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Embracing technology is often a source of isolation, but it can also be much more. It can be an avenue for us to interact despite differences in viewpoints and geography. It’s the role which is filled by Synthisophy, which means “The integration of socially pertinent information derived from the study of history into the present culture.” This website offers space and encouragement to move forward culturally and intellectually in vigorous and respectful discussions on current societal issues.

It may sound oxymoronic to suggest we are together as a collective of individuals, but it’s how the Internet has assembled us in cyberspace. Thanks to the wide-ranging inroads various communication platforms have made in sharing ideas, with or without rancor, it would be remiss of us as a society not to debate the social, political, scientific, and historical issues which have brought us through the digital and the information age.

Building Debate on a Strong Foundation

Throwing around baseless accusations, claims, or “facts” is not the route to meaningful debate. The foundation for weighty statements can be traced to the scientific method. This method takes a hypothesis, and then through an experiment or data research, either proves or disproves it.

When using this method to back up statements, it’s a path toward civil discussion. It is hard to refute fact-based claims which are supported by evidence. Wild, blanket statements with no connection to reality are quickly exposed, and eventually, it is hoped, that proponents of these statements will veer toward more reasoned debate. Here at Synthisophy we encourage the spread of intelligent commentary in the forums on many topics at facebook/synthisophy.

It’s not all Black and White

To foster an understanding of the real world, it’s important to learn about points of view which don’t match your own. The world is not a place where ideas and concepts can all easily be categorized into one vein or another, black or white. There are shades of grey to just about anything you can imagine, and that’s where our common understanding must lie. I see your view, and you see mine, and we either meet in the middle or agree to disagree in a mature, reasonable fashion.

Bringing the Two Together

A two-party system underlies our democracy, and it’s what we know. It has also fostered polarization in our society, where you’re either right or left, with precious few moderates to be found. Reasoned, intelligent debate based on sound principles is the key to understanding and the way to enlightenment and truth.

Browse the latest discussions below and engage in intelligent debate. Contact us to learn more about synthisophy, or read the 370 page book by chapter above. Share what you think here at synthisophy!

Here’s a video of Side Light 2, Question Your Perception. Understand your neuroreality.

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What do you think of the following concept brought to our attention by an earlier contributor here at synthisophy:

Coined in 1999 by then Cornell psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, the Dunning-Kruger Effect is a cognitive bias whereby people who are incompetent at something are unable to recognize their own incompetence; the inability of people to recognize their own inability. In 2000 Dunning and Kruger were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Psychology.

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The House delivered the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate today (1.15.20). What do you think is going to happen in the impeachment trial?  What do you think should happen in the impeachment trial?  Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

What do you think about the 5 things that happened over the last two days, 1.16/17.20? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

Start of impeachment trial, quote from Chief Justice John Roberts, and Senate response:
Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God. I do.

Interviewer: What do you think is the main inaccuracy that you can correct?
Lev Parnas: That the President didn’t know what was going on.  President Trump knew exactly what was going on.  He was aware of all of my movements, I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Guilliani or the President.  I was on the ground doing their work.  This is the secret they are trying to keep.

Interviewer: Referring to you and Igor Fruman, President Trump said: “I didn’t know the gentlemen, I didn’t know about them, I don’t know what they do.”
Lev Parnas: He lied, he knew exactly who I was.

Parnas referring to working in the Trump circle: “It was like being in a cult. They say organized crime -- I don't think Trump is like organized crime, I think he's like a cult leader.”

General Accountability Office: Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. An appropriations act is a law like any other; therefore, unless Congress has enacted a law providing otherwise, the president must take care to ensure that appropriations are prudently obligated during their period of availability. The Constitution grants the president no unilateral authority to withhold funds from obligation.

Ukraine opens criminal probe into possible surveillance of then US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

Trump signs Phase 1 of US/China trade deal.

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Here’s a summary of Chapter 16, Skinwalkers. From the historical perspective, what are skinwalkers, and are they relevant in today’s modern society?  Watch and find out, then share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

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Here is the proposed schedule for the impeachment trial:

1/21/20:
Senators passed a resolution on the ground rules of the impeachment trial

1/22, 1/23 and 1/24:
House Managers present the case to impeach the president

1/25, 1/27 and 1/28:
Lawyers for the president present their defense

1/29 and 1/30:
Senators ask questions of Managers and Defense

1/31:
Senators debate and vote on whether to subpoena witnesses to testify or introduce new documents in the case.

And here’s the question regarding the 1/31 debate:  Will the Senate vote NOT to hear testimony from additional witnesses and introduce new documents, and thus end the impeachment trial.  Or will the Senate vote to hear testimony from additional witnesses and introduce new documents, and thus extend the impeachment trial.

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