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ABOUT HUMANIST ELITISM IN ACADEMIA

MAYA-GAIA INTRODUCTION & SITEMAP

Note: My maya-gaia website, evolving since 1997, is a chronicle of my passing all considered opinion
through the lens of my Nirvikalpa Samadhi with both an open-mind and healthy skepticism.

Page initiated 10 05 08: This page is being written at a time when the stock market is crashing and there are serious doubts that America can avoid plunging into economic depression. The polls show McCain is slipping and Sarah Palin has emerged as the hope that she can attack the Obama-Biden ticket as a danger to America with their bankrupting fiscal policy and Obama's socialist ideological roots...facts that the vast mainstream media conspiracy has tried to keep hidden.

Sarah Barracuda - You Go Girl!

I've presented examples of humanist elitism exposed in the published writings of various intellectuals and academia. The character such examples share is that a liberal, progressive, secular humanist, anti-Bush political point is made without benefit of any credible supporting evidence. It dramatically contrasts with the high standards the author ordinarily adheres to in regards to the truthfulness in all respects of professional work published for peer review. Why should folks care about this double standard? There is no doubt that even gratuitous comments by respected intellectuals have a more serious influence in shaping public political opinion than identical sentiments coming from other segments of society such as the Hollywood crowd and mainstream media.

See also Humanizing Terrorists- - From the halls of academia...how liberal humanism erodes our national will to meet the deadly threat of Islamist terrorism. Go here for a rational take on the same movie.

American Presidential Campaigns:- The Need for a New Vision. From Light America Spirit by Julie Redstone- This article has particular relevancy to the 'rock-star/celebrity' treatment that drove Barack Obama's rise to front-runner in the 2008 Democratic primaries in a total absence of vetting of his political judgment and character. The mainstream media- fawning over his Racism in America speech- claimed that it's eloquence justified and closed all issue over the politics in his 20-year involvement with Reverend Wright- consequently they can claim that any further criticism beyond this point is racist.

Redstone's essays are provocative commentaries expressing a synthesis of spiritual and social perspectives that speak to a broad spectrum of timely challenges facing the future of our American democracy. There are however some very controversial essays such as pro government bias in the press which seems to me a complete inversion of the reality of how the press has spun political issues over the past two administrations including its unmitigated support for Obama.

See also: Expelled- Trailer Video to Ben Stein's Film which examines the academic suppression of any questioning of the Darwinian explanation of how life and intelligence evolved (In theaters April 18, 2008).

The Vagaries of Religious Experience- Daniel Gilbert, senior research physicist Stanford, in an op ed piece in edge.org writes: " Some religious people regard scientists as foul heathens, which is terribly unfair. We aren't all that foul. On the other hand, we do tend to be heathens. The most fundamental principle of science is that beliefs must be predicated on empirical evidence- things that everyone can see, touch, taste, and measure- and in more than two thousand years of recorded history, no one has yet produced a shred of empirical evidence for the existence of God. That hasn't kept most people from believing. For as long as pollsters have been asking the question, roughly 90% of Americans have been claiming to believe in God, and a sizable majority believes that God takes a personal interest in their lives and intervenes to help them. When President Bush said, "God told me to strike at Al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did," most Americans were not alarmed to learn that their leader was receiving orders that no one else could hear. America is an unusually religious nation, but even in the world's least religious nations the majority of people claim to believe in God."

My Critique:
In the same paragraph celebrating the superior truth of scientific knowledge over religious blind faith, by virtue of the former's insistence on empirical evidence- Gilbert then puts quotations around a highly questionable commentary whose source was an exclusively Arabic-speaking Muslim politician with sympathy to terrorism who claimed that this is what he overheard President Bush tell Abbas at a meeting in the West Bank in 2003. Never mind that whatever was being quoted had to have gone through at least 3 or more layers of translation between Arabic and English before the report first appeared in an Israeli newspaper. After it was headlined in anti_Bush blogs globally, both Abbas and the White House immediately and emphatically denied that Bush had ever said anything about God at the meeting- a fact readily available to Gilbert.

For a respected scientist to deliberately misrepresent the accuracy of the report by enclosing the alleged comment in quotes- "President Bush said,"... and heap more ridicule by suggesting that the leader of the free world "was receiving orders that no one else could hear", suggests a schizophrenic divide in his standards for evidence between scientific and political honesty. Actually this dichotomy is so prevelent among all branches of academia and the intellectual professions that one must conclude that liberal Humanist political elitism, like any religion, has no evidential standards, and feels free to make their points with no more justification than the passion of blind faith in the KoolAid gushing from the over 40M anti-Bush web blogs on the Internet. See also Humanizing Terrorists- - From the halls of academia...how liberal Humanism erodes our national will to meet the deadly threat of Islamist terrorism. Go here for a rational take on the same movie.

Eric Hoffer- best know for his The True Believer a seminal critique of the passionate self-righteousness that characterized various mass movements including religious fundamentalism from Islam to Evangelical Christianity. His most consistent and harshest criticism however focused on the anti-American passion of the humanist intellectual community especially in academia. "Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America," Eric Hoffer said. "soul raping" -- an apt term for what goes on in too many schools today, where political idealogs treat the classroom as a place for them to shape children's attitudes and beliefs in a politically correct (humanist) direction. This is creating the next generation of "true believers," indoctrinated with ideologies that provide "fact-proof screens from reality" in Hoffer's words. It is the antithesis of education.

Down the Rabbit Hole Documentary film sequel to What the Bleep Do We Know? exploring how quantum reality may effect ordinary lives. I was profoundly offended and disenchanted by the book's example, of how lying has become culturally acceptable, by including the following footnote: "Case in point: The leaders in America produced a series of lies to manipulate the country into a war that killed tens of thousands of people. And, by and large, America just shrugs" This revealed to me a supreme arrogance and sense of elitism had taken hold of the What the Bleep production team (the enlightened ones) by which they felt free to make outrageous claims without any credible evidence- not only in the quantum world but the phenomenal world as well.


Michel Chossudovsky is professor of economics at the University of Ottawa and Editor of GlobalResearch.ca- probably the most aggressively anti-American, high-end, well-financed website in north America even when compared to US sites like Michael Moore.com and MoveOn.org.

He is an active member of the anti-war movement in Canada, and has been involved in the propagation of alternate theories regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks. He is a frequent contributor to Le Monde diplomatique, Third World Resurgence and Covert Action Quarterly. His publications have been translated into more than twenty languages. His latest book is titled America's "War on Terrorism".

Possibly the most widely published, prolific and passionate personification of far-left, humanist ideology in academia. As an indication of how effective the internet is in networking anti-American propaganda emanating from western intelligentsia- Google yielded not a single result for a rebuttal to any of the 281K links (including all the Marxist and jihad sites) promoting Michel Chossudovsky diatribes against the U.S. Please let me know if you discover any.

Just two examples of the thousands of academics proselytizing hate for America in US colleges and high schools: Noam Chomsky and Ward Churchill For more- The Professors- The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America

Of course there are even worse examples of citizens who exploit the blessings of democracy to preach hate for their government such as the UK's notorious George Galloway, darling of the global Jihadi.

Update 07 13 09: Atheism Politics An examination of the threat militant atheism and secular humanist fundamentalism pose to our republic under the expedient "faith" of the Obama administration- with further reading on atheism, deism, pantheism, panentheism, etc. End Update

Philip Handler, former president of the National Academy of Sciences, said that "Scientists best serve public policy by living within the ethics of science, not those of politics. If the scientific community will not unfrock the charlatans, the public will not discern the difference-science and the nation will suffer."

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