drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,

Should Factualists be allowed out in public.

One of my scary friends stumbled upon:
  1. Idols of the Tribe: This is humans' tendency to perceive more order and regularity in systems than truly exists, and is due to people following their preconceived ideas about things.

  2. Idols of the Cave: This is due to individuals' personal weaknesses in reasoning due to particular personalities, likes and dislikes.

  3. Idols of the Marketplace: This is due to confusions in the use of language and taking some words in science to have a different meaning than their common usage.

  4. Idols of the Theatre: This is due to using philosophical systems which have incorporated mistaken methods. Here Bacon is referring to the influence of major philosophers (Aristotle) and major religions on science.
[ cf Baconian Method ]
while hunting around for the scary stuff about economics, and how clearly the unborn baby jesus supports Nuclear Merchantilism, rather than the God Hating America Bashers...

It makes me wonder if maybe the society would be well served if we obloiged americans to learn stuff about things like, well, Science, and, gosh, maybe even The Age Of Reason.

I worry when I see some of the problems of 12 Myths of "12 Myths of 21st-Century War" and find that we are still in the process of continually explaining that attacking a StrawDog is not going to get one a Combat Infantry Badge, let alone, help establish an actual go forward strategy. At best it is an obfuscatory tactic trying to establish that
'support what we say to support without any reasoning, because....'
IS all that we can really do....

So what if americans were to start worrying about which of the Four Idols were in play, before trying to work out which of the rhetorical device(s) would be the most Surreal approach to not actually solving the problem.

Why gosh, who knows it might oblige folks to work out whther the Holy War needs to be funded at all, or can we just all believe that we believe that we are in one, but without wasting a pfenning on the folly. WHY GOSH!!! That was a central tenent of the whole "star trek defense iniative" of the reagan era!!! When it was more important to make sure folks never noticed the bad hair piece, than it was that it wasn't really going to be anything all that new in the science world, and even less so as a 'war fighting' capability; besides the bad hair pieces, and, well a bunch of chest beating behaviors by Canadianist Types....

So why send american troops when we can scare them with our Zel Miller Laser Death Ray Eyes!!!

And our bad hair pieces....

It worked against the SeXular Humanists....
Tags: economics, religion, war

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