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[–]i_cansmellthat 8 insightful - 5 fun8 insightful - 4 fun9 insightful - 5 fun -  (3 children)

Man, when elephants take over the world you're in deep shit. Elephants never forget. /s

Seriously though, reddit is now a circlejerk of programmed thinking. Yet someone (or group, corporation, etc) pulled a brilliant move by convincing the users they are so smart, much smarter than questioning dissenters. I wonder if I would get banned on r/dogs if I say cats are smarter than dogs.

[–]magnora7[S] 7 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 0 fun8 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

a circlejerk of programmed thinking.

That is definitely accurate, and it just keeps getting worse. I very much like your phrase "programmed thinking" because that's what it is.

Your opponent says X and you say Y. This is beat in to people's heads. Then when they come across this argument in the wild, they reflexively parrot the response, not even allowing themselves time to process the information sometimes. It's really a hijacking of the human brain, if the person never steps out of this reflexive verbal slumber. And doing so can take courage, because of a culture that demands conformity.

I just wish more people would wake up to this sort of thing, and spot it for what it is.

[–]useless_aether 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

It's really a hijacking of the human brain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought-terminating_clich%C3%A9

[–]wizzwizz4 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

That article has several issues. But what it's talking about is important.