I’ve always had the kind of mind that was going to be receptive to any kind of counter-cultural teachings. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always distanced myself from group movements. The more enthusiastically a group of people waxes on about the latest phenomenon, the more I seek to adopt a contrary stance, becoming deeply sceptical of it’s perceived values, and going out of my way to research the issue to find factual information by which I can justify my instinct.
It’s usually not wrong. You can usually tell how much bullshit is going to be involved in any given subject by the extent of the hyperbolic language that is used in conjunction with it. When people get totally ego-invested in a subject, they lose all ability to argue rationally, and adopt a position that effectively amounts to religious zealotry, where every new piece of information they receive is filtered through a blurry lens of cognitive dissonance, weighing up whether or not it fits into their existing belief systems before it is accepted or rejected.
A finely honed bullshit detector is an invaluable tool in any man’s arsenal, one that has served me well over the years, keeping me clear of scams, shysters, and preventing myself looking foolish when the latest fad that everyone has been raving on about turns out to be a crock of shit.
I recall the first such cultural frenzy that set my firmly on my path to red pill indoctrination was that of global warming, no less, in my early 20s. At some point, I noticed that it had gone from merely being a scientific issue to one that was now firmly mired in the realms of the social and political. People became more and more rabid in their protestations of the veracity of the issue, less and less willing to listen to any kind of debate.
All this served to set off my fledgling bullshit detectors on full blast. I found myself instinctively mistrusting the science, and set out on an internet related quest to start finding out the facts of the issue for myself. Within a short space of time, the flimsy nature of the case presented for global warming become abundantly clear to me, in no small way aided and abetted by the excellent blog, Watts Up With That, which I still read to this day. This isn’t the place to get into the science of the issue, there are many other websites for that sort of discussion.
Since then, I’ve become better and better at ferreting out bogus claims in the media, and trashing pseudo-science (broscience) wherever it rears its ugly head. Whenever you hear anything that claims to be based on science, don’t just take it at face value – go and find the cited paper yourself and read it, and see if you can spot any errors in the researchers’ methods and hypotheses. There are usually a lot. There is some sort of perceived aura of invulnerability around science and scientists, as if they are somehow on a different intellectual plane than the rest of us, but it really couldn’t be any further from the truth. They’re just people, some of them not even that intelligent, who are capable of churning out just as much fallacious crap as the rest of us.
You should cultivate and finely hone your instincts of bullshit detection. Bullshit is everywhere in this world, various people with various agendas (usually money or resources) trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Indeed, the very nature of the feminine imperative is the biggest pile of bullshit currently being foisted on males in western society, and the existence of the manosphere bears testament to the ability of those amongst us to spot it.