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Younger Generations in West Losing Touch with Physical Reality: 2

In the previous post of this series, I wrote about how the West (but especially its younger generations) have lost touch with physical reality. In that post, I made the point that people below a certain age are unusually eager to believe in technological progress, even though we live in an era where major technological progress hasn’t occurred in every single major area for at least two decades. And that is not an exaggeration, since even widely touted areas of progress such as technology behind highly-integrated smartphones have been around for over two decades. The only thing which has really changed about them is they cost less (largely due to manufacturing being outsourced to Asia) and there have been some incremental improvements in their performance. Curiously enough, these improvements have not really improved the speed of response or general usability of smartphones for a full decade.

People today are even more eager to believe in the promise of technological progress than they were in the 1950s-1990s, when the last wave of such progress occurred. That is why, for example, people want to believe that SpaceX will magically and totally revolutionize the space launch industry, electric cars will magically displace ICE-powered cars or why they believe that silly valley startups will magically revolutionize ‘insert random utility or industry’. You might have noticed that I kept using the word ‘magically’ in previous sentence, and yes.. it was not accidental. These people are displaying magical thinking of the sort seen among true believers in religions and cults. So what is the difference between magical and rational thinking?

Here is an example: what would you you use to treat.. say.. a upper respiratory infection most likely caused by some bacteria? Most of you might immediately say- antibiotics! OK, but which ones? Also why would you not use certain antibiotics? The thing is.. the few species of bacteria most commonly associated with community acquired upper-respiratory infections are sensitive to most available antibiotics. In other words, you could use a third-generation cephalsporin as Cefpodoxime, Cefdinir or Cefuroxime- and it would work very well. But you can almost always get away with using older ones such as Cephalexin, Amoxicillin / Clavulanic acid, Cefprozil or Azithromycin. But what is the connection of this apparent aside to the topic of magical thinking? Well.. because in past two decades many ideology driven doctors have started pushing the dangerous idea that we should not treat sore throats which look very likely to be caused by bacteria (at least partially) with antibiotics.

So why is this an example of magical thinking? See.. while many cases of sore throat are caused by viruses, there is often some secondary bacterial involvement. To make matters worse, the clinical presentation caused by Group A streptococci (most problematic bacterial species for sore throats) is often not typical. To put it bluntly, even if 90% of patients get little to no benefit from taking a antibiotic for sore throats, it will have a disproportionately large therapeutic effect for the minority who would otherwise get much worse or even end up in the hospital. Given that most commonly used antibiotics are extremely safe, it does not make sense to hold them back since the risk of harm from not giving them is thousands of times higher than the risk of prescribing them. This is also why you would user older and more well-known antibiotics than newer ones, even if the later are slightly better than older ones for this condition. But what does this have to do with topic of this post?

One of the key features of people losing touch with reality is that they become unable (or unwilling) to see the bigger picture. So let us talk about some ivy-league morons first came up with the dumb idea that treating sore throats with antibiotics was a bad idea. It all began when metrics-driven styles of management wanted doctors to find quick solutions for combating antibiotic resistance. See.. the biggest real contributors to antibiotic resistance is the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in industrial meat farming and hospitals full of very old and sick patients. However doing anything about these two main causes of antibiotic resistance requires a fundamental rethink of how we do those things. It is much easier to pretend that treating community acquired upper-respiratory infections is a major cause of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Trying to solve the wrong and insignificant problem is another feature of magical thinking.

Now you know why corporations (and mostly white liberals without any useful skills) push bullshit ideologies such as “Critical Race Theory”, “Wokeness”, “Equity not Equality” and a whole lot of nice-sounding bullshit which does nothing to address the underlying causes of problems they purport to solve. But why so so many in younger generation go along with that bullshit. Well.. some do it to avoid confrontation while others for maintaining their relative social position. However, too many wholly or partially believe this bullshit. Yes, I am making the case that a significant minority to slight majority in younger generation actually believe in all that bullshit! But how can I make such a statement- where is the evidence? OK.. tell me how charlatans such as Robin DiAngelo, Ibram X. Kendi and many others manage to sell so many books. Is anybody putting a gun to the heads of those who buy their books and regurgitate the trash contained within those books?

How else can you explain how “Critical Race Theory” based programs and ideas has been adopted so enthusiastically by HR departments in addition to schools and universities across the country? Do you really think that all these people are getting their marching orders from a few people at top? Have you ever considered the possibility that many of its enthusiastic promoters actually believe in that bullshit? Since we are almost at a thousand words, I will stop this post here. In next part I will show you how this form of magical thinking is behind many contemporary movements such as modern anti-natalism, environmentalism, “green energy”, “recycle everything” and other related bullshit ideas- or how magical thinking behind support for Bernie Sanders during 2016 and 2020 presidential primaries. Here is a hint- it has nothing to do with his support for socialism.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. kfg
    May 13, 2021 at 6:28 am

    “Curiously enough, these improvements have not really improved the speed of response or general usability of smartphones for a full decade. ”

    A truism in the biz:

    Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster.

