I’m SO glad the stain is on Republicans…I don’t think it will be so easy to wash out, either. It’s now the “party of [gag!] trump”.
I wouldn’t plan on flushing that toilet just yet. Sure, Trump “sold it” but the puppet master has to be the Mercer.Donor class that is crazier and greedier than the Kochs and they really want to ‘blow it up’. It is getting so that talking heads on TV are voicing their fears - any many are from past positions at DoJ and Intell. Sheesh…
I know…and don’t think I’m not every bit as disturbed as you & others are. WTF!
Omar here. Semiretired teacher, traveling constantly between China, where I taught for 12 years (Philosophy, Literature, Writing, and of cours, spoken English) and the US (Buffalo,NY for friends, San Diego for family). Before that taught philosophy in NYC and South Carolina. Some online teaching now.
Trying to figure out how to talk to, to debate, to argue rationally with Trumpists. I met one in Nanjing, a colleague, Chinese. I asked how he knew what he claimed to, and explained carefully what I was looking, a process of reasoning, a single verifiable original source I could check out. He referred me to Breibart! I’ve just finished debating another (a Holocaust and moon landing denier, and much else besides!) on a Kant (German 19th century philosopher) listserve. I explained in Kantian terms that his suspicions of conspiracy didn’t amount to evidence, that possibility isn’t the same as actuality. I got nowhere. I’m here now.
Welcome, you’re now among the sane.
The thing is, there’s no escaping the need to deal with these people. They are everywhere, and they will be around even if the idiot is voted out.
Right now we’re talking to our reflections. I appreciate that a forum like this teaches us how to use the tools of political organization available and yet to be imagined. But we need to figure out if these voters who are bypassed by our political organizing, can be made to budge through reasoning.
When they say fake news, we need to ask: which news in particular? How do you know it’s fake?What would convince you that its not fake? How did you actually arrive at this claim? How do you know that your source is true, that it too isn’t fake? We ask them for their method of judging in order to get them thinking, because I don’t think they actually know how to.
And if they turn it around, then we have to be able to answer. If We dont, and simply offer an alternative opinion for theirs, then it’s reasonable to ask: why we think ourselves to be the sane ones?
Good point. Each side is deeply entrenched in their own belief system.
We all suffer from Confirmation Bias, or what could be known as living in our own echo chamber.
Confirmation bias, also called confirmatory bias or myside bias,[Note 1] is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs or hypotheses. It is a type of cognitive bias and a systematic error of inductive reasoning. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs (From Wiki)
Right. But creating the tools to actual overcome them is what I’m thinking hard on.
I’ve come to realize that as anti intellectual as Trump is, there is some sophistication and philosophical grounding in his approach. I heard Gingrich, a while back, use the language of postmodernism to describe what he and they are doing. One sees it in the notion of “alternative facts”, facts being what you say they are; there is no ultimate determinant of fact, no Big truth. So create your own, and get others to repeat them, and you win in the game for truth.
The paradox is that those who shaped such ideas- Nietzsche, and more recently Rorty, Judith Butler and many others, wouldnt want anything to do with these guys. But you destroy the traditional enlightenment icons- science, rational justification, Truth, and that may be what you get.
So how to combat ideas that are not without power, at least in their premises?! To be sure, the typical Trumpist is clueless to all this, but s/he is imitating his language, his method, and he is certainly instinctually attuned to hermeneutical control of the discourse. I want us to provide tools to reshape that discourse back to science and reason, and if not that, than to an alternative that I could be proud to identify with.
Welcome! – Good thoughts – and let me say, you’ve come to the right place. @matt is right on your wavelength. He has built a remarkable platform here to help wage the war against “alternative facts.” Yes, there’s always more we can do, but this site provides a solid foundation and a powerful set of tools to help us spread the truth.
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to @matt and the whole WTFJHT team.
That’s a real challenge when we’re dealing with so many who rely on “beliefs” and an anti-science bias in favor of “alternative facts”.
Hi I’m a grandma from Florida. I enjoy reading Matt’s blog everyday except the weekends. There is a large MainCoon Cat that I share my opinions with. Like WTFJHT AND WHY IS THAT JERK STILL PRESIDENT.
What does the cat say?
She says…”Somebody needs to bury that orange crap cuz it stinks”
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