Александр Невзоров: главным изменником Родины был Петр Первый
On those who betrayed their Homeland
The idea of the traitor of the Homeland is derived from an absolutely false notion of Homeland. In Russia, this notion has so far undergone catastrophic transformations because almost every Russian regime manages to pretend that it’s Homeland. Thanks to this amazing art, every regime can easily pass its own private needs off as the voice and needs of the Homeland. And the Homeland is absolutely voiceless – it can’t appeal to the regime, not directly, nor in any other way. So the regime speaks on behalf of an absolutely mute creature. If we could interpret the notion of Homeland in a positive way, it shouldn’t have required 10,000 dead bodies, 10,000 Russian boys the city Grozny was strewn with during the First Chechen War. However, at the time the regime on behalf of the Homeland was persuading us that it was necessary. Vladimir Putin creates the scary monsters of propaganda himself and most likely believes in them.
When I hear the expression "the traitor of the Homeland", I immediately understand that it’s about some people in service of the state who chose a very carefree, prosperous, in every way lazy life, and all for the sake of status and stripes. If you’re an intelligence officer, you need to be prepared to pay the price for your idleness and epaulettes. By default, a dose of Novichok, a bullet or a poisoned umbrella come as a package deal with this profession.
On the Nobel Prize
I admit that the works that were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine this year are bright, hard-won and unquestionably scientific, despite the fact that I was cheering for other laureates. But at the same time, I see that these works are a pure engineering – a certain skill and an amazing example of how the existing scientific knowledge should be applied in order to make the overall picture more clear, beautiful, lucid and voluminous.
But these works are not the Theory of Relativity, the discoveries of Ivan Petrovitch Pavlov in Physiology of Digestion or the discoveries of Watson and Crick. Such discoveries force us to make adjustments in our whole worldview. These scientists without asking us were breaking into our worldview, were doing what was necessary and one day we woke up as different people. It’s a living, natural consequence of any true intellect – to be able to react, to interact with all important scientific information.
Today Nobel Prizes don’t offer us any breakthroughs, things that must immediately be included in one’s intellectual or life baggage. There’s nothing tragic about this, it doesn’t detract from modern discoveries in any way, and I wholeheartedly take my hat off to them. They’re not to blame for the fact that in the modern science there’s almost no basis for the global, worldview-changing discoveries, and scientists have to deal with little things, breadcrumbs, important, but small details – to refine, develop and think how to apply them to life. It’s amazing anyway.
The most fundamental, simple and important knowledge, such as conditioned reflex theory and a special structure of the DNA, has been discovered and obtained and I guess it must take some time before the humanity gets to deeper and more revolutionary things. There’s a law of unstoppable expansion of knowledge, according to which knowledge is always incomplete and any of it will necessarily be refined and adjusted.
There are many nice boys and girls who like to write and think about science. And sometimes they get too radical, falling into this pure scientism that requires seeing science as something finished, as the pinnacle at this very moment. And you would like to say to them: guys just imagine what would happen if you suddenly attended a serious scientific conference in 2354 with all of your present fanatical, extreme notions of black holes, gravitation, and the non-existence of time as matter. Imagine the size of the tomato that would be thrown at you, and how your present knowledge would be ridiculed.
Of course, we won’t be alive to see it, but it has to be understood that the important discoveries in science happen when a huge amount of crude little scraps of information has been accumulated, and then somebody manages to receive, absorb, synthesize, reformulate and compile them in a different way. And only then we get an absolutely new phenomenon that transforms our conception of the world.