What’s This Now?

Two articles caught my attention recently. The first is from the Toronto Sun, dated July 4, 2022. The headline reads: ‘TWO DOSES ARE NO LONGER ENOUGH’: Canadians required to get COVID shot every nine months.

You can click here to read that article.

The questionable word in that headline is “required.” Who is doing the requiring? And who is going to enforce it, and how? So, this article may be assuming too much. We shall see.

The second article is from CTV News Calgary, July 5, 2022. It’s headline reads: Deaths with unknown causes now Alberta’s top killer: province.

Click here for that article.

The most important sentence in that article is: The unknown causes of death category only began appearing on the list in 2019 — there is no record of it ranking before then, dating back to 2001.

If you want to jump to the conclusion that the vaccines are the true cause of these unknown causes of death, take note that we do not yet have enough information to know that. For all we know, the highest cause of death in Alberta has always been unknown. They’ve only been keeping track of that category since 2019. If they had been keeping track of that category since 1962, and suddenly it is the new number one cause of death starting in 2021, we would have a good reason to suspect the unknown cause was the vaccines. But we don’t have that data yet. (There is this too.)

All news is potential fake news.

Oh, and here is just one more… Advisory panel admits Bill C-11 would regulate political content online

Experts Say…

306335002_6437df303a_zIf I am trying to sell you one of two cameras which, although different brands, are exactly the same in quality and functionality, and I tell you that professional photographers prefer camera A over camera B, there’s a good chance you will then purchase camera A. And what I said about professionals preferring camera A doesn’t even have to be true, because you’ve already switched off the part of your brain in charge of critical-research thinking.

An actor playing a dentist in a toothpaste commercial will be trusted as an authority on which toothpaste to buy even when you know he’s just an actor. You ignore that fact because it’s not the focus of your thinking in the moment. The focus of your thinking is on making the decision.

It’s difficult for us to make decisions, especially when we are ignorant on the subjects of choice. What do you know about cameras? How much research are you going to have to do in order to make an informed decision? How much time do you have for that? So isn’t it nice when someone has done all the research for you and can simply tell you which option is better? Those people are the experts. Experts range in occupation from Technicians to Pastors.

And it’s great when you can trust the experts; when they’re not BS’rs. But you have to be careful when the expert, or the person in authority, may be using your ignorance and trust as a way to manipulate you.

How can you know?

  1. Always lean toward the possibility that the expert has an agenda unknown to you.
  2. Always ask, “Is this true?” and weigh that question against your own common sense. If something doesn’t make sense, it’s probably not true.
  3. Is what the expert saying leaning toward your own bias on the subject? Are you believing what he is saying simply because you want it to be true? Is it merely an appeal to your own selfish desires?
  4. Is what the expert saying qualified? Do other experts agree?
  5. Be prepared to do some of your own research, which, in the age of Google, isn’t too difficult.

Recommended reading: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini