Forensic historian Richard A. Grove often says, “Learning is the answer, now what are the questions?” I decided to create this website to help educate you to begin to ask better and more pertinent questions in hopes of striking the root of society’s problems. The school system’s explanation of “how the world works” has left out substantial amounts of historical information and is more similar to a facade than the truth. I provide you with new evidence from some of the most influential figures in history to help you better understand through a plethora of sources. I do not claim to have all the answers and after building this website I am only left with more questions.
Let me take a step back to the beginning of the website’s inspiration. From 2009-2016 I worked for the Library of Congress teaching compulsory school educators how to analyze primary sources and teach using primary sources. During this time I promoted the inquiry process and came to the realization that inquiry was only as beneficial as an individual’s background knowledge (also logic & reasoning and knowing oneself).
Let’s think about my statement in terms of the American justice system. How many innocent people have gone to prison (or even put to death) for crimes they did not commit? A lot, and more than we can accurately know. A case can be presented to a jury of your peers where they are convinced without a reasonable doubt the defendant is guilty. They have a set of evidence and they make inferences to come to the conclusion of guilty. The reasoning is sound with the evidence they have been presented. Only too many times we later find out that evidence was withheld from the jury or unknown completely to all. The new evidence unravels the previous convictions when more truths are finally exposed and logical reasoning prevails with all the details.
The Dunning-Kruger effect has shown the more ignorant we are on a subject the more confident we are in our conviction. How do you know what you believe is true?
A wise man once said, if you read a book you think you are a genius, if you read 2 you realize you are stupid, and when you read 1000 you find the truth somewhere in between.
The information below is my attempt to get you to suspend your cognitive dissonance and begin to use more question marks and less periods. I approached the information thematically as I believe history is much less about presidents and facts and much more about the development of ideas over time across nation-states, organizations, etc. This website is only part of the story and hopefully is an inspiration for you to seek further truths on your own. I selected the sources through a multivariable approach using a historical, philosophical, psychological, economic & scientific lens. For each piece of evidence, I briefly provided context for the creator or source. My hope is you will be able to analyze the evidence presented to create a narrative to understand a bigger story. If our society allows a jury of our peers to put someone to death by the evidence presented then I believe you are smart enough to analyze the evidence and begin to come to your own conclusions. Hopefully this is only the beginning of your journey. If every individual began seeking the truth we could begin tackling human suffering seriously. Historically, fear and ignorance have been the engine against life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The war is in the minds of men, arm yourself intellectually.
by Ray Bradbury, 1953
“Some day the load we’re carrying with us may help someone. But even when we had the books on hand, a long time ago, we didn’t use what we got out of them. We went right on insulting the dead. We went right on spitting in the graves of all the poor ones who died before us. We’re going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we’re doing, you can say, We’re remembering. That’s where we’ll win out in the long run. And some day we’ll remember so much that we’ll build the biggest goddamn steamshovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in and cover it up. Come on now, we’re going to go build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them.”
- Do I have a defined moral-ethical code I live by?
- How often does my interests & action objectively abide by the standards of my moral-ethical code?
- How much should civilization be rooted in natural law VS. pragmatism and what are the pros and cons of each?
- What do I consider progress in terms of my own life?
- What does modernity consider progress in terms of society? Does that conflict with my idea of societal progress?
- What does modernity consider progress in terms of civilization? Does that conflict with my idea of the ultimate progress of civilization?
- Where do ideas come from?
- How do ideas expand and change across time & nation-states?
- How fragile is our modern civilization?
- How often am I experiencing “theater” vs “the truth”?
- How much does a lack of truth hurt or help a civilization?
- If you know the game, should you still play the game?
- How is technology power?
- Is the control of the minds of humans absolute power?
- Does power have “a face”? Historically, what happened when power had “a face”?
- Would technology help or hurt oligarchical feudalism?
- Does discipline equate to freedom?
- If the concrete individual suffers, not the abstract group, should negative or positive rights be paramount?
- What is slavery?
- How does monetary inflation hurt minorities and those of low socioeconomic status?
- How often do I know vs think I know, do I even have the capacity to fully know the subject, then what?
- Could I spot a logical fallacy undoubtedly?
- How are dialectics used against public ignorance?
- How many declarative statements do I observe each day vs. How many questions do I observe each day?
- How much of my daily action is from conditioning?
- How many ideas that I hold are my own vs. being told or passed down?
- What happens to our technology if there is another Carrington Event, or worse?
- Are there cyclical patterns to our sun?
- How much has solar activity affected civilization’s ability to thrive historically?
- Should we put all our “eggs in one basket” with our human dependence on technology and global supply chains?