Once upon a time Natural Philosophy was an honest intellectual journey of discovery.
Natural philosophy or the philosophy of nature (from Latin philosophia naturalis) was the philosophical study of nature and the physical universe that was dominant before the development of modern science.
It is considered to be the precursor of natural sciences.
Then along came Isaac Newton, Leaned Societies and state patronage.
In any event, a bias favoring Newton tainted the whole affair from the outset.
The Royal Society set up a committee to pronounce on the priority dispute, in response to a letter it had received from Leibniz.
That committee never asked Leibniz to give his version of the events.
The report of the committee, finding in favor of Newton, was written by Newton himself and published as “Commercium Epistolicum” (mentioned above) early in 1713.
The President, Council, and Fellows of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, commonly known as the Royal Society, is a learned society for science and is possibly the oldest such society still in existence.
Founded in November 1660, it was granted a royal charter by King Charles II as “The Royal Society”.
And, after three hundred years of attrition, Natural Philosophy has become Settled Science and Natural Philosophers have [generally] been displaced by Anaemic Academics.
Andre Vltchek describes these Anaemic Academics as a “whoring and servile Western academic gang”.
In ancient Greece and China, people were able to understand the majority of their philosophers.
There was nothing “exclusive” in the desire to know and interpret the world. Philosophers spoke to the people, for the people.
Some still do.
But that whoring and servile Western academic gang, which has locked philosophy behind the university walls, viciously sidelines such men and women.
Instead of leading people to the barricades, instead of addressing the most urgent issues our world is now facing, official philosophers are fighting amongst themselves for tenures, offering their brains and bodies to the Empire.
At best, they are endlessly recycling each other, spoiling millions of pages of paper with footnotes, comparing conclusions made by Derrida and Nietzsche, hopelessly stuck at exhausted ideas of Kant and Hegel.
At worst, they are outrightly evil – making still relevant revolutionary philosophical concepts totally incomprehensible, attacking them, and even disappearing them from the face of the Earth.
Western academia is rigidly defining, which lines of thought are acceptable for philosophers to use, as well as what analyses, and what forms.
Those who refuse to comply are ‘not true philosophers’.
They are dilettantes, ‘amateurs’.
Academia: Hands off Revolutionary Philosophy!
CounterPunch.org – Andre Vltchek – 26 Feb 2016
André Vltchek (born 1963) is a novelist, philosopher, investigative journalist, filmmaker, photographer and playwright.
He has covered dozens of war zones and conflicts from Bosnia and Peru to Sri Lanka, DR Congo and Timor-Leste.
After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in Asia and Africa.
Tragically, the Anaemic Academics have re-established the familiar Church and State oligarchy by infecting academia with their Settled Science belief system.
The separation of church and state is a concept defining the distance in the relationship between organized religion and the nation state.
It may refer to creating a secular state, with or without explicit reference to such separation, or to changing an existing relationship of church involvement in a state (disestablishment).
Although the concept of separation has been adopted in a number of countries, there are varying degrees of separation depending on the applicable legal structures and prevalent views toward the proper relationship between religion and politics.
Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning “few”, and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning “to rule or to command”) is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people.
These people might be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, religious or military control.
Welcome to the new and improved Dark Ages with multiple Memory Holes and bulging Black Holes.
The medieval period is frequently caricatured as supposedly a “time of ignorance and superstition” which placed “the word of religious authorities over personal experience and rational activity.”
A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.
The concept was first popularized by George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Party’s Ministry of Truth systematically re-created all potential historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda.
A black holeis a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing – including particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light – can escape from inside it.
`Thinking again?’ the Duchess asked, with another dig of her sharp little chin.
`I’ve a right to think,’ said Alice sharply, for she was beginning to feel a little worried.
`Just about as much right,’ said the Duchess, `as pigs have to fly; and the m–‘
But here, to Alice’s great surprise, the Duchess’s voice died away, even in the middle of her favourite word `moral,’ and the arm that was linked into hers began to tremble.
Alice looked up, and there stood the Queen in front of them, with her arms folded, frowning like a thunderstorm.
Chapter IX – The Mock Turtle’s Story
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – 1865
Such is the pendulum of history.