Each advance of knowledge and narrative counts as one more step. However imperfect our understanding of the whole story, even a small amount of accurate knowledge outweighs many false beliefs.
It ought to make us angry when other people deceive us. I’m not talking about white lies. Those deceptions are part of everyday life. I’m talking about deceptions that matter. Call them black lies.
We should pay equal attention to evidence about the bullet or bullets that hit Connally. Everything we do know – about when he was first hit, the location of his wounds, and the direction of travel of the bullet or bullets that hit him – indicates more than one shooter.
Related thoughts The Jeffersonian‘s regular readers know I’ve written a lot about 9/11 here. Some of my arguments on the …
For both Dallas and 9/11, the feds produced a guilty party before they determined what happened. They said “Oswald” and “bin Laden” before they resolved basic questions about the crimes.
I believe Sunstein and other public information gatekeepers see themselves acting in service to their country, to protect the republic from actual threats and pernicious influence of conspiracy crackpots.
The mathematician and philosopher Laplace said that “the weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its …
We still have our friends, we still have faith in ourselves, and most of all we can still reason effectively. Government can shut down a lot, but it can never shut down rational, free thought.
I decided way back when I wrote about Reagan that persuading people to change their minds about politics is not something I would ever try to do. It is like trying to change people’s minds about God or religion in general, another thing I never try to do.
Recognize these forms of dishonesty when you see them. With that recognition, you gain emotional resources to speak articulately when you encounter forceful people who practice these types of dishonesty. At a minimum, you can understand how their minds operate, and use that understanding to evaluate their arguments.
How did the feds make insurers pay such large amounts, when all information – from video cameras no less – pointed toward controlled demolition of the Twin Towers and WTC 7?
I’ll turn off the TV, and shut out the lies, It’s all just illusion right in front of my …