Class Warfare Blog

November 23, 2016

Steven Pinker on a Lesson We Have Failed to Learn

Filed under: Culture,Philosophy,Religion,Science — Steve Ruis @ 1:02 pm
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(Steven Pinker is an evolutionary psychologist and author)

“Perhaps the greatest discovery in human history, one that is logically prior to every other discovery, is that all of our traditional sources of belief are, in fact, generators of error and should be dismissed as sources of knowledge. These include: faith, revelation, dogma, authority, charisma, augury, prophesy, intuition, clairvoyance, conventional wisdom, and that warm, invigorating glow of subjective certainty.”

Can you imagine what politics would look like without all of that?

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Maybe it wouldn’t be that different – after all, there have been scientific studies proving (or “proving”) that the world is cooling, coal is clean, and smoking is good for you.

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    Comment by List of X — November 23, 2016 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

    • Studies … happen. Cigarettes used to be good for you. Cholesterol used to be bad for you, etc. At least one would be discussion the studies and not the personalities involved.

      On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 8:51 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 24, 2016 @ 8:02 am | Reply


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