"Saying what needs to be said about the most sucky parts of physics"
Yield not one inch to all the forces that conspire to make you an echo.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Trolls are not just angry, or mean, or wrong.
Trolling is how the systems of control are maintained.
And so the battle against trolls is the ultimate battle.
The most heated defenders of a science, who cannot endure the slightest sneer at it, are commonly those who have not made very much progress in it and are secretly aware of this defect.
- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Imagine the levels they will go to protect their paychecks.
The first intellectual operation in which I arrived at any proficiency, was dissecting a bad argument, and finding in what part the fallacy lay; and though whatever capacity of this sort I attained was due to the fact that it was an intellectual exercise in which I was most perseveringly drilled by my father, yet it is also true that the school logic, and the mental habits acquired in studying it, were among the principal instruments of this drilling. I am persuaded that nothing, in modern education, tends so much, when properly used, to form exact thinkers, who attach a precise meaning to words and propositions, and are not imposed on by vague, loose, or ambiguous terms. The boasted influence of mathematical studies is nothing to it; for in mathematical processes, none of the real difficulties of correct rationalization occur.
- John Stuart Mill
Summary: No substitute for analytical thinking.
In a military, feudal or totalitarian state, it doesn't much matter because you've got a bludgeon over their heads and you can control what they do. But when the state loses the bludgeon, when you can't control people by force, and when the voice of the people can be heard, you have this problem -- it may make people so curious and so arrogant that they don't have the humility to submit to a civil rule, and therefore you have to control what people think.
And the standard way to do this is to resort to what in more honest days used to be called propaganda -- manufacture of consent -- creation of necessary illusion. Various ways of either marginalizing the public or reducing them to apathy in some fashion.
- [Avram] Noam Chomsky
Never has it been easier to Tweet. But go against the Leftist bias, and your voice is muzzled.
To avoid being marginalized, or reduced to apathy, will require you to up your Troll game.
When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid -- in which case all comment is superfluous -- or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem.
- Miguel de Unamuno, 1913
Spring-And-Loop Theory is not worth refuting (by the 1%) because it attacks the crux of the problem with modern physics.
Their only hope is to try to ignore it.
Hence the reason I call it a one hundred year project.
You don't have to disrespect and insult others simply to hold your own ground. If you do, that shows how shaky your own position is.
- Red Haircrow
This is a standard tactic of the 1%; the trolls -- heap scorn, drop F-bombs and say you're not being scientific.
It is not relevant whether the person is scientific. It is the theory that is on trial.
These Ad Hominem attacks are the most common thing anyone trying to talk truth will run across. Be prepared.
Science cannot admit of compromises, and can only bring out the complete truth. Hence there must be controversy, and the strife may be, and sometimes must be, sharp. But must it even then be personal? Does it help science to attack the man as well as the statement? On the contrary, has not science the noble privilege of carrying on its controversies without personal quarrels?
- Rudolf Virchow
Yes, of course.
Except when a great deal of money is at stake.
Then anything goes, apparently.
We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
- John Stuart Mill
The battle against trolls is good versus evil.
Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses not his understanding but rather his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci
It has gotten a lot worse than that, Leonardo.
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
- John Stuart Mill
Trolling, when in the wrong, is censorship.
While the dogmatist is harmful, the sceptic is useless. One is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or of ignorance. Knowledge is not so precise a concept as is commonly thought. Instead of saying 'I know this', we ought to say 'I more or less know something more or less like this'. Knowledge in practical affairs has not the certainty or the precision of arithmetic.
- Bertrand Russell
There is no one more sure of themselves than a troll.
Nothing has more retarded the advancement of learning than the disposition of vulgar minds to ridicule and vilify what they cannot comprehend.
- Samuel Johnson
The Elites do NOT want progress.
They want maintenance of control. Period.
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way. Not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
- Lewis Thomas
Trolling is the opposite of civility.
A person with a new idea is a crank
until the idea succeeds.
- Samuel Langhorne Clemens [Mark Twain]
The attack area is larger on new ideas. Be ready.
A non-doer is very often a critic -- someone who sits back and watches doers, and then waxes philosophically about how the doers are doing. It's easy to be a critic, but being a doer requires effort, risk and change.
- Wayne Walter Dyer
tEmP theorists risk little or nothing, and change not one iota.