    A truism of my own:

    Most software is badly written, useless crap.

  2. bonzo
    May 13, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Here is a profound truth: true reality is your mind, not the outer world of sense impressions. If you shut you eyes and block your ears and repeat over and over, “I am the greatest person who every lived!”, then eventually you will believe this, even if according to sense world reality your actually a homeless who hasn’t bathed in weeks. Sense world reality sometimes does break through, like when some criminal preys on you or the police order you to move on or you get hungry. Butb that’s just a temporary problem. Once the problem is resolved, close your eyes and ears again and resume the mantra of “I am great!” and you will feel same as if you were great.

    • doldrom
      May 14, 2021 at 9:35 am

      Profound. Profoundly psychotic.
      Or heroically stoic; or not quite a person.

  3. blaquer
    May 13, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    You gotta talk about Biden. I voted for the guy not gonna lie, but he’s failing HARD. He 100% is Obama round 3, but the system is not going to be able to handle that again imo. I’m thinking it’s gonna be Trump-Ivanka 2024 and he’ll be even more overt in his fascist shit. Surprised he left as easily as he did tbh, thought he’d nuke something. meh. God we r so fucked!

    • May 14, 2021 at 12:48 am

      No one wants to talk about Bidden because they would just be leaving themselves open to a sick burn in the form of, “w-ell at lEASt hes not tRUMp!!!”

      At the very miniscule chance that may get a bit played out, then it will be, “w-ell the G0p….”

    • the blaquest
      May 17, 2021 at 6:45 am

      • the whitest
        May 24, 2021 at 11:36 pm

  4. May 14, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Smartphones may seem smart because they’re several devices all merged into one. 8-bit Guy rightly pointed out that they’re the reason RadioShack went kaput – look through an old catalogue, a smartphone can replace nearly every item on every page.

    There’s just one main drawback – they’re also fucking gay.

    For starters, black rectangles are not ergonomic. Neither is having no physical buttons to press, and your fingers get in the way of whatever you’re trying to look at on screen. While it may purportedly perform the functions of several other things, it can only do a couple of those at a time. Switching apps is a pain in the ass. And they have got to be really bad for your eyes, I wonder how much the average eyesight has deteriorated over the past 10+ years.

    There’s also obviously the Skinner Box aspect to them, which heavily contributes to their gayness, but that’s been very adequately covered elsewhere.

    Call me a spiritual Boomer but I miss having separate devices for different functions.

    Tangentially related: sound bars are also fucking gay. Give me a decent Dolby 5.1 set up any day.

    • Pee Spray
      May 14, 2021 at 12:11 pm

      wait, my cell phone was making me blind?

      I thought it was all the fapping…

      https://imgur.com/qtU6cG1

      • May 15, 2021 at 8:42 pm

        I could list plenty of reasons why cooming is harmful.

        But a big brain could easily derail my argument by asking me if I’m left or right-handed.

        I would reluctantly reply, right-handed.

        They would then ask me, what hand do I fap with.

        I would then, very reluctantly, reply, left-handed.

        Big brain would then say, Ha! Cooming can’t be that bad, it made you ambidextrous!

  5. MikeCA
    May 14, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    You are really going down the Trumpist rabbit hole. As far as I can tell the attacks on Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a Trumpist attempt to counter and distract from the 1619 Project.

    When I went to high school in the 1960s my US history text books said the civil war was not really about slavery. It was about states rights and economic competition between the industrial North and the agricultural South. Even in high school I recognized that as bullshit. After reconstruction ended, the Southern states tried to rewrite history to remove the stain of slavery. They promoted the idea that the civil war was about states rights. If you go and read the documents the Southern states wrote to justify secession, it is obvious slavery was the root cause of the civil war.

    So how did I growing up in Michigan end up with history books that promoted this bullshit Southern attempt to rewrite history? All the Southern states refused to accept textbooks that said anything else, so text book publishers had given in and put this bullshit rewrite of history into text books. Somehow schools in Michigan ended up using them and teaching this bullshit too.

    The 1619 project is an attempt to counter balance the bullshit rewrite of the history of slavery and the civil war that the Jim Crow Southern states created. Does it go a little overboard? Maybe, but it is trying to counter the mountain of bullshit that has been created around the issue of slavery and the civil war.

    CRT is a academic movement that has been around since the civil rights era. Its focus on understanding how inequalities in the past have shaped the law and government institutions to create structural disadvantages today. Trumpists are desperately trying to attack CRT because they want to preserve the current legal and government structures that favor white elites. Since until recently no one outside academic circles had heard of CRT, it is easy for Trumpists to turn it into a boogieman by making up claims about it. The straw man version of CRT is an easier target to attack than the 1619 Project.

