A Black Man Saying Exactly What Drake Says; My God is it Possible? Monday, Sep 1 2014 

Ignatius Loyola Proved to be a Gentile by Genetic Research Sunday, Aug 31 2014 

It is a popular disinformation technique used by the antisemitic ilk to reply to the anti-Jesuit ilk that Ignatius Loyola was a Jew. However, it has been proved by Genetic research that the Basque family, Loyola’s root, is a Gentile European haplogroup. 

http://www.nature.com/ejhg/journal/v13/n12/full/5201482a.html

Re: Religion: Does Anyone REALLY Believe It? Reply to Amazing Atheist Saturday, Aug 30 2014 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6tWZAUmCxc

Was the Lord of the Rings a Story about a Race War? Saturday, Aug 30 2014 

Did anyone notice that the Lord of the Rings movies were a race war?

Why was Gondor the primary target of the movie a Kingdom of White Anglo men?

The most striking scene was when the Orc General says, 

 

 

The Philosophy of Baruch Spinoza Thursday, Aug 28 2014 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/drakeshelton/2014/08/28/the-philosophy-of-baruch-spinoza

The History of the Ku Klux Klan Part 1 Tuesday, Aug 26 2014 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/drakeshelton/2014/08/27/the-history-of-the-ku-klux-klan-part-1

The Jews Do Not Control the World Part 2 Wednesday, Aug 20 2014 

More Dialogue with a Randian Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

“First I want to thank you for recommending “North and South” as I just finished watching it and liked it very much.”

>>>I don’t remember suggesting that to you.

“Now to my response, thanks for telling me that your philosophy is ancient Judaism. I’m not super familiar with it but I have some idea.”

>>>To say that you are not super familiar with it, is to say that you have not read the bible. Interesting that you demand I do so much study when you have not read the fundamental religious book of mankind.

“It was my understanding that Augustine was the first to take Plato’s “world of forms” (created about 2300 years ago) and give them a personality. In other words, Augustine (in the 1200s AD)”

>>>What? Mam, Augustine lived in the 4th and 5th century CE.

“was the first to attribute Plato’s “world of forms” to a consciousness which became the Christian God. However, what you write here sounds very much like Augustine’s reification procedure, though much before Plato: “Knowledge in the philosophical sense was directly spoken by the creator [God]…there are also innate forms that all men possess being made in the image of the creator… The fact that human beings can communicate with each other and grasp abstractions and genus concepts proves [Innate forms] exist…”

>>>Sorry you didn’t make the connection to Augustine from what I said.

“You may be asking what could be a scientific and not a philosophic question, but I can answer broadly philosophically. A sensation is the name we give to a human being contacting reality via one of his five senses.”

>>>You are confusing denotation with connotation and you are asserting a tautology.

“A perception is an integration of sensations that is processed by the human mind.”

>>>How does one know when one has validly integrated his sensations?

“Abstract ideas or concepts are an integration of percepts, processed by a human mind, into groupings selected by common denominators.”

>>>By percepts are you referring to memory images? Now can it be proved that all men have remaining images? I can close my eyes and “see” the face of  my family members. I can close my eyes and picture my bedroom. I can “hear” a number of tunes voluntarily. However, I cannot voluntarily call up images of things I have smelled. I cannot call up images of things I have felt. I cannot call up things I have tasted. Even in my dreams I can only recall things I have seen and heard. By my own “experience” I can attest that I do not have all 5 types of images. Some have denied that they have images at all. British scientist Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911), rejected the idea that all men have imagery (Gordon H. Clark, Clark Speaks From The Grave [Jefferson, Maryland.: The Trinity Foundation, 1986], 23; See also Dr. Clark’s Lecture Empiricism).1 Moreover, this theory would require a method of determining a valid from an invalid inference. So the theory is a form of solipsism.

“Since you use this phrase often and unusually, I’m letting you know that when you say that something is ad hoc, I’m taking you to mean that as a synonym for being illogical. Correct me if
that’s not what you mean.”

>>>No. By ad hoc I am talking about baseless assertions. There are a number of articles online about ad hoc reasoning.

“Again on the issue of the reality of abstractions; There are many concepts that we cannot contact directly with our senses that we do not hold as in any way weak or tenuous, i.e., marriage, government, freedom, tyranny, etc. Rand’s view regarding these types of concepts or abstractions is that they are phenomenon of consciousness and are real.”

>>>That is ad hoc reasoning. You cannot assert something that you cannot give an account for.

“You write: “[Rand] …has to [conclude that abstractions exist] because she is a human being with this God given capability. The problem is her philosophy can GIVE NO ACCOUNT FOR IT…”

She wrote an entire book giving her account for it and I again urge you to read it for yourself.”

