THE FOOLS FOR PARADOX FILE: Digest of reports!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019

New year commences tomorrow:
Tomorrow, the new year starts at this site.

Tomorrow, we'll start the process of examining a minor bungle—the minor erroneous characterization increasingly known to future anthropologists huddled in caves as "Aristotle's error."

Is "man" [sic] really "the rational animal" in any ultimate way? We'll sift the evidence with great care—and we'll examine Professor Harari's alternate hypothesis.

We'll explore the conduct of our nation's upper-end journalists. We'll examine the lethargy and the indolence of our "elite logicians," and of other academics to boot.

We'll even get to the advances which can be extracted from the jumbled work of the later Wittgenstein. We'll start that examination with a detailed review of Professor Horwich's claims.

Will this add up to a picture in which our stumbling species, Homo sapiens, is best seen as some sort of"rational animal?" For today, we'll only tell you this:

Below, you see one of the seven "Noteworthy Facts" singled out atop page A3 of this morning's New York Times (available in hard copy only). No, we aren't making this up:
Of Interest
NOTEWORTHY FACTS FROM TODAY'S PAPER

[...]

The National Hockey League player Andy Hebenton, who never missed a game during eight seasons with the New York Rangers, lost seven teeth on the ice in a two-week period in January 1961.
But seriously though, folks. That's one of the seven (7) "noteworthy facts" some editor found to be "of interest" in this morning's paper.

That was one of the day's noteworthy facts! Right below that feature on Page A3, Times readers are treated to this:
The Conversation
FOUR OF THE MOST READ, SHARED AND DISCUSSED POSTS FROM ACROSS NYTIMES.COM

[...]

2. In the Pale of Winter, Trump's Tan Remains A State Secret
Katie Rogers's report on the president's "conspicuously sun-kissed glow"—even in the frigid D.C. winter—was one of Sunday's most-read stories. The official line from the White House is that Mr. Trump's glow is the result of "good genes," said one official. (And, O.K., a little powder, the official added.)
It was one of Sunday's most read "stories!" Rational animals wanted to know!

The New York Times was letting us know about the source of Donald Trump's tan. Elsewhere on this morning's Page A3, the daily Spotlight feature ("Additional reporting and repartee from our journalists") excerpts an interview with two actors. They've been asked to discuss what they remember about their first trips to the Sundance Film Festival.

"It was so exciting," the actor Ed Helms said.

In short, the modern failing New York Times wants to be Look magazine. Tomorrow, our new year will begin with a visit to the Times' recent news report concerning the various things we can learn by observing Roger Stone's wardrobe selections.

Can it really get dumber than this? In these ways, our highest-profile national newspaper tells us who and what we actually are. The silly newspaper is Hamptons-based, and, not unlike the way things work with the wider range of alleged elites, the silly newspaper's worthless mindset is Hamptons all the way down.

Tomorrow, we return to full services here at this site. In our last such week, our ruminations ran under this heading: "Fools for Paradox."

In those "stories," we explored the minds and mindsets of our failing society's "logicians." Our reports went exactly like this:
Tuesday, December 18: Lies and the lying Cretans who told them! The ancient Cretan's tale.

Wednesday, December 19:
Should foolishness cause the mind to crash? Silliness all the way down.

Thursday, December 20: "Magical, lucid," the Times review said. Are modern elites even conscious?

Friday, December 21: Lord Russell's paradox drew Godel in—to the land of "abstract objects!"
Tomorrow morning, our new year begins. Question:

Can we moderns, in any serious way, be seen as "the rational animal?"

26 comments:

  1. Hey Bob, could you address this, please. Goebbelsian NBC, one of the main propaganda tools of your zombie cult, smearing Tulsi Gabbard:

    ‘Neocon warmongers’: NBC slammed for drawing on dodgy Russiagate org in Gabbard smear

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    1. Bob may be uniquely positioned to address this. After the Great Somerby-Mueslix Joke Mention by Charles David Todd of 2018 (documented here: http://dailyhowler.blogspot.com/2018/11/breaking-every-time-box-of-meuslix-is.html), Bob has come to see the constant improvement in the work of his old pal from the Hotline days, NBC News political director and MTP host Chuck Todd.

      Demand answers! Your Howler gets results!

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    2. "Demand answers!"