Power is devilishly good at corrupting... ...and once the checks start flowing in, good luck trying to get them to admit their (deliberate) errors.
Conformity-enforcing packs of viscious children and adults gradually shape the social complexes we know as religion, science, corporations, ethnic groups, and even nations.
The tools of our cohesion include ridicule, rejection, snobbery, self-righteousness, assault, torture, and death by stoning, lethal injection, or the noose.
A collective brain may sound warm and fuzzily New Age, but one force lashing it together is abuse.
- Howard Bloom
The path to tyranny is paved with troll intentions.
Criticism is as often a trade as a science, requiring more health than wit, more labor than capacity, more practice than genius.
- Jean de La Bruyere
Critics are like arsonists. Exactly how hard is it to strike a match?
Criticism, though dignified from the earliest ages by the labors of men eminent for knowledge and sagacity, has not yet attained the certainty and stability of science.
- Samuel Johnson
Criticism never will attain it.
Nor should it, given that so-called science today is in such a deliberately disastrous mess.
Everything in agreement with our personal desires seems true.
Everything not puts us into a rage.
- Andre Maurois
If most people are religious, they will like a religious big bang. If most people like science fiction, they will like wormholes and 10 (or 11) dimensions.
For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert.
For every fact there is not necessarily an equal and opposite fact.
- Thomas Sowell
Yes, people will argue or oppose each other, but what of it?
tEmP theories are in the mess they're in because of corruption, collusion and a commitment to force a particular message on the physics world.
It is a one-sided battle by the 1%, not just some idle difference of opinion by a couple of blokes.
Humor is a conformity enforcer clothed in the garb of congeniality. It focuses on others' weaknesses, disasters, stupidities and abnormalities. By the 19th century, new circumstances called for new conformity enforcers. The government locked you in a house of penitence -- a penitentiary -- where your feelings of remorse would theoretically pummel you without cease.
- Howard Bloom
Check out the "Sunday Funnies" for conformity enforcement.
You won't find a better example anywhere.
I feel no grief for being called something which I am not; in fact, it's enthralling, somehow, like a good back rub.
- Charles Bukowski, "You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense"
Hilarious! Love the attitude!
NEVER let trolls get to you.
Battle them. Never give an inch.
I hesitated for a long time whether to bring my treatise, written to demonstrate its motion, into the light of day, or whether it would not be better to follow the example of the Pythagoreans and certain others, who used to pass on the mysteries of their philosophy merely to their relatives and friends, not in writing but by personal contact, as the letter of Lysis to Hipparchus bears witness.
They seem to me to have done so, not as some think from a certain jealousy of communicating their doctrines, but so that their greatest splendors, discovered by the devoted research of great men, should not be exposed to the contempt of those who either find it irksome to waste effort on anything learned, unless it is profitable, or if they are stirred by the exhortations and examples of others to a high-minded enthusiasm for philosophy, are nevertheless so dull-witted that among philosophers they are like drones among bees.
- Nicolaus Copernicus
Truth before trolls is like pearls before swine.
If, in the course of a thousand or two thousand years, science arrives at the necessity of renewing its points of view, that will not mean that science is a liar. Science cannot lie, for it's always striving, according to the momentary state of knowledge, to deduce what is true. When it makes a mistake, it does so in good faith. It's Christianity that's the liar. It's in perpetual conflict with itself.
- Adolf Hitler
Hitler is wrong about Christianity, of course.
He is also wrong that "science cannot lie".
Science today is almost pure lies.
Most of the truth has already been said, but academics have to publish or perish, so of course they are going to make stuff up.
It is always the case with the best work that it is disparaged at first, for it takes a curiously long time for new ideas to become current, and the older ones, who ought to be capable of taking them in freely, will not do so...through prejudice.
- Francis Galton
Prejudice, or worse, jealousy.
Or the desire to protect their income stream.
Modern physics is extremely hard of hearing when it comes to theories that actually work.
It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.
- Friedrich Schiller
Wow, is it ever.
This is why trolls online are so loud, so filthy, so aggressive, and so non-stop.
Their cushy lifestyles depend on them lying.
Reason can speak in a whisper.
Lies must be shouted.
It is very interesting how the human mind works. We have the need to justify everything, to explain and understand everything, in order to feel safe. We have millions of questions that need answers because there are so many things that the reasoning mind cannot explain.
