STEVEN POOLE ~ RETHINK ~ SCRIBNER ~ 2016

~ GI-CBF-BTRORFDOCOMBTAFD-Y-TPIRWEAF-IOW-IIMLTP-BIACSGTLWTBU ~ Good Ideas – Can Be Found – But Then Rejected Or Ridiculed For Decades Or Centuries Or Millennia Before They Are Finally Discovered – Yes – The Past Is Riddled With Error And Fraud – In Other Words – It Is Much Like The Present – But It Also Contains Surprising Gems That Lie Waiting To Be Unforgotten

~ TAOR-AR-LIQOIO:A/K/J/R&R/ATPOTI ~ The Art Of Rethinking – And Rediscovery – Lies In Questioning Our Ideas Of: Authority / Knowledge / Judgment / Right And Wrong / And The Processes Of Thinking Itself

~ IWANCRI-WANRT ~ If We Are Not Constantly Rethinking Ideas – We Are Not Really Thinking

~ TBNIAOOO ~ The Best New Ideas Are Often Old Ones

~ AOICBRAWTDOANPOTP ~ An Old Idea Can Become Relevant Again With The Discovery Of A New Piece Of The Puzzle

~ JBWDKHSWDMTIDW ~ Just Because We Don’t Know How Something Works Doesn’t Mean That It Doesn’t Work

~ AOIIADC-UOPIANG ~ An Old Idea In A Different Context – Using Old Pieces In A New Game

~ ITCHWAEPIPTADU-ATSITOI-AOIIANCCBPI ~ Impressive Things Can Happen When An Existing Product Is Put To A Different Use – And The Same Is True Of IdeaS – An Old Idea In A New Context Can Become Powerful Indeed

~ DWTBF ~ Disinformation Wants To Be Free

~ WTTTTEWCRTMAMCTTA-TAH ~ We Tend To Think That Events Which Come Readily To Mind Are More Common Than They Are – The Availability Heuristic

~ WATTNOTETCWWAT-CB ~ We Also Tend To Notice Only The Evidence That Confirms What We Already Think – Confirmation Bias

~ SIASAOTT-WTAFP-TP-C-S-O-E-O-IIOET-TPACTPI-ODSNY-OSRTSACC-OIMJCFTWKOP ~ Some Ideas Are Simply Ahead Of Their Time – When They Are First Proposed – The Prevailing – Cultural – Social – Or – Economic – Order – Is Incapable Of Embracing Them – They Pose A Challenge To Powerful Interests – Or Don’t Seem Necessary Yet – Or Simply Represent Too Startling A Conceptual Change – Or It Might Just Come From The Wrong Kind Of Person

~ NEIHBTOB-Y-ETANUHMOTPIITIOC ~ Not Every Idea Has Been Thought Of Before – Yet – Even The Apparently Novel Usually Has More Of The Past In It Than Is Often Credited

~ ITT-TUATB-H(SSO)-A-I(FNPD) ~ In Technical Terms – The Universe Appears To Be – Homogeneous (Smoothly Spread Out) – And – Isotropic (Favoring No Particular Direction)

~ UF ~ UnFalse

~ TMN-STATOTPMHUA ~ The Most Novel-Seeming Theories And Technologies Of The Present May Have Unexpected Ancestors

~ ICRAGSTA-EITJISOOTUT-TAHGRFWTISSVOENAACON ~ Ideas Can Return And Gain Significant Traction Again – Even If The Jury Is Still Out On Their Ultimate Truth – Their Advocates Have Good Reasons For Why The Ideas Suddenly Seem Viable Or Even Necessary Again After Centuries Of Neglect

~ S-I-R-WTSDHS-D ~ Sometimes – Ideas – Return – When They Should Definitely Have Stayed – Dead

~ AIWHAGCO-HAAAZ-IIBSIGOP ~ An Idea Will Have A Good Chance Of – Hanging Around As A Zombie – If It Benefits Some Influential Group Of People

~ CM ~ Conspiracy Markets

~ BWCBU-IRUOWWDK ~ Being Wrong Can Be Useful – In Reminding Us Of What We Don’t Know

