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Yep,

19 Sep

pretty much.

Remember, there was a lot of mocking Trump when he complained about Obama “wiretapping” him and his organization. But I guess he was right, eh? Still, don’t expect admissions of fault or mea culpas. Say it with me, “Trump was right and the Lefty News Media was wrong.” There. That wasn’t so hard, was it? And it has the added merit of actually being true!

Apologies and self-reflection are just not in the Left’s nature (and the MSM is the Left). It’s not who they are. Don’t expect that leopard to change its spots…

But if YOU were snookered, shame on you! You should have known. Heaven knows this is not the first time the MSM has trotted out fake things and yet you bought this most recent crap hook, line, and sinker. You should have been more skeptical. Please, in the future, don’t be fooled again. There is just no excuse for it.

So what truly are the MSM? Unreliable shills. Face it, you simply can’t get the truth from those sources. Sorry, do the hard lifting yourself! They are NOT a good source of knowledge, not consistently, anyway. And if it is not consistent, by what measure do you decide that in THIS case they are telling the truth and in THAT case they are not?

That’s why historically, thinkers have postulated an unchanging and perfect world (like Plato and his world of forms) or a perfect principle or a perfect being (God). Anything short of that renders actual knowing impossible. That’s why Post-Modernism denies the very possibility of Truth or Fact or knowledge–all is mere opinion. Perhaps a bit of bad beef (to quote Charles Dickens). What may be true today is not necessarily true tomorrow. If there is a shadow of change, it cannot logically be Truth, and there’s no way to really know anything. As an old church hymn says,

  Change and decay in all around I see                                                                                                                       Oh, Thou who changest not, abide with me (written by William Henry Monk)

And also to the point in this case is this: Just because YOU believe it, why should I? What claim do YOU have on Truth? See, there has to be some “ground” upon which you are standing. So what are those grounds? What is your proof? Why do you believe what you do? And just why should I believe you over a dog-faced baboon?

 

It’s a great question.

19 Jul

If the MSM only has its credibility to sell, what happens when they have no more credibility?

Quote: Honestly, the legacy media — CNN especially — has had a pretty bad six months. I won’t go through the whole list, but some of my favorites were when CNN reported breathlessly that Trump asked for two scoops of ice-cream at luncheons in the White House; when CNN accused Trump of inciting violence by tweeting a pro-wrestling GIF and then, following the general finger-pointing and derisive laughter at their reaction, their open threats of doxing the guy they thought made the meme; and then when the Comey testimony was coming up, reporting that “sources” were saying Comey would refute Trump’s assertion he wasn’t under investigation, only to have to retract when Comey’s written testimony was released.

See, I think that CNN and the rest of the MSM have squandered their only real asset–credibility. THESE are the wages of boosterism and sycophantic boot-licking. They are rightly seen as not trustworthy. No wonder many of us just don’t care what they (or Mueller) say about “collusion.” Maybe it’s true, but maybe it’s a steaming pile of dung. The scales have fallen from our eyes and we rightly assume that there is an agenda behind the accounts. Indeed, that is all there is! There are no “facts.”

And the problem is that according to that Post-Modernism we just can’t know the truth–they have pooped in the proverbial soup. There simply is no way to get truth from there. You can strain the soup, but that doesn’t make it palatable. In their trendy post-modern way, they say that there IS no truth, only accounts. But OK then, just why should I believe YOU over a dog-faced baboon?

 
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So why do Trump voters

13 Jul

and many other just not care about the Russia kerfuffle? I know I sure don’t. And I was never a Trumpkin.

The first reason is, I think, because the Lefty media is SO dishonest. They have “cried wolf” over and over, and now we just don’t care WHAT they say. They lie all the time, so what makes us think that they are telling the truth THIS time? They have long lied about Trump and have a clear animus toward him. They will always couch things in the worst possible terms for Trump. I think we just assume that this is merely an expression of that animus and NOT an even-handed search for truth. If I thought I was being told the whole truth, I would care. But I really doubt I am. So I don’t. These are the wages of MSM boosterism and slavish Obama suck-up-ism. This is what happens when you reject even the possibility of Truth.

