Frank Davis: The Rise, Decay, and Fall of Institutionalised Science

The Rise, Decay, and Fall of Institutionalised Science

Frank Davis is [amongst many other things] a philosopher who ponders “whether we’re the victims of ‘institutionalised’ science.”

I’ve been wondering today whether we’re the victims of ‘institutionalised’ science.

By this, I mean science which has become formalised into a rigid canonical system of knowledge, which is taught in all schools and universities.

The result is stasis and gradual decay.

Within the universities, only orthodox views are permitted, if only because passing examinations requires studying the canonical texts, and reproducing the reigning orthodoxy.

The Rise, Decay, and Fall of Institutionalised Science – Frank Davis – 25 June 2015

Many others [myself included] have moved beyond pondering and [based upon the observational evidence] concluded that we are victims of ‘institutionalised’ science.

The good news is that a philosophical renaissance is blossoming [predominantly] beyond the confines [aka padded cell aka ivory tower] of ‘institutionalised’ science.

Frank Davis is a leading exponent of this philosophical renaissance.

We are now in the period of decay.

They don’t do open-minded, open-ended science, but instead advance a set of dogmatic beliefs.

The Rise, Decay, and Fall of Institutionalised Science – Frank Davis – 25 June 2015

Unfortunately, ‘institutionalised’ science and [all levels of] government are in a medieval symbiotic relationship whereby government feeds money to ‘institutionalised’ science and ‘institutionalised’ science feeds back Settled Science to the government which is then used to control the masses and extract tithe and tribute from their captive Stockholm Syndrome Surfs.

Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.

These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.

Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.”

One commonly used hypothesis to explain the effect of Stockholm syndrome is based on Freudian theory.

It suggests that the bonding is the individual’s response to trauma in becoming a victim.

Identifying with the aggressor is one way that the ego defends itself.

When a victim believes the same values as the aggressor, they cease to be perceived as a threat.

Unsurprisingly, therefore, Frank Davis considers it likely that the eventual Dissolution of Institutionalised Science could be similar to the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The end probably comes when the institutions lose the state funding that most of them are entirely dependent on.

The institutions are either radically reformed, or completely closed down.

An event which will be like the dissolution of the monasteries in England in the early 16th century.

The Rise, Decay, and Fall of Institutionalised Science – Frank Davis – 25 June 2015

Glastonbury Abbey

The Dissolution of the Monasteries, sometimes referred to as the Suppression of the Monasteries, was the set of administrative and legal processes between 1536 and 1541 by which Henry VIII disbanded Catholic monasteries, priories, convents and friaries in England, Wales and Ireland, appropriated their income, disposed of their assets, and provided for their former members and functions.

Although the policy was originally envisaged as increasing the regular income of the Crown, much former monastic property was sold off to fund Henry’s military campaigns in the 1540s.

He was given the authority to do this in England and Wales by the Act of Supremacy, passed by Parliament in 1534, which made him Supreme Head of the Church in England, thus separating England from Papal authority, and by the First Suppression Act (1536) and the Second Suppression Act (1539). Bernard argues:

The dissolution of the monasteries in the late 1530s was one of the most revolutionary events in English history.

There were nearly 900 religious houses in England, around 260 for monks, 300 for regular canons, 142 nunneries and 183 friaries; some 12,000 people in total, 4,000 monks, 3,000 canons, 3,000 friars and 2,000 nuns….one adult man in fifty was in religious orders (the total population estimated at the time was 2.75 million).

However, the Dissolution of the Monasteries was arguably primarily about appropriating assets and “increasing the regular income of the Crown”.

The history books suggest an event such as the English Civil War may actually be required to finally break the monopoly of an institutionalised belief system.

The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political disagreements between Parliamentarians (“Roundheads”) and Royalists (“Cavaliers”) in the Kingdom of England over, principally, the manner of its government.

The first (1642–46) and second (1648–49) wars pitted the supporters of King Charles I against the supporters of the Long Parliament, while the third (1649–51) saw fighting between supporters of King Charles II and supporters of the Rump Parliament.

The war ended with the Parliamentarian victory at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651.

The overall outcome of the war was threefold: the trial and execution of Charles I; the exile of his son, Charles II; and the replacement of English monarchy with, at first, the Commonwealth of England (1649–53) and then the Protectorate (1653–59) under Oliver Cromwell’s personal rule.

The monopoly of the Church of England on Christian worship in England ended with the victors consolidating the established Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland.

Constitutionally, the wars established the precedent that an English monarch cannot govern without Parliament’s consent, although this concept was legally established only as part of the Glorious Revolution in 1688.[clarification needed]

However, my personal perception is that the majority of Stockholm Syndrome Surfs are more interested in Surf’s Got Talent than science.

But if you are interested in proving me wrong please [make my day and] visit Frank Davis at

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2 Responses to Frank Davis: The Rise, Decay, and Fall of Institutionalised Science

  1. Stephen Kovaka says:

    Many of the best minds in science are in exile in various demi-mondes, where their work can be ignored, disparaged, or just kept secret for the benefit of the few. The orthodoxy of naturalism, evolutionism and deep time have been seriously undermined or demolished by some of these scientific exiles. Reality itself is actually suppressed as inconvenient and politically incorrect. It is truly astonishing.

  2. What interests me is the “income” of the church that Herny VIII wanted. It suggests a pervasive theocracy controlled centrally from Rome. …and more intellectual distractions…sigh.

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