Category Archives: Groupthink

Sound reasoning: two recent examples

Three recent examples of sound reasoning that I would like to bring to your attention. The first is a speech to the Global Warming Policy Foundation by the former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, delivered in London this last … 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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‘Wonderlands of inanity’

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

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O dear, confirmation bias

Twenty years after Sokal and Bricmont produced their hoax on post-modernism, we have a hoax trolling the post-structuralists – just as good, and likely just as ineffectual: ‘The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ … Continue reading

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Leftist’s Action, Liberty’s Reaction

I’ve been observing developments on the left-side fringes of US politics with a growing sense of anxiety, driven in equal parts by bewilderment and deep concern. The most recent election has removed the masking slogans of tolerance, harmony and diversity, … Continue reading

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Nietzschean ‘Ressentiment’, 21st century style

Ressentiment is a reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of one’s own inferiority/failure onto an external scapegoat. The ego creates the illusion of an enemy, a cause that can be “blamed” for one’s own inferiority/failure. Thus, one was thwarted … Continue reading

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‘Unconscious Bias’: voodoo for the industrial age

Reading through the Weekend Fin I couldn’t help but notice this story about a bloke called Angus Aitken who has got himself on the wrong side of the Thought Police:

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Mind-sets, memeplexes and islamic terrorism

Long-time and/or regular readers of this notebook (should there be any) will know that one of my preoccupations has been the slothful induction of system decision-makers and thought-shapers – politicians, intelligence officers, senior police and the loudest, most prominent voices in the … Continue reading

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Narrative and Taboo

Since early November I’ve wanted to write, again, about the topic that frequently appears here – slothful induction and islamic terrorism. But new events keep occurring that cause my thoughts to become superseded, and thus I’m left having to catch … Continue reading

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Quality, not quantity

It can be lonely, being a climate change sceptic. Firstly, you find yourself surrounded on all sides by people in government and the media telling you that anthropogenic climate change is a problem, that the country must ‘do sumfink’ about … Continue reading

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