The Age Of Anti-Knowledge

The Age Of Anti-Knowledge, by the Z-Man.

As is always the case, the Left has the ability to create and define its opponents, because it controls the institutions. Forty years ago it created the image of a conservative as a ruthless, cold-hearted capitalist, in order to have an enemy they could more easily manipulate. …

The over-the-top science denialism we see in the prestige press is filtering down to the rest of the cult. They don’t bother with the arguments, instead preferring to repeat the catch phrases. …

What the Left is engaged in now is a full-throated rejection of observable reality on moral grounds. Angela Saini commands that you accept that Kenyan performance in distance running is an optical illusion. Cordelia Fine, says, as a women, she knows sex is a social construct, created by men. This is not an inability to grasp the material. It is a conscious desire to forbid certain knowledge, to anathematize noticing the world and the explanations for what we see.

It is popular to talk about this phenomenon in terms of Galileo. The left-wing science deniers are playing the antagonist role of the Church and the humans sciences are in the protagonist role. This is probably comforting to the empirically minded, as it suggests they will eventually triumph in the end. Not only is this a faulty reading of history, particularly the Church, it assumes that human progress is inevitable. That no matter what they do, the march of science will continue unabated.

Instead, what we are seeing could be the signal of a coming dark age. Maybe this is what it was like in 1177 BC. The slow decline in general intelligence leads to a period of anti-knowledge, where knowing how stuff works, or even being curious about it, is seen as a threat to the established order. The brakes are applied and progress is reversed until the point where the people are no longer able to operate the mechanisms of society created by their ancestors.

Commenter Max:

First it hit public policies — outcomes don’t matter, only intentions. Now, it has hit science — scientific validity doesn’t matter, only intentions. Scientific research is becoming nothing more than just more virtue signaling.

Commenter TomA:

All of the insanity described in this post is a function of our current environment in which hardship and existential threat have become extinct. The stupid are no longer purged from the gene pool by consequence of fitness selection. We now live in a society in which dependence, conformity, and whining are rewarded with more gravy.

The fall of Constantinople, the last outpost of the Roman empire, in 1453

Commenter Exile:

Today’s external accelerators are similar to those in the Bronze Age Collapse & Dark Ages – mass migrations of barbarians seeking the riches of higher civilization, with collaborators in the high castles helping to open the gates for them.

Those who experienced prior collapse events in real time did not see them as distinct events, even in hindsight. What we now see as “events” stretched over generations. Our present catabolic collapse could take longer than accelerationists might prefer. …

In much the same way that prior lost civilizations believed that their slow demise was simply the way things were, the Narrative Makers today would have us believe that their man-made demographic warfare and global financial manipulations are simply “our changing world.” However, unlike past collapse events, in the Information Age a critical mass of sufficiently educated and aware people people can call bullshit on those who are selling civilization by the pound in real time. We can start laying the foundations for what comes next before the bottom falls out. Our short-term project is to bust the current narrative and red pill that critical mass. Globohomo works best with an apathetic and uninformed population. We need platforms and we need time to get the word out. A discontented and informed population will gum up the works of Davos World & provide dissidents the social and later physical space that we need to start laying the foundations for the modern equivalent of post Information Age feudalism.