Religious Voodoo

[The truly perceptive will note and understand that before we found out who she was, the Wicked Witch of the West rode in on a bicycle.]

Pilate said to him, “What is truth? – John 18:38

Intelligence, reason, and logic are not what they used to be.  Irrefutable facts bow down to theories today. Facts can be acceptably over-ridden.  Life is fantasy.  Science is religion.  Truth, if it exists at all, is only one part of reality.

It is easy to spot fantasy if we honestly look, but the fantasy prevents looking. Well meaning “religionists” prefer to make truth the “alternate reality.”

There is a vague understanding of this in psychology texts.  Called Fantasy Prone Personality Disorder (FPPD), it is associated with growing with up around schizophrenia.  It results in a “privileged opportunity to avoid responsibility, refuse conformity, and abandon accountability.”  Sound familiar?

It shows clearly in the religion of science (not to be confused with real science.) Two of the holy slogans in religious science are, “We Now Know . . .” (meaning,“We changed our mind yet again.”) and “Science Tells Us . . .” (meaning, “How dare you challenge this statement?”

As an example of both, Nature magazine published horrifying “science” that suggested the rise in temperature was much higher “than anticipated,” Mainlined News bought it.  When math errors were found in the artificial neural network calculations (more on that in a moment), the frightening conclusion disappeared.

“Just a few hours of analysis and calculations was sufficient to uncover apparently serious (but surely inadvertent) errors in the underlying calculations.”  Surely inadvertent.  In a sincere quest for truth, Nature immediately retracted the whole thing, and dedicated an article to correcting the false data. . .

Oh, wait a minute.  No, they did not.  You can still read it here.  The “correction” that appears (if you look hard enough to find it at the end) says simply, “Editor’s Note: We would like to alert readers that the authors have informed us of errors in the paper. An implication of the errors is that the uncertainties in ocean heat content are substantially underestimated.

Even that sounds scary to Fantasy sufferers, and clearly comes from a Fantasy perspective.  “Wow! We can’t even determine how bad it is! We now know it could be worse!  They underestimated!”  Not really.  They screwed up the math. There is nothing to see.

Speaking of math, you may remember learning that you can never get an answer more exact than the limits of the data you enter.  It is impossible (and very wrong) to claim that “roughly two x about two precisely equals 4.17419.”  That is, unless you are a True Science Believer.

Here are two graphs, both offered by the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) showing how easy it is to make truth.

NOAA science priests were able to “correct” the false, actual data from the first graph and turn it into the quality assured reality of the second graph using mathematics and sound scientific religion.  Here’s how:

The history of climate research goes back to days when wind speed was determined by the sting on your face, and sea temperature was calculated by randomly hoisting a bucket onto a ship and sticking an analog thermometer into it.  The priests of climate science now know how to divine the truth.  First you guess, then you create an impressive formula to make it work in your favor.

Seriously.  They even have a name for their guesses.  First, they give the guess an impressive feminine name, ANN: “Artificial Neural Network.” (Artificial means “not real,” neural means “brain,” and network means “linked together.”  They create fake brains to link their guesses.)  Insert your dream and a dollar. ANN will make it true.

They then assemble their intended guesses, and determine how much they want to fix the history by the size of the fudge factor to insert (called “synaptic weights”) and apply them as truth generators (“activation functions”) to create the truth from possibly careless, corrupt, and missing data. From this mathematical scientific religion they are able to to reveal the fudge factors (“hidden nodes”) that will be true and correct.  No kidding.  This is as real as it is incredible.  Om, or whatever.

“Inputs are multiplied by synaptic weights and then fed to the layers through a transfer function (activation function). The transfer function f converts the summation of the synaptic weights vector and inputs vector to a corresponding output vector y as

Alchemy.  The mystic art of change made possible by Fantasy in the Temples and Mosques of the scientific religion.

ANN’s Fantasy Prone Personality Disorder also applies to politics, of course.  If you do not like him, or if you are a Democrat, that is not enough.  We now know the current President is insane, fascist, racist, misogynistic, bigoted, stupid, anti-American, hateful, delusional, pro-Soviet, Nazi-like, a war hawk, homophobic, etc., etc., etc., etc.  Just plug in your intended function, and, “It’s all true. There is no discovered evidence, but it works in our formula, and we believe it.

So, it is all artificially neural networked to be truth.  Or, you can be a backwoods Bible believers who understands,

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

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  1. “Almira Gulch, just because you own half the county doesn’t mean that you have the power to run the rest of us. For twenty-three years, I’ve been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now… well, being a Christian woman, I can’t say it!”

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