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Expect The Unexpectable, History Of Science Says, Evolving Common Sense

November 14, 2020

Expecting the unexpectable evolves common sense to a higher form. There is no scientific method, per se. There is common sense, which has been “scientifically” driven, that is facts driven, certainty driven, for ten million years, or more.

Even a bear, or a mountain lion have (a lot of) common sense (and those who do not want to be eaten have to dialogue correctly with the common sense of their potential predator; that’s why once I hit an aggressive youngish bear with a big rock, to knock some common sense into him, reminding him the evidence that attacking a human was expensive and dangerous [1]; bears and mountain lions understand the language of flying rocks very well, and attribute respect to those who can command to them…). 

Because science is common sense propelled, there is no “method” for finding new science, as the famous physicist Feynman pointed out very unambiguously in his Lectures on Physics. When new facts are uncovered, common sense has to work hard to articulate them into logic (a live example of this is entanglement in Quantum Physics; I have proposed a way out that nobody else has proposed, namely a finite speed “Quantum” interaction; the point being, the idea has to be tried). 

Now some superstitious religions target common sense, deliberately… with the aim of demolishing the notion of common sense, because populations which cannot make sense can be exploited. An example are sects in a religion according to which, if you say that only cretins would believe that a so-called prophet flew to Jerusalem on a winged horse, you should be killed… for “blasphemy”. 

I think, therefore I watch for the expected unexpectable… Torres Paine, Patagonia…

By contrast, in Western Europe, the concept of “cretin” was derived from “christianus“… Fanatical Christians were not held in high esteem, but rather as mental retards. This shows a completely different, highly disrespectful mood towards fanaticism. And reading Middle Age literature be it at the popular or academic level, shows an extremely skeptical attitude to Christianism as an end-all, be-all. 

Actually European Middle Age popular literature, at least in the center of intellectual civilization, France, casually insists, for centuries, that “scripture”, when it evokes it, may well be a big lie (“Se l’Escriture ne nous ment“, if Scripture does not lie to us, is a preferred formula in the 1100s). In the end Western European common sense killed the mood which said that accusing them of blasphemy was a plausible reason for killing rebels against the established order (even the tyrant Louis XIV of France had to put an end to the nonsense of making witchcraft a crime in 1682, describing it as fraudulent magic, a definition which did not as such prevent witch trials, but made it difficult to convict people of a capital crime). 

However, in some regions dominated by some Muslim sects, after making religious fundamentalism illegal around 1200 CE, there was a relapse (some of it in part an indirect effect of the conquest by the Mongols, which killed the intellectuals), and that’s how what was once the world’s wealthiest region became the poorest: because it got bereft of common sense… And that was all a plot.

In today’s world, scientific progress is a must to insure the survival of civilization, and its eight billion bearers. COVID, if nothing else, has made this clear: many thinkers, for the longest time, had forecasted that terrible pandemics were around the corner (among other incoming disasters)… In part because of jet travel, which made “tourists” travel arguably in worse conditions than slaves of the Atlantic slave trade a pandemic danger (slaves could lay down, and had to exercise an hour a day of the slave ships… Only first class travel allows you to lay down…) For ecological reasons, this sort of mass travel was already morally deplorable.

Some hope that fighting climate change is just a few regulations away (like outlaw mass air travel). That seems to be the “common sense” driving Biden and company. It is an erroneous common sense. The correct sense, not yet common, is that “Climate change” will not get under control without drastically new technology, driven by new science…

So how to get new science? Well, from new common sense… How can common sense become “new”? From new facts. Common sense is built from common observations. Common sense will vary according to what people commonly observe. 

For example, old common sense, up to a few generations ago, said that what was small was like what was big, just smaller. An application was the “homunculus” theory: that humans started initially with very small reproductions of themselves, and then those homunculi grew big. Modern biology has a very different (sketch of an) explanation: it starts with DNA. 

When I was a child, my own dad once told me in Africa that to believe the very small was just like the very big, just smaller, made… no sense. And indeed this is what Quantum Physics has determined: Quantum Waves rule, and they do not accept to be put in boxes, as, after all, they are waves, hence non local… So, observing these new facts, common sense can only be inspired, and change: the solution to the very small is the nonlocal. There is no very small, there is instead there is the very much, not there… 

This sort of example extracted from science tells common sense it needs to evolve, and realize that, often, the problem is not the problem. Instead, an unexpected solution is found, changing the problem to something with higher dimensions. Old observations then become something flat, labyrinths observed from above. And thus is a root meta-observation of common sense looking at all theories, past, present, and future: expect the unexpectable...   

Patrice Ayme

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[1] The bear, in remote backcountry, Little Yosemite Valley, had attacked half a dozen hikers half an hour earlier, persuading them to leave their backpacks for ursine inspection and taxation. I did not surrender mine, and I got charged… But I defended myself successfully. The bear was shot and killed by rangers three weeks later. 