>>>So let me get this straight. You don’t understand what the answer is so instead of honestly examining your own theory and taking into consideration that you may be wrong, you are throwing book titles at me and demanding me to waste even more of my life on theories that you yourself cannot defend? Sorry, I’m not doing it. I have wasted too much of my life reading lies.

“You write: “You are confusing substance with mode. The issue is not how something exists but if it does.

I have said several times, Rand – and I – believe that concepts exist as phenomenon of consciousness — not as concrete things in reality that you can taste, touch, smell, hear or see.”

>>>Ad hoc reasoning. Saying it exists in the face of devastating admissions to the contrary from your own author, tells me that you don’t want to know the truth. You just want an excuse to live your life the way you want to live it. It is the height of irrationality and bad religion.

“You ask: “What do you mean by this?” “You, yourself quote Rand as saying “It is only…pragmatist, positivist, anti-conceptual mentality—which grants no validity to abstractions…” Even just this quote clearly shows that she grants validity to abstractions.”

>>>Ad hoc! Ad hoc!

“I mean that you yourself quote Rand as contending that abstractions are valid which, given the sense or real that Rand and I mean (you can’t taste, touch, smell, hear or see it), means abstractions are real phenomenon of the human mind.”

>>>Ad hoc!

“You accuse me of being in rebellion to your God, and yes indeed, I am in rebellion against “the creator” as I deny his very existence. We don’t need to discuss Rand and her view of abstractions to establish this fact about me.”

>>>You are avoiding the point. I have demonstrated the fundamental flaw of your movement, the Enlightenment. The Great promise of the enlightenment was that man could achieve knowledge through the use of his own reason. You admitting that you don’t know what to believe is like the black knight scene from Monty Python.

You are probably going to reply that you are an individual with your own sovereign will and have no dependency on the enlightenment. Yet that is exactly how you came to believe what you believe. An educational curriculum and a culture that are products of the enlightenment shaped you and conformed your mind to their ideas growing up. You are not a sovereign individual. You are what all the rest of us are, products of our society.

“I think you may have told me this on the phone, but even if you did not, I am inferring that you have not already read Rand yourself as you are too smart to be misrepresenting her as much as you are doing if you had read her.”

>>>You have not shown that I have misrepresented a single word.

“You write: “…This is getting just down right sad.”

This is what’s called ad hominem which is a logical fallacy that involves attacking the man or person rather than their argument, and you have asserted several ad hominems in our brief discussion.”

>>>That is because you are being belligerent about the quotation where Rand states in clear language that abstractions do not exist. 

“I’m not sure what you mean by that phrase “self evident definition” so I’ll explain: an axiom is a basic starting point in a man grasping reality.”

>>>Logical or chronological starting point?

“It’s something that if it is not true there can be no further discussion about derivative issues. Rand and I consider Existence (reality) and Consciousness (the existence of it) to be basic axioms. Free will is also an axiomatic concept.”

>>>You can only have one axiom. Other premises are to be deduced from the original axiom. Do you see what I mean by ad hoc? When you are faced with problems in your philosophy you arbitrarily assert things with no evidence for them whatsoever.

“You write: “…you dodged his point yet again. Ryan argues…”

I’m going to pass on arguing with your professors or your authorities. I will address arguments that you can formulate yourself.”

>>>That is totally arbitrary. You replied to many things he has said here and now you arbitrarily chose to bypass his argument? Do I sense a bad conscience?

“Rand has an entire theory explaining the objectivity of concepts/abstractions and she does it very succinctly. You keep asking questions about her views yet you insist on not reading her. Rand is not a nominalist (namist), which is what you are describing above where you suggest that without intrinsic forms given by God”

>>>That is only one theory of innate forms. Plato would say they were produced by past lives.I am leaning towards DNA. 

 “then concepts depend on subjective experiences (Nominalism). What you are ascribing to God’s innate forms in the mind of man, Rand ascribes to the natural nature of the human mind”

>>>Natural nature is a tautology.

“needing no supernatural intervention to keep cars on freeways, instead of taking off onto airplane runways etc.”

>>>In all of this paragraph you did not address the question. Yet again you are punting to Rand and then telling me I cannot quote scholars of my own persuasion. How can I not think this is hypocrisy?

“Can there be evidence sans reality?”

>>>What Is reality? What if there is only one substance in the universe and there is no basis to even a subject and a predicate? Then yes, knowledge is meaningless. And the self evident reductio could be denied. The pantheist could heartily agree, yes, knowledge is man’s creation, the true reality transcends all the categories of language. Mysticism.

“Can there be evidence sans conscious minds to consider the evidence?”

>>>But what if the conscious minds are malicious prisons that a demon god trapped us all in and that this human nature we live in is not us but a prison our true essence is entrapped?

“Can there be evidence if man has no free will?”

>>>No. Which is why a pantheist could heartily accept the idea that the realm of man’s knowledge is a lower realm, a malicious imposition upon the original self.

