That’s a great 4 minute video.
Wow, this is an excellent metaphor to describe the bind we're in.
Honestly, slapping the term Critical before any noun becomes a shibboleth for which conclusions are to be reached by the scholarship. It’s how my well-intentioned/believing fellow grad students distort every complexity into clarity. Conceptual conformity. In English Studies, counterstory methodology redefines data and science so the personal and subjective become valid generalizable proof (not verifiable evidence) positive the oppressive system is alive and well everywhere. The vast scale of decades’ worth of such scholarship (that also practices citation justice) interpellates unsuspecting, gullible students to the ideology. Thx for sharing their unparalleled work!
The look on Peter's face when the student suggests the foundational idea behind the "Grievance Studies" 'experiment' you have documented is absolutely priceless!!
I’d be wary of attributing intellectual purity to scientists. Most start with assumptions and they aren’t particularly motivated to disprove them. I’d be more inclined to tolerate the challenge of figuring out the functionality of ideas for different groups and how they change over time.
The widespread belief in modern medicine that health can be achieved by eating pills and getting jabs - which is a “scientific” approach - is not a whole lot less dumb than phrenology.
I recently complimented Michael on his writing. In CAPS are phrases from his description above that have for me the "zow" factor (first in importance is the rendering of the idea, and then, how it is encapsulated/put across, demonstrate some serious writing chops):
"While some scholars working with Critical Theory use these theoretical frameworks as starting points to do real research, the standards of the field have devolved so badly that a fundamentalism has emerged from their vast body of work. This happens through A PROCESS I CALL “THEORETICAL LASER SURGERY,” where a scholar imbibes so much abstract theoretical philosophy that they can’t unsee it. Critical Theory is no longer a lens to apply to particular phenomena but a worldview GRAFTED INTO EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS.
"They write papers, books, articles and tweets, devise courses and workshops, create art and films, and contort statistics TO REIFY THEIR BELIEFS AND EVANGELISE THEIR WORLDVIEW.
"THE QUASI-RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT THAT PROCEEDS FROM THIS BODY OF WORK IS MY NARROW DEFINITION OF “WOKE.” They themselves call their worldview a “critical consciousness,” and they seek to create a mass awakening to the oppressive superstructures of patriarchy, heteronormativity, and white supremacy, through our centres of cultural production - academia, law, media, religious institutions, and the arts.
"I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THIS LABEL NARROW and avoid applying it to the vast array of left-wing sensibilities that are now popularly deemed “Woke.” THE WORK DONE BY THE FUNDAMENTALISTS IN THESE FIELDS, and now far beyond, informs many people I wouldn’t consider fundamentalists at all. IF YOU MAKE [THIS] DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE ACTIVISTS I’ve described above and your garden-variety leftie with technocratic leanings,YOU CAN PAINT A MORE DETAILED PICTURE OF HOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAS BEEN ABLE TO CLAIM SO MUCH POWER from within ostensibly liberal institutions."
By keeping things narrow and focused, for instance, James Lindsay has been able to go deep down the rabbit hole and come up with his recent acclaimed address which you can find if you Google james lindsay eu parliament speech
Where does it fit in a spectrum of ritual conditioning and manipulation? Aka, gaslighting, a term Lefties are suddenly tired of. As in, I haven't had my nap and I'm going to fuss for an hour, then collapse in a wet heap on the middle of the rug. (not my experience, my mother was an expert hypnotist of toddlers in the mid-afternoon)
This clip should have been first in the whole movie imo… sets up the whole thing
"How Would You Engage These People?"
If one reads Bacon's essay, "The Riches Of Salomon's House", could "Phrenology" be an occult practice; what if by "character" they meant "hybrid" or "clone"? Look at the bunch who used it; what were they all into?
Well stated. It is most definitely religious in nature and extremely unscientific.