      Meh. If it's not about defaming "candidate Gore's" "earth tones", than it's no big deal anyhow.

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    3. Right on cue. Poor Mao has nowhere else to go. Sad.

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  2. Aristotle. Harari. Wittgenstein. Horwich. Noteworthy Facts. Logicians...

    And this is supposed to represent the “new” year at the Howler?

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  3. Hopefully, in the upcoming year, we’ll also get to hear about that crackpot Gödel and the swells in the Vienna Circle. Also, it is becoming apparent that Lord Russell was a Lord. How decadent! If only he had had something socially conscious to say to the average Real Briton, instead of busying himself with the irrelevancies of “higher” math. This is how Trump happened.

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    1. Heh-heh, well said.

      Russell and Wittgenstein are the obvious culprits, while Krugman, Drum, and Bob himself are tragic heroes...

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    2. Well, I hear that Wittgenstein permanently disproved Philosophy, a fact that post-Wittgenstein Philosophy is embarrassingly unwilling to accept.

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    3. Russell was more than a 'logician' concerned with things way over most of our heads. He was a conscientious objector during WWI, and was concerned about politics. Lot of people have read his "Why I am Not a Christian' - pretty good book.

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  4. I hope Bob will write some more about the fact that Rebecca Goldstein has written a perfectly awful book about Gödel, utter incoherent word salad, but nonetheless probably is an accurate representation of what Gödel really believed, seemingly anyway. We haven’t read Gödel. But he did starve himself to death after he lost his wife of many years when he was over 70 years old. And that shows you a thing or two about our “greatest” logician.

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  5. I'm through messin' around.

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  6. Instead of wondering about sets of sets that are not members of themselves (I know, it’s gibberish), why didn’t Bertrand Russell stop Hitler?

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  7. Howler readers, aren’t we all good and mad that Trump’s Tan was the 2nd most read item from Sunday’s Times? I know I am. Get the Pitchforks! Or better yet, tune in to tomorrow’s TDH for more Outrageous Outrages from the failing* NYT.

    *Only in a metaphorical sense. It’s generating record revenue (unlike many newspapers around the country):
    http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/11/the-new-york-times-is-on-pace-to-earn-more-than-600-million-in-digital-this-year-halfway-to-its-ambitious-goal/

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    1. Trump has reappointed Ronny Johnson as his personal physician and advisor, just in time to tell the nation (e.g., lie about) the state of the president's health. This is important, and should matter to Somerby who has been discussing Article 25 and worrying about the president's mental health for a long time. The president's tan is part of this story. It is obvious that he is using some sort of tanning product because no one is naturally that color, but he won't admit it. His people say that he has no tanning bed and that he uses no products to produce that unnatural color. So, they are clearly lying, as they will lie about all the other aspects of the president's health. It is right for the NY Times to report about this and people are correct to care about it.

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    2. the New York Times digital revenue is up but their combined revenue is down by over 50% over the last 10 years. As is their stock price.

      Ironically Trump is the reason for the bump in digital subscriptions.

      https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/NYT/new-york-times/revenue

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    3. NYT "generating record revenue"? No, they are not. They are in a broad general decline as their stock price and revenues reflect and the desperately need digital to compensate for their print losses which they are not. That Neiman link is amateur hour.

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    4. Trump might be an alien, not from another country, but another (necessarily quite distant) planet, where the humanoids have orange tinted skin. This would explain his intelligence, superior to that of any mere earthling, and why he is well on his way to bringing us along to a utopian state of existence.

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    5. @5:55 You are probably attempting humor, but folks in the QAnon universe believe there are alien reptilians living among us. They also do believe the rest of the stuff about utopia and aliens who will solve all of our problems. No joke.

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    6. "Get the Pitchforks!"

      Trivializing atrocities, eh? When our own Bob here is horrified and driven slightly mad by anticipation of the Trump End of The World?

      Tsk, tsk, tsk.

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  8. This dovetails with some of Somerby’s criticism of liberals and liberal politics of the past 50 years or so, at least, as far as I can piece together Somerby’s views:

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/9/14543938/donald-trump-richard-rorty-election-liberalism-conservatives

    Of course, Somerby never discussed this story. And he is far more hostile to liberals than Rorty.

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  11. Oh Bob, don't you know? We're all DEV-O!!

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