The point I am making in appealing to the pantheist is that your questions do not necessarily require the truth of the asserted axioms.

“This is why these are considered axioms – conceptual starting points — by Rand and myself, as you cannot get beneath them and continue on discussing evidence, proof, persuasion, etc. without them.”

>>>But that does not necessitate the existence of these axioms. That is just an ad hominem argument. It could be that there is no truth. No knowledge at all.

“You write: “You are confusing faith with mysticism.”

What’s the difference, i.e., what are your definitions of each?”

>>>Faith is assent to the truth of a proposition or a series of propositions, without absolute proof. That does not mean that there is no evidence at all. When Yahuwah told Moses to tell the Children of Israel that he was going to deliver them from Egyptian slavery, he gave Moses two signs, the leprous arm and the rod that turned into a snake. They had to exercise faith that the creator would come through on his promises, but it was not a blind faith.

I have compiled numerous prophecies which give strong evidence for the divinity of the bible and the existence of the Hebrew God:

http://olivianus.thekingsparlor.com/textual-criticism/how-do-we-know-which-holy-book-is-the-right-one-10-arguments-for-the-divinity-of-the-christian-revelation-by-drake

Mysticism is the pantheist philosophy I described above. Namely, that the ultimate reality is huperousia, which is a contradiction in terms, since it is no reality if it transcends reality. Thus, the goal of life is to attain a trance psychological state not the truth of a proposition. 

How not to get your ass kicked by the police! Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

In light of the recent race war going on in Ferguson, MO, as this website has predicted for many years, I think Chris Rock’s simple educational video may be of help to some people:

More Dialogue With a Randian Thursday, Aug 14 2014 

“Hi Drake,

To define Rand’s relationship to Aristotle or Clark, or anyone else is not my goal in this discussion. I’m attempting to give you MY understanding of her positions and to understand your own philosophy.”

>>>My philosophy is Judaism. The original religion of mankind. If you are wanting to know my epistemology, it is quite simple. Knowledge in the philosophical sense was directly spoken by the  creator to Abraham, Moses and the Prophets. This knowledge was written down and has been handed down throughout the centuries. However, there are also innate forms that all men possess being made in the image of the creator. Basic moral and linguistic forms. I don’t know the exact nature of these forms but as I have demonstrated they must exist (Pace existence-essence distinction). The fact that human beings can communicate with each other and grasp abstractions and genus concepts proves they exist.

“As I think I already said she disagrees with both Plato’s and Aristotle’s view: that abstractions are inherent in the concrete object and completely divorced from the mind.

 Rand contends that abstractions are caused by an interaction between the object and subject; the perceiver and what he is perceiving.”

>>>What is a sensation and how does a sensation produce perception and abstract ideas?

“RAND: “…abstractions as such do not exist: they are…man’s epistemological method of perceiving that which exists – and that which exists is concrete.”

The key word to grasp here is AS SUCH and by that she means literally as objects in reality like table, chairs, cats, dogs etc.”

>>>So what you are admitting to is exactly what I predicted. She thinks only nouns are real.

“She does indeed think that abstractions exist in the mind as a mental object.”

>>>Which is all ad hoc. Then she is affirming exactly what she is denying. She says abstractions exist, but only concrete things exist. That is fundamentally contradictory. Typing the words “as such” doesn’t make all this disappear because it doesn’t feel good.

“To repeat, Rand says in her book on epistemology that abstractions/concepts are not real in the same way that a dog, car, or plant are real.”

 

>>>Then only nouns are real.

“However, she considers them real in as compared to something nonexistent like unicorns or fairies.”

>>>More nouns. You’re still hung up in the Neoplatonic web.

“She considers concepts or abstractions to be a REAL content, or phenomenon, of consciousness. This subtle difference seems to be eluding you.”

>>>Of course she does. She has to because she is a human being with this God given capability. The problem is her philosophy can GIVE NO ACCOUNT FOR IT. Ad hoc reasoning.

“You write that if Rand holds that objects and the actions of objects are both real “Then she should have said abstractions exist…”

Why should she contend that abstractions exist in the same way that a dog, car or plant, i.e, as more than existing as a REAL content of consciousness?”

>>>You are confusing substance with mode. The issue is not how something exists but if it does.

“You are asserting that this is a mandatory classification so you must defend it.”

>>>What do you mean by this?

“You, yourself quote Rand as saying “It is only…pragmatist, positivist, anti-conceptual mentality—which grants no validity to abstractions…” Even just this quote clearly shows that she grants validity to abstractions.”

>>>With no account for it. I can account for the fact that she believes in the reality of abstractions. But she cannot on her philosophy. She simply asserts it ad hoc.

“You assert that Rand is confused. I don’t think you are in a position to assert such a claim objectively given that you have not read her.”

