Changing World Views (past and present)

I read Boom Bust & Echo in the 1990s where the author, Canadian economist David Foot, introduced readers to the ideas like this one: "economic ups and downs are cyclic; and often repeat at a lower amplitude which can be viewed as a diminishing bounce or echo". I was thinking along those lines on 2022-05-02 when I learned that a draft of a legal opinion by SCOTUS justice, Samuel Alito, had been leaked where Alito was seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade which could be viewed as a cultural echo from 400 years ago.
caveat: This is a work in progress (updated weekly - time permitting)
edit: 2022-10-29

Talking points

How could the SCOTUS ruling be considered an echo?

  1. At the end of the European Renaissance, Galileo Galilei was put on trial by the Catholic Church for promoting a different world view than that promoted by the church
    • the view of the church:
      • all celestial bodies were perfect obs that moved around a stationary Earth in circular orbits as laid out 1800 years earlier by Aristotle
    • the view of Galileo:
      • after using his telescope to observe four moons orbiting Jupiter, he knew that not everything orbited the Earth.
      • his observations of the Moon showed that it was not perfectly smooth
      • his observations of Venus showed that it was spherical and went through phases like the moon.
      • he came to the conclusion that he now had observational evidence to support the fact that the Earth moves around the sun as published by Nicolaus Copernicus in his heliocentric theory
    • comments:
      • from my point of view this is a clear case of a dogmatic religious world view at odds with a pragmatic scientific world view
      • Galileo was never advocating for an end to religion but the church saw it as an attack on their authority; they would have probably tortured Galileo to death by an inquisition had he not been so popular
      • In their defense, the Vatican brought up text from Joshua 10:13 where the bible says that god stopped the sun in the sky so the Israelites could continue to slaughter to the Amorites. At this point I suspect anyone not literally agreeing with the bible would find themselves on the wrong side of the inquisitor's tools so it was the Vatican that made it a religious thing (today the Vatican teaches to not take the old testament literally but only use it to provide context for the new testament)
  2. Prior to 1960, Catholicism had little effect on American politics which is one reason why presidential candidate, John F Kennedy, gave a speech to to Southern Baptist Convention where he asserted that his personal Catholic beliefs would not  interfere with his actions as President (if elected). After Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 and Amy Coney Barrett in 2020, the Catholic justices now had a 5-to-9 majority and began to consider what to do with their new found powers
    comments: the trial of Galileo by the Vatican was 100% Catholic but this situation is a little different. From the time of the Protestant reformation until now, Christianity has splintered into 400 sects with Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism percolating to the top of the conservative Christianity in North America. These two groups seem to support the Alito position while many other religious sects (Christian and non-Christian) and non-religious people do not. Perhaps the United States is morphing into a Christian theocracy.

What is life and when does life begin?

No one knows but here are a few thoughts from science:

No one knows but here are a few thoughts from religion and culture:

Perhaps life is nothing more than system-level chemistry:

Playing god?

World Views (take 2)

Before the Age of Enlightenment

Bible Criticism

the modern era begins (1950) and religion is back

Social Media begins (2008-2008)

Religious Views - Take 2

Mixing Religion and Politics?

Even though the first amendment of the US constitution clearly sets a separation of church and state, many conservatives (usually white Christians) see themselves as the only protector of religion but this has produced some very strange (to me) contradictions like this one:

Summary: this means that the right to life movement really only cares about life from conception to birth





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Neil Rieck
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.