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Thinking Critically and Rationally

Critical rationalists hold that scientific theories, and any other claims to knowledge, can and should be rationally criticized, and (if they have empirical content) can and should be subjected to tests which may falsify them.

Thus claims to knowledge may be contrastively, normatively evaluated. They are either falsifiable and thus empirical (in a very broad sense), or not falsifiable and thus non-empirical. Those claims to knowledge that are potentially falsifiable can then be admitted to the empire.

In plain English: Being rational is one thing, but are you thinking critically as well? If you are, then you are open to the idea of being wrong, because it leads to a better society. People have killed and been killed over ideologies that were later proven to be invalid. Many were neither rational nor critical of their own ideas. Some were only one of these things.

So how about it? Before another law is passed, before another person dies or kills for the wrong reasons–let’s think critically and rationally about EVERYTHING. That means putting your party-specific biases aside.

Jersey Shore, the Coliseum, and Obama

Have you ever wondered what popular culture is all about, and why it is so vacuous and devoid of worthwhile intellectual conversation? It’s to placate the masses.

Popular culture isn’t about thinking, it’s about placating the masses, allowing them to vicariously live through imaginary people. It is the ultimate Shakespearean tragedy.

Who watches Jersey Shore? People who are desperate to believe that their lives are relatively not that hopeless. Who watches celebrity gossip? People who want to watch the stars fall back down to earth with the rest of the “regular folk”.

Roman political leaders knew the importance of the Coliseum. It served the same purpose that the television, a major delivery system of the pop culture dream, which placated the masses.

Now ask yourself: Why does Obama go on The View?

When Democracy Gives a Voice to Envy

“(The Ephesians) said: nobody shall be the best among us; and if someone is outstanding, then let him be so elsewhere, and among others.”

Eric Hopper, The Open Society and its Enemies

So democracy gives a voice to envy and class warfare leading to the great equalizer – totalitarianism. The only problem is that those who take power under this tribal form of government are the very people ostracized under democracy – the elites.

As people demand that government take power away from both them, and  those that have earned their way through life, they in effect create an even worse class of elites than they ever intended.

And these elites eventually answer to no one.

-Mike

The Origins of Liberals and Conservatives

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The following story was sent to me from a close relative. The source is unknown.

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

  1. Liberals
  2. Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery.

That’s how villages were formed. Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement….

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQs and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement. Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. They became known as girlie-men.

Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided. Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass for obvious reasons.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men.

Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn’t fair to make the pitcher also bat. Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud or Miller. They eat red meat and still provide for their women.

Conservatives are big game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, engineers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively.

Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living. Liberals produce little. They prefer to govern the producers…. and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America.

They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get something for nothing. Here ends today’s lesson in world history: It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it.

A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to piss them off.

And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self…

When Affirmative Action Can Hurt Education

Is affirmative action really helping those it claims to be empowering? What are the results of a system that means to do well, but is based upon comparisons between cultures, or an upper-crust point of view?

Those who are most vocal about affirmative action are of course the more articulate minority members – the advantaged who speak in the name of the disadvantaged. Their position on the issue may accord with their own personal experience, as well as their own self-interest. But that cannot dismiss the growing evidence that it is precisely the disadvantaged who suffer from affirmative action.

-Thomas Sowell

When a culture decides through spontaneous order, unaware of how to equip its members for success, those “decisions” will be reflected in comparisons with other cultures.

Education is a prime example — cultures that reward high levels of education trend far better than those that do not. This historically held true long before mandatory public schooling was implemented.