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READ & DOWNLOAD ☆ Intellectual Morons How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook é Daniel J. Flynn CHARACTERS Intellectual Morons How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas Why do well educated antiwar activists call the president of the United States “the new Hitler” and argue that the US government orchestrated the September 11 attacks Why does Al Gore believe that cars pose “a mortal threat to the security of every nation” Why does the Princeton professor known as the father of the animal rights movement object to humans eating animals but not to humans having sex with them and why does PETA defend that positionIn other words why do smart people fall for stupid ideasThe answer Daniel J Flynn reveals in Intellectual Morons is ideology Flynn the author of Why the Left Hates America shows how people can be so blinded to reality by the causes they serve that they espouse bizarre sometimes ridiculous and often dangerous positions The most influential social movements have spawned ideologues who do not care whether an idea is good or bad true or false but only whether it can serve their cause It is startling how many Americans and particularly how many media academic and political elites fall for bad ideas The trouble is thei Profiles of approximately 15 people all but two lefties and greens who Flynn claims were made stupid by the ideologies they followed I must say that Flynn s arguments are themselves moronic The future Lord Kelvin estimated in the 1860s that the Earth is 24 to 400 million years old He was wildly off the mark but no one calls him a moron because he could not have known about radioactivity Likewise Paul Ehrlich estimated in the 1960s that the world of the 1970s and the 1980s would be hit by Malthusian famines He was also wildly off the mark since he did not take into account Norman Borlaug s Green Revolution and the dramatic fall in birth rates over most of the world The Green Revolution averted mass famine in Asia but it did not penetrate into Africa which has been experiencing famines into the 2000s I am unconvinced that Paul Ehrlich is a moron just because he turned out to be wrong There are ideologically motivated greens out there no doubt but there are also ideologically motivated anti greens blogger Tim Lambert writes a lot about them including some of the people Flynn cites as non morons Rigoberta Mench famously lied for example exaggerating the gory details of her brother s death in the hands of the Guatemalan military and inventing another brother that supposedly died of hunger Well in 1934 a Hearst newspaper published photos of victims of the 1921 1922 Volga Valley famine pretending that they showed the 1933 famine in Ukraine accompanied by fake reporting and in the 1980s some Diaspora Ukrainians reprinted the fake photos in an album This fact alone does not prove that the 1932 1933 famine in Ukraine was a hoax Likewise Rigoberta s lies by themselves do not prove that the atrocities of the Guatemalan military were a hoax Both Communists and anti Communists are only human and are capable of lying to further their respective causes If professors of Latin American studies who continued to assign Rigoberta s book to undergraduates even after her lies were exposed are morons then I am a moron in believing that the Ukrainian famine was real despite the forgeries

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READ & DOWNLOAD ☆ Intellectual Morons How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook é Daniel J. Flynn CHARACTERS Intellectual Morons How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas R lies become institutionalized as truth and we all suffer as a result In Intellectual Morons Flynn reveals•How rabid anti Americans simply parrot the delusional claims of a few gurus•How the environmental movement spawned by a “scientist” whose doomsday predictions are almost always wrong has bred fanaticism stupidity and dishonesty •How the hero of the animal rights crowd is a crank who promotes infanticide and euthanasia•How a scientific fraud and pervert launched the sexual revolution•How abortion rights activists ignore or cover up the fact that their matron saint advocated eugenics and concentration camps•How our universities have become hothouses of leftist ideology•How historians and journalists have airbrushed history to turn a racial separatist into a civil rights iconFilled with jaw dropping lapses in common sense from even our most celebrated opinion leaders Intellectual Morons is a welcome reality check for the glaring excesses of today’s political and cultural debates This is a sophisticated pile driver of a book guiding us thr The book was pretty unimpressive but it is interesting to see how crazy right wing folks think about those who are a bit liberal

