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SSkeptic Weapon Word Top 25

Social Skepticism’s Top 25 Weapon Words (Oct 2015)

Weapon Words

/philosophy : pseudoscience : propaganda : jargon/ : Words of Mass Defamation.

Fashion terms among those who consider themselves too elite and intelligent to observe that the King wears no clothes. The manufacture, instruction and deployment of key expressions into the educational, push channel media, public and SSkeptic discourse, targeting a goal of social intimidation and indoctrination.  Celebrity SSkeptics proactively introduce a term or phrase into the SSkeptic community, which then promulgates it through repetition and finger pointing, thereby establishing a clique’ fashion statement around the expression. The words are used as weapons to artificially defame targeted individuals, observations and in the deceptive obviation of access to science by unwelcome topics. Subsequently such words are plied to place SSkeptic compliant peer pressure on budding scientists or persons of influence in high school, university and beyond.

Discern that, despite the loud proclamations to the contrary, neither these words nor their users adhere to any context of promoting the application of science or critical thinking.  These words are purposefully broad-footprint words of mass destruction employed to fight a war of oppression; wherein the SSkeptic does not care who they injure, just as long as the people they do not like are intimidated and under fear of retribution and reproach – if they think wrong thoughts – or say wrong things.  SSkeptics do not practice peer review, nor do they hold their fellows accountable. This affords them freedom to spin all sorts of deceit and harm under the delusion that 1. they are adding clarity to a discussion, and 2. they are adding value to the world.

The term ‘pseudoscience’ has become little more than an inflammatory buzzword for quickly dismissing one’s opponents in media sound-bites.”  – Richard McNally, an editor at Skeptic Magazine (UK)

Ranking of Social Skepticism’s Current Top 25 Weapon Words

nuclear weapon word of skepticsRank   Expression                                   Current Employment Context

  1.  Pseudoscience                            Reigning champion buzzword – The Forbidden 121 Topics
  2.  Magical Thinking                         To discredit all dissent as constituting a belief in magic
  3.  Pareidolia                                     Current fad word in SSkepticism
  4.  Anti-Science                                 A person who disagrees with a Social Skeptic
  5.  Manufactroversy                          Any initiative to study GMO’s, pesticides or Big Pharma
  6.  Contrarian                                    To impugn any person who holds a SSkeptic accountable
  7.  Denier                                          One who disagrees is spun as denying science – rather than being in rational disagreement
  8.  Creationist                                   Any idea which does not adhere to Naturalist Nihilism religious teaching
  9.  Privilege                                       Any action on the part of a specific race, gender and religion
  10.  Apophenia                                  Counter any medical data which shows a concerning trend
  11.  Woo                                             Ghost hunting SSkeptic buzzword now useful against all disliked data
  12.  Anti-Vaccinationista                    Safe vaccination proponents are spun as irrational militants
  13.  Confabulation                             Only SSkeptics are allowed to extrapolate off of circumstantial data
  14.  Scientific Literacy                        If you do not believe what we want, the you are to be re-educated
  15.  Neologism                                   A word which introduces or adds clarity to a threatening idea or observation
  16.  Truther                                        Anyone who dissents on a specific subject
  17.  Numpty                                       A person who is regarded as stupid and therefore not deserving of a voice, vote nor opinion.
  18. Tin Foil Hat                                 A person who thinks unauthorized thoughts
  19.  Quack                                         Any medicine which does not support big 5 Pharma/Healthcare revenue
  20.  Believer                                      One who does not loudly decry the Forbidden 121 SSkeptic subjects
  21.  Sheeple                                      Anyone who does not immediately dismiss the Forbidden 121
  22.  Bunk                                            Fading in use as debunkers are increasingly called into question
  23.  Monkey Suit                               Something presumed debunked long ago and now spun as myth
  24.  Crank                                          A Bubba who is rather insistent on what he saw or provides evidence
  25.  Conspiracy Theory                    Any questioning of a SSkeptic agenda item

October 6, 2015 - Posted by | Agenda Propaganda | , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Great list! Do you have a link to the 121 topics social skeptics forbid? Vaccines and GMOs would be two of them.

    Comment by thestandingstoic | October 14, 2015 | Reply

  2. Hi, I just ran across your website, after looking up a source for Ignosticism. I am working on making a new kind of skepticism that is different from Scientific Skepticism as well. You can evaluate it, through either my website, (receptiveskepticism.com, or my facebook page (facebook.com/receptiveskepticism. I also have had a group for this project on facebook for about a year now, https://www.facebook.com/groups/925334447494947/

    I like the ideals and the clear skeptical intellectual honesty. I share many of them. Though I take it in some different directions, and arrive at different conclusions than you. Still I see some idealistic alignment in many ways despite those differences. You seem like a person with whom some good conversations can be had.

    Also, I am curious why you call a well-defined ideology, “Scientific Skepticism”, Social Skepticism? I can see some systemic basis for it, but I am more curious about why the authentic name is avoided.

    Comment by John Kelly | October 8, 2015 | Reply

    • Hey John!

      Super, thanks for dropping by and checking out the material in a very thoughtful and sincere fashion. Like me, I am speculating that ignosticism makes a lot of sense for a receptive skeptic, and from the desire to not waste your time inside the bifurcation combat between the Atheists and the Religious.

      What I am trying to say here in my blog, is that Scientific Skepticism, is a reasonable domain, an ‘allegiance to a set of professionally effective set of practice standards.’ This is the definition of ethics. Skepticism is a subset of this scientific practice. This is also called Ethical Skepticism. It is real, actual skepticism, free from its being mistaught or employed to deceive and control.

      By providing clarity and contrast between that ethical approach to skepticism and the fake version of skepticism, I have chosen to call this non-science skepticism, Social Skepticism. Social Skepticism seeks to use SSkepticism as a battering ram to replace science, scientific skepticism, and enable a specific set of social goals. They could (beneath the loud propaganda) give a flip about science, understanding or discovery – instead, choosing to be activists for a specific set of political, oligarchy, social and religious causes which they wish to enforce in the name of science. These are the nasty, visible and vociferous voices which seek celebrity and tend to be very condemning of ideas and avenues of research. They are not receptive or ethical at all. They are not practicing science, nor skepticism.

      Ethical Skepticism, I contend is synonymous with Scientific Skepticism (it is the mental discipline set I cultivate in my labs, engineering and research organizations), and I would imagine (before reading your material) equates to Receptive Skepticism. What I am doing, and I hope that you are attempting to accomplish as well, is to teach the uninitiated what is indeed true skepticism. The secret is, that it is not really new. It is just that we have been programmed with the fake form of Social Skepticism for so long, that we now no longer recognize Scientific/Ethical/Receptive Skepticism. It appears as new and radical thinking. Apparently you get that.

      For me, by citing the oppressive and agenda-laden, as well as scientifically mistaken, version of skepticism called Social Skepticism, I hope to allow for younger minds – receptive minds – to understand that considering, pondering, discussing, and going out into the field and indeed researching even forbidden topics for which they will be ridiculed by the practitioners of this fake form, SSkepticism – ARE – scientific activities.

      I will check out your site! Let’s keep up the discussion yes.

      very best,
      TES

      Comment by The Ethical Skeptic | October 8, 2015 | Reply


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