Lies, Damn Lies, and Scientific FindingsLies are not just false statements; they are always social acts—usually acts of aggression.
by T.J. Nelson
ying is not just making a false statement. It's always a social act: an act of aggression intended to change someone else's behavior. It's been happening since language was invented. Arthur Herman quoted Voltaire, for example, as saying he didn't believe in God himself, but hoped his valet did “so he won't steal my spoons.”
What's changed since then is that we now have political correctness. PC is another form of lying—pretending that everyone is the same when they're obviously not, pretending to be offended when no sane person would be, and so on. It's also a meta-lie: pretending that its purpose is to be polite. Even the government has started doing it; Charles Murray's latest book is really an admonition not to participate.
Roger Simon says the proper response to it is what he calls the rotation method, which boils down to cultivating an appreciation for your enemy's unfathomable tears of frustration, as the great Eric Cartman puts it. The philosophy is essentially: stop validating their victimhood.
Example: last week a person of gender at Columbia claimed to be offended by Ovid, causing what might have been the biggest outbreak of mass facepalming in history.
That person's milliaggression was rapidly crushed by experts on classical literature across the Internet. But there's an easier way to tell when someone is denying reality: if they're proven wrong, they come back with an even more extreme viewpoint. The Columbia student, or someone like her, will be back.
When the meretricious mistresses of misandry discovered that their claim of 30% of college women being raped was being received with skepticism, they didn't say “Whoops, we got the decimal point wrong!” They expanded their claim. According to a report on Medical News Today, citing an article in Journal of Adolescent Health, the latest research now shows that the percentage of Brown University students who get raped or attemptedly raped in their first year of college is 15.3%.
If true, this would be a national catastrophe: if the statistic remained
it would mean that nearly half of college females are victims
of rape or attempted rape over their four-year stay. A significant percentage would
be victims two or three times over. (It's obligatory at this point to say that
rape is indeed a terrible thing, we need accurate statistics
on it, and the authors of this study undoubtedly were well intentioned.)
Number of rapes + attempted rapes per person, assuming 15.3% per year
However, the statistic here is compromised by the word ‘attempted’, which is a subjective judgment by the interviewee of the other person's intention. The real number, whatever it is, is apparently not scary enough to require immediate action, which is what the milliaggressors want. If history repeats, attempted rape will be considered equivalent to rape itself, and skeptics will once again be called ‘deniers’ to intimidate them into acquiescence.
It follows a now-familiar five-stage pattern:
When Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream started giving us lectures about climate science*, you know it's reached Stage 5—something rich, privileged people use to trick the rest of us into believing, while they continue their extravagant lifestyle. They're trying to keep us from stealing their spoons.
Lies aren't cheap. One day you go along with white lies to be polite. Or you keep quiet, hoping someone else will discredit them. Next thing you know you have a president who actually believes them and your civilization is crumbling around you.
* h/t D. Allison
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