A few days ago I attended a “Indivisible Colorado Action Network & Rural Colorado United” webinar about effectively organizing and messaging in rural communities! It was a call to civic duty and a networking opportunity because networking is key to success.
In that spirit of reaching out, I want share what I have to offer to other activists.
Since before I entered high school in 1969 I’ve had a passion for learning about myself, and this Earth and her history, and the Evolution of this fantastical planet that created life, and our biosphere, along with us humans.
Besides Evolution, I've also been proactively watching climate science’s growing and excellent understanding of our global heat and moisture distribution engine develop since those high school days.
While simultaneously watching corporate puppets get evermore ruthless in their rejection of honesty, civic responsibility and sober learning. Instead, corporate minions have only stepped up their malicious brainwashing campaigns founded on attacking messengers, relying on ridicule to misdirect, while misrepresenting the actual facts, as a host of existential problems are left to fester and metastasize.
For over ten years I’ve been virtually debating with a who’s who of climate science contrarians. It has given me insights into their strategies and tactics of deception and their “lawyerly debates” where truth don’t mean a damned thing, only winning matters to them. (Virtually because they rarely show up, and then only to run and hide in a hurry. Why, run and hide? Well, it sure seems like they aren’t interested in real debates that demand objective honesty and a desire to constructively learn.)
If you are needing some serious research regarding aspects of Climate Science, or Earth’s Evolution, I can help. I understand the underlying story (scientific) well enough to coherently describe the folds within folds of the cumulative harmonic complexity of Earth’s complex systems’ within a coherent framework.
Best of all, I appreciate I’m no expert, I’ve been an enthusiast, self-taught, a spectator, and I believe honesty is a foundational law of science and learning, one we should be talking up.
What I do have, what I know, is how to find the papers, and internet resources, and the experts, that you can then seriously learn from. For your own edification and to share with others.
This is why I’m offering my services as a researcher.
near Durango, Colorado
I am not affiliated with Indivisible and this posting is my individual effort to share. I do have a great deal of respect for them and under different circumstances would be active within the organization, but alas, those days are behind me. So instead, I'm offering my support and participation from a distance, by way of my understanding and research experience. Doing the best I can with what I have.
As for the Indivisible Organization itself? In their own words:
We wanted to make sure you saw our message -- we haven’t heard from you in a while, and we’d love to get you up to speed on our priorities for this year.
The trifecta power Democrats hold in the federal government won’t last forever: we can measure the time we have to win our biggest fights in months, not years. That means we’re constantly growing, strengthening, and honing our movement to be as large, diverse, and effective as possible. …
From our big democracy reform campaign to our progressive priorities like economic justice, climate, health care, and immigration, we need everyone on board to make the biggest impact we can.
And we’ve got tons of ways to plug in -- making phone calls, attending virtual or in-person events, using social media, and more.
- Democracy reform: this includes expanding voting rights and election security measures, extending full representation to D.C.’s 700,000+ residents, eliminating the filibuster, and so much more.
- Economic justice: our goal is to create an economy that supports everyone, corrects racial injustices, and prioritizes workers over shareholders.
- Climate justice: we value stopping the impacts of climate change as much as building up and investing in vibrant and healthy communities.
- Health care: we believe health care is a right that should be universal, equitable, affordable, and culturally competent.
- Immigrant justice: our immigration system has long been broken and only got worse under Trump. We’re applying pressure on our elected officials to enact immigration reform that prioritizes inclusion, anti-racism, family unity, and humanitarian protection.
We understand that everyday life gets busy and we don’t expect everyone to be at the front lines of every struggle, but there are always new ways to be plugged into our work. Our movement is only as strong as the commitment of Indivisibles who power it -- we need people like you to keep pushing us forward.
Our mission is to safeguard our democracy and quality of life now and for future generations. As a grassroots non-violent resistance movement we will work to protect existing and promote new legislation and policies that facilitate our mission and reflect the progressive values of: inclusiveness, respect, fairness, honesty, integrity, peace and hope.
Our mailing address is:
Indivisible Durango "Progressives in Action" Committees
107 W. 19th St. #3
Durango, CO 81301
Indivisible is active across the country, take a look, and consider lending your support and proactive participation. The politicians won't help us, unless we lean on them, and in numbers too big to ignore.
FYI, my most recent project, a case in defense of physical reality.
Because apparently someone needs to make one.
Dissecting delusional thinking.
(Titles are linked)
Donald Hoffman Playing Basketball in Zero-Gravity,
Frontiers in Psychology - June 17, 2014
“Probing the interface theory of perception: Reply to commentaries, by Donald D. Hoffman, Manish Singh & Chetan Prakash"
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. volume 22, pages1551–1576(2015)
We propose that selection favors nonveridical perceptions that are tuned to fitness. Current textbooks assert, to the contrary, that perception is useful because, in the normal case, it is veridical. Intuition, both lay and expert, clearly sides with the textbooks. We thus expected that some commentators would reject our proposal and provide counterarguments that could stimulate a productive debate. … (HSP)
(3.02) Barton Anderson - Where does fitness fit in theories of perception?
(3.03) Jonathan Cohen - Perceptual representation, veridicality, and the interface theory of perception.
(3.04) Shimon Edelman - Varieties of perceptual truth and their possible evolutionary roots.
(3.05) Jacob Feldman - Bayesian inference and “truth”: a comment on Hoffman, Singh, and Prakash.
(3.06) Chris Fields -Reverse engineering the world: a commentary on Hoffman, Singh, and Prakash, “The interface theory of perception”.
(3.07) Jan Koenderink - Esse est Percipi & Verum est Factum.
(3.08) Rainer Mausfeld - Notions such as “truth” or “correspondence to the objective world” play no role in explanatory accounts of perception.
(3.09) Brian P. McLaughlin and E. J. Green - Are icons sense data?
(3.10) Zygmunt Pizlo - Philosophizing cannot substitute for experimentation: comment on Hoffman, Singh & Prakash.
(3.11) Matthew Schlesinger - Interface theory of perception leaves me hungry for more.
Student Resources - Background info:
Dr. Mark Solms deftly demystifies Chalmers’ “Hard Problem” of Consciousness, while incidentally highlighting why Hoffman’s “Conscious Agents” are luftgeschäft.
My homemade philosophical underpinnings.
Feel free to copy and share
Email: citizenschallenge gmail com