Monthly Archives: September 2020

Lots of Links, Two Lists, and a Few Comments: Republican Delusion and Denial

Sean McElwee at Rolling Stone, Six Studies That Show Everything Republicans Believe is Wrong Subtitle: “It’s time for the right wing to stop lying about the minimum wage, taxes, global warming and more” The great 20th-century economist John Maynard Keynes … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Speaking Fox; Ideology and Lies; Fear and Paranoia

It’s difficult to get away from the current crisis, and threat. The Atlantic, Megan Garber: Do You Speak Fox?. Subtitle: How Donald Trump’s favorite news source became a language Political theorists, over the years, have looked for metaphors to describe … Continue reading

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How These Projects Are Proceeding; Status; Word Counts

Projects. I’ve just edited this to change two targets end-dates from 2019 to 2020. It would be fair to imagine that I’ve gotten more done this year on my various projects than I otherwise would due to the pandemic and … Continue reading

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Notes for the Book: Deutsch on Reality

I’m still, intermittently, reading my way through David Deutsch’s The Fabric of Reality, and today came across these passages, that echo and underscore my thoughts in Notes for the Book: Hierarchy of Knowledge and Human Affairs. I said in that … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: A Proposition; Why So Many Still Support Trump

Decades ago, from reading reviews of books and movies I had read and seen, I formulated a proposition that runs something like this: There is no work of art (book, film, painting, song) so universally admired that someone, somewhere, will … Continue reading

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Link and Comment: Profile of an Anti-Vaxxer

This one deserves a post of its own. Today in Salon, a profile of a hypothetical anti-vaxxer couple, Jim and Jenny. Inside the mind of an anti-vax parent. Subtitle: A researcher who studies the anti-vaccination movement digs into the psychological … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: US rank in social progress; How to debate a flat earther

Are there any recent links that aren’t about Trump, or the Republicans? Well here’s one about American society in general. USA is Number One? NYT, Nicholas Kristoff: ‘We’re No. 28! And Dropping!’. Subtitle: A measure of social progress finds that … Continue reading

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Andrew Shtulman: SCIENCEBLIND: Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong

(Basic Books, 2017) Here’s a book I read earlier this year and am only just now boiling my notes down into a coherent summary. (Well actually I started boiling my notes down but ended up just cleaning up the remainder, … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Dishonest Republicans; Covid-19 Skepticism; Carl Sagan’s prediction of a charlatan leader

Why are Republicans so routinely dishonest? Do they think they cannot win without cheating? Or do they think they have some ‘higher purpose’ that excuses cheating (my provisional conclusion, which alas applies to every group of zealots throughout history, who … Continue reading

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Status; Links and Comments: Conservative Willful Misunderstanding of Coronavirus Deaths

I’m behind on commenting on newspaper and magazine articles; it’s been almost two weeks! This is because, as I’ve detailed on Facebook (though I realize some readers of this blog might not see my Facebook posts), I’ve been busy finishing … Continue reading

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