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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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Is Joe Biden mentally fit to be President?

Here are quotes from Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2020 US presidential election:

“It would put 720 million women back in the work force.”

“150 million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability.”

His reference to “Super Thursday”, instead of Super Tuesday.

He has said that Democrats should "choose truth over facts” and that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

He forgot a line from the Declaration of Independence, saying, “We hold these truths to be self-evident; all men and women created by, you know the thing.”

“I think we can win back the House” and promised to ban the “AR-14.”

“My name’s Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate.”

 

Dr. Kevin O’Connor of The George Washington University released a three-page medical summary of Biden's health on December 15, 2019, at the request of his patient, in which he described Biden as a “healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief.”

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Is Donald Trump mentally fit to be President?

John Bolton, former National Security Adviser, regarding President Trump, 6.21.20:
“There's no coherent basis, no strategy, no philosophy. And decisions are made in a very scatter shot fashion, especially in the potentially mortal field of national security policy. This is a danger for the republic. I don't think he's fit for office. I don't think he has the competence to carry out the job.”

Steve Schmidt, Republican campaign strategist who left the party in 2018, 5.16.20:
“Donald Trump has been the worst President we ever had, and I don’t say that hyperbolically, he is, but he is a consequential president. And he has brought this country in 3 short years to a place of weakness that is simply unimaginable. This is a moment of unparalleled national humiliation, of weakness. When you listen to the president, these are musings of an imbecile, and idiot, and I don’t use those words to name call, I use then because they are the precise words in the English language to describe his behavior, his comportment, his actions. We’ve never seen a level of incompetence, a level of ineptitude, so staggering, on a daily basis by anybody in the history of the country who’s ever been charged with substantial responsibilities. It’s just astonishing that this man is the president of the United States, the con-man from New York City, many bankruptcies, failed businesses, a reality TV show that branded him as something that he never was, a successful business man. Well, he’s the president of the United States now, and the man who said he would make the country great again, he brought death, suffering and economic collapse on truly an epic scale.  And let’s be clear, this isn’t happening in every country around the world. This place, our place, our home, the United States, we are the epicenter, we are the place where you are most likely to die of this disease, we’re the ones with the most shattered economy and we are because of the fool that sits in the oval office behind the resolute desk." 

Quote from H.L. Mencken, 1920: On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

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Polarization surges among the politically engaged.

Note in 1994 there is no split in the curve between the Left and the Right, in 2004 we can see a split starting, by 2014 we can see an increase in polarization as the upside-down bell curve shows itself, and by 2017 the upside-down bell curve becomes prominent. This shows us the polarization of the Left and Right and the upside-down bell curve now present in the USA. If a bell curve is considered normal, why do we as a society among the politically active and influential have an upside-down bell curve, is that abnormal?  Why are we so polarized?  Watch the video on Chapter 26 and find out! Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

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President Trump

Enjoy this Independence Day, the 4th of July, 2020. Two hundred and forty-four years ago our founding fathers signed our Declaration of Independence:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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Could someone please explain why the Unites States, the most powerful nation in the world, is unable to contain the spread of COVID-19, while the comparably sized European Union can? Now in early July the US is going over 50,000 cases per day.  Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

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Friday, July 10: President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of his friend and former political adviser, Roger Stone, days before Stone was set to report to a federal prison in Georgia to start his 40 month sentence.

Statement Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary:

"Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency. There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia."

"Mr. Stone, like every American, deserves a fair trial and every opportunity to vindicate himself before the courts. The President does not wish to interfere with his efforts to do so. At this time, however, and particularly in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the President has determined to commute his sentence. Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!"

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