Science and the Suicide-Cult: The Irrationalism of Richard Dawkins

Tobias Langdon


The basis of science is the same as the basis of life: pattern-recognition. Even plants recognize patterns in the weather and the attacks of insects. The difference between scientists and trees, or scientists and sharks, is that scientists use reason and method, not instinct and other forms of biological automation.

Mathemodels of reality

Scientists try to identify and understand patterns in the world by creating patterns of their own: they perform experiments, they model and analyse data using mathematics, trying to create symbolic patterns that behave like real ones. Astronomy is the paradigm of this endeavour. There was sufficient regularity and permanence in the heavens for the ancients to predict lunar and solar eclipses. Ptolemy had an effective mathemodel of the solar system in the Second Century A.D.; Copernicus put forward a better one in 1543; Newton refined and expanded it in 1687. The power of Newton’s mathemodel was confirmed by the successful predictions it made: there were undiscovered planets out there. Uranus and Neptune were mathematics before they became matter.

Stale pale male Charles Darwin

Biology proved much more difficult than astronomy and other branches of physics. The great pattern of evolution escaped the notice of Aristotle before Christ and Linnaeus long after, and when Darwin and Wallace recognized it in the nineteenth century, their description was linguistic, not mathematical. Their logic was good and their evidence substantial, but evolutionary biology didn’t become a proper science until it had a solid foundation of mathematics. Stale pale males like Ronald Fisher (1890–1962) and W.D. Hamilton (1936–2000) built mathemodels of biological systems that behaved like the real thing and made good predictions. Indeed, biology turned out to have a mathemodel of its own: the three-dimensional double helix of DNA carries a two-dimensional genetic code, which synthesizes proteins, evolves, and protects itself from error in ways that are illuminated by the human mathemodel of information theory.

Digital Dawkins

As Richard Dawkins puts it: “The essential difference between classical Darwinism (which we now understand could not have worked) and neo-Darwinism (which does) is that digital genetics has replaced analogue.” Dawkins will need no introduction. He’s much more famous than Fisher or Hamilton and a much better and clearer writer than his late rival, the Jewish Marxist Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002). Dawkins’ line about Darwinism comes from the lecture “Science and Sensibility,” which is collected in a new book of his called Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist (Bantam Press 2017). I’ve enjoyed the book and it’s reminded me again both of what I admire about Dawkins and of what I deplore.

The DNA double helix

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Conference in the Netherlands: Towards a New Golden Age

 

The Dutch alt-right and identitarian group Erkenbrand, which has rapidly grown over the past years, will be organizing a major conference on October 14, 2017. Foreign visitors are very much invited to attend the conference, which will be held in English, as an opportunity to network across borders and foster an international brotherhood of awakened Europeans.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.erkenbrand.nl/tickets/

The speakers will include:

– Jared Taylor: a renowned race-realist and White advocate. He is the publisher of American Renaissance and the author of White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century.

– Marcus Follin – aka The Golden One: a Swedish body-builder and popular vlogger. He promotes a return to masculinity, martial virtue, and national identity.

– Joost Niemöller: a journalist who has written for leading Dutch newspapers and magazines, while never shying away from controversial topics. His 2012 book The Immigration Taboo: Ten Scientists Discuss the Facts provides a sobering, fact-based look at the costs of immigration to the Netherlands, including loss of social trust and ethnic differentials in IQ, crime rates, and welfare use. The book was widely discussed in Dutch newspapers and television shows. In 2013, he was fired by the Christian-oriented public broadcaster NCRV for an article he wrote on Martin Luther King Memorial Day asking whether differences in IQ could explain the social condition of African Americans. Niemöller, a non-ideologue and self-styled “realist,” has continued to write on controversial topics despite the threats of political correctness.

The Summer 2017 Issue of The Occidental Quarterly Mailing 6/29

The Summer issue will be posted online for download June 21, and they will be posted to the mail 6/29. As you can see from the cover, it’s a very stimulating issue, with several new writers. I call particular attention to the lead article, by Claire Ellis, based on her dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Ricardo Duchesne at the University of New Brunswick. She provides an exhaustive review of the demographic and cultural changes in Europe — and the consequent likelihood of civil war and genocide.

TOQ Summer 2017

 

TOQ fills a unique niche on the right in bringing together scholarly articles on a wide range of topics that are mired in political correctness elsewhere. Because of printing and mailing costs, TOQ has only been able to operate because of generous subsidies from the Charles Martel Society. However, we are on the verge of becoming self-sustaining. This is a very easy and affordable way to help the cause.

As editor, my first priority is to increase the number of subscribers. Subscriptions are $60 for four hardcopy issues (extra for subscribers outside the US), $30 for the electronic version. Here is the link to our subscription page. 

There are quite a few reasons for the precarious state of our civilization and our people. But one of the main ones is that we have lost the intellectual and moral high ground to a cultural elite that is hostile to our people and our culture. The domination of the mass media and the academic world by elites that are hostile to White identity and interests is a major barrier for educated Whites to act on behalf of their interests. White people cower in fear of being called a racist for believing and acting in ways that are absolutely normal and natural for all the other peoples of the world. While other peoples defend themselves, their culture and their borders, societies in Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand that have been controlled by Whites for hundreds of years are the only ones to accept their demise as a moral imperative. We view this outcome as the result of competition over the construction of culture in which the legitimate interests of Whites have been compromised.

A main purpose of TOQ is to change the attitudes of White people so that they will feel confident identifying as White and explicitly asserting their interests as Whites. Politically aware Whites must understand that the elites that dominate culture and the political process in the West are intellectually and morally bankrupt.

All of the scientific data are on our side. Increased ethnic diversity is associated with a host of societal ills, including decreased support for social welfare programs and lack of public trust. Those who argue that Western societies have a unique moral obligation to cede cultural and political control to non-Whites completely ignore the legitimate interests of Whites in maintaining their cultural and political control. No one argues that countries like Korea or Uganda have a moral obligation to allow other peoples to swamp the native population.

Having a large subscriber base will make it possible to for TOQ to be self-sustaining. We have established a policy whereby writers will be paid at rates that are competitive with other well-known journals of political opinion and scholarship. The amount of the stipend is not large. The writers who are putting in all the time and energy producing this material will still be working mainly to make a contribution to the ideas and ideals espoused by the journal. But it is important to get White advocacy beyond the volunteer level and to eventually support a large number of professional White advocates able to effectively compete with the legions of professionals who are able to find employment with our opponents.