It is not important if the answer is correct; just the answer itself makes us feel safe.
This is why we make assumptions.
We make all sorts of assumptions because we don't have the courage to ask questions. We have agreed that it is not safe to ask questions; we have agreed that if people love us, they should know what we want or how we feel.
When we believe something, we assume we are right about it to the point that we will destroy relationships in order to defend our position.
- Miguel Ruiz, "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom"
People always want (1) something for nothing and (2) a bit of mystery.
Rubbish theories bring comfort to the mass of 'scientists'.
Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise -- even in their own field.
- Isaac Asimov
When you plant a knowledge acorn, you get a knowledge tree.
When you chop up knowledge, you get kindling. One fire and it is gone in seconds.
Lazy people tend not to take chances, but express themselves by tearing down other's work.
- Ann Rule
The modern world encourages it.
For decades we have been taught to be shallow, hateful and spiteful.
Most institutions are a disgrace these days.
One way of dealing with errors is to have friends who are willing to spend the time necessary to carry out a critical examination of the experimental design beforehand and the results after the experiments have been completed.
An even better way is to have an enemy.
An enemy is willing to devote a vast amount of time and brain power to ferreting out errors both large and small, and this without any compensation.
The trouble is that really capable enemies are scarce, and most of them are only ordinary.
Another trouble with enemies is that they sometimes develop into friends and lose a great deal of their zeal.
It was in this way the writer lost his three best enemies.
Everyone, not just scientists, needs a good few enemies.
- Georg von Bekesy
A wonderfully cynical quote.
I give you my pledge, tEmP theorists, that I will never be your friend.
A President who is any damn good at all makes enemies. A lot of enemies. I made a few myself when I was in the White House. And I wouldn't be without 'em.
- Harry Truman
Opposites work together in the very opposite of the way they seem. They work together in teams.
- Howard Bloom
When you go far enough to the political left, you come around to the right.
Hence the desire of trolls to always label you in some way.
They want to label, so they can attack the label.
Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, whereas in theology there is only opinion. Whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard. You will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.
- Bertrand Russell
Trolling is the ultimate in opinionism. In fact, that is probably the number one criticism I have received over the years: "Well, that's just your opinion!"
Say this and you've said exactly nothing.
It is a clever form of 'ad hominem' -- attack the person when you can't attack what they are saying.
Modern physics is brim full of opinionists. As it is built on a complete house of cards (the Standard Model).
tEmP theorists are the worst trolls against new theories because their supper depends on a lack of innovation.
It is a shameful, wasteful and purely destructive state of affairs. That must be changed.
That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don't know nothing about it.
- Samuel Langhorne Clemens [Mark Twain]
To be clear, trolls have no interest in knowing anything about you (or your theory).
They just want you to shut up. And nothing else will do.
You going to let them silence you?
The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices -- to be found only in the minds of men.
Prejudices can kill. Suspicion can destroy. A thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own -- for the children and those yet unborn.
- Rod Serling
Information warfare is far more effective than physical warfare. Why else does organized religion love it so much?
There is the greatest difference between presuming an opinion to be true because it has not been refuted, and assuming its truth for the purpose of not permitting its refutation.
Complete liberty of contradicting and disproving our opinion is the very condition which justifies us in assuming its truth for purposes of action; and on no other terms can a being with human faculties have any rational assurance of being right.
- John Stuart Mill
Modern physics assumes the Standard Model is true for the purpose of not permitting its refutation.
There is no truth today because there is a total lack of liberty for opinions that run counter to the "progressive" dogma.
Shut up and support the Democrat party's "Black Lives Matter".
Shut up and let Antifa terrorist torch your city.
Shut up and wear a mask, even though it doesn't filter out COVID.
Shut up and get vaccinated. etc. etc. etc.
Censorship is the ultimate enemy of the people.
If you aren't against it, then I'm against you.
Those who rely simply on the weight of authority to prove any assertion, without searching out the arguments to support it, act absurdly. I wish to question freely and to answer freely without any sort of adulation. That well becomes any who are sincere in the search for truth.
- Vincenzo Galilei, father of Galileo Galilei
Authority proves nothing.
Belief proves nothing.
