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Old November 6th, 2017, 09:35 PM   #1
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Binary Thinking Endangers US Politics

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It's a pretty short article that sums up how I feel about US society. This is everything from politics to who you root for in a boxing match. There is no third way, no alternatives. If you decide to take a third path, you get ostracized. Everything is either one way, or another.
  • You're either a democrat or a republican - if you vote third party, or choose not to vote at all, you're a horrible person no matter what rationalizations you provide
  • You're either religious or not religious

So on and so so forth. It is this black/white thinking that created the atmosphere for the alt-right, antifa, and other other elements that exist outside of the realm of representative politics. People simply no longer feel that they are represented in the mainstream, therefore it is this sense of alienation that leads to the violence we see on the streets today. Thoughts?
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Old November 7th, 2017, 06:01 AM   #2
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My thoughts? Why bother!

Here on this board, it reflects US society at large. 99.99999999% of the time they fight over the stupidest shit over the most consequential issues of our time. Nobody listens to each other but bitch, bitch, bitch about republican this and democrat that. Repuglican is or demiturds are. Obummer was and Dotard is.

I have no more interest in this insane idiocy!
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Old November 7th, 2017, 07:12 AM   #3
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https://www.bgfalconmedia.com/forum/...a4bcf887a.html

It's a pretty short article that sums up how I feel about US society. This is everything from politics to who you root for in a boxing match. There is no third way, no alternatives. If you decide to take a third path, you get ostracized. Everything is either one way, or another.
  • You're either a democrat or a republican - if you vote third party, or choose not to vote at all, you're a horrible person no matter what rationalizations you provide
  • You're either religious or not religious

So on and so so forth. It is this black/white thinking that created the atmosphere for the alt-right, antifa, and other other elements that exist outside of the realm of representative politics. People simply no longer feel that they are represented in the mainstream, therefore it is this sense of alienation that leads to the violence we see on the streets today. Thoughts?
The problem is simplistic thinking, or as you accurately put it, binary thinking.
Thinking beyond good/bad, hero/traitor, liberal/conservative takes effort. It takes the ability to recognize and discern nuances. It takes the ability to exercise critical thinking, logic and enough honesty and self discipline be objective and be able and willing to tell what is the truth and what you WANT to be the truth.
I fear that too many Americans have simply become intellectually lazy and stupid.
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Old November 7th, 2017, 07:26 AM   #4
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Binary thinking defines US politics, and this forum.

I agree with Panther.
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Old November 7th, 2017, 07:46 AM   #5
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Binary thinking defines US politics, and this forum.

I agree with Panther.
I don't know what binary thinking means but there are only two numbers in binary, ones and zeros. I think outside the box and always have a contingency plan.
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Old November 7th, 2017, 09:21 AM   #6
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Yea, American politics just alienates me. At the rate it's going, it's just going to alienate most people as well.
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Old November 7th, 2017, 09:51 AM   #7
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Yea, American politics just alienates me. At the rate it's going, it's just going to alienate most people as well.
No, it will radicalize them.
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This is just a symptom of the pattern that has been imprinted on the electorates brains BY the system.
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Old November 7th, 2017, 08:17 PM   #9
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Introduction

The question at issue in this paper is: What is the current state of critical thinking in higher education?

Sadly, studies of higher education demonstrate three disturbing, but hardly novel, facts:

Most college faculty at all levels lack a substantive concept of critical thinking.

Most college faculty don’t realize that they lack a substantive concept of critical thinking, believe that they sufficiently understand it, and assume they are already teaching students it.

Lecture, rote memorization, and (largely ineffective) short-term study habits are still the norm in college instruction and learning today.


These three facts, taken together, represent serious obstacles to essential, long-term institutional change, for only when administrative and faculty leaders grasp the nature, implications, and power of a robust concept of critical thinking — as well as gain insight into the negative implications of its absence — are they able to orchestrate effective professional development. When faculty have a vague notion of critical thinking, or reduce it to a single-discipline model (as in teaching critical thinking through a “logic” or a “study skills” paradigm), it impedes their ability to identify ineffective, or develop more effective, teaching practices. It prevents them from making the essential connections (both within subjects and across them), connections that give order and substance to teaching and learning.

This paper highlights the depth of the problem and its solution — a comprehensive, substantive concept of critical thinking fostered across the curriculum. As long as we rest content with a fuzzy concept of critical thinking or an overly narrow one, we will not be able to effectively teach for it. Consequently, students will continue to leave our colleges without the intellectual skills necessary for reasoning through complex issues


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No, it will radicalize them.
You'd know all about that, wouldn't you :^)
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