Quote note (#291)

Sailer gets philosophical (and does it well):

The technology of power is moving from the past’s emphasis on privacy and concealment toward more contemporary techniques of diversion, bias, misconception, and willful stupidity. The crude methods that George Orwell summed up in his image of the incinerator-chute “memory hole” are growing into more sophisticated devices for providing the public with misleading frameworks for mentally organizing (or rationalizations for simply ignoring) the overload of available facts, thus making it harder to remember or understand politically inconvenient knowledge.

[…] … erasing facts and even people from history could sometimes work because in the past, information was scarce since reproducing it was so expensive. […] Even without political ill will, simply maintaining the knowledge already existent was difficult: Libraries, for example, might catch fire and texts (and thus knowledge) could be lost forever. […] With the invention of the movable-type printing press in the West in the 1400s, redundancy began to win the war against knowledge decay. Eventually, there were enough copies of books that knowledge was unlikely to be fully expunged. […] In modern times, the urge to retcon reality is no doubt as strong as in the past. But information storage and communication are so cheap that old techniques such as book burnings can hardly be counted upon anymore to root out all copies of data. …

October 6, 2016admin 22 Comments »
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  • Rec0nciler Says:

    Love it, but having trouble conceptualizing “willful stupidity” as a “technique.”

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    basedjohn11 Reply:

    Consider the corporate media (and their supporters) repeating the same simplistic idiocy over and over and over and over and over again, so that the one or two people reporting reasonably are obscured by the sheer volume of it.

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    smg Reply:

    Really? Authority figures (teachers, parents, bosses) feign stupidity – willfully misunderstanding – all the time to avoid explaining or discussing uncomfortable topics.

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    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    It´s almost an animal reaction, a kneejerk move, in some people, when confronted with anything which they might remotely perceive as a renewal of their limited being.

    Anecdote, is when an English teacher graded me 9.4, but I pointed out that a word which he thought wasn´t a word was a word so he graded me 9.7, but when I proceeded on with the next co rection the rector removed the paper from my hands with a smug disgusting face of anarcho-tyrannous power.

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    Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply | Quote
  • Steve Johnson Says:

    “Libraries, for example, might catch fire and texts (and thus knowledge) could be lost forever. […] With the invention of the movable-type printing press in the West in the 1400s, redundancy began to win the war against knowledge decay.”

    Redundancy beat decay but it gave rise to obscurity as a knowledge suppression technique.

    Now all you have to control is the indexing and even if every word ever written is still out there you’ll never find it.

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    michael Reply:

    fire book burning we dont need no stinkin matches we got bleachbit

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    Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 6:11 pm Reply | Quote
  • FOAM Says:

    Love it, but having trouble conceptualizing “willful stupidity” as a “technique.”
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    “special stupidity”—a common tool of power.

    http://kellereasterling.com/articles/too-smart-to-be-right

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    FOAM Reply:

    “They maintain a cunning stupidity, a high-tech stupidity, or a special stupidity. In an information paradox of sorts they require enormous intelligence to avoid intelligence – an enormous amount of information to remain information-free.”

    “I agree with it and laughingly foreground America’s stupidity as our greatest national resource, something we can learn to use wisely. The stupidity is so pervasive and the political deadlock so obdurate that is it strangely … inspiring.”

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    SVErshov Reply:

    science of stupidity – agnotology

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    Rec0nciler Reply:

    Conceptually very interesting, so thank you, but…this is ultimately not making sense to me as a thing that exists.

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    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    Everything exists. The question is, on which level?

    Stupidity as a tool is something like being able to forget as a talent.

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    Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 6:15 pm Reply | Quote
  • neovictorian23 Says:

    Read Ron Unz’s “American Pravda” series. Especially the one about Patton’s assassination: http://www.unz.com/runz/was-general-patton-assassinated/

    Strangely the site is down right now…I’m sure that’s mere coincidence…thankfully the TakiMag link to Sailer is working, for now.

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    Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 7:09 pm Reply | Quote
  • Dark Reformation Says:

    Just putting it out there:

    https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/the-sociological-religion-of-no-biological-differences-between-the-sexes/#respond

    The post presents a sociologist who has done a paper breaking down 24 other which which rarely consider biological differences. Coyne is a biologist, and he give his takedown as well.

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    Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 7:44 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    This is why Huxley > Orwell: the problem now is not information, but finding people who care about it and can understand it. There are very few people who can even parse the classics of literature anymore. It’s an IQ freefall.

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    michael Reply:

    Parse?

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    Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 7:59 pm Reply | Quote
  • michael Says:

    its even worse than he lets on two off the top of my head newspaper archives are being ransacked fpr politically embarring [to the left] records of history, and much more important than their various tricks of misinformation is the technique of deciding what to write about and what not to write about and how often to write about it and write about others writing about it or not write about what others clumsily noticed and wrote about.

    That said what steve is saying is when the cathedral has the gun tech is no fun

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    Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 8:41 pm Reply | Quote
  • FOAM Says:

    @

    I am so stupid that i forgot (c) meant classified.

    it exists..

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    FOAM Reply:

    a ‘special stupidity’ is probably needed to deal with the upcoming “Interdisciplinary Conference Assessing the Legacy of Nick Land” …

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    SVErshov Reply:

    seems like it never been a shortage of that kind. nodoubt it will succesful event.

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    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    remember kids, it´s evil to be stupid.

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    Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply | Quote
  • Uncle Saturday Says:

    How can mirrors be real when our eyes aren’t real?
    It’s not too hard to ken
    When signal and noise lose their delicate poise
    Tlon will rise again

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Chronology_(Fomenko)

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    Posted on October 7th, 2016 at 2:07 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alice Finkel Says:

    Oblivion is another useful tool of elite power over the masses. A gram is better than a damn, whether the gram is chemical, electronic, religious, hip-hoppish, or raised consciousness emotional resonance for the new age.

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    Posted on October 7th, 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply | Quote

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