September 17, 2010

*Free!* - BS Detector Kit - Get it Now!

Many opponents of the unfolding trap of the New World dis-Order have made the observation that the criminal cabal that is orchestrating it is, comparatively, a very small minority of people relative to the masses they hope to enslave. Hence, it ought to be easy to defeat that small band, and restore some badly-needed sanity to the planet. Plainly, tho, that is not happening; not by a long shot. There are probably a million theories as to why this is so... indeed, it would accord completely with the core of my thesis.

You see, that is the problem for the 'good guys'-- there's a gazillion ideas on essentially everything, these days. And now with the Web and multiple media, they all have a platform, no matter how miniscule, from which to proclaim their zealous conjectures. If you happen to be a newbie to the field popularly (if not sneeringly) referred to as 'conspiracy theory,' and you sincerely seek some enlightenment on what's going on, and who's behind it, then you are in for a very frustrating journey. There's just no sugar-coating the situation-- it's chaotic. Just try an Internet search (better not with Google, if you want to keep it confidential) using terms like conspiracy, and see the tidal wave of 'information' that emerges. Or, if you're a book-lover, try the same tactic at amazon.com, or even go down to your local bookstore and peruse the volumes. You can't help but be overwhelmed by the number of books that's stacked on the shelves each visit, with new titles added every month, and no end in sight.

What's particularly intimidating about this tsunami of information is not just its sheer mass-- the number of websites, books, articles, newsletters, etc. The real shock is from the breadth of opinion displayed by all these sources. You'll find virtually anything you could imagine, and more; (much more, since our imaginations aren't what they used to be). This is where the problem lays for the seeker of truth who yearns for a beacon of trustworthy light in the obscurity of the information storm. These sources don't just express a variety of opinions; they frequently are diametrically opposed to each another. And the authors often state bluntly that the alternative theories are utter nonsense, never to be believed. So, for every dilemma confronting modern humankind, there's a superabundance of opinions promising to have the answer as to the why's and who's.

Given this modern 'Tower of Babel' of understanding, what is a sincere, unbiased seeker to do? Well, apparently, there are few such creatures around. It seems that most of us are biased, whether we acknowledge it or not... and most of us don't. We all are the product of cultural indoctrination of some kind, that colors our perceptions of the world and its shenanigans. Like tinted contact lenses, these world-views create a distortion of all that we see, and are often self-reinforcing since most people only believe new information that supports their old views, rarely able to accept data that contradicts their existing paradigm. In practice, this means that a neophyte seeker will do a quick survey of the vast panoply of choices of possible theories, probably examining no more than 3 or 4 'samples', and then settle on one school of thought that, generally, agrees with his/her unspoken, pre-existing paradigm ('bias' to be honest). Isn't that how it usually works? Few of us have the luxury, or interest, in screening reams of data, looking for something better than the good, old standards that have served us to the present moment.

There are a few people, however, for whom the quest will not be terminated so conveniently. No, those few have a burning desire to know the Truth, and will not rest easy until they believe they've found it. Many of those, tho, don't understand that this is a perpetual endeavor. You can acquire greater truth, but the full truth can only be approached 'asymptotically,' to use a mathematical analogy. Nonetheless, we can gain sufficient accurate information (truth) to see what is really happening in the world, and who is responsible for it. That will be seen as an arrogant, or foolish, assertion in view of what I've already stated about the babble of voices proclaiming their 'truths.' Yes; but the alternative is to be a nihilist, believing nothing, and existing as a cognitive animal.

Thus, the problem remains-- how can one discern the true amidst a thick fog of confusing data? One has to rely on principles of discernment ('hermeneutics' to the theology buffs) and apply them as diligently as possible. Listed below are the ones that work for me. I urge you to try them for yourself.

1. Be fearless! By that, I mean you have to be willing to read/hear anything, no matter how outlandish it seems, no matter how it deviates from your inherited world-view. After some time of doing this, you will start to know what has value, rings true, and what is worthless and not to be pursued. But you can't just stick with what sounds familiar and safe and 'mainstream.'

