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Ivan Ilyin, the Philosopher Behind Putin’s Russia

2018-06-23T14:17:43+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

Ilyin thought that “the factual world doesn’t count. It’s not real.” In a restatement of gnostic theology, he believed that “God created the world but that was a mistake. The world was a kind of aborted process,” because it lacks coherence and unity. The world of observable facts was, to him, “horrifying…. Those facts are

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FEED THE MACHINE

2018-06-17T17:06:54+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Categories: News, Truth, Uncategorized|

Newsweek and the race to fill Google with suicide news www.theverge.com/2018/6/12/17448816/newsweek-anthony-bourdain-seo-headlines-suicide-contagion

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The Strange Failure of the Educated Elite

2018-05-29T06:34:36+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

Those dimwitted, stuck up blue bloods in the old establishment had something we meritocrats lack — a civic consciousness, a sense that we live life embedded in community and nation, that we owe a debt to community and nation and that the essence of the admirable life is community before self. The meritocracy is here

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Distinguishing Reality from Vacuum

2018-05-28T09:13:26+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Categories: As-If, News, Truth, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Throughout the twentieth century, writers and thinkers who faced reality-destroying regimes kept producing similar recipes. “Live not by lies,” the Russian dissident novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote. The Czech dissident playwright and future President Václav Havel pondered the predicament of living, unquestioningly, “inside the lie”—and the uncanny power of stepping outside of it. In our case, stepping

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Trump vs. the “Deep State”

2018-05-16T04:56:17+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|Tags: |

How the Administration’s loyalists are quietly reshaping American governance. Midway through its second year, Trump’s White House is at war within and without, racing to banish the “disloyals” and to beat back threatening information. Bit by bit, the White House is becoming Trump’s Emerald City: isolated, fortified against nonbelievers, entranced by its mythmaker, and constantly

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How Game Theory Explains the Leaks in the Trump White House

2018-05-16T05:08:16+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Given the poisonous atmosphere at the Trump White House, carrying out witch hunts won’t stop the leaking. The only way to address the problem is to change the culture, foster a sense of team spirit, and reward people for being loyal. In terms of game theory, you need to alter the rewards and punishments that

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The Psychology Of Fake News

2018-03-29T04:27:56+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Categories: Media, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

In a paper published in March in the journal Science, David Lazer, Matthew Baum and 14 co-authors consider what we do and don't know about the science of fake news. They define fake news as "fabricated information that mimics news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent," and they go on to discuss problems

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Trump, Flush With Power

2018-03-20T15:11:46+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

We’ve always known Trump makes stuff up. But now he has stopped bothering to pretend that he doesn’t. Truthful hyperbole is out. Outlandish fabrication is in. Trump began bragging to Republicans at a private fund-raiser in St. Louis Wednesday: Oh, get a load of this trade stuff I made up to outfox that fox, Justin Trudeau.

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What ‘Law and Order’ Means to Trump

2018-03-18T06:31:03+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

Donald Trump is not subtle. While normal political language functions through implication and indirection, Mr. Trump luxuriates in saying the quiet part loud. But in doing so, Mr. Trump exposes what drives the politics of the movement he commands. That is most evident in the way he talks about crime and punishment. nyti.ms/2GBJMYT

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A President Tests His Own Credibility

2018-03-18T06:32:47+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

WASHINGTON — When President Trump told donors at a fund-raiser this past week that he had invented a fact during a conversation with Canada’s prime minister, the surprise was not that America’s leader makes things up, but that he openly admitted it. nyti.ms/2GBFf8P

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