Category Archives: Belief Preservation

Two articles from Zerohedge: Grand Strategy; Social Belief Preservation

Two articles in Zerohedge that caught my attention: First: Kyle Bass Warns Trump: Don’t Take The Easy Way Out With China When it comes to the trade talks with China, President Donald Trymp and his negotiators have more leverage than … Continue reading

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Notes on Orwell’s ‘Notes on Nationalism’

Late last year – why, I can’t exactly remember – I printed out and re-read Orwell’s Notes on Nationalism. While I had first discovered it back when I was in high school – Orwell’s essays were on the reading list … Continue reading

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Grievance Studies Hoax: Peterson interviews Lindsay, Boghossian and Pluckrose

Jordan Peterson interviews the three academics behind the Grievance Studies hoax. Well worth your time. More here.

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Two Observations Arising from ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

This afternoon, while doing my housework, I watched the 2011 version of John le Carr√©’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I don’t think it’s as good as the 1979 original: to be fair, the version starring Alec Guinness would be hard … Continue reading

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Mind-set as Body Snatcher

A fascinating tale of how the tendency toward belief preservation, even in the most obscure and insignificant matters, can turn normal, intelligent people into devils.

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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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