Category Archives: The Mind & Society

The Mad Left turns violent

A concerning article by Michael Snyder at the Economic Collapse blog: I don’t think that most conservatives really understand what is happening. These radical leftists are ready to put their lives on the line.  They are entirely convinced that Donald Trump … Continue reading

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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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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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Postive Versus Normative Philosophy: Your Place in Their Plan

I remember reading many years ago, when studying for my bachelors degree in economics, about the difference between positive and normative economics: the first aimed to describe the world as it is, the other wanted to change the world so … 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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Fearless girl

Feminine delusion made manifest, in bronze, all funded by an infinite supply of fiat currency, envy and wishful thinking. Fearless, and brainless. And in mortal danger. But we, as a society, are no longer reality-based. And so we can imagine … Continue reading

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John Kay: insight into the mind-set of the ageing policy elite

When I first started reading the Financial Times seventeen years ago, three columnists stood out for the quality of their thought: the film reviewer (whose name I’ve forgotten), Martin Wolf and John Kay. I don’t know what has happened to … 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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