Yesterday, I was trying to work up an article expressing my dissatisfaction with the Science Daily posting about a University of North Carolina study on the invasion of Caribbean reefs by lionfish. I didn’t get very far, however, because I kept going off on tangents (A brand-new species has entered competition in an abundant ecosystem. Isn’t this the ideal opportunity to observe Darwinian evolution in action?). Talking about it with a co-worker, she offered, “They’re calling for government intervention, and we want less government intervention, correct?”

In this case, that is actually a secondary concern.

In this case, my concern is not that a call for government intervention has been made, so much as who made this call. Scientists should not be in the business–and it has become a business, fueled by grant money–of calling for government intervention. Or any kind of action. If you wish to write policy papers, become a politician. The job of the scientist is to analyze: observe a phenomenon, develop an hypothesis, test the hypothesis, record the results, get peer review. It’s called “science.” Too often today, papers are written not to present a new finding, but to support whatever position for which the government is paying grants. That’s one of the reasons we keep finding so many papers and articles being published “calling for action” against Anthropogenic Global Warming (which by now is debunked by even a cursory examination): because governments will happily keep paying grant money to those who provide them with justification to take more money and more control of their constituents. This does not lead only to a corruption of politics, however; it corrupts science. People who should be attempting to disprove their hypotheses are instead trying to find evidence to prop them up.

What does this have to do with post-modernism? Post-modernism rejects logic and reason, and embraces “feeling“. “I WANT this to be true, so I will make it the conclusion of my paper.” It is the mother of socialism and the antithesis of science, reason and freedom.

It is what our children are being taught throughout grade school and college.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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