Introduction: Intentional efforts to obstruct reality
We're going to start with ways people
intentionally obscure, or prevent us from seeing reality.
They try to tell us reality is
all subjective so we can choose our own reality
They tell us not to bother
it's not really out there.
They sow seeds of doubt to
minimize or obfuscate facts and
negate what others might try to reveal to us about reality.
Or they try to distract us and
get us to look at things they want us to look at, so we won't see
stuff that might tell us where the real threats to us are.
Or they try to keep us from
looking beyond the surface.
Or they try to provide us with
false or misleading information, including the idea that that's what
others are trying to do to them is misleading, when it's not.
read about the "eye of the beholder" efforts to make us think all
reality is subjective
read about reality only being a matter of opinion
read about denialism, a way to intentionally avoid reality
read about the misuse of doubt to persuade us to ignore reality
read about ignoring reality and clinging to existing beliefs
read about "something shiny," a way to divert our attention from reality
read about lying with statistics
read about "killing the messenger," an ad hominem attack on those
go to the brief
introduction to difficulties seeing reality
go to the Articles Page.