Conspiracy Theorists

Months ago, while watching a Richard Dolan video, he declared, “In any debate, the first person to mention the term ‘conspiracy theory’ is the loser.” I chuckled. Many of us, like Dolan, have grown so accustomed to being labeled “conspiracy theorists” for things that turn out to be true we have learned to suspect anyone using the term is probably uninformed, irrational, or both.

In some ways, we can use how often someone dismisses things as conspiracies to gauge their socio-political awareness. However, we can also use it to measure people’s self-awareness.

Despite any “official” definitions, simple observation of how people use the term “conspiracy theory” shows that no definitive class of theories fit. Often theories about conspiracies don’t even earn the label. It’s used as a derogatory term like “quack,” “kook,” “crackpot,” etc. People classify something as a conspiracy theory if they want to project animosity toward the narrative.

But many people often put their lack of clarity on display as a status symbol when gregariously presupposing conspiracy theories are an intellectually distinguishable class of theory instead of an emotionally charged judgment. Just yesterday, I heard someone suggesting one can accurately estimate the validity of a narrative based on the severity of conspiracy theory-ness. Reading through his intellectual confusion, the assertion translates to, “I decide what’s true based on what feels true.” That’s not a rational approach.

At Universal Principle, we pride ourselves on the drills we endure to ensure we adequately distinguish observation from evaluation – or objective and measurable from subjective judgements. Both are important, but discerning them from each other is required to be a critical thinker.

You do not have an internal sensor that identifies correct ideas; you have an intuition (often wrong) about what seems right. Critical thinking isn’t intuition; it’s a boots-on-the-ground mathematical word-problem type of grind. If you think you have an intuition about what ideas are “conspiracy theories” and you believe yourself to be an intellectual, think again. You probably need to be made aware of how much the state erroneously crafted your intuition for you.

Your intuition will only guide you straight if you drill it to conform to reality. Carefully paying attention to the minor distinctions between observation and evaluation and courageously owning what you witnessed and what you assumed, felt, or insinuated for a month will make you feel like you see dimensions deeper than most around you.

Face it. We’re all conspiracy theorists, snowflake extremists, and superstitious hairless apes in someone’s judgment, but none of those judgments/labels are informative or objectively verifiable. It’s worthless information. They’re just mindless noises humans make when they’re incredulous.

Thanks for reading.

Stay sharp.

All Woke Scammers

Back in pre-woke times (9/11), engineers would direct the construction of reports, but they would interview the principles for their needs and intentions. Suppose you have people who struggle with laws of logic directing the project. In that case, the team will get caught where they must produce details about data they’re fundamentally confused about. If there are unclear concepts, coders will struggle for additional hours every time they have to touch the ambiguousness. Meanwhile, solving it could be a snap if those directing the project believed that fundamental concepts are required before extracting details about it; if they believed in principles before outcomes.

As an engineer who worked in the pre-woke times, I occasionally had to interview an especially woke person to create a report. It was always a struggle because they wouldn’t communicate their needs clearly and typically just fought you for control over the project. I would be thinking, “Why is this person telling me how to design a report? Why are they evading my questions?”

Now that’s the norm. I spend most of my time backtracking and recoding crap simply because someone didn’t think they needed to understand a concept before they commanded (usually with a derogatory tone), or they don’t think the coders need to understand something to make the software work (usually with a derogatory tone). It all results in wasted time and poor quality.

I’ve directly addressed the time waisting element of modern processes and gotten responses like, “But it’s more time you can enjoy laboring for $$$” I’m sorry, but I have the human need to not feel like I’m wasting my time.

I’m sorry, I can’t pin down the cause of this wokeness. It may sound odd, but I do believe it traces back to the early 1900s when Relativity and Quantum Physics were introduced. Fundamentally, general relativity utterly dismisses basic laws of information. Specifically, it assumes mathematical abstractions like time have physical properties. Since then, misinterpreting basic concepts and pontificating about nonsense realities like big bangs, black holes, or dark matter has become trendy. They don’t understand the principle but profess to produce great woke wisdom. A behavior that is now rampant.

Schrödinger’s cat example was intended to get people to see the irrationality of the quantum state, but the world said, “yes, reality isn’t logical.” True, but logic is required to think about reality and make rational sense. Just because the math is a probability doesn’t mean the reality is in a 60/40 state. It’s another example of confusing a mathematical abstraction with physical reality. It’s another way people started dismissing principles and started professing woke blether.

There are plenty more examples, but today, anyone who wants to look cool acts like they magically know without understanding. I recently saw a video titled “inability to find dark matter proves dark matter.” It had enough views and comments for me to discern that people were attracted by the irrationality of the reality they were advertising. It’s like a consciousness virus has taken hold.

I’m sorry that I don’t understand the fundamental elements of this problem well enough to suggest a solution. I think awareness of the problem may be key. The woke craze is over a hundred years in the making, this won’t be fixed overnight.

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