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[–] Thisismyvoatusername 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

While one can certainly find examples of this, more often I see simple correct ideas rejected by the so called elite in favor of needlessly complex and wrong ideas. Indeed, I think this explains much of modern academia particularly in the social sciences. Many truths are actually quite simple, but it is hard to maintain a position of prestige and power if one’s ideas are readily understood by the masses.

You see this all over, actually. It led to the Enron debacle, for instance. No one would call Skilling and Fastow out on their nonsensical stuff because they were “the smartest guys in the room”. Everyone was afraid of looking stupid but it was actually all quite simple.

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[–] RogerByam [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

...it is hard to maintain a position of prestige and power if one’s ideas are readily understood by the masses.

Absolutely agree.

Do you think the simple, correct ideas you see more often fall into the subject of morality? What is morally right and morally wrong (even at a nihilist/absurdist level)? I mean, you do refer to the social science which does deal more with morality than say physics (and the complex nature of light, for example).

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[–] 3dk 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This can also be observed when the self-described academics call simple but correct ideas and facts "populism" because there isn't enough progressive mental gymnastics involved. Take the subject of demographic change for instance.

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[–] AinzOown 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Agreed. I'd say in life the answers are usually simple, sometimes people make shit needlessly complex.

Girls / attention whores sometimes make hilarious examples of this. Present X problem then immediately prohibit the most obvious and logical solution because of some stupid reason that doesn't make sense, then ask for help.

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[–] scottcbusiness 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

As Alan Watts points out, a flower is simple and understood by all UNTIL a botanist starts to explain the complicated mechanisms and reproduction systems of a flower then the concept of a flower begins to be lost by the confusing terminology for the once previously simple flower

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[–] FreeToLive 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I would say that the that there are complex answers that are wrong which turn into simpler ideas for the masses. For example ((Critical Theory)) > Postmodernism > Intersectionality.

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[–] rndmvar 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Global warming was sold under this idea too.

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[–] FreeToLive 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Truth. It essentially states that people are the problem to everything. There's no respect for human ingenuity as a resource.

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[–] thatguyiam 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

A lack of critical thinking skills (no longer taught in schools) is the reason for this insanity. No one bothers to scrutinize anything anymore. Insanity prevails

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[–] RogerByam [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have the ability to think critically, though I take your point that those with this ability are not having it nurtured accordingly.

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[–] BlackSheepBrouhaha 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The current paradigm of Universities and Media is a Dogmatic Denial of the Obvious. Sometimes the simple answer is correct.

Race, Sex, IQ, and Disparate Success

People differ from one another physiologically, neurologically, and behaviorally in ways which lead to disparate success in all forms of achievement. Practice allows people to grow in their strongest areas to be elite, and grow in their weakest areas to be average. Education cannot change latent differences in ability.

Taxes and the Working Poor

Taxes do not make people better off financially. Less money in your pocket does not make you more rich. More government services crowding out the free market is not in poor people's self interest. Government expenditures notoriously do not spend on infrastructure which would be property held in common, they spend on bribes to rainbow coalition supporters to secure power.

Women's rights and Existential threats

Women have separate political and economic interests from men that are best solved by each woman finding a man to suit her interests in exchange for sexual fidelity. When women do not marry, they vote for wars they don't fight and taxes they don't pay. A society must align incentives such that a woman is best served by marriage, not government benefits, to ensure its own longevity.

Sex, Gender, and Trans

The politicization of Sex is not merely an opportunity to express their latent desires without persecution, every taboo is to be celebrated as morally superior to heterosexual monogamy because of "queer" ressentiment of accepted and idealized relationships. The term gender is a distinction between humans by their self identified relationship to their own hormones and sex organs, it is a subjective sex religion that bears no resemblance to science or Christianity.

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[–] scottcbusiness 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

This may be a bit of a reductionist type of thinking, but to me that's the easiest to see when looking at religion verses spirituality. One is about belief, the other is about experience. Spiritual journeys are long and challenging and do not always give you the answer you want. Religion usually gives you the answer you want and tells you step by step what to do.

As they always say people are much more content to go along with a plan even if it's a terrible plan, rather than to venture the unknown

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[–] carlip 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

this is why religion is such a powerful hypnotic