The Watsonista spiritual mentor

I wrote this in an earlier post, but did not expand –

It reminds me of an observation made by Peter Sloterdijk in his Critique of Cynical Reason

“The violent, antirationalistic impulse in Western countries is reacting to an intellectual state of affairs in which all thinking has become strategy

This is what we are seeing here – all language and communication reduced to strategy. This is the precursor to all communication is propaganda, or more simply, when communication itself, a two way transfer of unfiltered information1, ceases.

This nonsense dissection of language has nothing to do with discourse or exchange of ideas, and everything to do with finding strategic advantage.

What you say is not relevant. How what you say can be reframed for advantage is.

Communication is reduced to propaganda. It ceases to be communication with any value. (more…)

Ophelia Benson: "Everything is YOUR FAULT! You have a PENIS."

Would that this had the honesty of deliberate satire –

Butterflies and Wheels was established in 2002 and has (not surprisingly) evolved since then. At the beginning it focused mainly on various kinds of pseudoscience and epistemic relativism, aka postmodernism. The latter prompted an increasing focus on moral or cultural relativism and a defense of universalism and human rights. This in turn led to concern with the chief opponent of universalism and human rights, which is religion. This then led to interest in the backlash against overt atheism.

Unfortunately, it’s not. It’s a Münchhausean self-appraisal from an intellect that’s a cold carcass on a slab having overdosed on way too much mind-killing belief. (more…)

Ophelia Benson: "THIS is all YOUR fault, you MISOGYNIST!"

What misogyny needs is an equivalent term to erectile dysfunction. Y’know, when demands are made of you to perform, but no matter what you do, you just can’t live up to expectation. There is no desire, no motivation, no interest and your misogyny just droops like overcooked bok choy. No amount of coaxing or lecturing or scolding, no amount of screaming about how monstrous you are, nothing works.

Truth be told, I do feel like a failure at this game. I am certainly no Skeptifem when it comes to raw hatred. I can’t even catch up with Ophelia1, who gave us a lesson in a now heavily redacted and watered down earlier spray at collaborators she feels betray her and the rest of the “real” feminists. (more…)

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– War is Peace –

– Ignorance is Strength –

– Freedom is Slavery –

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This is at least convenient – having all of the faux morality fascists congregating under the one roof.

The Naked Emperor’s brave new world in the oxymoronically, and pompously, entitled FreethoughtBlogs is growing in leaps and bounds. Recent additions to the tenants list have been –

Butterflies and Wheels – an oasis of tolerance and the epitome of non-threatening environments for women of all philosophies to speak their minds openly, free from fear or intimidation – (more…)