Category Archives: Narrative and Taboo

Fake News: Sharyl Attkisson’s research

A final trip down memory lane for the day: I wrote, after the 2016 US election, about the claims of Fake News that the left were making at the time. This week, I saw from this post that US journalist … 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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‘I escaped from the Sharia regime in the Swedish suburbs’

Stop for a moment. Reflect on the patent insanity of that line in the title. I escaped from the Sharia regime in the Swedish suburbs When I was growing up, not so long ago, Sweden was famous for prosperity, snow, Abba, … Continue reading

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Terrifying

‘What China is doing here is selectively breeding its population to select against the trait of critical, independent thinking.’ From here.

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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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Slothful induction and islamic terrorism: belling the cat

Colttaine says it forcibly and well.

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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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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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Monk. Islam.

Further reading of the Monk archive allowed me to find this, in his essay ISIS and the Pathology of Islam: In short, the one God of Islam is not the God of Abraham, of Micah, of Isaiah – or of … Continue reading

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