darn that hyperarousal – 2016 can still repeat, despite Trump blowing it in 70-days of deadly delay

2020 will again be about margins in marginal areas.

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One would be optimistic but we know how that optimism failed in 2016.

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How similar are these.

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Remember how the COVID crisis is being manipulated.



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— Jonathan Sapp (@jwsapp) April 4, 2020

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— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) April 7, 2020

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— Yellowwood (@ywwd) March 29, 2020

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— Lawrence H. Summers (@LHSummers) April 7, 2020

It’s never as simple as “fact is to fiction as Truth is to Falsehood” because history is not exactly like non-fiction. Novelty can be falsified, but is not identical to the falsifiable.

the spread of false information is essentially not due to bots that are programmed to disseminate inaccurate stories. Instead, false news speeds faster around Twitter due to people retweeting inaccurate news items.

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— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) April 6, 2020

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Dawkins coined “memes” to describe a unit of culture analogous to genes. But microbes & vitality may be closer to the mark.

During a pandemic ffs we have to be meticulous abt not spreading disinfo—a pathogen that spikes cortisol, suppresses reason & disinhibits behavior. 

Emphasizing again the radical MIT conclusion: Our brains *prefer*—short term—lies over truth, fiction over fact. Fiction is built with protagonists, antagonists, plot, heightened language. That's why Netflix is intensely calming these days. Facts are thorny. Fiction is organized.

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It’s never as simple as “fact is to fiction as Truth is to Falsehood” because history is not exactly like non-fiction.

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