2. Trust common sense! We've been programmed from birth to defer to experts in every field, since the world is so complicated that no-one can be knowledgeable in everything. Yet, if you examine the facts, the so-called experts have been wrong (drastically wrong) many times, and with serious consequences. We have been made with a built-in sense of morality (recognized as conscience) and, moreover, an innate sense of what is true and what is 'BS.' Sadly, that latter sense, called 'common,' has been badly denigrated in the past century, and few people are capable of exercising it reliably, anymore. When you see a building collapse as if by controlled demolition, believe it! Don't swallow some cockeyed nonsense about fire weakening steel beams, etc. etc. that has never before happened in 100 years of steel-reinforced sky-scrapers. When people first attacked tobacco as dangerous to health, did it really take 3 decades of 'science' to tell us that smoking caused diseases? Some call it trusting your gut, or intuition; but it's not to be dismissed when that inner red light starts flashing, no matter what the so-called experts proclaim.

3. Don't stop searching! Just because you've currently found something that really appeals to you, and seems to provide all the answers, don't get lazy and stop the search. I've fallen for that trap, and lost years up the wrong creek. Fortunately, there's always something to learn even from error, but the point remains-- make it a life-long quest. Just when we think we've got the answers, there's always something that upsets the apple-cart. Rather than give up, we have to recognize that it's a process of constant iteration; one truth leads to another, and so on. Never stop learning.

4. Be cautious; stay skeptical! This may be obvious; yet we all have a tendency to get excited when we think we've found the pot of gold. Too often, it is merely the rainbow, which may be beautiful but proves intangible. The purveyors of world views are always convinced that their outlook is the ultimate. But no matter how attractive it appears, every paradigm has its flaws and weaknesses. You've got to find them, and judge whether the overall package retains merit. When it comes to news, you have to keep uppermost in mind that there is always a desired angle to everything they report. Too much data is at times worse than not enough, because it can obscure truth and send us chasing down worthless leads. More than ever, much of what is presented as information is really disinformation-- deliberately fabricated stories intended to lead people astray. Typically, the disinfo contains large portions of truth; but those truths are used as a Trojan Horse to entice us to accept the rest of the package as equal truth, while it is really lies.

5. Cui bono?-- Find who benefits! More and more, this criterion is becoming the litmus test of truth, as money becomes the all-consuming goal of so many. Who was funding all those 'studies' that exonerated tobacco as a cause of disease? Today, it's the studies that pooh-pooh the dangers of cell-phone use, or the risks of infant inoculations, or the effects of aspartame, and so on. It's the industries themselves-- the foxes who appoint themselves guardians of the hen houses! Who benefits from the constant wars that seem to be a vital part of the US economy? Who benefited from the 9-11 attacks? Don't settle for the canned answers spouted by the MSM (mainstream media)!

6. Dig! When you read/hear of a breaking news story, don't buy into whatever the media feed us. Remember, 96% of the mainstream media are owned by one block of six companies... all with subtle connections. There is a massive but cunning bias in all the news presented to (especially) the American/Western audiences. You must be aware of this, spot the biases, and look for supplementary sources to give a fuller and proper perspective. One useful tip is to take note of the initial details of a breaking story, since very often, useful data slips thru before the gate-keepers realize what's important and what's not. In such cases, I save those reports to my computer for later reference, because they typically disappear from view, never to be seen again (in polite company, anyway). The simple fact that these details are subsequently flushed from sight makes it obvious that they are significant, and usually damning of certain hidden factions.

7. Avoid the tradition traps! You know, 'if was good enough for my parents, it's good enough for me.' This is probably the most common trap of religion, but surprisingly often rears its ugly head in other areas. For example, if your parents were atheists, does that mean you should embrace atheism without scrutiny? You consider yourself a proud patriot, but are you aware of how your politicians jerk you around by that emotional leash? Maybe you're proud of your ethnic heritage; again, it's saddled you with a mental shackle that you've got to cast off if you really want to see the world accurately. Perhaps you're one of those recognized experts in some field of knowledge. Fine, but if you think your discipline explains the universe, you're setting yourself up for big disappointments or empty self-delusion. Anything that appeals to pride, or comes with a pre-packaged outlook, must be seen for what it is-- a superficial, distracting filter on clear vision.

