Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Falsification and Doublethink

Falsification is a basic principle of scientific thinking. If you're not the sciencey type, you may remember from math class that you can disprove a theorem by assuming it to be true, and then extrapolating it until you come to a conclusion that is known to be false, or if you come to two contradictory conclusions. So you can use it on scientific thinking other than mathematical, of course, but it gets a little fuzzier, because math is as simple as it gets.

This is an indication of the anti-science orientation of liberalism, because falsification doesn't enter anywhere into liberal thinking. Indeed, liberal thinking is impossible without the copious use of "doublethink," which is the principle of ignoring contradictions that disprove one's thesis.

For example, normal sane people, who naturally assume that falsification falsifies, can't, out of principle, believe two contradictory things at the same time (as Orwell defined "doublethink"), but liberals not only can, but must so believe.  A common case of doublethink is to deny the validity of the concept of "intelligence," along with intelligence tests and related statistics.  While denying intelligence, they commonly point out that it's been proven by "science" that liberals are more intelligent than conservatives.  A normal person can't believe that both things are true, but a liberal has the power of doublethink.

Elsewhere, they can insist that deficit spending is a good thing, and criticize conservatives for ruining the economy with deficit spending.  And they can wring their hands over the horrors of war while cheering Obama's drones on.

And, Steve Sailer points out today, they can also insist that everybody is born equally intelligent (yeah, I know) and environment and environment alone causes differing intellectual outcomes, while they insist that only the best genetic specimens be permitted to create these environments.  Steve says it better in

"I Quit Teach for America"

1 comment:

  1. Back in the 1980's I was tutoring an 8th grader who had spent several years in Chicago schools. She was 16, and was studying the same arithmetic my 9 year old
    was studying in 5th grade. She was behind both in grade and subject mastery because of school closures in Chicago due to funding shortages and strikes.
    My respect for liberal managed education never recovered.