Bill Whittle: The love of theory is the root of all evil.



This is another great segment where Whittle goes after Leftists and their love of theories:

Bill Whittle tells you why this is the greatest sentence ever written: “The love of theory is the root of all evil.” Whittle looks at the difference between fact and theory, and shows you the effects misguided theories have had on everything from warfare to climate science. Can Bill Whittle disprove global warming? What about Einstein’s theory of relativity? Find out.

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36 thoughts on “Bill Whittle: The love of theory is the root of all evil.

  1. “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns why should we let them have ideas” -Josef Stalin

    “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” -Vladimir Lenin

    “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed” -Josef Stalin

    How the dirty work of making people swallow their theories is implemented upon our children:
    http://www.transfigurations.blogspot.com/2012/04/green-washing-young-mind.html

  2. Mr. Whittle is an enigma, a mysterious figure. There is almost no biographical information about him, where he went to school, what he studied, about his parents, siblings. Just a bit about being a screen writer and filmmaker.

  3. I don’t see how you can compare scientific theory to military strategy.

    The comments on this website are extremely sad. Most of you need to take an entry level science class. Do you people even realize how this planet came to have an oxygen rich atmosphere in the first place?

    Josh said “Darwin posed the theory of evolution, but if you even attempt to pose an opposing opinion, you are crushed by the “scientific” community,”

    what other opinion are you talking about? the scientific evidence for evolution is remarkable. If you have any real evidence (bible does not count) for a different theory submit it right now and claim your Nobel peace price.

    rjcylon said “It’s not about criticizing the intellect, it’s about claiming things are fact when there is no evidence to back them up. ”

    Sounds like a better argument against god than science. also http://climate.nasa.gov/

  4. Great job Bill, very nice. Love PJTV

    I can only add that a theory is just a concept, a thought model, not the actual thing itself which is being modeled. A theory must undergo rigorous real world testing and analysis in order to be accepted as fact.

    However, a theory, even if proven, is always a theory, as a theory is always a model of the thing being explained, a conceptualization of the thing, not ever the actual thing itself.

  5. Yet another liberal idiot example, I am not going to buy tickets to her movies or financially support any celebrity that doesn’t support America.

    Gwyneth Paltrow ‘hosts Obama fund-raiser at London home’
    The Telegraph ^ | October 5, 2011 | John Bingham
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2788181/posts
    The actress, who is married to the Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, is said to have hosted a fund-raiser for the Democrats at her London home on Tuesday.
    The actress, 39, is one of London’s most prominent expat party supporters and has recently attended fund-raising events for the 2012 campaign …
    (snip)
    The Independent reported that tickets for the dinner cost $7,500 (£4,870).

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2042227/Gwyneth-Paltrow-throws-political-party-drum-support-Obama-Democrats.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
    Says a chum: ‘Gwyneth is close to the President and they are long-time friends. It was entirely her idea to host the party in the family home. She deliberately wanted to throw the kind of celebratory party she would have for one of her best friends and knew her enormous house would provide a great space for this kind of event.’
    The actress has been intimately involved in all the planning for the evening, including the guest list — which is confined to U.S. citizens — and the choice of caterers.
    She has also arranged a speaking programme headed by Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, and his national finance chairman, Matthew Barzun, before dinner.
    Adds my source: ‘She wants to do all she can to help Obama hold office for another term and knows that having a fabulous party will encourage early donations.’

      1. Well-said,NYG.

        PS
        NY, please be careful on May 1st, the leftists loons are planning on massive riots all over NYC.

        1. 12grace, thank you for your concern but I live in Florida. Brooklyn as a child to 8yrs old then to North Jersey (within sight of the Empire State Building) then to Florida. Been here 24years.

  6. Well so the left is down in their mommies basements playing with trains huh? LOL. I have a different theory. The left has joined a leprechaun colony and have set out on their unicorns to fairyland. Devoid of any sort of reality, and filled with cognitive dissonace of one sort or another, they plod on with their logical fallacies, while hiding under the incrustations of their ever-crazier pronouncements while worshipping the gods of gaia, money, position and self.

  7. Loved it!

    Whittle and other true intellectuals tearing down theoretical houses and models one brick at a time. Exposing the lies of theories, from evolution to Marxism, from global warming to Keynesian economics.

    These theories kill people. Proven facts save people. That’s a proven fact by the way.

    Consider the following statement: “There are no absolutes.” Then realize that the statment itself IS an absolute. Is this kind of “reasoning” nonsense or what?

    Consider the statement/phrase: “Survival of the fittest. ” Then ask the questions, Which ones are the fittest? Answer? Those that survive. But which ones survive? Answer? The fittest.

    The later is circular reason at it’s most ludicrous. Evolutionary theory basically says that everything came from nothing, and self-directed, created everything, based on pure chance. Creatrion says basically that everything came from nothing too. That a creator/intelligent brought it into being and directed it’s ongoing process with intelligence. Scientists observe an ancient arrowhead and immediately proclaim intelligent design, then look at the human brain with about a trillion succint connections or a “simple” cell, which is actually mind-boggling in it’s complexity when one observes it through an elctron microscope, and then proclaim that this incredibly complex pair, happened undirected, by itself.

    Much of society also proclaims that the world’s biggest fools are intellectuals, and almost invariably, these “intellectuals” believe, adhere to, and repeat loudly with repetition, the most ridiculous statements ever spoken. These theories kill people and debase people. They squash nations and are bankrupting the entire globe.