8. Don't blithely trust 'them!' We've been conditioned from earliest years to respect authority, and to take it for granted that 'they' (teachers, priests, doctors, politicians, policemen, etc.) have our best interests at heart, and would not knowingly deceive us. This naïve notion must be discarded onto the remotest junk-heap of human thinking! Not that all authorities are evil. But the sad reality of this fallen Age is that many of those who rise to the upper echelons have done so by less than ethical means. And those in a position of authority often succumb to the temptation to abuse that trust. We have numerous examples of this behavior, so there should be no excuse for assuming that whatever they tell us must be true and beneficial. Instead, we should assume the opposite, and then verify how trustworthy it is.

9. Look at the big picture! This is the key step... and the one most often missed. So many people see the world in one dimension, thru a mental monocular. It's vital to consider all possible pieces of the puzzle if you want to assemble a coherent picture. Bits of information that appear unrelated to most, may have deeper connections. Slices of partial data that seem useless by themselves, can become significant when lined up with other pieces of incomplete data. Critics may say that schizophrenics can find meaningful connections between any events; but I'm talking about sensible links that are too often overlooked by people who've been trained to see what the magicians tell them is there.

Those are the main tools that I use to filter out the truth from the BS. It has taken a long time to develop that tool kit, but it has proven its value, at least to me. I offer it to all readers, free of charge, in the fervent hope that you will learn to use it fully and constantly to construct an accurate model of our reality, and protect yourself from the abuses of those who fabricate for their own purposes. You can start by applying these principles to this very essay! That's right, if this paradigm is to be trusted, it must satisfy you that it works. So go ahead; see if it resonates with your inner being, and if you can find flaws in the logic, and if it helps you decipher the signs of the times.

What prompted this article was my last foray into Amazon's recommended book list, and seeing scholarly tomes that flew in the face of everything I've come to embrace as true. What is wrong with these people?, I wondered. How can they be so blind, so incapable of seeing the truth that stares us in the face? I realize that there are traps aplenty to lead the most intelligent astray, and that, most often, those traps are of our own construction or choosing. Also, today especially, many books are published for the purpose of misleading the masses. For example, we have seen a highly concerted effort over the past decade or so, to convince the world that climate change is caused by humans ('anthropogenically caused'). Yet, if you do the research, you find that, contrary to what we are told, there is no 'consensus among eminent scientists' on this matter, at all. In fact, the opposite is the case-- eminent scientists are appalled that their views are withheld and misrepresented to make it appear that science supports human causation. It's the media that have fabricated a so-called consensus favoring anthropogenic global warming. Besides Al Gore and his road show, there are books galore in support of the desired climate agenda, all part of a vast conspiracy to impose carbon credit trading and various other 'necessary measures' that will bring more wealth and control to the ruling elites. Beware of any scheme that accomplishes those ends.

In a babble of voices clamoring their wares, there can only be one truth. The easy tactic of the puppet-masters is to bury the truth in an avalanche of information, some valid, and most of it not. It is a brilliant strategy, since it does not require heavy-handed, game-revealing actions such as imposing draconian restrictions or martial law and the like. Under the banner of freedom of information, we are supplied with a glut of data so imposing that most people happily accept the easy route to 'knowledge' by believing the major newspapers and television stations. The ultra-conservatives flock to their favorite radio talk-show hosts, who whip them into a froth over the imminent dangers of Communism and (horrors!) publicly-funded health care. Ultra-liberals must have similar havens of numb-skullery. The point is that we tend to seek the demagogue and the dogma that promotes what we already (are inclined to) believe. By applying my BS detection kit, you can filter thru all the daily nonsense, and eventually assemble a paradigm that makes sense (at least to you). Good luck to every sincere seeker of truth.

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