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Tribal Preferences Everywhere

Posted by picard578 on December 24, 2015

Patrice Ayme's Thoughts

Even In Science, Tribal Effects Dominate:

Human beings are tribal animals. A tribe is a small group of individuals, helping each other, cemented by deep emotions. Don’t say it’s over. A recent study demonstrates what some have guessed all along, namely that it flourished in science.

Max Planck — the Nobel Prize–winning physicist who launched quantum theory by discovering that energy radiation was quantized  — once made the cynical observation that science progressed “one funeral at a time”. Said he:

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

(When Hitler started to devastate Germany, Planck visited the madman, and told that imbecile that his institute and university had been destroyed by Hitler’s racial policies. Hitler later had Planck’s son killed.)

Researchers at the…

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We Are All Romans Now

Posted by picard578 on December 24, 2015

As I constantly point out (and am just as constantly ignored by happy go lucky audience “educated” on modern sci-fi, Hollywood and military PR bullshit), lessons of combat from 50, 500 or 5.000 years ago are just as relevant today as they were then. More things change, more they stay the same. But this goes way beyond the just military. West today faces the same dangers as those that brought down the Roman Imperium, primarily plutocracy – rule of the rich, as well as religious fundamentalism, including Islamic fundamentalism and neoliberalism*.

  • Faith means believing in something without proof, and all basic arguments for neoliberalism have been proven false. Yet many economists advocate more of the same as a way of fixing what neoliberalism screwed up, because they are either too fossilized / brainwashed into their way of thinking, or because they are financed / supported by, or otherwise connected to, precisely those plutocrats who profit the most from neoliberalism.

Patrice Ayme's Thoughts

China is still China. Rome is still Rome.

China is still China, sort of. Rome is still Rome, Rome more than ever, Rome, much expanded.

China still writes in Chinese, something very useful, when one wants to be read by 100 nations within “China”, each with its own language. However China is now endowed with a Republic (of sorts), and plenty of philosophy which blossomed in the Greco-Roman civilization. Not. In China. So much for Confucius, Lao Tsu, Mencius.  Today’s China thinks in Greco-Roman terms.

Today’s world is as if the Roman armies went to the ends of the world, and they did. When the French and British armies thought intelligent (it was not) to burn the Summer Palace, they were Roman armies, actually. The United Nations’ basic set-up is reminiscent of that of the Roman National Assembly (not really one, in the Athenian, or modern sense).

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