Thursday, November 21, 2019

Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America

A good general audience book to check out for anyone who wants to forgive the news is the new book Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America. The book sort of makes this blog obsolete since it makes the same basic points I try to make. I like books where to dislike the book is to prove the authors' point and Loserthink fits that bill.

Here is an excerpt from a review that gives some examples of loserthink:

  • Mind reading (Assuming you know what other people’s thoughts/intentions are...the current very boring impeachment show is grounded in mind reading.
  • Slippery slopes (It's a logical fallacy since eventually a counter-force stops the slipping.) 
  • History “repeating itself” (Which history? When does it repeat? If you can’t use this information to predict reliably it doesn’t mean anything.) 
  • One variable projections (If everything remains equal, climate change will kill us all! Everything won’t remain equal, technology and circumstances will change that few people can predict.)
  • Etc.