If you sacrifice Truth, MSM, it will come back and bite you in the butt. If, as you have taught with post-modernism, there IS no Truth, just why should I believe YOU over a dog-faced baboon? Huh? On what grounds could you possibly claim Truth-Value? I thought you said that there IS no Truth! So again, on what grounds should I believe YOU? Where do you get your authority?

The reason Donald Trump said he could shoot somebody in public and his people would still support him is largely because the reporting on it would be so suspect. We would think that maybe he DID shoot this guy, but then again it is quite unlikely that we are getting the whole story from the MSM. They lie. Maybe he didn’t really shoot him. Or maybe he did but it was justifiable self-defense. We simply don’t know, and the MSM are just not reliable. So we just shrug.

The other important issue here is that the alternative–Hillary–was SO bad that the point really was moot. I may not like Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. I may correctly point out that it tastes like frozen Pepto-Bismal. But when the alternative is poop ice cream, one starts begging for the mint chocolate chip!

There were many of us who would rather be poked in the eye with a rusty nail than see Hillary as President. And Trump has done some pretty laudable things. So two things may well be true, here: You might not like Trump AND he might be the best available option. The choice is NOT made in a vacuum. Sometimes you choose the best available option, even if that is not the best imaginable one. This is something that many Republicans need to learn.

It was quite clear that Trump was a far, far better option than Hillary. So given that, what else is there? What else matters? Don’t talk to me about some sort of high-minded idealogical or moral purity–that truly doesn’t mean crap in this situation.

The moral thing is to do the best thing in the situation you are actually in. So quit whining about the lack of perfection in this world and make a freakin’ call.

 
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Posted in Current Events, Dog-faced Baboon, Epistemology

 

It is a great

11 Jul

 point. Only a great fool chokes down all the the MSM wants to feed you. (Credit to Powerline for the photo below)

But that leaves us with a much more difficult question: How do you know just what to believe? That question is so difficult that most people have run away from it and taken refuge in various logical fallacies.

If, as the Post-Modernists have convincingly argued, if all is actually vanity merely opinion, does Truth even exist? And if so, how do I find the Truth? See, now we have gone well beyond science and are into the realm of religion. Lots of folks are very uncomfortable with that, and for good reason.

The other option is utter and complete nihilism. There is only the existential despair of Camus and his ilk. Like in L’etranger, there is just no meaning at all to either beliefs or actions. Existence is absurd, an exercise in waiting for Godot. Well, THAT is not an overly attractive option, either.

So while it is incontrovertible that CNN is a crappy source of truth (and Heaven knows I am pleased to see people wake up to that fact), that recognition doesn’t solve the root problem of knowledge. Relying on CNN or the NY Times is merely a reliance on the logical fallacy of appeal to authority. One is wise to reject that.

Is there a solution? Yes, but you may not like it… (HINT: it has nothing to do with science and therefore is not guilty of either reification or the logical fallacy of Affirming The Consequent)

 
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Be careful!

19 Jun

Alex Jones and Infowars is more than a bit goofy. There is some real paranoid ideation, there. But just because you are paranoid does not mean the people are NOT out to harm you!

The MSM is NOT reliable or trustworthy. And I think THAT is the real damaging message. It is not just Kelly or NBC. This exposes a far more consequential issue. You may see one cockroach in your kitchen. Just one, but you can be certain that is not the only one in the house.

The media are NOT Truth-Tellers. It’s certainly not that Jones is intellectually beyond reproach and Kelly is totally wrong. It is that Kelly was clearly and obviously dishonest–Jones could not trust her. It’s NOT a matter of liking or believing what Jones says–I don’t. But Kelly is quite clearly deliberately deceptive.

That means that she (and by short extension the MSM) is not reliable as a source of Truth. She could be telling the truth, or she could be being deceptive. Just HOW would you know? And that is the real question–how do you know what is true? I think that both Kelly and Jones are wildly incorrect and most likely cynically so, but on what grounds does one make THAT judgment? On just what knowledge grounds are you standing?

