Category Archives: Mind-sets and Logic-Bubbles

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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Closed-Mindedness Leading to Extreme Beliefs: Homicidal Cult-Marx Nuttery

Society is progressing broadly in a way that I have long feared. You know what’s next. It will just get worse when people realise that the money has run out and there isn’t anything left to spend on ‘social programmes’, … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton’s Logic Bubble

I’ve previously introduced readers to the idea of a logic bubble. This is a concept introduced by the magnificent and prolific Edward de Bono in his book Edward de Bono’s Thinking Course. The Logic-Bubble is a way of thinking about a person’s … Continue reading

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Confirmation bias: reporting the story, or the story as one sees it?

In a letter to the Financial Times of July 6, Martin Staniforth engages in critical thinking and asks the right questions: Sir, Peter Geiger (Letters, July 3) castigates public servants for relying on expert advice. However he seems only too … Continue reading

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Confirmation bias: Zhou Enlai’s quip about the French Revolution

From a letter to the Financial Times by Jonathan Fenby, Chairman of China Research at TS Lombard: Sir, The quip from Zhou Enlai that it was “too early to tell about the impact of the French Revolution, cited by Lex … Continue reading

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Habituation: Japan and their difficult neighbours

Also seen in the Financial Times on Friday, from Japan, missiles and bad 1980s bands: There are tow leading answers to why the Nikkei 225 Average only dropped 0.9 per cent in intraday trading on Tuesday despite the heightened risk … Continue reading

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Dégringolade

All week, I’ve thought of putting my thoughts on Charlottesville and the aftermath together in a succinct, powerful essay. But I can’t. Too much of significance has happened, my time and my cognitive resources have been diverted to other, more … Continue reading

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Anomalies, Red Flags and Insights – an Example

From the Australian Financial Review, 29-30 July – ‘Nudity, fish and guns in the new age of inflation’: To casual readers, the cover of the June 2009 edition of British Vogue, featuring supermodel Natalia Vodianova in the nude, was a … Continue reading

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