An Intellectual Empire Dies

The Quote

From Fallen, Fallen Is Big Science the Great by David F. Coppedge

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Big Science has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit. And they admit it.

Science, that once-honored bastion of intellectual trade, has become a byword for evil and perversion. Its temples are filled with unprincipled men telling lies. Its objectivity is laughable. And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning.

Big Science Has Tolerated and Promoted Systemic Racism

Racism in academia, and why the ‘little things’ matter (Nature). Kevin Laland comes clean and accuses academia.

The explicit racism of my past is now superseded by subtler discrimination. For 30 years, I have struggled with the fact that some founders of my field are still idolized as if their racist and eugenicist views were unimportant.

Racism and harassment are common in field research — scientists are speaking up (Nature). Did you hear that? They are “common” among scientists who are supposed to be doing “research” in the field. What are they really researching?

How racism contributes to ‘a very ivory tower’ (Rice University). A Templeton-funded study finds systemic racial discrimination in both biology and physics institutions, based on surveys of 1,160 scientists.

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Big Science Has Tolerated and Promoted Systemic Sexism

Quick fixes won’t stop sexual harassment in academia, experts say (University of Illinois, via Phys.org). Don’t take any “virtue signaling” from scientists about how noble and righteous they are because they ‘stand for science.’ Listen to U. of I. anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy:

“Academia has the second-highest rate of sexual harassment, after the military,” she said. “We condone and even reward selfishness, rudeness and unhealthy forms of competition. We need brave leaders who are willing to change incentive structures and cherish their brave whistleblowers, caring mentors and collegial staff and faculty.”

Opinion: Use science to stop sexual harassment in higher education (PNAS). Three women are irate about the tolerance of this big problem in the institutions of science. Sexual harassment continues to fester and not be taken seriously.

Sexual harassment abounds in academia. We know this from a 2018 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. As members of the committee who authored that report, we have presented its findings to colleges and universities around the country. It has been deeply gratifying to see so many leaders want to address sexual harassment in their institutions. But according to a large body of social science evidence, the strategies that many of these same leaders are pursuing simply don’t work.

Fed-up archaeologists aim to fix field schools’ party culture (Science Magazine). Here’s one field (secular archaeology) that may be too far gone for reform. Traditional cowboys are better behaved than these party animals.

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Big Science Is Careless

Challenge to scientists: does your ten-year-old code still run? (Nature). Past claims cannot be replicated because the computer code is obsolete and researchers did not keep accurate records.

We rely on science. Why is it letting us down when we need it most? (Op-Ed by Stuart Ritchie, L.A. Times). This editorial bemoans the horrible reputation that scientists are making for themselves in a subject—science—that most people really want to look up to. Ritchie gives examples and discusses some of the perverse incentives and careless practices that are ruining science’s reputation, which is tragic because of society’s need for accurate, reliable information. He claims that there are many similar cases in addition to the bad examples he discusses.

Science is suffering from a replication crisis. Too many landmark studies can’t be repeated in independent labs, a process crucial to separating flukes and errors from solid results. The consequences are hard to overstate: Public policy, medical treatments and the way we see the world may have been built on the shakiest of foundations.

A-level results: why algorithms get things so wrong – and what we can do to fix them  (The Conversation). People’s lives and careers are being ruined by flawed algorithms, argue two computer scientists.

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My Commentary

It’s too bad that the vast majority of Christians are 1) lazy 2) escapists 3) defeatist and 4) eager to retreat from reality.

If Christians actually had respect for God and a burning desire to expand His Kingdom, driving it over the imperial bones of His enemies, they would be 1) hard-working 2) dominion-oriented 3) victory-minded and 4) aggressively reshaping reality.

For example, look at all the massive holes in the armour of Our Moral Betters (snort) and Our Intellectual Superiors (laugh). If Christians were interested in culturally destroying the enemies of God —

(And why not? After all, they are extremely interested in gelding you, humiliating you,
and beating you into the ground, since you represent the One they despise the most!)

— then this would be a golden opportunity to delegitimise and disinherit the more self-conscious enemies of Christ, and drive them back into the caves where the morality-free demon-inhabited fools belong.

But the servants are as worthless and cowardly and as faithless as ever.

God will get His honour (KJV, “glory” ESV) from the state-adoring Egyptians (and their lying magicians) who hate Him.

And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen.

Exodus 14:17, English Standard Version

This is true, even though He will get precious little help in gaining this victory from the people who supposedly are called by His name… but will do nothing He told them to! “The proof is in the eating.”

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[b] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

We will see how long disobedient, rebellious Christians will continue to tolerate begin

  1. worthless salt, which is naturally
  2. ground under the heels of men.

I believe that the entire generation of fearful older Christians will live cowardly, craven lives, will die despised by all in the desert. “The Rapture generation is the worthless generation” Rushdoony said, and so it proved to be.

But younger, stronger, disciplined Christians who have faced the fire and refused to crawl and beg will indeed inherit the land.

“Pay the price first. Then, gain the victory.”

The old religious whores of Jerusalem were burnt down into the ground back in AD 70… but the God who destroyed His worthless servants then, is still the God who rules now.

And His character, His spirit, His judgement hasn’t shifted one iota.

“Oh, but this is the Church Age, so God won’t do anything like that!”

This is the era of the New Covenant, where the standards of judgement are stricter.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Absolutely. Pay the price for victory, even if you must bear the scars on your face and carry the burden on your own back. Even if you swallow your pride and bite your tongue.

Victory for the Kingdom, first.

Our own ease and comfort and status, second.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:19-21, English Standard Version

Excellent, godly advice.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Romans 12:19, English Standard Version

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Luke 11:8-10, English Standard Version

Ask – in private worship and public worship – for God to bless His servants and damn His enemies. In time and on earth, where everyone can see, as well as in eternity.

Ask, and it will be given to you, in accordance to His will.

Perhaps not immediately: even Jesus Himself had to wait 40 years, a full generation, before vengeance for His death was stripped and burned from the flesh of His enemies in AD 70.

Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and having persuaded Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food. On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.

But the word of God increased and multiplied.

Acts 12:20-24, English Standard Version

But perhaps His vengeance will be gained immediately, after all.

No harm in asking.

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