New blog post: Facts do not cease to be facts because they are unpleasant.
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- Branding a list of questions as an "intelligence test" does not feel like a fair way to engage a conversation.
I am not clear on why you used the words "intelligence test" and "you failed the test" in your text.
If I was to disagree with you would you tell me that I am failing? If so what would I be failing exactly?
You do explicitely invite people to think rationally based on facts, yet you also use an emotional trick to nudge people answers and thinking when you label this test an "intelligence test".
Naming this test a 'do you agree with me on all these points' test would have been a more accurate description of what it is.
Again this is an honest comment, feel free to comment.Apr 10, 2012
- In your question #1, you point out for us what is according to you "the key paragraph" of this article. But this key paragraph is just not an idea, but merely a disclaimer.
When I read such a text I tend to ignore similar disclaimers, because I am an adult, i.e. I can read and think on my feet and forge my own opinion about the rest of the text.Apr 10, 2012
- I think you have failed to understand Derbyshire's rather perverse sense of humor. In any case, you were supposed to make your deductions from the text of the article.Apr 11, 2012
- John Derbyshire had to take the time to write a clarification to his "I'm homophobe and racist" statement that Juan quoted.
please read it, there is no humour involved.
In this clarification he is not afraid to say he is a racist, and what he means by that.
http://collectedmiscellany.com/2003/11/derbyshire-interview-follow-up/Apr 11, 2012
- Small point of order: isn't the "intelligence test" also a special case of "Kafkatrapping"?
(Sometimes, irony can be pretty darned ironic.)Apr 11, 2012
- i rest my Case 😉Jul 21, 2015