Episode 462 is split into two parts. Today's discussion uses the book Thinking, Fast and Slow to identify some heuristics and mental shortcuts common in Alt-Right thinking.
1. Confirmation Bias
2. Cognitive Ease
3. What You See Is All There Is
4. Halo Effect
5. Coherent Stories
Then some more unstructured commentary (ranting) on immigration, intelligence testing, multiculturalism and identity politics.
What This Series Is About:
Political thinking is often quick thinking.
Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around.
Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, and then engage in a process of rationalization for those conclusions.
This series will combine observations of the left and pro-Trump right over the last year with the valuable lessons from Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The goal is utilize examples of thinking errors to avoid making them ourselves, often without even noticing.
-Trevor Noah speaks our philosophical language?
-Andrew Breitbart's warning
-The Bell Curve is not the Bible
-What do SJWs and Alt-Righters have in common? Too much
-Enough Hegel already
-Lessons from A Renegade History of the United States
-A response to Richard Spencer's American Policy Institute speech
-Demography is destiny?
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[PODCAST] #448: The Alluring Alt-Right (With Jeffrey Tucker)
[BONUS] The 16 Principles of the Alt-Right – Where I Agree and Disagree
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