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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 to 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!

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An impressive win for Biden in the South Carolina primary, he got 48% of the vote vs Sanders’ 20%. Biden will get at least 38 delegates vs at least 12 for Sanders. The other candidates did not get the minimum 15% of the vote and will receive no delegates. Here’s the delegate count after this primary as of noon 3.1.20:

Sanders: 57

Biden: 53

Buttigieg: 26

Warren: 8

Klobuchar:6

What do you think is going to be the outcome of the Super Tuesday primary on March 3rd? This will be Bloomberg’s first appearance on the ballot. Candidates need 1991 delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot at the Democratic Convention in July. Will there be a contested Convention? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

After Super Tuesday, Biden has 627 delegates and Sanders has 551 towards the democratic nomination for President. They’re the only 2 candidates left in the running.  A contributor earlier wrote that if Sanders wins the nomination, Trump will win the election because Sanders is too far left.  Note that in the UK, Boris Johnson trampled Jeremy Corbyn (far left) in their last general election. Another contributor said if Biden wins, Sanders supporters will be so angry they won’t vote in the election……..so Trump will win. Other contributors have said it doesn’t matter, either of these candidates would beat Trump in the election.  What’s your take on these arguments?  Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

Here’s the video summary of Chapter 20, We Are Very Far From Our Genetic Roots.  Let’s review information presented in earlier chapters and human history and find out why that may be the case. Tell us what you think at facebook/synthisohy!

How are things going in your neck of the woods regarding the COVID-19 outbreak? We’re in the western part of Massachusetts.  As of 3.14.20, all public schools and colleges have been closed, some for 2 weeks, others indefinitely. Some are offering meals to students during the closure. No confirmed COVID-19 cases yet in this county, but the area hospital has 24 cases in quarantine waiting for the results of the COVID-19 test. There are 138 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. As of yesterday, only 450 people in Massachusetts were tested for COVID-19. Massachusetts set up a new COVID-19 Response Command Center today and is expanding who can be tested for the virus. The 3 area casinos closed. There’s no toilet paper anywhere on store shelves. Went to Home Depot to buy dust masks, none were on the shelves, had to go to the professional desk and buy a limited amount, they were almost out.  Long lines at Costco and Sam’s Club. Saw only one person wearing a medical mask in public, at the supermarket, a customer pushing a cart.  There’s a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people. Restaurants have very light business. How is the COVID-19 outbreak affecting you? How is it affecting your community? Where do you think it’s going to go from here? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy.

Does truth matter?  Nature knows only truth, and doesn’t care about “alternative facts.”  Here are some alternative facts stated by President Trump and members of his administration:

Trump, February 24: "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA."

Kudlow and Conway, March 6: “The virus is contained”, and “The virus is being contained.”

Trump, February 26: “I think every aspect of our society should be prepared. I don't think it's going to come to that, especially with the fact that we're going down, not up. We're going very substantially down, not up. Within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done.”

Trump, February 27: “It's going to disappear. One day -- it's like a miracle -- it will disappear.”

Trump, March 2: "We had a great meeting today with a lot of the great companies and they're going to have vaccines, I think relatively soon. And they're going to have something that makes you better and that's going to actually take place, we think, even sooner." Note that Dr. Fauci had told him earlier that day that it would take a year to a year and a half to come up with a vaccine.

Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, March 6: "There is no testing kit shortage, nor has there ever been."

Trump, March 6: "Anybody that wants a test can get a test. That's what the bottom line is."

Trump, March 10: “We’re prepared and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away, just stay calm. It will go away.” Later that day in congressional testimony, Dr, Fauci said, “The system is not really geared to what we need right now, what you are asking for, that is a failing. It is a failing, let’s admit it.

Trump, March 16; “It’s a contagious virus, but it’s something we have tremendous control over.”  Later that day, Dr. Fauci said: “The worst is yet ahead for us, it’s how we respond to that challenge that’s going to determine what the ultimate endpoint is going to be.”

What’s your take on these comments? As referred to in Chapter 24 in Synthisophy, we think it’s unneureal.  Truth matters. Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

Here’s a summary of Chapter 21, Sport, Gestalt and the Warrior Ethos Gone Wry. Where and how have we gone wry?  Watch the video and find out!  Share your views at facebook/ synthisophy!

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The US military is charged with defending our Nation from an attack from an external foe – thank you for your services.  The medical profession is now charged with defending our Nation from an attack from an internal foe – COVID-19, and we thank you for your services.  Medical professionals are putting their lives on the line saving others from the assault of this virus. We’d like to express a profound thank you to doctors, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical and patient assistants, and all the staff putting themselves at risk at hospitals throughout the country confronting this internal assault on our Nation – a profound thank you for your efforts. Express your thoughts at facebook/synthisophy.

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