"By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth
and to publish and teach what one holds to be true.
This right implies also a duty; one must not conceal
any part of what one has recognized to be true."
by:
Albert Einstein
(1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
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Letter on his seventy-fifth birthday, 1954
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 -- RBESRQ      
Academic integrity is unfashionable at the moment.
 -- Justin, Elkland     
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    Exactly ! A duty is a: "natural law. A human action which is, exactly conformable to the laws which require us to obey them. It differs from a legal obligation, because a duty cannot always be enforced" (Bouvier's Law Dictionary)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    In Academia today you are free to say anything you want as long it hews to the liberal line. If you say one negative word about Islam you will be in a Kangaroo court and sent to sensitivity training faster than Obama can say amnisty.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    That Professor Einstein was a genius, in both science and manners.
     -- Jamie, Nelson     
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    I think that he spoke out vehemently about concealing the truth because I'm sure he recognized the elite changing and concealing the truth. Just an opinion of course but I'd guess it was Einstein's own discovery when he saw it disappear virtually right in front of his eyes when the elite went into action.
     -- Anon     
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    Einstein lived through and understood how an idealist (Hitler) can incremenetally subsume a society by changing the meaning of words and by hiding the truth and by blatantly lying to the public. I don't know of one DemocRAT nor more than a few RepublICANs who honor the truth and are unafraid to reveal it to the public.
     -- GunnyCee, Durham     
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    Like, yes, the globe is warming -- and has been for the last 15,000 years, and no, it is not caused by man but by Sun cycles. The truth is indeed inconvenient for those whose livelihood is dependent upon the concealed truth...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Truth has become a commodity that the powerful in society use economically on the premise that masses require protection from the truth and more importantly its consequences. It remains important to distinguish this from opinion though Mr Archer to justify behaving in the same old way towards our fragile planet and use of decreasing resources.
     -- Mick, Manchester     
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    Mick from Manchester. Will you continue your statement? Are you saying that lying is preferable when attempting to advance healthy endeavors? Do you believe Mr. Archer was attempting to justify "behaving in the same old way towards our fragile planet and use of decreasing resources"? I know that was not Mr. Archer's intent but, he will have to reply to that individually.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Spirituality and Politics enter the room. Religion and Science seek to mete. The words we speak are spirit. Numbers are words of truth, infinite with understanding. Science seeks to expose the truth that nature has to offer. The "right " to study, publish and teach, should be in that order. But we " know" Oida, otherwise. To "know" Ginosko, absolute truth, it is a highly prized commodity. To "know" Eido is a leading and testing truth which most are exercised in. While Ginosko, Frequently implies an active relation between the one who "knows" and the Person or Thing "known". To be quite frank, liberty and freedom and the duty to it, that being morally responsible, are the perfect opposition to tyranny and corruption of carnal man. While the other is a spiritual being of understanding. Obviously Einstein was a child of understanding. for with these children wisdom is found, and Wisdom is "known" of her children. All elements align themselves in natural order, need we put names to the elements within this blog, forum, theater. Measurement and observation of time, were of two distinct types, now there are 3 in the room by the way of science. 13.9 billion years. Bridging this gap, brings out the mysteries of 3 and 4. The Trinity and Creation. There are no discords, only harmony within the laws of nature and its absolute truth as it moves forth through the mind and heart of mankind. The movement, the current large wave of Patriotism within the children of/by and for Liberty. The Spirit of Truth. the Holy Spirit.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    The believing, honest humble child through mathematics can discover the bridge if lead by the Spirit to do so. With that, you knock at the door of approval and visitation. It is a very large room as king David describes, and not all who enter can expose the bridge, the right arm of Almighty God. Let alone the operation of his hands. Now is the appointed time to awake, and speak out, as a tree of righteousness puts forth its fruit in due season, this in opposition to the cutting down and attack upon our Tree of Liberty and its children. MIT and other institutions of higher learning are knocking at my door wanting to " know " ginosko, these truths. If codification and mathematics works in the natural scientific realm, it would be no wonder at all, that it works in the spiritual realm. That truth scares the hell out of the designing socialist yet strengthens and feeds the true Patriot of Liberty with divine knowledge.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    I do not subscribe to the "fragile planet" view -- it's been around a LONG time. However, I am certainly against the pollution of land, water, air, and MINDS. CO2 is not pollution -- add dirt and water, and you have the building blocks of organic life as we know it. CO2 levels have been much higher on Earth many times, and life absolutely flourishes during these periods. CO2 levels lower than what we have today were the same levels observed during the ice ages -- the lower the PPM of CO2 in the atmosphere, the closer to the next ice age we may be. CO2 could double in the atmosphere and plant life would explode -- greenhouse gardeners add CO2 to increase yields. Even the UN Plan for climate change has a target of lowering the global temperature by ONLY less than .01 degrees Celsius in 100 years (!!) -- as if they actually could.

    The global warming scare has been debunked so thoroughly that the term 'climate change' was needed to replace it. Of course climate changes and flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, you name it, have been around since the beginning and will continue forever -- in that regard, the settled science is that human activity has little affect on the weather.

    But toxic air, water, land, and MINDS are very real dangers to humanity. Taxing carbon is just another novel way to tax one's power. The natural extension would be to compel everyone to buy carbon offsets for BREATHING and FARTING. Cows in the UK have already been fitted with packs to capture 'bovine flatulence' to reduce greenhouse gases - and of course, they will get special carbon offsets for doing so. To be fair, I believe this plan has failed in the UK, but the devices were developed.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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