“Democrat” Voters As Neoconservative Fascists: Proof By California Prop 22

November 14, 2020

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of California voters approved Proposition 22, a corporate fascist law passed thanks to a huge propaganda. In California, heavily dependent upon the techno-fascist state installed by Obama-Biden, 64% of Californians voted for Biden. Thus those same Biden voters exempted many Internet pirates from civilized workplace laws stripping their workers of basic, essential protections. Biden voters voted for the return to savagery, before workers had rights [1].

Uber, Instacart, Lyft, DoorDash and other Internet providers of ride-shares, food and grocery deliveries spent $200 million pushing Proposition 22 (and this is probably just part of it). This is not surprising: Wall Street spent billions on Biden in the last few weeks of the campaign, after they got their guarantees. And the result was the same: the parrots heard the music played by money, and learned it so well, that they voted exactly as big money had told them to (last year, 2019, Facebook spent 17 billion dollars in lobbying). 

Not surprisingly, just as with Neocon, right winger, finance industry shill Biden, Californians were misled by a hurricane of lies about Proposition 22’s impact on workers. Let alone from the impact of reintroducing the Nineteenth Century during the Twenty-First Century.

Emboldened by the results in California, Uber and friends are apparently planning to take the show on the road, worldwide. Already, even in France, their employees are already enjoying the Proposition 22 level of non-rights… However in France especially, and Europe in general, workers enjoy a universal safety net that US citizens do not have.

Progressives have to understand what happened in California is what happened when they voted for the most right-wing politicians in the USA since Richard Nixon… Except Nixon did not insist on invading a country on the other side of the Earth to kill millions of people, so as to please his oil friends. But Biden did, as early as 1998 (and dragged W. Bush in the conspiracy).

Proposition 22 states that workers for app-based driver and delivery companies are not employees under California statutes. Instead they are classified as independent contractors. This represents the eradication of workers laws and rights established over more than a century. It means the eradication of sick days, overtime pay, retirement, unemployment insurance or a workplace covered by occupational safety and health laws. Also, no health insurance (good luck persuading a private insurer to insure you).

What happened in California? Despite the state’s liberal reputation, California, under the “Democrats” is increasingly a fascist state for the hyper wealthy. Just consider that public school in Alameda county, the county of Kamala Harris, with Oakland and Berkeley, are closed, with 231,000 students (including my own daughter). Meanwhile the 30,800 students from private schools are taught in person. Whereas the private school children were learning about ancient civilizations (the official California curriculum), public school children were invited to demonstrate for Black Lives Which After All Matter, forced to watch on zoom discourses of Joe Biden, or watched for hours on hand the counting of votes (in the fraudulent elections). An entire generation of children is not taught anything, except being stupid. Then their “Democratic” masters will tell them that, considering their ignorance, one has to import another few millions more knowledgeable Asians to compensate for said ignorance, and they can always provide the worthy foreigners with “services”   

The few rights gig workers are left with are not enforceable. If a company pays less than what’s required, shaves hours or doesn’t pay the (small and insufficient) health care subsidy, Proposition 22 is silent about what workers do to enforce those pay and subsidy rights (engage a $400/hour lawyer?)

Unlike most Propositions, which require only a majority vote of the State Legislature to revise, Proposition 22 requires the vote of seven-eighths of the Legislature to make any changes.

Left unsaid is the selfishness of California “Democratic” voters: they love their slaves, that’s why they love workers without rights as much as they love illegal immigrants. In either case, average “Democratic” voters get service from slaves they would not get otherwise. 

voting for Proposition 22 fits perfectly the model of voting for a gentleman gangster who is the exact opposite of what he claims to be. California is a bellwether. This time, it leads in corporate neo-fascism. Biden is already busy putting the lobbyists of the tech monopolies he and Obama created, into key positions, for his administration of the Global Deep Plutocracy. 

All this happens because the true left was just defeated?

This is going to be fun.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: I voted against Biden and against Proposition 22. I was not surprised by the high score of Biden: most of my fellow Democrats are ignorant, naïve, and stupid. But I was surprised that they would push the cynicism to the level of admitting to themselves that they could have their cake (mafioso Biden) while eating subsistence workers who serve them. This shows that their lack of cognition is deliberately meant to serve their selfishness well…

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[1] Basic math shows that, even if 100% of non-Biden voters had voted for Prop 22 (and me and some of my friends are exception to this), more than one third of Biden voters would have voted for Prop 22. In all fairness, the California Democratic Party Executive Board was against Prop 22 … and for Prop 15, as I was, and we were defeated… in both cases, by Big Money. In either case, there was no serious spending to do the right thing: all the money went to neocon Biden (who was sure to win the state).


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