~ SOSRITPOTOTBSAWTFCTTRTG ~ Stories Of Scientific Revolutions In The Past Often Turn Out To Be Stories About Wrong Theories Forcing Correct Theories To Raise Their Game

~ TPWTOTBWCBJAIATWTOTBR ~ The People Who Turn Out To Be Wrong Can Be Just As Important As Those Who Turn Out To Be Right

~ THOHT-INALSO-FTBRBTO-IMLADATWIWFOICBSAOFC-USFTAABGOTSF ~ The History Of Human Thought – Is Not A Linear Sequence Of – False Theories Being Replaced By True Ones – It’s More Like A Dark And Tangled Web – In Which Flashes Of Inspiration Can Be Smothered And Obscured For Centuries – Until Someone Finds Them Again And Blows Gently On The Sputtering Flames

~ WNTKWWDK ~ We Need To Know What We Don’t Know

~ SOIASP-IDEMWTAT-PI-HETTNNT ~ Some Old Ideas Are So Powerful – It Doesn’t Even Matter Whether They Are True – Placebo Ideas – Helpful Even Though They’re Not Necessarily True

~ MRNTITOA-PS-OW-E-HAP-RTABDB-P-A-‘N’P ~ Many Researchers Now Think In Terms Of A – Psychosis Spectrum – On Which – Everyone – Has A Place – Rather Than A Binary Distinction Between – Psychotics – And – “Normal” – People

~ D-AWA-H-STBCBTBWJAIND-OMS ~ Delusions – As Well As Hallucinations – Seem To Be Caused By The Brain Working Just As It Normally Does – Only More So

~ DWKTWDHFW? ~ Do We Know That We Don’t Have Free Will?

~ WLIAAO-TPP-WSRBAE-A-TROPOBTMPIDL ~ We Live In An Age Of – The Professionalized Politician – Who Seeks Reelection Before All Else – And The Range Of Policies Offered By The Main Parties Is Dramatically Limited

~ T-PPC-HLTNEONWL-ACOFTPOIOP-TSRIMARB ~ The – Professionalized Political Class – Has Little To No Experience Of Normal Working Life – And Cares Only For The Perpetuation Of Its Own Power – To Secure Reelection It Must Assuage Rich Benefactors

~ WIWWGNB-CP-B-BARCAOOP?-TTIAOI-SISF-B-TIHTAADI-TIODT-CTGBL-IC-S-A-MITTTIA ~ What If We Were Governed Not By Career Politicians – But By A Randomly Chosen Assortment Of Our Peers? – This Too Is An Old Idea – Sure It Sounds Fanciful – But – That Is How The Ancient Athenians Did It – The Inventors Of Democracy Themselves – Chose Their Government By Lottery – It’s Called – Sortition – And – Maybe It’s Time To Try It Again

~ TRITKA:’WN’ ~ To Rethink Is To Keep Asking: “Why Not”

~ WMSHTTTR-HI-SWUI? ~ We Might Soon Have The Technology To Rethink Humanity Itself – Should We Use It?

~ SOTF-TEVP-TNOTN ~ Survival Of The Fittest – The Equally Valid Perspective – The Nonsurvival Of The Nonfittest

~ YSNRTM-JBYDLTM ~ You Shouldn’t Necessarily Reject The Message – Just Because You Don’t Like The Messenger

~ GAFHTPFTPWHBUMIAEDOR ~ Giving A Fair Hearing To People From The Past Who Have Been Unfairly Maligned Is An Ethical Demand Of Rethinking

~ TVFT-POMIAMCF-A-STP-WSBAWCJ-IOTQIGA ~ The – View From Tomorrow – Projecting One’s Mind Into A More Civilized Future – And – Scrutinizing The Present – With Sympathy But Also With Cold Justice – In Order To Question Its Governing Assumptions

~ BADT-PDFT-AMDWFTBOO ~ Beliefs Are Dangerous Things – People Die For Them – And More Die Unwillingly For The Beliefs Of Others

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