The Argument Against Arguments

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The Argument Against Arguments

fschmidt
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Many excellent arguments about religion and politics were made during the Reformation and the Enlightenment.  What made these arguments possible was the 1000 years of harsh natural selection in medieval Europe which gradually killed off the lower end of society through starvation, disease, and capital punishment.  This eugenic force lifted intelligence to the point that a significant percentage of the population could actually understand coherent arguments.  And this is what made good arguments worth writing.

Sadly this is no longer the situation.  Modern culture is both dysgenic and anti-intellectual.  It makes people stupid both through genetic decline and through an education system designed to dumb down the population.  The result is that presenting a good argument to the general population makes as much sense as presenting it to farm animals.  And this is my argument against arguments, at least arguments aimed at a general audience.

What are the practical implications of this?  Don't argue politics or religion with the general population because they will be too stupid to understand what you are saying.  Don't attempt to reform a religion, Christianity and Islam in particular.  The best you can do is to associate with some religion that isn't too bad and try to prevent it from decaying.  But if you try to improve it, you will just be met with hostility.

The only way to improve things is to raise intelligence.  There is simply no other way.  Once intelligence is raised, hopefully in a few centuries, then there will be opportunity to improve religion and politics.  But we won't be alive then.  So the only thing worthwhile for us to do is to work on some means of improving intelligence.  This is what my Arkian project is about.  So become Arkian or suggest an alternative approach to raising intelligence.
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Re: The Argument Against Arguments

OmegaKV
Can intelligent people really be reasoned with though? My uncle's wife was a member of Mensa, and has some kind of mental gift where she can remember every day of her life in great detail, and she is a staunch advocate for the Covid vaccine, and got very offended when I said I was not taking the vaccine. Also, she converted to Baha'i and got offended when I criticized the plans of the central authority, even though they were criticisms that should be obvious to anyone who is capable of reason. You may say this is specific to women but lots of men in my family are the same. In some ways I think your average blue collar automechanic or pizza shop owner is better able to reason than the "high IQ" crowd.
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Re: The Argument Against Arguments

fschmidt
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I think intelligence is necessary but not sufficient.  Down to earth work also helps.  America's founders were mostly farmers, but were intelligent.