Category Archives: Epistemic Rationality

Europeans shaping the Middle East

Recently, while bored at work waiting for replies to emails, I surfed Infogalactic to the page on Mark Sykes, the Englishman who worked with the Frenchman Picot to draw the lines in the sand that defined the boundaries of a … Continue reading

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Foresight – Enoch Powell

A letter to the Financial Times, from Mr Julian Boswall, 20 June, 2017: Sir, It is not correct that the people in Britain were mendaciously told in 1975 that the common market had “no political agenda” (Letters, June 16). Enoch … Continue reading

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Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

From the Australian Financial Review, 29-30 July – ‘Slow Connections’: When Stephen Sims hears one of his clients is getting the National Broadband Network installed, he sends them a wireless router and a 4G dongle. “The NBN connections have been … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking – what is it?

Making my way through the library of Paul Monk’s essays that I recently discovered, I came across this passage in the essay Expert Knowledge and Scientific Thinking are Under Siege: The most important of…intellectual capabilities and the one most under … Continue reading

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Reid – on point

After all the garbage spewed in the media about Trump and his supporters, it’s a pleasant change to hear what to me sounds like the fundamental reality articulated so clearly. Well done Ms Reid. Note that this clip is from … Continue reading

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Kudos to orca100

… whoever you are. The subject matter is tragic, but your writing is absolutely superb, you are clever enough to see through the PC garbage, and courageous enough to write openly against it. Links here and here and here.

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Paul Gottfried on the Baizuo

From Unz: Every day I hear exasperated Trump-backers exclaim that the Left has gone crazy. And their complaint seems justified, at least up to a point. The demonstrations against Trump, which now involve such gestures as setting fires, destroying property … Continue reading

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Reality Winner, Reality Terror

I thought that this was quite a good satirical summary of the weirdness of the Reality Winner story. While reading it, this line grabbed me: Start with her name: “Reality Winner.” Then let’s tick off the other boxes: lesbian bodybuilder, … Continue reading

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Climate Change – Me, Trump, SWP, The Narrative and Thomas Bayes

On May 23, this letter appeared in the Australian Financial Review: Can we risk denying climate science? On March 9 this year Scott Pruitt, the new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, said there was “tremendous disagreement” about the … Continue reading

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‘Wonderlands of inanity’

A good article by Kevin MacDonald on why academics fear alternative viewpoints.

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