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Time to learn some new words and concepts?

weekend blog

We live in new and exciting times:

  • We have almost destroyed our economy and burdened the next 5 to 10 generations with unrepayable levels of debt in order to fight a virus leaked from a US-funded Chinese lab which has a mortality rate of less than 1%. To put the WuFlu’s mortality rate into context, the 1917/18 Spanish Flu had a mortality rate of possibly up to 30%
  • We are continuing to wreck our economy due to a ludicrous ‘original sin’ superstition that human activities are causing supposedly catastrophic changes in the Earth’s climate
  • Our rulers are genuflecting to a West-hating doctrine blaming white people for all the world’s problems rather ignoring the fact that almost every advance in science, technology, medicine and art for at least the last 2,000 years has come from white people

To adapt to this wonderful new world, there may be some words, with which not all readers may be familiar, which help explain what is happening.

Here are just a few:

kakistocracy (/kækɪˈstɒkrəsi//kækɪsˈtɒ-/) is a government run by the worst, least qualified or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the seventeenth century. In the 1960s and even 1970s, we had ‘conviction politicians’ – people who had entered politics due to a genuine desire to improve the lives of their voters. Moreover, these were often people who had genuine work experience before becoming politicians. But many of today’s politicians are ‘career politicians’ who only enter politics for power, vanity and the opportunities to become wealthy and have seldom any practical work experience. As one civil servant explained to a parliamentary enquiry: ‘very few ministers have ever run anything. There is no way you are going to convert them into good managers’:

 

Apophenia (/æpˈfniə/) is the tendency to perceive meaningful connections between unrelated things. The term (German: Apophänie from the Greek verb ἀποφαίνειν (apophaínein)) was coined by psychiatrist Klaus Conrad in his 1958 publication on the beginning stages of schizophrenia. He defined it as “unmotivated seeing of connections [accompanied by] a specific feeling of abnormal meaningfulness”He described the early stages of delusional thought as self-referential over-interpretations of actual sensory perceptions, as opposed to hallucinations.

Apophenia has also come to describe a human propensity to unreasonably seek patterns in random information, such as can occur while gambling or seeing a connection between atmospheric CO2 levels and global temperatures.

Here’s a typical chart supposedly ‘proving’ that atmospheric CO2 levels are causing global warming:

But here are three charts showing that we could just as easily compare the rise in atmospheric CO2 levels to rising life expectancy or rising literacy and claim increased CO2 makes you live longer and improves your reading skills:

In fact, the Earth cooled in the 1960s and 1970s causing ‘scientists’ to predict a new Ice Age that would devastate agriculture and lead to mass starvation and wars:

So the rising trends in life expectancy and literacy both provide a better match with rising CO2 levels than the trend in the Earth’s temperature. But this is something climate catastrophists tend not to mention.

The antidote to Apophenia is to remember that correlation does not always imply causation.

 

Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of deliberate, culturally-induced ignorance or doubt, typically to sell a product or win favour, particularly through the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data.

Coined in 1995 by Stanford University professor Robert N. Proctor, along with linguist Iain Boal, the word is based on the Neoclassical Greek word agnōsis (ἄγνωσις, ‘not knowing’; cf. Attic Greek ἄγνωτος, ‘unknown’) and -logia (-λογία). Proctor cites as a prime example the tobacco industry’s 40-year public relations campaign to manufacture about the adverse health effects of tobacco use.

Active causes of culturally-induced ignorance can include the influence of the media, corporations and governmental agencies, through secrecy and falsification and suppression of information. We can see how culturally-induced ignorance has been effectively used to terrify us into giving up our most basic freedoms due to supposed threats like the Chinese lab-leaked plague and the climate catastrophist doomsday preachers:

 

Oikophobia  (Greekoîkos, ‘househousehold‘ + phóbos, ‘fear’; The term has been used in political contexts to refer critically to political ideologies that are held to repudiate one’s own culture and laud others. One prominent such usage was by Roger Scruton in his 2004 book England and the Need for Nations. For reasons that I do not comprehend, it has become fashionable in the developed West for people to indulge in narcissistic displays of loathing of all aspects of Western civilisation. Douglas Murray’s new book -THE WAR ON THE WEST – explores this strange phenomenon which is tearing Western societies apart while a self-confident, resurgent and aggressive China takes over the world:

7 comments to Time to learn some new words and concepts?

