Cathedral Round-Up #29: Pinker, Truth, and Liars

Steven Pinker recently gave a short speech at Harvard (where he works) on how hearing certain facts without accompanying leftist counter-arguments causes people to become “infected” with right-wing thoughts:

The Left responded in its usual, thoughtful, reasonable fashion, eg “If you ever doubted that Steven Pinker’s sympathies lie with the alt-right…” The author of the piece also called Pinker a “lying right-wing shitweasel” on twitter.

Of course this is nonsense; as Why Evolution is True has pointed out, Pinker is one of Harvard’s most generous donors to the Democratic party.

The difference between Pinker and the Left is that Pinker is (trying) to be honest. Pinker believes in truth. He believes in believing true things and discussing true things. He believes that just because you believe a true thing doesn’t mean you have to go down this road to believing other, in his opinion untrue, things. You can believe more than one true thing. You can simultaneously believe “Blacks commit more homicide than whites” and believe “Blacks should not be discriminated against.”

By contrast, the Left is not trying to be honest. It is not looking for truth. It just wants to win. The Left does not want people to know that crime stats vary by race, that men and women vary in average interests and aptitudes, that communism is an atrociously bad economic system. Merely saying, “Hey, there are things you can’t say out loud without provoking a very loud controversy from the left,” has provoked… a very loud controversy from the left:

Link to the original conversation

 

The Left is abusing one of its own because merely saying these things out loud is seen as a betrayal of Leftist goals.

 

And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ —George Orwel, 1984

 

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7 thoughts on “Cathedral Round-Up #29: Pinker, Truth, and Liars

  1. I have been wondering if propagandizing the alt-right as nazi was done on purpose to subvert the anti-war movement. The Democrats have shut down their anti-war movement, and they won’t give Tulsi Gabbard press- I even wonder if this air raid scam in Hawaii was meant to weaken her political career.

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  2. “… communism is an atrociously bad economic system…”

    An interesting idea is that while Communism is horrible economically it has helped save some ideas that are…White or Western. Their societies are not as nearly infected by nonsense. Maybe because they’ve heard it all before but a lot of silly ideas here get no traction there.

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    • Well, they’ve certainly learned to be wary of communism, anyway. Overall I suspect these countries have low trust (all of the trusting people got shot) and most are still poorer than their western neighbors. I’m sure plenty of Poles would be perfectly happy letting those rich Germans put up the refugees themselves.

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  3. […] The difference between Pinker and the Left is that Pinker is (trying) to be honest. Pinker believes in truth. He believes in believing true things and discussing true things. He believes that just because you believe a true thing doesn’t mean you have to go down this road to believing other, in his opinion untrue, things. You can believe more than one true thing. You can simultaneously believe “Blacks commit more homicide than whites” and believe “Blacks should not be discriminated against.” […]

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  4. Pinker has long been a target of Feral Lefties since he started talking about sex differences and how they impact performance. This went on as he took on the Blank Slate, didn’t mince words on Islam, and continued to be a pain.

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