Basic principles, and a solid step-by-step progression, are mandatory methods if you wish to truly win an "argument".
To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason is like administering medicines to the dead.
- Thomas Paine
Block the trolls. Really.
No discussion. No excuses.
Block the trolls. Or I'll block you.
Truth is that besides which there is nothing: nothing to modify it, nothing to question it, nothing to form an exception: the all-inclusive, the complete.
- Charles Fort
There is only truth.
Fiction is nothingness.
Without value, except for the truth is contains.
Without constructive purpose, if it contains none.
The Standard Model is a "model" of nothingness.
tEmP theories are full of nothing.
Teaching people how to be devoid of truth, while being full of happy, stupid hope -- that's the Elites' main goal and objective at all times.
Idiocracy has become a reality.
S.G. Collins is wonderfully anti-troll.
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There are really only 3 questions in philosophy.
1. What is real?
2. What is true?
3. What is good?
The first is metaphysics -- the study of the nature of reality.
The second is epistomology -- the study of how we justly acquire knowledge.
The third is ethics -- wherein we figure out what is universally preferable behavior for human beings to follow.
To answer these questions, you have to wipe the slate clean and build from the ground up.
- Stefan Molyneux, who then debugs a leftist in the best way you can imagine
Whether what one says is true or false: both will be contradicted.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Always stand for truth.
Never compromise on the most important things.
Nothing but total victory over trolls is acceptable.
Note: Blocking trolls is also victory.
Certain types of loudmouthism should be a capital offense among decent people.
- Robert Anson Heinlein
They first got rid of decency from life.
They got women wearing pants.
It was easy after that.
A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners; lack of consideration for others in minor matters; a loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.
- Robert Anson Heinlein
The Elites profit when they drag us down.
There is no politeness in physics today.
No one wants to hear about your new, better theory.
After all, how does your new, better theory pay for their new Beemer?
A last trick is to become personal, insulting and rude as soon as you perceive that your opponent has the upper hand.
In becoming personal you leave the subject altogether, and turn your attack on the person by remarks of an offensive and spiteful character.
This is a very popular trick, because everyone is able to carry it into effect.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
Everyone is a critic.
Because no one is.
You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.
- Samuel Johnson
All the entrenched interests have going for them these days is...they are entrenched.
Make them homeless and they'd soon be stealing, just like all the other addicts.
To refuse a hearing to an opinion because one is sure that it is false, is to assume that one's certainty is the same thing as absolute certainty. All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility.
- John Stuart Mill
Being sure something is false is no longer the situation these days because no one cares to invest the time.
The modern world is a shallow puddle where everyone competes to make the biggest splash.
Repetition is just fine. Quantity over quality. Who cares who gets mud in their eye.
I know well that many of my readers do not think as I do. This also is most natural and confirms the theorem. For although my opinion turn out erroneous, there will always remain the fact that many of those dissentient readers have never given five minutes' thought to this complex matter. How are they going to think as I do? But by believing that they have a right to an opinion on the matter without previous effort to work one out for themselves, they prove patently that they belong to that absurd type of human being which I have called the "rebel mass". It is precisely what I mean by having one's soul obliterated, hermetically closed. Here it would be the special case of intellectual hermetism.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
The worst trolls are soulless.
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument. Its function is to make the worse appear the better.
- Jorge Agustin Nicolas Ruiz de Santayana y Borras
Advertising is a highly profitable substitute for argument.
Passionate hatreds can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Those people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance.
- Eric Hoffer
Hatred gives no true meaning nor significant purpose to one's life.
It is still done, though, because the person doesn't know themselves.
They are either ignorant of what is going on -- i.e. the 99% -- or they are deliberately trying to drive the train into the ditch -- the insane 1%.
I get asked a lot why Apple's customers are so loyal. It's not because they belong to the Church of Mac! That's ridiculous.
- Steve Jobs
Actually that is exactly what it is.
Mac fanatics are the original trolls.
Steve Jobs, originator of the reality distortion field, scum-of-the-Earth when it came to ripping off his most valuable employees, thought he was God.
God is glad he's dead.
There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.
- Han Suyin
But it is a bottom up thing.
We also need a fair system from the top down, or we'll never get a chance to nurture our natures.
If you can not answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
- Elbert Green Hubbard
Negative trolling, in a nutshell.
