Category Archives: Belief Preservation

Shooting the messenger: Seymour Hersh on Barack Obama

From an interview Hersh gave to the London Review of Books in May 2015: He’s edgy. Much more edgy than people think. He’s somebody you don’t go to with bad news. Example: his great piece of jurisdiction was Obamacare, and … Continue reading

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Belief Preservation: the EgyptAir, Cologne and Ad Hominem Reflexes, and Slothful Induction

Last month I wrote about what I called the Jacobs-Kum Reflex. Quite proud of myself for having given a name to a common phenomenon, I started thinking about other manifestations of Third-Form Belief Preservation to which I could give names. … Continue reading

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The Jacobs-Kum Reflex: Belief Preservation as a Socially-Acceptable Form of Insanity

I had cause to re-visit this post yesterday. Two-and-a-bit years on, I found that it needed some corrections – I must have been in something of a rush when I put it together. But I also found it interesting to … Continue reading

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Out-group shaming, and SA-TI and the process of changing one’s mind: Cassie Jaye’s TED Talk

Some interesting anecdotes from Cassie Jaye, producer of the film The Red Pill, given at her TED Talk in Marin County, California, in October last year: First: out-group shaming, and the demonisation not only of those on the outside of … Continue reading

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Third Form Belief Preservation – Semmelweis Reflex – Question Time, Didsbury Mosque, Douglas Murray and Mark Steyn

In trying to understand the ways that belief preservation manifests itself, I’ve separated its manifestations into¬† four different subtypes: First-form belief preservation: actively filtering information, so as to avoid information that challenges existing beliefs, and finding and following information and … Continue reading

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