Covid narrative flunked critical thinking test
Covid responses were not about IQ.
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Highly intelligent people swallowed the covid narrative
Thank you, T.
At the height of Covid hysteria, several times I encountered variations of the meme “It’s not a pandemic; it’s an IQ test” which really misses the point. The essential problem has never been about one’s IQ. Many highly intelligent people (in an academic sense) swallowed a very dubious narrative, while others less academically gifted did not. The real divider was the ability and inclination to think critically about it.
In a previous article I explained the basic concept of critical thinking, which can be defined as rational judgment about appeals to belief. Here I will lay out my own classroom approach to it in relation to the Covid messaging and policies.
The approach was derived from Browne and Keeley’s once popular critical thinking textbook, Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking. Simplified for Japanese university students unfamiliar with the concept of critical thinking, this approach consists of six questions, all very applicable to the official narrative about Covid. For any Japanese speakers who may be reading this, here is a video link of me explaining my approach. Critical thinking responses in brownstone link below.
Critical thinking Q & A
Number one: What are the issues and the conclusion?
Number two: How good are the reasons?
Number three: How good is the evidence?
Number four: Are any words unclear or used strangely?
Number five: Are there any other possible causes?
Number six: What are the basic assumptions and are they acceptable?
Adherents of mainstream Covid narrative accepted as axioms dubious ideas such as these:
Viral epidemics can and should be halted by extreme measures bringing great suffering on large numbers of people.
The threat of Covid infection supersedes human rights such as the rights to work, to commune with other human beings, to express opinions freely, etc.
Facial masks prevent Covid transmission.
Facial masks do no significant harm.
These assumptions have been ably debunked by many articles at Brownstone Institute and elsewhere.
Thus from the beginning the mainstream Covid narrative has failed to give persuasive responses to any of these questions. In light of that, it is remarkable that there are still many people who endorse the original Covid measures and messaging. Especially in times like these, more people need to employ critical thinking to become less gullible and more skeptical of widespread ideas and influential entities, including those usually branded as reliable. They neglect to do so at their own peril.
Taste your spirit/soul
AI controls all communication, mostly propaganda to trigger negative emotions that pit man against man, fear, judgment, etc. that return a matching negative reality.
Critical thinking includes listening to what our body, emotions, and instincts tell us through urges not words prompting unity, cooperation and meaningful action.
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