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Creeping normality

I have shown how those that follow conspiracy theories typically rely on mental shortcuts to navigate the information, and the content that feeds them this information is efficient in capturing more automatic cognitions. Kahneman (2011), found that the brain forms thoughts in two ways. He distinguishes the process by referring to them as system one … Continue reading

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Traffic jams

The process of a rumor goes through stages for "optimization", essentially boiling it down to something that can easily grab the attention of the reader and possibly subvert their more rational cognitions. Allport & Postman (1947), leveling is essentially a diffusion i.e., making the rumor contain fewer words or items, shortening it, and taking away … Continue reading

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Can spear eye see the eerie?

One of the biggest issues emerging out of the digital age is the onslaught of misinformation and conspiracy theories that flood the internet, spreading like wildfire through populations. It seems we are being pushed into a post-truth society, where objective reality has lost some of its power in influencing political and societal decisions. One of the … Continue reading

4th Industrial Revolution, Cognitive Enablers, Future of Learning, Higher Education, Socelor, Teaching Methods

When are Universities and Colleges Going to Get it?

I have been writing for years about the direction that higher education has and is going. The focus of a higher-education degree is content. Despite the myriad of protests otherwise, thousands of Masters programs around the world will have classes that will have PowerPoint sessions on the last day of class with critical content that … Continue reading

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The virgin analysis versus the Chad two-valued logic

As has been mentioned, the process of spreading the message of the far-right is diffuse and self-perpetuating, with no real head on the hydra, a few demagogues have managed to gain some notoriety but are not exclusively tied to any hate groups or fringe ideologies, though small threads can be connected to their ideas and … Continue reading

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On or honor off

Alongside the musings of Hoffer and findings of Allport, a line of research has illuminated one mechanism that might be fueling some of the violence in far-right ideology. This can be found in the culture of the southern United States.  The fact is, the number of hate groups has greatly increased since 2017 and a … Continue reading

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Programming guides

While going through the literature and researching the topic it seems, at times, that the far-right can work with sophisticated methods of propaganda and persuasion, from a broad view it is like cult behavior or mirrors religious fanaticism in its application and practice. The next several posts will be delving into some of the supposed … Continue reading

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Leaping to the wrong conclusions. Or try not to kermit hate crimes.

 The more prominent figures within the milieu of the alt-right are bolstered by a seemingly large amount of internet traffic and users that help spread propaganda that typically leans towards messages of hate and violence. One of the key propaganda machines that have been indicated is the board Politically incorrect, or /pol/, on the anonymous … Continue reading

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Profits of Deceit

The influencers like Peterson and Shapiro show there are some lighter or inadvertent versions of what the alt-right represents, though the blending of their audiences with the more radical side adds another layer, the deeper end of the ideology was brought  to mainstream attention by Richard Spencer who is described by  the Southern Poverty Law … Continue reading