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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.

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What do you think of the US Justice Department dismissing the Flynn case? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

The United States of America hereby moves to dismiss with prejudice the criminal information filed against Michael T. Flynn pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 48(a). The Government has determined, pursuant to the Principles of Federal Prosecution and based on an extensive review and careful consideration of the circumstances, that continued prosecution of this case would not serve the interests of justice.

After a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information appended to the defendant’s supplemental pleadings, the Government has concluded that the interview of Mr. Flynn was untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn—a no longer justifiably predicated investigation that the FBI had, in the Bureau’s own words, prepared to close because it had yielded an “absence of any derogatory information.” The Government is not persuaded that the January 24, 2017 interview was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis and therefore does not believe Mr. Flynn’s statements were material even if untrue. Moreover, we do not believe that the Government can prove either the relevant false statements or their materiality beyond a reasonable doubt.

Based on a careful assessment of the balance Case, the equities, and the federal interest served by continued prosecution of false statements that were not “material” to any bona fide investigation, the Government has concluded that the evidence is insufficient to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The Government therefore moves to dismiss the criminal information under Rule 48(a).

What about our current president and his neuroreality? Watch the video summary of Chapter 24, Our Current President and Neuroreality, and find out. Get the details at facebook/synthisophy!

Above is a tracking of the number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide from January 11 to May 16, 2020. See that a notable increase starts about mid March. Also note that the virus started in China, but the rate of increase in China is minimal until mid March and flat after that, compared to the spiking rates in North America and Europe ever since mid March.  With calculations based on the number of deaths and populations of the US, Europe and China, the death rate from COVID-19 in the US is 83 times greater than the death rate in China, and the death rate in Europe is 67 times greater than the death rate in China.  Can anyone explain how this happened and why this is the case? We were thinking that an Authoritarian government like that in China can impose its will on the people through threat and brute force, whereas Democratic societies like those in the US and Europe cannot respond with such an iron fist. There is a price for freedom. But the situation in a democratic society is further negatively impacted when under poor leadership that is unable to foresee and organize an effective response. What’s your take? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

How are things in your neck of the woods regarding COVID-19 and public policy? Is it too strict, not strict enough, or just right? I went to a park along the Connecticut river in western Massachusetts, as I often do. I’ve seen other people there twice over the last 3 months. This time however I saw a sign that said that the park was closed due to COVID-19. Georgia has allowed malls and retail stores, restaurants and bars, barber shops, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and bowling alleys to reopen their doors under new guidelines. How are things going in your area? Is it too strict, not strict enough, or just right? Things appear to be a bit over the top in my neck of the woods. Share your angle at facebook/synthisophy!

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  We profoundly thank those men and women in the military who have paid the highest price to give us our freedom, including the freedom to express our political views without fear of retribution from the government, as is the case in many other countries. In the USA it’s Okay for citizens to disagree, it’s more important for citizens in a democracy to have the right to freedom of speech to express those views, as stated in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. A profound Thank you.

Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War. The Civil War ended in the spring of 1865 and claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history. By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

Go to this US army Center of Military History site for greater detail: https://history.army.mil/html/reference/holidays/memday/index.html.

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We are appalled by the murder of a black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We will not show the video as it is grotesque, we will not mention the officer’s name, as he is unworthy of such.  This harkens back to the days of slavery. For the first 246 years from the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in 1619 to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the Civil War, slavery was a part of our culture.  Slaves were treated as less than human. For the last 157 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, it appears that such racism is still prominent, ask any African American. What can be done to abolish racism and this kind of abhorrent behavior from our present culture? In many states someone killing a police officer can face the death penalty. Can this be applied in reverse for the grotesque murder of a black man by a police officer?  Share your views at facebook/synthisophy.

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As presented in Chapter 24 about the Far Right, the same unneurealism exists on the far Left. Watch the video on Chapter 25, Unneurealism on the Left, and get the details. Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

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What do you think of what James Mattis, the retired United States Marine Corps general who served as the 26th US Secretary of Defense from January 2017 through January 2019, said on June 3, 2020:

I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.

When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.

We must reject any thinking of our cities as a “battlespace” that our uniformed military is called upon to “dominate.” At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.

James Madison wrote in Federalist 14 that “America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” We do not need to militarize our response to protests. We need to unite around a common purpose. And it starts by guaranteeing that all of us are equal before the law.

Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that “The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’” We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.

We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another. The pandemic has shown us that it is not only our troops who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the community. Americans in hospitals, grocery stores, post offices, and elsewhere have put their lives on the line in order to serve their fellow citizens and their country. We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.

Only by adopting a new path—which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals—will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.

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