Synthisophy - The scientific integration of knowledge and wisdom derived from the study of history into present culture.
Roots – Synthesis/History/Sophy
Synthesis - the integration of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified whole
History - what has happened in the past; a detailed description of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, etc…
Sophy - Greek root: wisdom, knowledge; an intellectual system embracing knowledge and truth; study of the real world based on fact and truth, science
Synthisophy first appeared in SKOLE, the Journal of Alternative Education, Summer, 1995, Volume 12, #3, pp88-98
Synthisophy appears in The Cyclopedic Education Dictionary, Delmar Publishers, 1998:
Synthisophy – The integration of socially pertinent information derived from the study of history into present culture
The mission of synthisophy is to depolarize the USA. We presently have 2 social/political poles, the far-Right and the far-Left, with little in the middle. Here at synthisophy we are centrist. Here's some history to put this in context. With the advent of social media on the internet and the 24/7 news cycle on television, the politics of the Nation has become polarized. There have been 5 revolutions in human history: the Agricultural Revolution around 10,000 BC which led to the advent of Civilization, Science and the Age of Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution which occurred in the late 1700s and the Digital Revolution with the advent of social media and the internet of which we are in the early stages. Television first appeared in the United States in 1928. From there by the 1940s until the 1980s there were three major broadcasting networks available: ABC, CBS and NBC. These three networks provided morning and evening news, while the approach among broadcasters at that time was to try and present unbiased information with the intent of informing the public for the betterment of society and the Nation. In 1987 the FCC eliminated the Fairness Doctrine which required broadcasters to cover controversial issues in a balanced and equitable fashion. In the late 1980s and early ‘90s cable news networks, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc, started broadcasting news 24/7. Such major networks now appear to appeal to the far-Right or the far-Left in their biased presentation of news in order to increase viewership, increase advertising rates, and make more money. The internet and social media blossomed in the early 2000s which now provides information at our fingertips, and it is quite easy to have any political opinion, do an internet search, go to your preferred websites (that google has algorithmically biased you to), and instantly find information that supports that opinion. This approach is called confirmation bias. So the Digital Revolution with the advent of the internet and social media and the 24/7 news cycle have led to a polarized society. This polarization is reflected in Congress in which there is little cooperation between the Democratic and Republican parties. The parties of the Left and the Right in the House and Senate have become insular and vehemently oppose each other. This polarization in the House started 25 years ago, right along with the advent of the internet, social media and the Digital Age.
Citizens are the crux of democracy, an educated and well informed citizenry is vital for the survival of a democratic republic. As Benjamin Franklin said after exiting the Constitutional Convention and was asked what sort of government the delegates had created, his answer was, “We’ve given you a Republic, can you keep it?” The mission of synthisophy is to depolarize the Nation and to answer Franklin’s question in the affirmative, “Yes, we can.”
The sphere represents the earth
Black – carbon
White – truth
Green – life
Blue – water and sky
Red – sunlight and energy
The Beige background is the
average color of all humanity
So synthisophy is scientifically integrating the wisdoms of history into present culture.