Dan, I finally came around to your request and it's not that easy since you haven't put much effort in making your case at all, a bit of truncated type of posts. But I'll try anyway since I think it's important to back up my statements with some substance. If only everyone would be like that!Dan Rowden wrote:Contradicting with my own views? Interesting. Can you give an example of that? Should be easy enough given I've apparently done it 'often'.Diebert van Rhijn wrote:The main problem with your recent posting is not that I disagree or spot errors but that it's all rather dull, uninspired, infected with mainstream knee-jerk lines, inconsistent, womanish and often contradicting with your own views.
But lets focus on two examples:
1. "95% adequacy"
Compare the statements
- "Our own judgements about the 'adequacy' of the media necessarily comes from a place of subjectivity and bias"
"The claim that 95% of the mainstream media's output is 'fake news' is utter bullshit. It is clear that those making this claim are really merely saying that the MSM isn't running the narrative they want"
Plus there was no claim that I could find about "95% of the mainstream media's output is fake news" although I see after your statement Kevin defining his use of the quoted term "fake news" as "direct lying, or deceptive misinformation and misdirection ... propaganda". Which is in the end of course what most thoughtful people would tend to think when scanning political news, which is different from the technical term "fake news", news thought up by Macedonian teenagers to make a quick click buck.
Now for the second example.
2. DSM yes/no
- "there's nothing inherently wrong with the DSM criteria for mental disorders or illnesses."
- "the DSM cannot meaningfully deal with wisdom and its psychological phenomena and necessarily mistakenly interprets them".
"Schizophrenia is not about greater acuity of certain sensual or cognitive faculties (that's more autism); it's about - to put it crudely and rudely - batshit craziness. Psychiatry doesn't need reform so much as the mental health system itself"
"Has anyone ever really looked at the criteria for schizoid personality disorder? It looks like the perfect description of any truly sane person"
As for narcissism, the same story was around for years with the last president to the degree of me getting tired of it -- but then all massively aimed at Obama by the many conservative commentators. Don't you have any bone left in you which would find that interesting? All this obsession with pointing out narcissism? Well, I do. For this reason I liked reading some of the book "I know Best, how moral narcissism is destroying our republic if it hasn't already" by Roger L. Simon which builds on the (earlier) work analyzing American behavioral patterns, as an outcropping of family dynamics being deeply pathological narcissistic. This direction of thought is in my view way more promising and explains so well why everyone sees narcissists everywhere but themselves these day. Especially figure heads and father figures. And it's not that it's not true, it's what's missing from the view what's more telling. Anyway, it's getting off-topic a bit although it's consistent with what I wrote before in this thread on how Trump is less of a problem once the various insanities of the society which voted on him are seen in a fuller, more revealing spotlight. It's not difficult to see how Trumpism as reactionary, content-less counteraction is nearly completely created by an equally insane Clintonian corruption going on for too long.
And Dan, your political views seem also at times contradicting with the spirit of the Genius philosophy, as being too commonplace, not far reaching enough, not addressing any of the underlying issues but it seems more to be an excuse to "distance" yourself from people who are actually your allies and fellow thinkers, to point out flaws in Kevin while masking your own and to just offload a shit-load of frustration online. At least that's what seems to happen here. All I can do is to urge to seek a higher road, also when addressing Trumpism and not get too dramatic about it. Getting worked up or over-opposed is perhaps a form of buying into Trump as well. Yes, I guess it's all sounding a tad hysterical from you. And that surprised me!