  • “The antidote to Apophenia is to remember that correlation does not always imply causation.”

    Below is a very good video on that topic. The entire video is very well worth watching.

    In my opinion, HIV AIDS was the first test run creation of a “pandemic” by Big Pharma.

    Dr Kary Mullis was the biochemist winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He died in August 2019, conveniently just before Covid broke out. Convenient because imagine what he would have had to say about the current “pandemic”.

    Kary Mullis, inventor of the PCR [test], talks about the HIV-AIDS connection –

  • Bad Brian

    Douglas Murray’s new book The War on the West is a “must read” for everyone and i am sure it will bring him great sucess.

    The problem is that it left me feeling exhausted and struggling to find the will to carry on.

    The extent to how far the lunatics have taken over the asylum is frightening and the way that third rate politicians, intelectuals and heads of public institutions have leapt onboard the woke agenda at great cost to the general public is unbelieviable.

    HWe are now told that mathematics can be racist and that 2 + 2 could in some circumstances add up to five depending on your cultural background and if you don’t go along with this then it is you that is the racist and you who are the problem. When teachers, professors and the heads of teaching institutes go along with and agree with this rubbish, because of the dire consequences to their careers due to cancel culture, you know the game is lost.

    This is gutless corwardice on an industrial scale, it should be called out as such and we know , thanks to a nasty little Austrian, who pretended to be a German, exactly how turning a blind eye to evil and stupidity ends up costing us all dearly. .

  • Kerledan

    An excellent blog, David, as so often you have hit the nail on the head. These unfamiliar words should become very familiar. There’s a very long-standing debate in linguistics about whether you can express something if you haven’t got a word for it in your language. Orwell in 1984 wrote that an aim of Newspeak was to limit and baffle the meanings of English words so some things could simply not be expressed.

    You have put a name to something I couldn’t put a name to, although I certainly knew what it was: Agnotology

    And again, Apophenia. This is basically ‘correlation does not mean causation’, as in examples such as the number of pirates on the high seas and global warming. There is a correlation between the reduction in pirates and the rise in temperatures. But this is not a sign of causality!

  • Marc Ager

    What Dr Mullis said about HIV AIDS in the video in the comments about it, sounds exactly what is being said about the Covid-19 “pandemic” by the growing number of very brave physicians and scientists now. – labelled as the heretics by the nutters in control of governments and media, just as it used to be when the Church used to do the condemning.

    Such as: “I don’t like doctors. There is something very scary about people wearing white things… It sort of reminds me of the Church. And I think that the scientists and the Church are something to think about, because they’ve gotten to be the same. The Catholics moved out and the scientists moved in.”

  • A Thorpe

    These are the issues we see today, but are they the cause of the problems some of us see? Perhaps we need to look back in time for the real cause. I have been thinking that the cause of WWII goes back to WWI and that probably goes back to the Franco-Prussian war but the book on Crowds by Le Bon blames the problems in Europe at the end of the 19th century on the French Revolution. I have just seen part of a lecture being premiered on YouTube by David Starkey and he also refers back to the French Revolution. I think it will be worth listening to in full.

    Our present politicians have no vision of where they want to lead us because they have no understanding of the past. Le Bon discusses civilisation needing hope of a better future, which religion gave us. The better future we are being promised now comes from generating fear. Fear that we are destroying the planet and must take actions that will destroy our civilisation in the process through lack of energy. Fear of a virus resulted in the unacceptable restrictions on our lives and an enforced vaccination that is probably more dangerous than the virus. Starkey said a complete rethink is needed. He is right, but we will not get it with our present politicians.

  • A Thorpe

    Just saw a quote relevant to this –

    “People not only don’t know what’s happening to them, they don’t even know that they don’t know.”

    ― Noam Chomsky

  • Eric Legge

    The Woke Reformations: Historical Parallels –

    Starkey discusses the parallels that exist between advances in the emerging social media of the 1500s – how Martin Luther popularised the new invention of printed books/pamphlets to bring about sudden social change – and the way in which modern social media has brought about the new religion of wokery.

    The Woke Reformations: Historical Parallels –

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