Olavo de Carvalho

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A Brazilian astrologer, right wingnut, Marlboro chimney and self proclaimed philosopher.

Besides firmly believing that communism is a very real threat, denying climate change, believing that Obama's birth certificate is false and defending astrology as a legitimate science, he also isn't very fond of scientists, because they "spend all their time in their labs, amazed by their mystic powers and spend no time studying the history of reason and cultures".[1] He also seems to think that all scientists want to create some sort of scientocracy.

Some say that he does interesting and actually intelligent and/or useful things a few occasions, however it gets so easily lost in his barrage of insults and bullshit that it becomes impossible to salvage his (scarce) good ideas.

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[edit] Bad astronomy

Being an astrologer, he hates any and all scientists that dare say that the alignment of stars, planets, asteroids, comets and other stuff doesn't magically decide some aspects of your life. He even went as far as trying to oppose Isaac Newton's mechanics purely on philosophical ground and accusing him of spreading atheism. How and/or why? Because his thesis was self contradicting and nobody wanted to tell him that.[2].

As if that wasn't enough, he also dissed Galielo accusing him of "infusing charlatanism" in his theories. Another important thing is that he does not believe that the Inquisition slowed scientific progress down. Why? Because if you read the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, you won't find any scientifc theories in there, silly![3]

[edit] On evolution and creationism/ID

Evolution, being a science, isn't very well looked upon by Olavo. He refutes it on the basis that he doesn't fully understand it (at least he's sincere about this) and that it cannot be fully proven because it is a "theory of the whole". Funny thing is that he defends ID/creationism as legitimate science while also saying that they cannot be fully proven because "if you take the verse 'and God created light and dark etc.' you'll find beauty, but you'll also find strange things, because His creation cannot be as perfect as Him, so the cosmos must be less than perfect". And to think he frequently argues that people simply don't understand basic logic and reasoning.

[edit] The evil left

Straight from Wikipedia[4]:

He sees a characteristic of the revolutionary mind in the inversion of the perception of time. He says normal individuals, based on common sense, view the past as something immutable and the future as something that can be changed (it is contingent, as Carvalho puts it). However, the leftist revolutionary sees the utopian future as a goal that eventually will be reached no matter what and the past as something that can be changed, through reinterpretation, to accommodate it.

Carvalho points out that because the revolutionary believes implicitly in a future utopia where there will be no evil, this same revolutionary believes that no holds should be barred in achieving that utopia. Thus, his own criminal activities in achieving that goal are above reproach.

This explains why he so often strawmans the whole left in a light similar to Ayn Rand's in Atlas Shrugged.

[edit] The least you have to know to not be an idiot

This book (O mínimo que você precisa saber para não ser um idiota) is a collection of his many articles for magazines published between 1997 and 2013, where he treats with his own version of philosophy a variety of themes.

[edit] Footnotes

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3RMLu0en0Q Creationism has good scientific arguments that haven't been refuted
  2. http://www.olavodecarvalho.org/semana/060615jb.html
  3. https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olavo_de_Carvalho#Ci.C3.AAncia In his book Jardim das Aflições
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olavo_de_Carvalho#Ideas His english Wikipedia page
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