    And here you are more than 150 years after the civil war, trying to defend the Jim Crow bullshit rewrite of history and attacking the movement trying to correct some of the racial inequalities built into the legal system and government institutions. For generation school students were taught a bullshit versions of American history around race, slavery and the civil war. That bullshit version of history helped to shape who we are and what we believe about ourselves and America. You casually dismiss CRT as obvious bullshit without even a pretense of an real argument, and treating sore throats with antibiotics has nothing to do with CRT.

    • doldrom
      May 15, 2021 at 10:03 am

      As it happens, slavery and economics were very much intertwined, and after the civil war the Northern economy became a juggernaut whereas the South languished.

      Please cite some first person documents of soldiers fighting for the Yankees or the Confederates which attests to self consciousness of fighting for/against ideals such as slavery. Blacks fighting for the confederates might be a good place to start your exploration.

      You can add documents that show Lincoln had prior intention about starting a war to emancipate the slaves.

      • MikeCA
        May 15, 2021 at 4:20 pm

        “Please cite some first person documents of soldiers fighting for the Yankees or the Confederates which attests to self consciousness of fighting for/against ideals such as slavery. ”

        You seriously think that the front line soldiers in any war understand why they are fighting the war?

        A number of the states of the confederacy created declarations explaining there reasons. This is the South Carolina declaration:

        https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_scarsec.asp

        Public opinion on slavery had had been changing in the 18th and 19th century. Most western European countries had come to recognize that the institution of slavery was immoral. The first step most took was to try to abolish the slave trade from Africa. Even the US passed a law banning the import of new slaves in 1807, though slaves continue to be illegally imported into the US right up to the civil war. In 1833 the British Empire abolished slavery over 6 years in all the colonies except India. Slavery in India was abolished in 1843. By 1860 most of the world considered slavery immoral and it was being abolished everywhere.

        If you read the South Carolina declaration, the main complains were:

        1) The Northern non-slave states had stopped enforcing laws requiring escaped slaves to be returned.

        2) Lincoln had been elected president and he was morally opposed to slavery. That would eventually lead to slavery being abolished.

        The essence of the document is the view that the US Constitution guaranteed that the Southern states could continue to have slaves. Now public opinion was turning against slavery, There were abolitionist movements in the Northern states. Lincoln was from a party of abolitionist and had just been elected president. Secession was the only way to guarantee slavery could continue indefinitely in South Carolina.

      • Lion of teh blogosphere
      • Chuck Crudd
        May 16, 2021 at 4:41 pm

        Dear Mr. (I hope that is your preferred gender pronoun) Mike CA,

        There was an esteemed article at the Daily Caller, a rag of witch I contribute free labour because Tucker needs to make bank!

        https://dailycaller.com/2021/05/16/robert-woodson-fox-and-friends-critical-race-theory-insidious/

        They got some commie bitch to reich this one, oh, well maybe I can reich about how great Steve Sailor is.

        HBD!

  6. Arjun
    May 14, 2021 at 10:25 pm

  7. May 15, 2021 at 6:39 am

    ‘OK.. tell me how charlatans such as Robin DiAngelo, Ibram X. Kendi and many others manage to sell so many books.’

    Many Non-Profits (Think Tanks etc.) buy political books and then give them to libraries or as gifts for supporting them. That’s not why they buy the books, the books are bought in bulk so that it appears that large numbers have been sold. Hopefully getting it onto the New York Best Seller list. Once there then it will generate it’s own sales from people who are curious. Of course like most books, it will most likely never be read.

    The best way to generate big and constant sales is to get it put onto a school or university required reading list.

    The real question is how do they decide who to support, many of these people get mentioned in the news for simply writing an article, or for a tweet. That is not organic!

  8. Pee Ray
    May 15, 2021 at 2:15 pm

  9. Pee Ray
    May 15, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    “As the FBI began rounding up all those involved, Nordean realized that Trump would not be issuing pardons for him or others. “We are now and always have been on our own,” he said. “So glad he was able to pardon a bunch of degenerates as his last move and shit on us on the way out. F**k you Trump you left us on (t)he battlefield bloody and alone”.”

    https://meaww.com/ethan-nordean-proud-boys-leader-fuck-you-trump-telegram-message-documents-hail-emperor

    Jee, I hope I finally get some white pu$$y after all the kissing up I’ve done to white nationalists, I hope I don’t wind up abandoned like the proud boise cucks…

    • RYU
      May 24, 2021 at 10:23 pm

      Bow down to your master baiter!

  10. wmws
    May 19, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    @AD Can you do a topic on the supposed rise in “Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate” and its causes?

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