Enlightenment Defended
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Enlightenment Defended will repel the dark nihilism of “post-truth”, woke culture, identity politics, and political correctness. It will catalyse the bright flame of the enlightenment —liberty, reason and progress.

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The Logic of Persuasion: Part 4. In a Core Sense, Even Zombies are Rational.

(Talk at Oxford Karl Popper and Hayek Society.)

As I have stressed many times, on an evolutionary view, we must expect to find gradations of mental characteristics, including rationality. The core sense of goal-directedness (seeking either a end or a means to an end) seems to exist in all organisms. And goal-directed behaviours require at minimum cybernetic-like critical feedback loops, updating the organism as to its distance from the target state. If they have evolved over millions of years, the presumption is not, as the closed-mind pundit assumes, that these error correction mechanisms are predominantly faulty, but rather that they are significantly attuned to reality. The human eye, with all its flaws from a god-like designer point of view, is nevertheless a magnificent navigation aid.

My second point, caught in this clip, is that the orthodox view of propaganda would prescribe that in order to get your message to the year 2070, you must make your acolytes closed-minded, and wrap the message up in one or more protective barriers to criticism - ranging from wishful thinking to Richard Dawkins’s mind viruses or memeplexes.

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