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Flynn CHARACTERS Intellectual Morons How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas Ough the wiles of great luminaries of the netherworld And such liveliness in the writing and such erudition I was uite fascinated by Intellectual Morons William F Buckley Jr Intellectual Morons is exceptionally aptly named The thought of all that brainpower going down the intellectual drain is sad but Daniel Flynn's description of it is hilariously on point This is must reading G Gordon Liddy Intellectual Morons is a delight a wonderful intellectual history of the past hundred years Flynn ably describes the purveyors of the bad ideas that have undermined our free society Burton W Folsom Jr professor of history Hillsdale CollegeA famous bit of folk wisdom says 'You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything' Some of the crackpot notions now fashionable in academic circles as here documented by Daniel Flynn suggest that saying is an understatement If you want to know how crazy and scairy intellectual morons can get you have to read this book M Stanton Evans author of The Theme Is Freedom contributing editor to Human Events From the Hardcover editio Well let me start by saying that I didn t really like this bookI agreed with much of what he was saying which bothered me slightly but I did not at all like the way in which he was saying it He is a very frustrated person He is angry that people believe stupid things and this book is his diatribe against stupidity It s not really a book to inform it s a book to belittle and I didn t like that aspect I think if ideas are dumb it s enough to show that they are dumb you don t necessarily have to make fun of those who hold them On the other hand some ideas are so bad that they deserve to be debunked and even ridiculed it s a fine line to walk and I m not sure he did it well This is not to say that I could do it better I couldn t I especially couldn t because I actually learned a lot by reading this book Unfortunately it was a lot about stuff I was not really interested in This book goes into a lot of detail about the sordid sexual lives of many of the people in it I m not particularly fond of reading about the sexual depravity of other people nor even about their extramarital affairs An extramarital affair is morally wrong but not a reason to dismiss someone s intellectual contributions If that were enough then we would have to cut David out of the Bible and denounce Martin Luther King Jr This is not to justify what these men did they did something reprehensible but I think that it is possible to decry the wrong and still honor what they did that was good People often don t live up to the moral code that they hold up as good they fail in many ways but that s not a reason to decry the moral codeI kind of felt like that was what this author was doing Throwing mud around in order to make these people seem like the absolute worst people in the world and certainly some of them are and certainly some of them were so sexually perverse that I would not want to hang out with them but it seems to me that those lifestyle choices were secondary to the important aspect of false ideology Or perhaps it would be better to say that they were secondary to their proselytizing of evilTake for instance Ayn Rand I happen to have read her books three of them actually I thought that most of her characters were wooden stilted unrealistic and verbose But I thought that the message behind the books was good in some ways I think they went too far in their glorification of selfishness but it s understandable that they would do so Having been raised in the Soviet Union and its mantra that the self must be sacrificed to the collective it was natural for Ayn to go completely off the rails in the opposite direction Most people do that We overreact and go to the opposite extreme I read her books her perspective was interesting and I learned from reading them The Fountainhead was particularly good I uite frankly enjoyed it Finding out that she cheated on her husband and refused to debate her ideas with others just reinforces the point that no one is perfect and no philosophy is perfect it doesn t euate to doing the same thing that she does and throwing out her philosophy because one does not agree with it or with the progenitor of it I don t agree with Ayn Rand I don t think man can live by objectivism alone but neither do I think that she should be banned or ridiculed And that made me wonder about the rest of the people in the book I happen to know something about Ayn Rand so although I found his critiue of her personal life to be justified I didn t find that as grounds for dismissal but I don t know much of anything about the other people mentioned in this book so I started to wonder if maybe this author is treating them a bit cavalierly as well I started to wonder if maybe Marcuse and Ferdain and Foucault actually have something good in their philosophies If I can take the good parts of Ayn Rand and reject the bad parts is it only because I tend to agree with her than I do with others Or are there certain things that are just wrong that nothing good can be gleaned from themI struggled a lot with the characterization of WEB Du Bois as well I have read some of his work when I was younger and thought it was uite good Then I discover that he supported the communist party until his death in 1968 To me that s one of the lines that cannot be crossed You can read Marx and find good philosophical thoughts in him if you must but that is only in the context of his time period where his ideas had not yet been tried As soon as you look at the realities of communism in this world and the millions of deaths it caused you cannot continue to support it and still be respected in other areas By continuing to support communism in the light of its complete and utter failure and its responsibility for millions of deaths you show yourself to be utterly incapable of being convinced by truth Maybe that was my biggest problem with the people mentioned in this book it seemed that all of them were incapable of being convinced by truth Instead the common thread in this book was that the people in it twisted the truth and twisted facts in order to further their viewpoint or to remain in their comfortable delusion In that way I completely understand the author s frustration It is unfathomable to me why someone would continue to cling to a belief that is demonstrably false Ayn Rand for instance clinging to her belief that cigarettes didn t cause lung cancer DuBois clinging to his belief that communism was good it s ludicrousBut there was one chapter in this book that truly disgusted me and one person that I cannot divorce the person and the problem and that was Alfred Kinsey If even half of what this book says about Kinsey is true then every paper book study and journal that man touched needs to be looked at debunked barred recanted and withdrawn from courses textbooks and journals except to serve as an example of how badly awry research can go in the hands of the immoral I don t like Internal Review Boards they are clunky ponderous power hungry bureaucracies that slow down research make it nearly impossible to conduct and act as gatekeepers for certain ideologies but they are necessary If only to keep cretins like Kinsey from getting anywhere near other humans let alone studying them This man employed other people convicted pedophiles to go and molest children and called it science and data gathering He reuired his interns and assistants to sleep with him and each other and called it science That is indeed the very opposite of science Setting aside the moral issues for a moment any observation made is immediately suspect because of the issue with sample size and subjectivity But there are so many other problems with this There is not a single good thing about this You have a boss a professor someone in a position of power telling you that sleeping with him is necessary not only to keep your job but it is in fact a good thing it will further science How is this any different than a cult leader demanding his followers offer up their wives because it will lead them to heaven And he and his successors have never even made public their data sources Ridiculous Anonymize it by all means but you have to have the data on hand so that your study can be replicated or debunked that s what science is not stacking your surveys with people who differ from the norm and then generalizing it out to the population That s like interviewing only serial killers on the justifiability of murder and then publishing it claiming that all humanity has that viewpoint Utterly ridiculous I cannot understand why people are still assigning this man for reading If you are doing it as an example of what not to do go right ahead but using it as a citation to back up your work I cannot fathom it To me this is the same as talking about how science was furthered by the experiments done at Dachau Yes Now we know a lot about hypothermia It doesn t change the fact that the men who conducted those experiments were evil and had no regard for human life and wellbeing Neither did Kinsey Thank God for IRB boards at least they prevent this kind of blatant abuse


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    [Intellectual Morons How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas] Read ↠ Daniel J. Flynn Profiles of approximately 15 people all but two lefties and greens who Flynn claims were made stupid by the ideologies they followed I must say that Flynn's arguments are themselves moronic The future Lord Kelvin estimated in the 1860s that the Earth is 24 to 400 million years old He was wildly off the mark but no one calls him a

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    [Intellectual Morons How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas] Read ↠ Daniel J. Flynn Skepticism at least in the sense of how the philosopher Karl Popper defined it is the method with which one parses through claims of this or that by testing all preconceived notions against the most difficult test possible in order to reach a conclusion with the least possible amount of bias meaning these notions are considered to

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  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Intellectual Morons How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas
  • Daniel J. Flynn
  • English
  • 10 October 2020
  • 9781400053551