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The totalitarian mind - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Approximately 40% of this country, give or take, is just fine with the president saying that black is white on Monday, and that white is black on Tuesday, and then insisting on Wednesday that he never said black was white or white was black. An undetermined portion of that group will not notice the contradictory nature of the president’s statements; another portion simply won’t care about those contradictions; another portion will applaud the contradictions for being contradictory. This is the psychology that makes totalitarianism possible.
politics  truth  deception  reality 
4 hours ago by basemaly
The Refugee Detectives
"For those convinced of the overwhelming moral and economic good of immigration, confronting those who disagree can be frustrating. I share that frustration. Drive more than a couple hundred miles in the United States, even in an area as densely populated as the Northeast, and you’ll rapidly see large, undeveloped spaces, many of them not especially beautiful. They are reminders that most of America is still, strangely enough, empty. The establishments punctuating the emptiness—the roadside inns and gas stations—tend to be operated by immigrants. Many came from benighted places, countries of the 'shithole' variety, where extreme poverty is common and a 3 a.m. shift at the front desk of a Motel 6 is worth risking your life for. The idea that America doesn’t have room for more such people strikes me as ridiculous and sad. But these are the politics of our time. The quality of mercy is strained, and the strain from perceptions of illegal immigration has already wounded the United States. Voters have elected politicians, even deeply flawed ones, who purport to be bulwarks against anarchy at the border. bamf’s efforts to improve its refugee process—like Volkswagen engineers scheming to get better mercy-mileage out of their democracy—are ones we should observe and, perhaps, emulate. Attitudes may improve toward refugees and other migrants if the process becomes credible, and the public learns to trust it and not worry about being tricked."
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14 days ago by bankbryan
Looking for Life on a Flat Earth | The New Yorker
Alan Burdick writes about a growing community of people who reject the notion that the Earth is round.
conspiracy  truth  deception  science  reality 
18 days ago by basemaly
People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their relevant knowledge and ignoring chances to learn more – Research Digest
Across five studies Hall and Raimi found that those people with the highest belief superiority also tended to have the largest gap between their perceived and actual knowledge – the belief superior consistently suffered from the illusion that they were better informed than they were. As you might expect, those with the lowest belief superiority tended to underestimate how much they knew.
psychology  thinking  truth  deception  reality 
18 days ago by basemaly
You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to | Aeon Ideas
Do we have the right to believe whatever we want to believe? This supposed right is often claimed as the last resort of the wilfully ignorant, the person who is cornered by evidence and mounting opinion: ‘I believe climate change is a hoax whateve...
thinking  conspiracy  truth  deception  politics  epistimology  philosophy 
20 days ago by basemaly
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21 days ago by jaredwsmith
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Logical Fallacies: What They Are and How to Counter Them – Effectiviology
A logical fallacy is an erroneous pattern of reasoning that contains a flaw, either in its structure or in its underlying premises. Fallacies, in their various forms, play a significant role in how people think and in how they communicate with each other, so it’s important to understand them. The following article serves as an introductory guide to logical fallacies, which will help you understand what logical fallacies are, what types of them exist, and what you can do in order to counter them.
psychology  thinking  deception 
4 weeks ago by basemaly
Facebook May Be Creating a Less-Informed Electorate - Pacific Standard
A new study finds the more people rely on their Facebook feed for news, the less politically knowledgeable they are.
psychology  socialnetwork  politics  deception 
4 weeks ago by basemaly
Social media copies gambling methods 'to create psychological cravings' | Technology | The Guardian
Methods activate ‘same brain mechanisms as cocaine’ and leads to users experiencing ‘phantom’ notification buzzing, experts warn
socialnetwork  gambling  psychology  deception 
5 weeks ago by basemaly
Breaking News | Radiolab | WNYC Studios
Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our past selves and rewrite the rules of credibility. Also, we release something terrible ...
podcasts  truth  deception  news  video 
6 weeks ago by basemaly
How Corporations Lobby Around Problems - Lawyers, Guns & Money
We found that from 1997 to 2000, when UNICEF was actively promoting tobacco control to support children’s rights, the tobacco industry saw children’s rights and UNICEF as potentially powerful threats to business that needed to be closely monitored and neutralized. The industry then positioned itself as a partner with UNICEF on youth smoking prevention initiatives as a way to avoid meaningful tobacco control measures that could save children’s lives.
business  politics  deception  capitalism  international  health 
6 weeks ago by basemaly

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