Dilution and the Demented

Demoncraps have adopted a new tactic: Dilution. Put simply, they’re using information overload to blind you to reality.

To show you how this works, Sivanathan describes two different students: Tim and Tom. Tim studies 31 hours a week outside class. Tom also studies 31 hours a week outside class. He has a brother and two sisters, he visits his grandparents, he once went on a blind date, and he plays pool every two months.

In an experiment, says Sivanathan, most of the participants said that Tim had a significantly higher GPA than Tom — even though the two put in the exact same amount of time studying. Why? All of the non-diagnostic information (the extraneous detail about his personal life) given about Tom diluted the diagnostic information (how many hours he studies) presented.
“The most robust psychological explanation for this is averaging,” says Sivanathan. Rather than adding up pieces of information and assigning them different values, most of us appear to average them in their minds. He adds, “So when you introduce irrelevant or even weak arguments, those weak arguments reduce the weight of your overall argument.”

“To show you how this works, Sivanathan describes two different students: Tim and Tom. Tim studies 31 hours a week outside class. Tom also studies 31 hours a week outside class. He has a brother and two sisters, he visits his grandparents, he once went on a blind date, and he plays pool every two months.

“In an experiment, says Sivanathan, most of the participants said that Tim had a significantly higher GPA than Tom — even though the two put in the exact same amount of time studying. Why? All of the non-diagnostic information (the extraneous detail about his personal life) given about Tom diluted the diagnostic information (how many hours he studies) presented.

“The most robust psychological explanation for this is averaging,” says Sivanathan. Rather than adding up pieces of information and assigning them different values, most of us appear to average them in their minds. He adds, “So when you introduce irrelevant or even weak arguments, those weak arguments reduce the weight of your overall argument.”

Now, I said, “Demoncraps,” but in reality, extremists on all sides of the political ball of truth are doing this, both through a plethora of information as well as through volumes of disinformation. As Megyn Kelly recently noted, “It’s to the point where I can’t tell what’s what.” Indeed, unless you’re a specialist in a particularly field, you’re not going to know heads from tails with respect to what’s real and what’s hogwash.

Yet the extremists, whether they be liberals, anti-maskers, racists, anti-vaxxers, socialists, BLM, communists, neo-Nazis, or any other flavor of the ridiculous, pick up on these snippets of ideology and blast it out there as if it were gospel. They do so, however, without first taking it to task, conducting PROPER research to determine it’s validity.

Improper research: I Googled the government’s destruction of the World Trade Center and found a thousand websites saying the same thing, so it MUST be true!

WRONG.

Proper research: I learned enough about fires to know that building fires can easily reach 800 deg F as well as enough about metallurgy to know that the strength of steel falls to half its rated strength at 800 deg F. Given the girders that were severed by the impact as well as the weakening of the others, it was inevitable they would buckle, creating near-simultaneous buckling like standing on a cola can and tapping it, with the vertical collapse of the entire structure.
CORRECT.