Early history[ edit ] Fasting was used as a method of protesting injustice in pre-Christian Irelandwhere it was known as Troscadh or Cealachan.
Tim Harford writes The Problem With Factswhich uses Brexit and Trump as jumping-off points to argue that people are mostly impervious to facts and resistant to logic: Facts, it seems, are toothless.
Trying to refute a bold, memorable lie with a fiddly set of facts can often serve to reinforce the myth. Important truths are often stale and dull, and it is easy to manufacture new, more engaging claims. And giving people more facts can backfire, as those facts provoke a defensive reaction in someone who badly wants to stick to their existing world view.
I think this is generally a good article and makes important points, but there are three issues I want to highlight as possibly pointing to a deeper pattern.
Harford expects us to be impressed by this study. But how is this different from all of those social science facts to which he believes humans are mostly impervious? But given that the entire field is now in serious doubt, I feel like it would have been judicious to mention some of this in the article.
This is especially true given that the article itself is about the way that false ideas spread by people never double-checking their beliefs. Yet Harford writes an entire article about a worldwide plague of false beliefs without mustering enough vigilance to see if the relevant studies are true or not.
His key example is tobacco companies sowing doubt about the negative health effects of smoking — for example, he talks about tobacco companies sponsoring accurate research into all of the non-smoking-related causes of disease so that everyone focused on those instead.
But his solution — telling engaging stories, adding a human interest element, enjoyable documentaries in the style of Carl Sagan — seems unusually unsuited to the problem.
The National Institute of Health can make an engaging human interest documentary about a smoker who got lung cancer. And the tobacco companies can make an engaging human interest documentary about a guy who got cancer because of asbestos, then was saved by tobacco-sponsored research.
Opponents of Brexit can make an engaging documentary about all the reasons Brexit would be bad, and then proponents of Brexit can make an engaging documentary about all the reasons Brexit would be good.
If you get good documentary-makers, I assume both will be equally convincing regardless of what the true facts are. All three of these points are slightly unfair.
But I worry that taken together, they suggest an unspoken premise of the piece. The fundamental problem is one of transmission: Medical researchers have lots of useful facts about vaccines.
Statisticians know some great facts about the link between tobacco and cancer shame about Ronald Fisherthough. Probably there are even some social scientists who have a fact or two.
Imagine a theory of jurisprudence designed only to smack down sovereign citizens, or a government pro-innovation policy based entirely on warning inventors against perpetual motion machines. And in this wider context, part of me wonders if the focus on transmission is part of the problem.
Everyone from statisticians to Brexiteers knows that they are right. The only remaining problem is how to convince others.Looks like I get the first post again. Hope no one thinks I’m working some dark magic. Just a product of having no life I’m afraid.
Having read Nathan Robinson’s article previously, I came to the conclusion that it was saying “You can’t argue against white supremacists”. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. A.
Cezarija Abartis. Cezarija Abartis’ Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press. Her. A hunger strike is a method of non-violent resistance or pressure in which participants fast as an act of political protest, or to provoke feelings of guilt in others, usually with the objective to achieve a specific goal, such as a policy change.
Most hunger strikers will take liquids but not solid food. Context of this essay is a detailed historical field research on the psycho–sociology of a modern secret society called Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.).
Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and plombier-nemours.com From plombier-nemours.com Ae Fond Kiss, my short horror story that managed to be inspired both by a love song by Robert Burns and by the marvellous Musée Mécanique on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, is featured in the September issue of the webzine The Horror Zine..
The story first appeared in The Horror Zine’s summer paperback edition .