Category Archives: Motivated Reasoning

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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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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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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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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Rationalisation, discrimination, de-legitimisation … you know the rest

Interested, while controlling my revulsion at the subject matter, to read this, via Unz: By the logic of gay liberation, Thiel is an example of a man who has sex with other men, but not a gay man. Because he … Continue reading

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‘This is the essence of what it means to be crazy’: Justin Raimondo seeks to explain the inexplicable

An excellent and laconic, and honed essay by Justin Raimondo at Anti-War, describing and seeking to explain a phenomenon which I have trouble getting my head around: the self-defeating and self-deluding behaviour of the elites in western countries. Some excerpts: 

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Verballing Paul Volcker

I was interested to learn of this publication, written by two of the lecturers under whom I studied at university (plus a third who is unknown to me). While occupying a place on the n-dimensional political spectrum which is the polar opposite … Continue reading

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Belief Preservation among economists

Vox Day interviews academic economist Steve Keen about the problems some economists have adjusting to reality: VOX: Why do you think the mainstream economists failed to learn anything from the 2008 crisis, given the fact that these minor school economists, … Continue reading

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Real-Time Belief Preservation

Razib Khan notices real, existing belief preservation shaping public policy and the public-policy debate in the United States: On the flip side of this, many liberals erase Asian Americans from the landscape of our culture if it does not serve … Continue reading

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