Speaking of flame wars: there have been a number of times, most of them experienced while I watched or listened to the news, when I heard about one factional squabble or another, and thought, "These people don't really disagree. They've just been caught up in their own rhetoric. If a neutral party were to step in and explain each side's point of view to the other, they'd see that they have more similarities than differences."
I've sometimes fancied myself as that third party: objective, reasonable, tolerant, able to portray each group's goals in terms which the other would understand and find acceptable.
So it's something of an eye-opener to enter into a discussion of semiotics in personal mail exchanged with Richard Stallman, and realize that, no, the problem is in fact not one of terminology at all: the man's potato has simply been baking too long.
- Dan Martinez
Humor is a great way to combat sickness.
Stallman is like George Lucas. Tolerable once or twice, but then they just get embarrassing.
I'd hesitate to accuse anyone of being outright corrupt, but I'll admit that I'm probably not going to expect a hard, searching look at all things Microsoft from magazines with names like "Windows Sources" and "Windows Computing" ("NT 5.0: The crashproof Windows you've been waiting for!" Shyeah, right. 'This time for sure.').
When you have the name of a company's product in your title, and every other product you review requires that company's product in order to be useful, you probably don't need to do a spectrographic analysis to figure out which side your bread's buttered on.
All of the above notwithstanding, Ziff-Davis as a corporate entity is so far down Bill's pants that they need to run a pressurized air hose down there just to breathe.
- Dan Martinez
Dan, giving a textbook example of trolling for fun and lolz.
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
- Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw]
But silence is the easiest for a troll to drown out.
You want silence? Move to a cave.
I prefer to support constructive ideas in the real world.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
- William Butler Yeats
Trolling relies on the majority being doubt-ridden.
Educate yourself and you won't be easily trolled.
You'll learn to know when someone is not worth your time. And that is priceless.
It is the modern nature of goodness to exert itself quietly while a few characters of the opposite cast seem, by the rumor of their exploits, to fill the world; and by their noise to multiply their numbers.
- Hannah More
We live in a world controlled by a small group of nasty people.
Should we gain any amount of influence, attacks on us will increase.
We have no choice but to be relatively quiet examples of goodness.
While we wait for Q to flat-ten the playing field.
Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
- Alvin Toffler
And so misinformation is the greatest destroyer.
No wonder the Elites worship the devil.
Campus politics are so vicious
the stakes are so small.
- Henry Kissinger
Online discussions, for the same reason.
You do not become a "dissident" just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society.
- Vaclav Havel, President of Czechoslovakia
Heh. Very funny. The problem with engaging in such wild speculation, of course, is that you might strain yourself. I'd hate to see you get hurt or, gods forbid, killed over such obviously false accusations, no matter how amusing they might be. Maybe in the future you should be more cautious.
- Greg Plesur
Luke warm trolling, Greg.
Be specific. Cut to the core. Then make fun of the core.
This video is the perfect counter to Troll World.
Trolls have common phrases & approaches.
Come up with standard responses to them.
Give each one a name -- "Not Scientific", "Conspiracy", "Crackpot", "Astroturf" -- and save them in a file.
Attacks on goodness must be defeated. Make the effort to do so.
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Q. Why do scammers scam?
(1) they make money from it
(2) they weaken the person scammed (i.e. less competition)
(3) they burn the scammed person, so legitimate people have a harder sell (i.e. weaken the good guys)
Scams are much more than just money making schemes.
We are being systematically assaulted in all aspects of life.
Arm and defend yourself accordingly.
There's a secret to persuading strangers to retweet your messages. And a machine learning algorithm has discovered it.
This won't be used by the good guys...
FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver
Kids will be kids.
Can pigs fly?
21 minutes of the greatest dribbling plays by the greatest soccer player who has ever lived
Yet 10% of those who watched it gave it a thumbs DOWN!
Or did they?
All good will be attacked.
Not to think so is naive.
- Jim Rohn
Excerpt: On the Web, everyone can be a reviewer, and a consensus about a book can be established covering a range of readers. In this changed environment, professional reviewers may become obsolete, replaced by crowd wisdom.
- Phyllis Rose
"crowd wisdom"? Good one!
As I see in threads on my articles, the online sabotaging of intelligent debate seems organised. We must fight to save this precious gift.
- George Monbiot, here
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