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Olavo de Carvalho

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Olavo de Carvalho is 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 Galileo 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] Tasawwuf (Sufism) in Brazil

In 1986 Olavo de Carvalho was a member of the Tariqah of brothers Omar Ali-Shah and Idries Shah.[5][6] Olavo de Carvalho had been initiated in the Tariqah of Frithjof Schuon, the centre of many scandals that were never investigated to the end, and also to a Muslim centre in Brasilia, financed by the Saudi Arabi government, the very same government that gave him a prize for a book on Islam, a fact he proudly shows as proof of his intellectual stance. Olavo de Carvalho had a Muslim name, Sidi Muhammad, a proof of conversion.[7][8]

Tales de Carvalho, Olavo's son, has been identified as a Muslim convert, also known as Sidi Muhammad Issa, a faqir alawi, muqaddam of Ba 'Alawiyya in Brazil.[9]

[edit] Letter from Constantine Menges

In September 2002, Constantine Menges sent a letter to Olavo de Carvalho in which he agreed with the Brazilian philosopher’s analysis of the current political situation in Brazil. Constantine Menges was a senior foreign policy official in the White House's National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).[10]

[edit] UnoAmerica

Alan Keyes, Olavo de Carvalho and Alejandro Peña Esclusa, president of UnoAmerica, met in 3 March 2009 in Washington D.C. for an informal and friendly talk.[11] In July 2010, Olavo de Carvalho denounces plot against Alejandro Peña Esclusa, was arrested on terrorism-related charges.[12] According to the website of the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications & Information, Alejandro Peña Esclusa was the head of a plan to murder Pope John Paul II during a visit to Venezuela in 13 November 1984.

[edit] Footnotes

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Se procurava Olavo de Carvalho (português), há um artigo na RacionalWiki em Português.
  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
  5. Tradição, a seita que extorque em dólares, agora caso de polícia O Estado de S. Paulo, 10 de janeiro de 1986
  6. Astrólogo diz que recebe ameaças por ter denunciado atividade de seita Folha de S. Paulo, 11 de janeiro de 1986
  7. Exposing a Brazilian Agent Provocateur Geopolitica.ru, 3 April 2014.
  8. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1JPIT2Tc8h0c0NQS1Ytb1NJXzA/
  9. SILVA FILHO, Mário Alves da. A Mística Islâmica em Terræ Brasilis: o Sufismo e as Ordens Sufis em São Paulo. Dissertação (Mestrado em Ciências da Religião). São Paulo: PUC/SP, 2012.
  10. Constantine C. Menges’ Letter to Olavo de Carvalho. 19 September 2002.
  11. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL453F9EF1A6A09F98
  12. Urgent appeal - Olavo de Carvalho UnoAmerica, 15 July 2010.
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