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  1. Fred Thornton
    November 8, 2022 @ 10:12 am

    An interesting read, thanks for publishing this one. The closing paragraph contains a assumption I’ve been operating from for several decades, and nothing I’ve seen contradicts that assumption in the least. This article actually supports one of my stances that I’m very certain is considered whack job crackpot by a great many conventional thinkers.

    These days, it can feel as if the entire country has been given over to a vast psychological experiment being run either by no one or by Steve Bannon. Rational agents would be able to think their way to a solution. But, on this matter, the literature is not reassuring.

    To say an experiment run by “no one” is a contradiction in terms, and to promote Steve Bannon to such a potency sounds more like a witch hunt than good science. Not to mention quite contradictory to the assertion contained in the (very collectivist) title of the book “The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone”

    IF there be truth in that title THEN to name a single individual, in this case the political player Steve Bannon, as some prime architect of a society wide effort at tyranny by emotional manipulation is transparent false. By their own reasoning it can’t be just one individual, that would contradict the entirety of their collectivist world view, ergo to name one individual must then resolve as an effort to create a scapegoat for a large and rather potent collective to hide behind.

    Collectives are hard to hide. You can hide an agenda, with a degree of effort such as is seen above, but it’s hard to hide the physical. Which is why when I argue in very close support to what this article asserts I don’t name an individual to be my villain, I hang a working handle of a functional nature (which incorporates the big three of all genuine conspiracy theory and police work… motive, means, and opportunity) on the only people who could pull off such a plot: Empire Academia’s Kingdom of Psychology.