Polar Bear: IQ, Race, and History are verifiable facts.
Doug: Really? And yet there is a great deal of disagreement on all of these.
For example, who won the Battle of Kadesh? Many historians think the Hittites won, and the Egyptian Pharaoh had to flee the battle, but the Egyptian claimed a great victory and built a monument to their alleged victory.s
There’s no debate about IQ at all, other than things we still don’t completely understand like the Flynn Effect and race and IQ. But these debates are theoretical, not political.
There’s some debate about race, but I think it’s pretty clear that race is real and exists beyond mere skin tone. Sure, the Crazy Left refuses to believe that, but the Left is as science-hating as the Right nowadays. Yet this notion that race is real is not yet consensus and there is still a lot of debate about how much say differential crime rates among races are products of racial biology or societal structures.
Sadly, I’m afraid that the dice fall on the racial biology angle. Well, fine. But what’s causing that? What causes these differential crime rates if they are biologically charged, which I think they are. You can’t just say “biology.” You have to start pointing to specific genes and what they code for. You have to start comparing brains and genetic frequencies on a racial basis. We are nowhere close to explaining the biology behind racial differences.
That’s going back a long ways.
There’s debate about Ancient History because not much was written down and probably a lot of the writers were as big of liars as the stenographers of power we joust with today. People lie maniacally about modern history, especially concerning geopolitics. This war is the ancient equivalent of geopolitics. Humans haven’t changed in 3,000 years. No doubt people were doing somersaults of lies in whatever version of war history they were writing about back then, just as nations go into lying frenzies in wars even at this late date. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
If you go back far enough in recent history and even going back a few centuries, historians are able to sort out the lies and bullshit from the truth pretty well, especially as We have a fairly decent history of the last couple of thousand years. Before that, things get a lot dicier because little was written down.
Historians are not supposed to be biased actors. They’re supposed to be social scientists with a rigorous commitment to the truth come Hell or high water.
Modern historical analysis is pretty good. The problem now is that intelligence agencies and state propaganda have so warped truth and facts and much of modern history as laid out in, say, Wikipedia is straight up lies. And truth is listed under some section called Conspiracy Theory. False flags, fake news, framed suspects, things happened that never happened, things didn’t happen that happened, Party X did something that Party Y actually did, on and on and on.
So much of modern reality is “constructed” by modern state propaganda here in the West that I almost think that we can be seen as living in a “Matrix.” There’s the truth about recent history – that is, what actually happened. In the West, much of this is referred to as conspiracy theory, enemy lies, and disinformation. Then there are the lies about modern history in which fully constructed fictions as fake as any movie, TV show or novel are presented as historical fact.
The implication is that a lot of what we think of as our modern reality is simply made-up bullshit. So we are living in a fake reality, or unreal reality, or a reality that didn’t even happen. Perhaps a “fictional reality” would be a better way to put it.
The idea that a lot of modern reality boils down to literally living in a Fake World or a Fake Reality (like a TV show, movie, or novel), and that the Real World is sold to us as a faked out lie made up by our enemies is quite mind-boggling if you can actually fit it into your mind. It’s almost like a weird movie plot like The Truman Show or The Matrix.
The longer you sit there with this idea in your head, the weirder it seems. Put it in your head and stir it around a bit:
A lot of what we consider to be “actually existing reality” is really fake!