Enlightenment Defended
Politics • Spirituality/Belief • Culture
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.

Enlightenment Defended will create an open realm of vigorous philosophical debate through animation, documentaries, poetry, humour, music and myth. People are many-sided in both apprehension and enjoyment.
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Liberty Loves Reason: Episode 5. The Biased but Open Mind.

'The Biased but Open Mind"! Isn't that an oxymoron?

The word bias entered English via the game of bowls, where it referred to balls made with a greater weight on one side. Rather like loaded dice. This then led to the metaphorical use, "a one-sided tendency of the mind". In law, it entered as "undue propensity or prejudice". In bias research, it typically means "a systematic error".

Has it ever occurred to you that what are taken to be biases are, despite appearances, not systematic errors? Science can in principle be dramatically wrong. Witness the demise of Newton's theory in the wake of Einstein's revolution and the ground-breaking discovery of extremophiles, bacteria and other life-forms living in extreme chemical and temperature environments.

My usage of the word bias is tailored to my problem and theory and non-judgemental but overlaps with these uses. I use "bias" as short-hand for "a propensity to think or conjecture in a particular way." In the light of our fallibility and infinite ignorance, it allows us the space to admit that we can be wrong in the identification of supposed "systematic errors". Bias research is important. However, ironically, much bias-literature ignores this fundamental problem of knowledge and incurs the manifest truth delusion —perhaps the greatest of systematic errors. The manifest truth delusion is the idea that if people are presented with the facts, they will automatically see them. But the truth is never manifest, but is rather forever conjectural. I call this bias of bias research "bias bias".

My usage allows the possibility that our propensities to think in certain ways are not necessarily closed to argument, but instead potentially fluid and sensitive to logic and truth.. It allows me to adduce the criticisable conjecture that we are biased but open to argument.

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