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The Death of Reality: How the Blending of Corrupt Politics with Linguistic Theory have threatened Science by undermining our Culture's Capacity to perceive Reality Paperback – May 16, 2015
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Dawson proposes that modern society has suffered from the reality-denying principles outlined in Ludwig Wittgenstein's 1953 work Philosophical Investigations. Wittgenstein taught that language is disconnected from reality and that "the appearance of reality is only an artificial linguistic ordering by the mind." .. this philosophical concept has filtered into the modern liberal Democratic mindset, fostering an opportunity for people-- enabled by the mainstream media--to embrace "unreality" instead of the observable facts.
The Death of Reality by Lawrence Dawson
Antony Flew scorns Lawrence Dawson's attack on Wittgenstein.
Subtitled 'How a conspiracy of fools is imposing unreality and laying claim to the destiny of a nation' this book contains a wealth of information about the misdoings of the mass media in the USA. However, The Death of Reality is relevant to the interests of readers of Philosophy Now only in as much as the author attributes this deplorable imposition of unreality to the discredit of the Wittgenstein of the Philosophical Investigations.
Philosophy Now, Antony Flew, Feb. 2002
About the Author
Lawrence Dawson is an autodidact whose science department has become the internet. His formal academic training had ended in the political convulsions which deconstructed Columbia University in the late 1960s. As a student Fellow of the Faculty under the tutelage of Robert K. Merton, one of the founders of the sociology of science and perhaps the nation's best "meta-scientist," the author had watched the university recomposed by a radical epistemology which undermined the scientific method. Prior to the 1960s student uprising, the linguistics of Ludwig Wittgenstein had begun to dominate the department. Wittgenstein taught that language could never test reality since all linguistic meaning was only a social consensus. Wittgensteinianism was compatible with an emerging scientific corruption which was replacing empiricism with a non-tested consensus. Only a few years previously, Hubble's constant, which had provided the foundation for the popular "Big Bang" theory and an expanding universe, had been revised downward by consensus even though the revision was incompatible with Hubble's original data set. The revision occurred because the "consensus" needed a longer age for the universe than Hubble's original constant had provided. The author found himself intellectually paralyzed in the recomposed university which was replacing data and hypothesis testing with a Witttgensteinian generated social consensus as the means of determining scientific truth. That paralysis excluded him from an academic career. It was 25 years later when, as an editor for a small academic publisher which was monitoring scientists who had lost employment due to unapproved research directions, that the author found the indisputable evidence for the damage that Wittgensteinian consensus had done to science. The 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry had been given for a set of equations which had been disproved prior to the award. However, the disproving data had been completely suppressed in a consensus dominated scientific press and this suppression had allowed the Nobel to go forward. This discovery led to the book "The Death of Reality" which documented the damage which Wittgenstein had done to science and to the culture in general.
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This is an important book.
If one wants to delve into the roots of political correctness, the perversion of language, and the poisoning of our perceptions of reality, then read what the author reveals about a little known Austrian philosopher and academic named Ludwig Wittgenstein and his theories.
Ludwig Wittgenstein was a Jewish intellectual, born in Vienna (1889) to one of Europe’s richest families. From his maternal grandmothers influence he was raised a Catholic. He was a stutterer, and had difficulty in communicating. He was also long confused about his sexuality. There was a deep vein of depression that ran through his family, which saw three of his brothers commit suicide at a young age. Ending his life prematurely was a thought that haunted him regularly. Wittgenstein died of unknown causes in the spring of 1951 in England.
It is ironic that this man, who suffered from so much uncertainty about who he was, and had so much difficulty in connecting with people, would wind up writing a treatise on language that was to reveal how it was languages ‘fault’ for being so very inefficient at relaying ideas, and making communication so problematic. Of course he composed his tome with the best of intentions, because he wanted to help the people.
Some say that Wittgenstein was a misunderstood genius, and that his work has been misinterpreted and misapplied. Even if that is the case, it is still important to examine how these intellectual ‘creatures’ that are conjured up by lofty minds with little common sense and connection with reality, wind up ‘escaping the laboratory’, and what damage they do once they are free to multiply in society, often becoming attached to other ideologies like socialism and communism.
Similar to the infamous Frankfurt School, whose leftist/progressive ideas now permeate American academics, a group known as the ‘Vienna Circle’, which Wittengenstein was a peripheral member of, escaped from Europe to seek asylum from the Nazis, only to bring their delightful philosophies (contagions) with them to their new homelands.
Dawson gives example after example of how “Wittgensteinianism” has played a role in the corruption of language, and the obscuring of fact and reality, regarding the ‘clients of oppression’ such as women, blacks, homosexuals, etc. He also examines how scientific thought and research (bogus global warming theories) has been polluted as well.
Get and read this book if you want to see an intelligent analysis of one of the tactics used by the progressive/socialist/communist gang. The corruption of language/political correctness is a major tool in their tool-belt of destruction of the west..