Sceptics and cynics

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

There are many definitions of sceptics, all of them, in my self-serving opinion, favourable. For example:

Sceptic, literally means one who thinks for himself, and does not receive on another’s testimony (from Gr. Skeptesthai, to examine) In theology we apply the word to those who do not accept revelation.”

I do not accept Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” revelation, but I do not consider myself a sceptic. I am a cynic for I believe that most, if not all propagandists of Anthropogenic Global Warming alias Climate Change are dishonest.

I am also an unashamed denialist – I deny bona fides of most of the Anthropogenic Global Warmists and I am not at all impressed by the academic degrees of “scientists” like Flannery, Lawandovsky or Koroly.

And by the way; as far as the philosophical cynicism is concerned, let speak Bertrand Russell: {school of Cynics} is derived, through its founder Diogenes, from Antisthenes, a disciple of Socrates, about twenty years older than Plato. Antisthenes was a remarkable character, in some ways rather like Tolstoy. Until after the death of Socrates, he lived in the aristocratic circle of his fellow disciples, and showed no signs of unorthodoxy. But something – whether the defeat of Athens, or the death of Socrates, or a distaste for philosophical quibbling – caused him, when no longer young, to despise the things that he had formerly valued. He would have nothing but simple goodness. He associated with working men, and dressed as one of them. He took to open-air preaching, in a style that the uneducated could understand. All refined philosophy he held to be worthless; what could be known, could be known by the plain man.

(A History of Western Philosophy)

Today, according to the ‘enlightened’ AGW believers, the sceptics, cynics and denialists are the uneducated and big-oil financed rabble. In addition to mangling science, the Al Gore acolytes also mangle the words. If they are not stopped, they will mangle the world.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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3 Responses to Sceptics and cynics

  1. Toto says:

    Today, thinking people are the enemies of the left and of all the left stands for.

  2. Hoboss says:

    We are right and we’ll win at the end. The end of the world.

  3. Pascher says:

    I, too, am a proud cynic.

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