The Brutality of Reason Example

By Ironcross One-One

Slicing and dicing things into pieces small enough
to be fed to Liberals, Kooks and Anti-Americans.
When feeding Kooks and Anti-Americans
I suggest a potato gun.

If you are the emotional liberal type, this mindspace will make you uncomfortable. If you think my logic or facts are faulty, lets discuss it. When your findings disagree with my findings, that is dialogue. But using rhetoric to disagree with science is demogoguery. No demogoguery! I usually refrain from insults, but occasionally, ignorance and liberal hypocrisy bring out the worst in me.

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Military Jumper, Diver, Motorcycle Rider, Air Traffic Control and Demolitions Man. I build furniture and cabinets and can frame, roof, wire, plumb and finish a house. Can weld steel, drive heavy equipment, build pole barns and mortared rock walls. Have written one bad novel and one brilliant thesis. And I play the guitar.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Do liberals ever feel like Wile E. Coyote?

Have you ever thought you got a great deal on a purchase and then had time stand still when that perception gets a crack in it? That good feeling rushes out on to the floor? That experience has a name.

When you go from that great feeling to that awful feeling, that sinking feeling at the transition point is caused by "Cognitive Dissonance". When perception differs from reality, there is an imbalance. Your emotional state is based on a false premise.
Sometimes it goes the opposite direction. Have you ever found a 20 dollar bill in the pocket of a coat that you hadn't worn in a while? You suddenly found out that you we're 20 dollars richer. Reality didn't change, but your perception of reality was updated. This cognitive refinement is important because? REALITY MATTERS!!!!

There are relativists and existentialists that believe that there is no reality. That there are no binding principles. That the world IS what WE decide it is. This is a bunch of tripe.

Going back to the first example, here's the question: When an existentialist gets home from shopping and finds out that the bargain was a cheap imitation, does he/she continue to believe that it was a bargain? Since the existential details have not changed? The purchase is the same, the purchaser is the same, the only thing that has changed is the perception of reality. The change of perception did not alter the molecular structure of the trinket, therefore the conclusion is that the trinket and it's value stayed the same.

Pardon me for this hard to grasp example. I don't know an easier way to 'splain it.

Imagine a huge hard drive that maps the position of every particle at any given instant. Every nanosecond would be a separate but distinct reality. As far as we know, reality at any given point on the time-space continuum is a constant. There is no way to back up and change a given reality. Therefore, we cannot change what "was". What did exist, cannot be changed, and was "reality" a for that given instant, and will always be the reality for that instant.

We are not really talking about changing History. History is the observations that people write down. If the observations are accurate, the history is accurate. When new observations become public, history changes. (The Venona Papers come to mind)

Have you ever watched an "open-minded liberal" end a conversation by saying "Oh, I just can't talk to you!"? The reason is cognitive dissonance. All of a sudden, the bowl of comfortable positions starts to crack. These positions are not some meaningless trinket to the liberal psyche. They are a means to define themselves as caring, elite, wise, intelligent, virtuous and worthy. To destroy those positions would leave a frightening vacuum. Value would be redefined and personal worth would be destroyed. Those cracks in the bowl are interpreted as the symptoms of mean-spirited attack.

Remember election night? Votes were already cast, but the liberal perception of reality was inacurate. The change in fortune was a joy to watch.

Remember the nitwits in Florida seeking counseling for post election stress? Dissonance.

An idealist fashions fantasy into a chickenwire canoe. A chickenwire canoe may make you feel good about yourself. But it won't keep you afloat.

The realist develops practical strategies for managing conditions and creating outcomes. Perceptions are important in developing strategies for dealing with people, but an understanding of reality almost always includes an understanding of perceptions.

Cognitive Dissonance. The Liberal way of life and Wile E. Coyotes' perpetual state of mind.


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