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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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According to an unpublished manuscript of a book that John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser: President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to Ukraine announcing investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The next two days of the impeachment trial will be written questions posed by the Senators presented through Chief Justice John Roberts and answered by the House Managers and Trump’s Defense.

And then on Friday, the Senate will vote on whether or not to allow additional witnesses to testify in the trial. What do you think is going to happen?

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The Senate voted 51 to 49 on Friday January 31st against allowing witness testimony in the impeachment trial of president Trump. Note the data presented below comparing the Trump and Clinton impeachment trials. What are your views on these events? Share them at facebook/synthisophy!

Considering what has taken place over the last 3 days in politics, what is the present state of the Democratic party? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

Today, 2.5.20: President Trump is acquitted on both articles of impeachment by votes in the Senate. Article 1: 48 guilty to 52 not guilty. Article 2: 47 guilty to 53 not guilty.

Yesterday, 2.4.20: President Trump’s State of the Union address, here's the intro:
Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results. Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again. America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the rise, and America’s future is blazing bright.

After the speech Nancy Pelosi, on national television, tears up her copy of the speech given to her by Trump. We will not post a picture of such.

Two days ago, 2.3.20: The software application tallying Iowa caucus votes for the democratic presidential candidates crashes, and vote counts are not available for 2 days. Here’s the DNC Chair, Tom Perez’s response:
What happened last night should never happen again. We have staff working around the clock to assist the Iowa Democratic Party to ensure that all votes are counted. It is clear that the app in question did not function adequately. It will not be used in Nevada or anywhere else during the primary election process. The technology vendor must provide absolute transparent accounting of what went wrong. Our immediate goal is to ensure that every vote is counted as quickly as possible. Accuracy is our guidepost. As frustrating as the last 24 hours have been, let us not lose sight of our ultimate goal: To defeat Donald Trump, to take back our democracy, and to improve the lives of millions by electing Democrats up and down the ballot.

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Here’s the summary of Chapter 18, Climate Change. Is climate change a hoax or is it real? Let’s see what science has to say. Watch and share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

What do you think of the latest developments involving Roger Stone and the sentencing recommendations?  The prosecutors in the case recommended 7 to 9 years, Trump tweeted that that was a “miscarriage of justice”, the DOJ then overruled the prosecutors’ decision, recommending a lighter sentence, after which the 4 prosecutors on the Stone case resigned, and the Attorney General William Barr made the following statement: Mr. Trump’s criticisms “make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our work with integrity, it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.” Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

Here’s the train of events in more detail:

Four prosecutors abruptly withdrew on Tuesday from the case of President Trump’s longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. after senior Justice Department officials intervened to recommend a more lenient sentence for crimes he committed in a bid to protect the president.

President Trump had complained that the recommendation of seven to nine years in prison for his former adviser and longtime friend was a “miscarriage of justice.”

In an extraordinary decision overruling career lawyers, the Justice Department recommended a lesser term of incarceration for Mr. Stone instead of the prosecutors’ request of a punishment of seven to nine years. The move coincided with Mr. Trump’s declaration on Twitter early Tuesday that the government was treating Mr. Stone too harshly.

The development immediately prompted questions about whether the Justice Department was bending to White House pressure. The gulf between the prosecutors and their Justice Department superiors burst into public view the week before Mr. Stone was to be sentenced.

In an extraordinary rebuke of President Trump, Attorney General William P. Barr said on Thursday that Mr. Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department had made it “impossible for me to do my job” and asserted that “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody.”

Mr. Barr has been among the president’s most loyal allies but publicly challenged Mr. Trump in a way that no other sitting cabinet member has.

“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody,” Mr. Barr said in an interview with ABC News. “And I said, whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial board, or the president, I’m going to do what I think is right. I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”

Mr. Trump’s criticisms “make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our work with integrity,” Mr. Barr said.

He added, “It’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”

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What do you think of politics and the media today, as in mainstream media and social media? We interviewed 2 guys on their views on the media, and this is what they said:

The first guy is a civil engineer in a medium sized company:
For the last week, I’ve been watching the news, but mostly surfing the net for info on what’s going on in Washington. I came across tons of stuff, I couldn’t make heads or tails of it, one person says this, another says that, this article says this, another says that, it’s totally contradictory, I can’t make heads or tails of it. I still don’t know what’s going on.

The second is an IT guy in a large company:
This is how I deal with it: I watch one news channel, and I know they’re full of it on a particular issue. Then I watch the other channel talking about the same issue, they’re saying something completely opposite, and I know they’re full of it. So then I know the truth lies somewhere between the two, but I don’t know where. So I go with the gut.

The first guy considers himself a moderate democrat, the second a moderate republican, but both seem to have drawn the same conclusion about mainstream and social media. What are your views on media today and its impact on society? Share them at facebook/synthisophy!