And this episode tells the whole story about the MSM in general. Kelly was caught this time. But how often do MSM outlets tell lies and are just never caught? From this we know they lie–it is just not a question, it is just not arguable. It is a know fact. It was incontrovertibly shown here. But what, as many of us argue, if this is not an unusual and isolated event? That single event tells you that logically you can’t just assume that what you are being told by the MSM is true. Again, did you just happen to see the only cockroach in the house? Hmmm.

I think any reputable interviewer does not object to you doing your own recording. If they do, that is prima facie evidence that they are really not trustworthy and that you should run away immediately. So while Alex Jones is indeed wacky, there is simply NO question that Megyn Kelly is dishonest and untrustworthy.

ALWAYS bring your own recording device. Always.

 
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Posted in Epistemology, Media Bias

 

Do I need

17 Jun

to mention that this is just more fake news?

I think that the search for Truth is both noble and good. But here’s a pro tip: Don’t look to the MSM for Truth.

 
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Freakin’ LOSERS!

05 Jun

CNN, in yet another fit of fake news, choreographs London Muslims protesting ISIS. Yeah, “chorea” as in involuntary movements or seizures. It’s just a dance. A modern St. Vitus’ Dance or Salem witch trials, borne of hysteria and self-interest. It’s not actually true.

They have to fake it because there are not real Muslim protests. It is just more “fake news.” And THAT is a real pity! Muslims need to step up, here.

I honestly don’t know why any thinking person with an IQ above room temperature would believe ANYTHING CNN says without independent corroboration. They might tell the truth at times, but it is purely by accident. That, or it’s irrelevant.

Only a great fool buys what the MSM is selling without independent corroboration. They are often full of crap, and you never know when they happen to be telling the truth and when they are blowing smoke. So we have THE post-modern dilemma, and that is only solved by access to a Truth-Teller.

But then that has other logical implications, ones we may be less comfortable with…

 
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Posted in Epic Fail, Epistemology, Fake News

 

Your “unbiased” news media

01 Jun

at work.

Yeah, only a great fool relies on the MSM. They are untrustworthy. They rely on an appeal to authority (logically fallacious) for their wormtongue opinions. You just can’t lean on them. They don’t buttress their arguments, they just say, “Shut up and eat yer gruel, proles!” You only have yourself to lean on. We live in a post-modern world…

 

The sad thing is

25 May

that we actually need an honest press. Alas, that is something we certainly don’t have.

The problems is that now there is no way to know what is true. These folks have ridden the Post-Modern horse for so long that they think they have hooves. But what they have failed to grasp is that their arguments are easily turned against them. They were accustomed to being the hare to someone else’s hound, but no they are finding out first hand now the problems inherent in being the poster child for the regnant epistemology. They are now “the establishment.” The roles are now reversed–the winds have shifted, and the hidebound MSM have not been light-footed enough to adjust. .

And the lamestream media has brought this cataclysm on itself. Instead of telling the unvarnished truth, they have been shills for a particular socio-economic viewpoint. That has led to lose credibility and believability. If they had just been honest, this all would have been avoided.

 
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The MSM are hacks.

23 May

There is just no reason to believe them.

And that is really too bad. The press could have played a productive role, here. But they are just playing the part of the loony Left opposition. It’s a shame. It’s a sham. We could really use a free and unbiased and reliable press, and we don’t have one.

They have sold their proverbial birthright for the proverbial mess of pottage. And we ALL suffer for that bad choice. And worse, there’s no way to un-ring that bell. The genie is well and truly out of the bottle, and it will never go back in…

So now we really can know nothing. We live in a post-modern world where there are no facts–only opinions. And my opinion is just as valid and “truthy” as the NY Times. There is no reliable way to separate fact from fantasy.

For Truth, one has to look for a Truth-Teller, which is well beyond the scope of this blog.

 
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