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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.

 

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As Ben Franklin was leaving the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia after the creation of the US Constitution in 1787, he was asked what sort of government the delegates had created. Franklin’s answer was, “We’ve given you a Republic, if you can keep it.” Given the current state of political affairs in the US, what do you think of and what’s your response to Ben Franklin’s statement? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

Democratic Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam has been under pressure to resign after photos on his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced showing people in blackface and KKK robes. Northam said he would not resign. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, next in line for the governorship, has been accused by 2 women of sexual assault in 2000 and 2004. He denies the charges. Attorney General Mark Herring, the next in the line of succession after Fairfax, revealed that he had also appeared in blackface at a college party in the 1980s. Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

To prevent another government shutdown, Republican and Democratic Congressional negotiators have reached what they are calling "an agreement in principle" on a border-security spending bill. Negotiators agreed to $1.375 billion for "physical barriers" at the border. Full details will be released when the drafting of the bill is complete - a process that could be finished late Tuesday (2.12.19) at the earliest. The bill would then need to pass the House and Senate and be signed by the President by midnight Friday (2.15.19). What do you think of this proposed bill? What do you think is going to happen? What do you think should happen? Share your thoughts at facebook/synthisophy!

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So a government shutdown was avoided, the House and Senate passed a bill that president Trump signed on Thursday (2.14.19) providing $1.375 billion for the border wall.  On Friday Trump declared a National Emergency, here are some quotes from his press conference:

So I'm going to be signing a national emergency. And it's been signed many times before. It's been signed by other presidents. From 1977 or so, it gave the presidents the power.

But we're stepping up now. So we have a chance of getting close to $8 billion, it's going to build a lot of wall. We're getting it done.

But on the wall, they skimped, but I want to do it faster. I could do the wall over a longer period of time, I didn't need to do this, but I'd rather do it much faster.

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Vladimir Lenin engineered the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917 and later took over as the first leader of the newly formed Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Lenin is thought to have coined the term polezen idiotam, useful idiots, for an individual or group that is easily manipulated for political purposes. Specifically, as an individual or group who is viewed with disdain but whose blind support is happily accepted and exploited for political and/or economic gain.

Does the term useful idiots have any relevance in America today? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

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