When a leader guides a company, a country or even the whole world towards some predefined goal, it’s easy to change course when you realize you are some angle of your bearing. But once for some obscure reason you’ve succeeded in actively moving a whole caravan in the opposite direction of the truth, it becomes almost impossible to acknowledge the error. It’s the worst form of cognitive dissonance imaginable, since you are having it exactly and perfectly wrong. I defined and experienced the horror of the “180 degrees fallacy”, when…read more
In an earlier post on the promising candidacy of RF Kennedy jr. I discussed his climate fallacies. Then I realized that there is another area where the last hope for the Democrats is somehow trapped in his own reasoning. When Jordan Peterson asks him about the fact that our young generation is totally demoralized by the relentless climate porn unleashed on them, RFK jr. responds with a rather bizarre yet revealing explanation. I already have a PS in the earlier blogpost where I ask whether RFK Jr. is somehow like…read more
Bij deze mijn eerste “Opa Jan-Ferdel” podcast. Editie 2023. Thema: gronden, wat betekent dat? Allemaal super veel plezier en mooie momenten in Drenthe gewenst vanuit Oostenrijk. Ben benieuwd hoe jullie deze dingen zien. Een mailtje naar hajosmit gmail.com mag altijd. Briska: Wat betekent “gronden” in jouw praktijk met klanten? Veel luisterplezier misschien op weg in de auto naar Drenthe!
Recently Jordan Peterson had the totally admirable RF Kennedy jr on his podcast and it was all marvelous (yet sad about the state of our politics) but predictably the climate was going to be a contemptuous issue between the two. As a lawyer specialized in environmental litigation Kennedy jr is used to roughly follow the scheme: poor powerless citizens battling large unethical profit oriented corporations. Peterson however has had pretty much all the great climate sceptics on his “couch” and is well up to speed on the fallacies of climate…read more
The new arcforum.com website as per spring 2022 opens with six key questions possibly to be resolved at the first gathering of the new high level anti-apocalyptic pro-freedom movement in october in London. The first of these questions might prove to be the most fundamental of them all and the answer to it will bear heavily on the way we find answers to the other five. In this essay I will try to provide a line of reasoning to get this first question mostly right. The first question is: Can…read more
Jordon Peterson’s meteoric rise as a public intellectual started with his refusal to accept gender pronouns. To be precise it started when Canada introduced legislation that would make it a criminal act to not use the pronouns a given LGBTQ+ person would want to be addressed with. His particular point was that he wouldn’t mind accepting someones idiosyncratic linguistical wishes so much, but would oppose vehemently if that wish were a trojan horse to politically f… with his mind in an Orwellian sense. So far so good, but what in…read more
Apparently Peter Singer (1946) is one of the most preeminent ethicists on the globe right now. Applied ethics I might add, and I like that. What’s the use of ethics if it’s not easily applicable. His paper I need to respond to is “Famine, Affluence and Morality” that he wrote back in 1971 as his response to widespread starvation occurring at that time in Bangladesh. Nowhere in the 15 page essay (full text here) he notes that this famine as so many others had war and rebellion as its primal…read more
Ik ben het nu echt zat. Zo veel onlogisch gelul. Zo veel abjecte domheid. Terwijl we nu echt zooooo gigantisch veel weten over covid dat in elk geval met wijsheid achteraf super simpel te zien is hoe de crisis aangepakt had moeten worden. En als je eerlijk bent zie je dat de overheid dit scenario ook met de kennis van toen had kunnen verzinnen. En omdat er in deze analyse die al dagen door mijn hoofd gonst nu ook kansen voor een toekomstige aanpak liggen, schrijf ik het nu toch…read more
One of the tenets of Austrian Economics is that there is a sharp methodological distinction between social sciences and natural sciences as explained by Ludwig von Mises in his 1942 essay on this subject. Not so with Nicholas Nassim Taleb’s intellectual excursions. Reading his essays one feels just short of “being intellectually raped” by a barrage of strange mathematical formulas, blasé intellectual vocabulary followed by some anecdote about the mob. A blatant example of this is Taleb’s just out academic paper Bitcoin, Currency and Bubbles. Here he tries to prove…read more
Op een bijzondere gevoelige manier legt Elon Musk uit dat we om het leven leefbaar te houden wel een ruimtevarende civilisatie moeten worden. Dat wat hij aan het begin van de video zegt herken ik bij mezelf: die oneindige stroom aan ideeën. Des te meer respect dat Musk het zo groot heeft kunnen uitbouwen. Wel was ik zeer gelukkig in mijn jeugd.