Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Yeah no they don't.
There's basically no chance this is true.


Blogger Aa said...

And you know this how? I'm simply asking for some objective evidence (I too am skeptical but am unwilling to just brush it off without some evidence).

10:40 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I live on Earth and am familiar with human beings.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Aa said...

As do I and as am I.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Well, I'm...what *am* I doing, anyway?

I'm really just expressing skepticism--I'd guess we're actually not far apart on this...

It's a...what the hell is it?

I really do want to say more than just "I'm skeptical of this."

I want to say something more like:
I would bet money against this...I mean...I'm not actually a money-betting person...but perhaps I ought to be. I try to think like one.

Something like:
This is such a daft claim that I'm not merely skeptical, I think we're warranted in rejecting it.

So much so that, to be honest, I'll never give this another thought unless much, much better evidence shows up.

In fact, tbh, I'm pretty sure what's going on here: it's a combination of (a) actual incidents...though many of them childish stupidity, (b) liberal students virtue-signalling by acting all depressed and scared (which is fashionable), (c) confirmation bias by the teachers, and (d) teachers just answering 'yes' as a way of expressing their frustration with current events. Not really a lie...more like a primal scream.

Also: "negative Trump effect" could include almost anything.

I just don't think "I'm skeptical" is strong enough here. If we're merely skeptical in cases like this, I say we'll run out of epistemic running room with respect to things that are genuinely close calls.

This, I'm asserting, is not a close call.

That's what I'm asserting anyway.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Aa said...

Makes sense, we're actually pretty close on this from the sounds of it.

10:39 AM  

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