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  •  Ran into the term “epistemic closure” again. (3+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight, J M F, bontemps2012

    Bartlett used it in the linked article.

    epistemic closure - in logic, the notion that knowledge could be closed under known consequence; that is, if an agent A knows p and knows that p implies q, then A either knows q or (weaker still) is in a position to know q. [And then, case closed as far as q is concerned, is my understanding.]
    Apparently some of the keener minds among conservatives are bandying the term around to separate their own ability to "sift actual facts from what you call ‘pretend information’ ” that suffuses the un-moored information environment of the conservative entertainment complex.  They don't seem to be employing the term in its strictest academic meaning.  They're shorthanding the awareness that's sinking into the the brains of the likes of Bartlett and David Frum that even their Movement intellectuals are "living in their own bubble where nonsensical ideas circulate with no contradiction."

    Look out!  The Tin Man is getting his brain ... back.

    •  Try this: "communal delusion." (2+ / 0-)
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      WheninRome, Sharon Wraight

      Instead of left-brain evidence sifting, what they do is right-brain pattern recognition and learned responses.

      An example of such a delusion: thinking that America's corporate-owned press is biased to depict the world from a Left Wing viewpoint.

      In fact, all of the only left/center media assets are either magazines or the evening part of MSNBC or the two shows on Comedy Central which require a $100+ monthly cable subscription for viewing. You can count off the names of the magazines on the fingers of one hand.

      Al Jazeera is as close as you get to neutrality. That was on broadcast television in New York for a while. Of course it went away.

      Rush Limbaugh = delusional thinking with two legs.

      (And the Dudley Dursley pig tail.)

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