    Humanity cries out for truth. It screams for incontrovertible laws, like that of gravity, the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics etc. Theories are ruining our Earth and the whole of humanity. What we have today in this world is the politicization of science. I love truth. Don’t you? Look for it please, and don’t settle for anything less. Bill Whittle brings it, with eloquence, and I as an individual truly appreciate it.

  8. Bill is great! He understands things about thinking that most people miss.

    –Pedant Warning–

    Not be nitpicky or anything but, …well in fact, to be nitpicky as heck:

    “Theory” is the good stuff. However, the love of an “hypothesis,” turned into a dogmatically held, unprovable “fact” is where it all goes wrong. Scientists and other educated thinkers who have fallen into that all-too-common mistake are what is meant by the term “ideologues.” Examples would be Michael Mann (of the AGW hockey-stick graph fame), Barack Obama (a man supposedly expert in the Constitution, but who has applied Liberation Theology to its interpretation), and Ron Paul (who has taken a simple phrase of George Washington’s–warning about “foreign entanglements”–so far out of context that it may as well have been uttered by King George).

    Color Theory. Map Theory. The Calculus. These are actual theories. They have been emptied of all of the various logical fallacies by hundreds of years and thousands of great minds honing them until they are as solid as a concept can possibly be. And not one of those great minds would tell you they are perfect, and could not be improved or extended.

    Ideology is a shortcut. It’s a survival imperative that occasionally produces genius-level results. The vast majority of the time, it produces outcomes of a …lesser grade of goodness. Unfortunately, a good con artist can decorate an ideology so that it is difficult to resist.

    That last sentence explains nearly every death attributable to the rise of tyrants.

    This is why we must master the art of thinking. We must understand the logic fallacies. We must inoculate our minds against the ideologues. That’s what the Founding Fathers did, and that’s why they were able to produce the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

    Many of those good men had made a life study of the writings of Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, and others who espoused clear, detached thinking about all things. They were anti-ideologues, and they knew that slavery was the end product of an ideology untempered by prudence, and–most importantly–untempered by the humble man’s submission to a higher power.

    For often, an ideology so tempered can produce results almost as good as genuine theory.
    Primitive man made it to the doorstep of “modern” man mostly on ideology. Only those who cross that threshold, and see beyond ideology to the crystal clarity of genuine science and logic-based, detached reason can ever hope to understand why Liberty is so fundamentally important to the well-being of mankind.

    The rest of us will have to take it on faith.

    Thank God for that.

  9. “We know: of course, with regard to the market and similar social structures, a great many facts which we cannot measure and on which indeed we have only some very imprecise and general information. And because the effects of these facts in any particular instance cannot be confirmed by quantitative evidence, they are simply disregarded by those sworn to admit only what they regard as scientific evidence: they thereupon happily proceed on the fiction that the factors which they can measure are the only ones that are relevant.”
    — F.A. Hayek (The Pretense of Knowledge)

  10. Actually it is still true that the love of money is the root of all evil. However, the love of money (i.e., GREED) leads many to embrace theories that will lead to lining their own pockets with their true love object, money. That is why so many “scientists” jumped on the global warming bandwagon, not because they loved the theory but because they wanted the grant money that comes with half-baked theories that government types like Al Gore embrace. If someone like Al Gore convinces enough people, the grant money starts flowing … but only to those who embrace (love) the theory.

    All in all, Bill’s presentation was great.

    1. I hope for the day liberals start making fun of Bill Whittle or demanding his videos get pulled. Then we’ll know he’s making an impact.

  11. “A thousand experiments will never prove my theory correct, but a single experiment can prove me wrong.”
    Albert Einstein

    This is because biased experimenters don’t isolate variables correctly. You notice an effect, your theory says it’s due to the cause you suspect, but really something else is causing it. The disproving experiment isolates variables well enough that no effect is seen, even when the suspected cause is amplified.

    That’s what R.W. Wood did to disprove the existence of a greenhouse gas effect. That happened in 1909, but the warmists continue on. We are actually just lucky that the earth has cooled recently – if whatever actually drives climate had warmed it, we would see real violence from this cult.

  12. Whittle always nails it with these videos. In a contest between Theory vs Reality, Theory has the distinct disadvantage. It’s so unfair when reality refuses to conform with the Theory of how things SHOULD be and instead stubbornly continues to muddle along and make life hell for all of us.

  13. Love Afterburner… but this really does come close to anti-intellectualism. While philosophy and academia has gone horribly insanely wrong in the last 200 years, it did a heck of a lot of good up to, and including the apex of the American founding. Still, he’s right.. the “love of theory” is often very evil…

    1. I’ll take it a step further. The absence of God in these people’s lives is the reason they love a lie. That is their core problem and it permeates everything the do.

    2. I don’t think that philosophy and academia has led us astray. I think it is the lack of humility that these intellectuals have that is the problem. Scientific laws, as Bill pointed out, have been tested and proven over and over again. However, the current community seems to come up with a theory in their heads, write it down on paper and “Voila!” there is a new scientific law!

      Darwin posed the theory of evolution, but if you even attempt to pose an opposing opinion, you are crushed by the “scientific” community, who have given up with the boring scientific work of experimentation, documentation, and objective analysis. It is much easier to just state it as fact and call your opponents “flat-earthers”. It is also much more lucrative financially. So, love of theory boils down to love of money.

      1. Age old problem….

        “Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.”
        –Nikola Tesla, 1934

      2. Richard Feynman described it as a lack of scientific integrity. He called it “cargo cult science.” They display the form of science, but have none of the substance.

        It is not money they love so much as the attention, the power.

    3. It’s not about criticizing the intellect, it’s about claiming things are fact when there is no evidence to back them up.

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