Friday, October 16, 2020

Under Attack at NYU, Mark Crispin Miller Needs Your Support for Academic Freedom

Ed.'s note: There is no education coming out of American universities and this should be apparent to anyone witnessing what kind of appalling activities are going on inside universities with their rigid hierarchies and administrations more concerned about their financial welfare. The rising techno totalitarian fascist surveillance state is replacing education in America and this is what needs to be stopped. Our humanity and spiritual growth are being intentionally stunted and there is a specific reason why this is being done. Big tech technology platforms are cutting off our ability to talk and have conversations with each other. Please listen to the discussion at the end of this post.
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Under Attack at NYU, Mark Crispin Miller Needs Your Support for Academic Freedom

By MARK CRISPIN MILLER • OCTOBER 6, 2020 • 63 Comments
We the undersigned support the academic freedom of Prof. Mark Crispin Miller, now under siege at New York University for urging students in his propaganda course to read scientific literature on the effectiveness of masks against transmission of COVID-19. We see his situation as but one example of a growing global trend toward rigid censorship of expert views on urgent subjects of all kinds; so this petition is not just in his defense, but a protest on behalf of all professors, doctors, scientists and journalists who have been gagged, or punished for their rights to freely research, study, and interpret data on a variety of matters regardless of their controversial nature. 

Censorship is nothing new. We have been edging toward it ever more for decades, as both academia and the media have long discouraged free investigation and discussion of urgent public questions of all kinds, as those who would attempt to tackle them empirically have been slandered as "conspiracy theorists" or "truthers" and other slurs deployed to shut them up, or purge them as purveyors of “misinformation," "fake science" or "hate speech." Such censorship has blocked the sort of open, civil, reasoned give-and-take without which higher education—indeed, any education—is impossible, as is scientific progress overall.

We see Prof. Miller's situation as a flashpoint in the struggle not just to reclaim but to protect free speech and free inquiry. NYU officials have no right to intervene in Prof. Miller's courses or message his students surreptitiously undermining his integrity as an instructor. They have no right to deprive him of the courses he was hired to teach and they should not join in a public smear campaign against the very rights they should uphold at a university.

That so stated, we urge that NYU respect his academic freedom, and thereby set a good example for all other schools with faculty who dare contest official narratives. Otherwise, "education" there will be mere training for compliance, stunting students' minds instead of opening them—a practice fatal to democracy, and, finally, to humanity itself.

Petition Link: https://www.change.org/MarkMiller

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The background

A full professor in NYU's Department of Media, Culture and Communication (since 1997), and a recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill Foundations, Prof. Miller teaches a course on propaganda, focusing not only on the history of modern propaganda, but—necessarily—on propaganda drives ongoing at the time. The aim is to teach students to identify such drives for what they are, think carefully about their claims, seek out whatever data and/or arguments have been blacked out or misreported to protect those claims from contradiction, and look into the interests financing and managing the propaganda, so as to figure out its purpose.

On Sept. 20, after a class discussion of the case for universal masking as defense against transmission of SARS-COV-2 (in which discussion she did not participate), a student took to Twitter to express her fury that Prof. Miller had brought up the randomized, controlled tests—all of those so far conducted on the subject—finding that masks and ventilators are ineffective at preventing such transmission, because the COVID-19 virions are too small for such expedients to block them. Prof. Miller urged the students to read those studies, as well as others that purport to show the opposite, with due attention to the scientific reviews thereof, and possible financial links between the researchers conducting them, and such interests as Big Pharma and the Gates Foundation. Prof. Miller followed up by providing the links to the former studies (not easily found on Google, though they have all appeared in reputable medical journals), and other materials, including a video of a debate on the subject.

The student was so outraged by Prof. Miller even mentioning those studies that she called on NYU to fire him:
I hope @nyuniversity, @nyusteinhardt, and @mccNYU agree that this professor should not be trusted with educating and advising students, and I hope they take immediate steps to relieve him of these duties. 8/
Having contacted NYU's bias response line to report him, and getting no satisfaction there, the student kept on tweeting her demand for Prof. Miller's termination, due to his "unhealthy amount of skepticism around health professionals," and a range of other posts that she had seen on News from Underground, Prof. Miller's website, and found no less insidious, misreporting that their sources were "many far right and conspiracy websites," and therefore, evidently, not worth reading. 


The student's call provoked a storm of tweets, many attacking her, and others thanking her—one of which was posted by Prof. Miller's department chair, promising to act on her demand: "Julia, thank you for reporting this issue. We as a department have made this a priority and are discussing next steps."

Please go to The Unz Review to read the entire article. 
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Listen to this discussion with Susannah Hays on how technology has laid waste the growth of our spirituality as a species. It is very likely 5G technology and microwave electronic pollution are compromising the Vagus Nerve when we know very little about its critical functions. 


Source: Sott.nett

MindMatters: Susannah Hays Interview: Polyvagal Theory, Gurdjieff and the Evolution of Man

By Harrison Koehli, Elan Martin | Thu, 15 Oct 2020
In recent years researchers like Stephen Porges have brought a newfound understanding of the body's all-important polyvagal system to greater and deeper awareness. The tenth cranial nerve, or vagus nerve, has a great impact on the health of major organs (including the brain), and even direct impact on a human being's 'higher' functioning. Interestingly however, is the historic fact that the wandering nerve has also been the subject of research and speculation for hundreds of years, among the scientists of the West - as well as the mystics of the East.

This week on MindMatters we discuss a new development in research that seeks to bring together these seemingly separate subjects with Susannah Hays, MFA PhD. In her doctoral thesis and subsequent paper 'Nature as Discourse: Transdisciplinarity and Vagus Nerve Function,' Dr. Hays lays out not only the historical precedent for polyvagal system research, but also what the great teacher and mystic Gurdjieff may have been seeking to do with his exercises - and where a broader look at all of this information may be leading us towards. Join us as Dr. Hays takes us on a transdisciplinary journey through Gurdjieff, polyvagal theory and more.



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