Friday, September 23, 2016

"Blowing Your Mind– as Promised"

"Blowing Your Mind– as Promised"
by Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert”

"About a year ago I told you that Donald Trump would change far more than politics. I predicted that he would change your understanding of the human condition and your role in reality. Back then, I couldn’t explain what I meant. You didn’t have the mental framework to hold this new idea– unless you were a trained hypnotist or a cognitive scientist. The ideas were too radical. 

Until now. 

I saw this situation developing last year. The Master Persuader opened a crack in the universe so we mortals could– for the first time– understand the nature of reality. At the end of this short blog post I will link to an article that will blow your mind. But first I will describe the mental framework you need to accept this new vision of reality. The framework goes like this:

1. Smart, well-informed people disagree on nearly all major issues. So being smart and well-informed doesn’t help you grasp reality as much as you would hope. If it did, all of the smart, well-informed people would agree. They don’t.

2. Trump says lots of things that don’t pass the fact-checkers’ tests. His supporters don’t care because facts don’t influence decisions. Humans decide first, then rationalize their irrational choices with cherry-picked data. You see this all the time with the people who disagree with your brilliance. Just remember that they see the same irrationality in you that you see in them.

3. So-called “news” outlets are literally inventing news and peddling it as truth.

4. We learned that voters don’t actually pick the Democratic candidate. The party picks the candidate. Democracy in the United States is largely an illusion.

5. Every candidate looks good until we learn more about that person’s past. Then every candidate looks terrible. But is it possible that only terrible people run for president and get to the final rounds?

6. We all noticed– this year more than ever– that political polls are skewed by bias. 

7. You watched as I used the Master Persuader filter to accurately predict the outcome of the presidential election up to this point. In so doing, I ignored forecasts from all the “experts.” I also ignored policies, experience, and facts. None of those things help you predict the future.

8. Many of you have started reading from my Persuasion Reading List, and by now you understand that humans are not rational creatures. We are creatures who believe we are rational.

Now you are ready. Read this to forever alter your understanding of reality. Welcome to the third dimension. The Master Persuader has been waiting for you."

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