform to anything just because "experts" have said it.
In fact, it is the experts who have the obligation to explain the facts and reasoning that lead them to their conclusions, to do so in a way that is as accessible to laymen as possible, and to be transparent about any potential contrary data and alternate explanations. They should bend over backward to show how they might be wrong.
We laugh at the ridiculous societal fads of the past, like phrenology and tapeworm diets, and then pretend that all of our current "scientific" views are somehow different.
I refuse to bow to the tyranny of experts who try to make me agree with them through political power.
I am happy to listen to what experts think and give their words a requisite weight, but I am not going to outsource my views to them. I will evaluate, and consider, and make up my own mind about what I believe, thank you very much.
I am certainly saddened/amused regarding the irony of today's "consensus" scientific/academic tendencies. However, I suspect most or all of us on this thread have the enormous benefit of approaching discovery and truth through the divinely enhanced lens of faith and restored truth.
I love so many songs that Yes produced in the early 70s: Roundabout, I've Seen All Good People, Mood for a Day, And You And I, Starship Trooper, Time and a Word. But their music from the middle of the 70s on just doesn't interest me much. The one exception is this song, Lightning Strikes, from their 1999 album The Ladder. It is so different from the rest of what I love from them. It seems simple and mainstream at first blush. But it is really complex and quirky in ways I expect from Yes. It has become one of my favorites.
-Apostle Neal A. Maxwell, 1982
#lds #mormon #election2016 #BeOfGoodCheer
"The blanket rejection of black and white thinking is itself a form of black and white thinking– black and white thinking about black and white thinking.
And if black and white thinking about black and white thinking is valid then black and white thinking about other things can be valid too.
So we should reject black and white thinking about black and white thinking and adopt a more nuanced approach that acknowledges that sometimes black and white thinking may be valid.
Because the issue of black and white thinking is not always black and white."
You know I am not a supporter of Donald Trump. But I also believe it is important to look at the best arguments for ideas with which I tend to disagree.
This is a pro-Trump blog that is attempting to make the intellectual case for Trumpism:
Journal of American Greatness
Check out their Mission Statement here:
And it's not just propaganda fluff. We're talking lengthy discussions of political philosophy and epistemology with a Straussian flavor. For example, check out this recent post:
Paleo-Straussianism, Part I: Metaphysics and Epistemology
It will be interesting to see where it goes.
#election2016 #trump #politics #politicalphilosophy
1. There is no distinction between the words Sasse has spoken on every topic regarding the outreach of government and the suggestion of a 3rd party candidate. All have been calls to action to everyone with ears to hear, but the authors of the article claim that the words they agree with (and which they admit they haven't listened to) are insignificant because they are just words and not actions while his words that suggested a 3rd party candidate were his first "action" and not just words. Since they strongly disagree with his only "action", the rest of his words and speeches are meaningless. The actions of all statesmen come in the form of words both spoken and written. They aren't elected to fight in wars or to build widgets.
2. They mock the idea of returning to principles of liberty because we don't have ruby slippers. No one has ever suggested going back in time. We all want to move forward, but libertarians want to do so under conditions of liberty which allows for much faster progress than under conditions of our current suffocating regulations. They call libertarians idiots because there are always bad people in the world, but I have never met a Libertarians that didn't like having laws to prosecute bad people that harm others. There were too many straw men to take the article seriously, but I believe they took themselves seriously.
I could go on with more than a dozen other points, those are just the two that annoyed me the most.
"From time to time, some people, including journalists, try to attach a monetary value to the Church in the same way they would assess the assets of a commercial corporation. Such comparisons simply do not hold up."
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