The Conspiracists

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“these theories flatter—they can help people feel insightful or powerful or as if they are a part of something. They provide easy, lightly researched answers to deep anxieties. They can also give people “permission” to deflect responsibility for challenges in their own lives” - Public Discourse

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Is it Biblical to Be Skeptical or Cynical?

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“Skepticism is defined as having ‘great doubt’ regarding the truthfulness or trustworthiness of a claim….Cynicism, on the other hand, describes situations where we’re ‘contemptuously distrustful’ of someone’s action or motives.” - Daily Citizen

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Social media make us JUMP to false conclusions

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“Information, disinformation, and narratives now spread globally between billions of people at the push of a button. Solana observes this did indeed occur, for good or for ill, with the COVID-19 pandemic” - Acton

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From the Archives – Please Don't Believe This Post

From 2011.

I’m dead serious about the title of this little essay. I’ll explain later. The focus of this piece is the need for more and better critical thinking (some of you probably already see the connection to the title).

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What Are We to Make of Cultural Marxism?

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“…some terms (especially if they accrue divisive political overtones) can become what the New Zealand philosopher, Jamie Whyte, has called “boo-hooray words”—words that provoke an almost visceral reaction of either disgust or delight, denunciation or celebration.

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The Madness of Crowds

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G.K. Chesterton once observed that the ‘special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it.’ His point was that moderns have forgotten that they are assuming what they believe to be a given. ‘In short,’ he concludes, “they always have an unconscious dogma; and an unconscious dogma is the definition of a prejudice.” - Breakpoint

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The temptation of propaganda

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“While all ages and people are tempted by what Josef Pieper calls the ‘abuse of language, abuse of power,’ the French social philosopher Jacques Ellul, argues that contemporary technological society makes propaganda more pervasive.” - Acton

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