 

>>>I have quoted her verbatim to you, and I am not going to give you book reports on books speaking about issues I have already given 15 years of study. That is why I am able to pick apart every single thing you say. Show me something I have not come across and I will be interested in dealing with it. As of yet I have seen nothing that I haven’t dealt with in great detail.

 

“At most you could claim that IF your sources interpretation of Rand are correct “

 

>>>Quoting someone’s words is not the same thing as interpreting them. She said herself that abstractions do not exist. You think by pointing to the words “as such” proves something when in fact, it is simply semantics. You demand that there is something more to her position when in fact all it is ad hoc reasoning. YOU CANNOT ASSERT SOMETHING THAT YOU CANNOT GIVE AN ACCOUNT FOR.

 

“THEN you’d agree with them that she is confused.”

 

>>>The word confused is not mentioned a single time in Ryan’s article. I proved she was confused and that was why I accused her of this. You are trying to create this diversive narrative that I don’t understand her as a way to justify your rebellion against your creator. As in fact, you have not proved that I misunderstood a single word. On the contrary you have justified the exact problem I predicted would be the linchpin of this discussion. As much as she tries to convince her readers she has come up with a solution to atheism’s big problems, she has only used semantics to fool people who do not understand the neoplatonic underpinnings to western philosophy.

“If you want to go beyond appealing to the authority of other scholar’s interpretations”

>>>I did no such thing and you know it. I quoted her words verbatim. You are just creating this narrative to make yourself feel better and justify your naïve female supremacist inclinations.

 “you’ll have to read her for yourself and develop an educated evaluation of her philosophy for yourself.”

>>>You have not shown that I have not done that.

“I don’t think I understand your definition of Classical Empiracist. If you will give it to me I’ll double check my statement that Rand is in that category.”

 

>>>This is getting just down right sad. You know my answer to this. What you are doing is exactly what I have to deal with in my debates with Christians on a regular basis. You are trying to draw this discussion  into a cloud of ambiguity so thick that your position cannot be accurately examined. That way, you can comfort yourself into thinking that you’re position is just too sophisticated for anyone but yourself to understand. I deal with this frequently and it goes to prove the Biblical doctrine of total depravity.

Joh 3:19  “And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked.

Joh 3:20  “For everyone who is practising evil matters hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

Joh 3:21  “But the one doing the truth comes to the light, so that his works are clearly seen, that they have been wrought in Elohim.”

“You write: “What you just argued for is innate forms…”

Neither I nor Rand believes in innate forms.”

>>>You admitted that consciousness is a basic axiom. The word axiom can mean a couple different things so I’m guessing you mean the self evident definition. You admitted that free will can be known some other way than the 5 senses. Innate forms. The fact that you have not grasped this yet, does not change the fact that it is true.

 

“You write/compile: “(6) Hedrich writes: “One ramification is that no observation of the physical world can warrant belief in the following precondition for knowledge: “propositions may be true.” Rand contends that some propositions are true and some are false. “That is ad hoc reasoning. Based on what? If experience is necessary for all knowledge then Ryan’s point stands.”

There is no such thing as a logical fallacy (ad hoc reasoning) if there is no such thing as true or false propositions.”

>>>Agreed. But you dodged his point yet again. Ryan argues, “But on the assumption of empiricism, to what physical event could “propositions may be true” correspond?”

“Do you agree with Rand that man is born Tabula Rasa?”

>>>No.  

“You write: “You avoided the main argument of that paragraph.”

If I did it was unintentional. Please ask me your own question directly and I will endeavor to answer it.”

 

>>>I have cited it for you twice now. I’ll do it again.

“This would make communication impossible, as no two individuals could ever verify that the differences in their experiences and sensations are negligible to the meanings each attaches to some word[s]. ”

How could we communicate if my subjective experiences inform what words mean when you have not experienced my experiences?

“You write: “You did not deal with this argument. (9) You write: “…as Rand’s was not even able to demonstrate how she could know herself…”

“She argues that existence, consciousness and identity are metaphysical axioms thus she considers these to be prerequisits of all demonstration and not needing proof as they are the fundamental metaphysical basis for proof.”

>>> I think you are misusing the word axiom. I give no adherence to the definition of axiom as a self evident truth. That is just a cop out way of asserting something with no evidence. The use of the word axiom as in Euclid’s geometric construction is the only meaningful use of that word. An idealist who thinks his mind is the only reality that exists would agree that consciousness exists as a self evident truth. But this is only subjective.  

 

“I’m going to draw a line here and see if we can establish any common ground on just the topics and issues so far raised in this email. If so, I’ll come back and address the rest of your post.

Incidentally, you are at great pains to prove your positions in logic and reason but is that not a contradiction for a person who accepts faith fundamentally?”

>>>You are confusing faith with mysticism.

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