posted on Oct, 4 2013 @ 06:41 PM
I've noticed that Bulverism is starting to spread from the obvious trolls to infect even some of the more responsible posters. This mental disease
should be identified, shamed, and stomped out as aggressively as we can.
Bulverism was first identified by C.S. Lewis in an essay of the same name written in 1941.
Suppose I think, after doing my accounts, that I have a large balance at the bank. And suppose you want to find out whether this belief of mine is
“wishful thinking.” You can never come to any conclusion by examining my psychological condition. Your only chance of finding out is to sit down
and work through the sum yourself. When you have checked my figures, then, and then only, will you know whether I have that balance or not.
If you find my arithmetic correct, then no amount of vapouring about my psychological condition can be anything but a waste of time. If you find my
arithmetic wrong, then it may be relevant to explain psychologically how I came to be so bad at my arithmetic, and the doctrine of the concealed wish
will become relevant - but only after you have yourself done the sum and discovered me to be wrong on purely arithmetical grounds.
In other words, you must show that a man is wrong before you start explaining why he is wrong. The modern method [Note: This essay was written in
1941.] is to assume without discussion that he is wrong and then distract his attention from this (the only real issue) by busily explaining how he
became to be so silly.
In the course of the last fifteen years I have found this vice so common that I have had to invent a name for it. I call it “Bulverism.” Some day
I am going the write the biography of its imaginary inventor, Ezekiel Bulver, whose destiny was determined at the age of five when he heard his mother
say to his father - who had been maintaining that two sides of a triangle were together greater than the third - “Oh, you say that because you are a
man.” “At that moment,” E. Bulver assures us, “there flashed across my opening mind the great truth that refutation is no necessary part of
argument. Assume your opponent is wrong, and then explain his error, and the world will be at your feet. Attempt to prove that he is wrong or (worse
still) try to find out whether he is wrong or right, and the national dynamism of our age will thrust you to the wall.” That is how Bulver became
one of the makers of the Twentieth Century.
You see that phenomenon all over the site, and it's spreading.
"Of course people think war in Syria is the solution, they want to expand the power of the Rothschild banking system."
"Of course Gays should have every right that straights have, the only people opposed are haters, or secret gays themselves, or crazy religious
"Of course Zimmerman was guilty, he was only freed because every one involved was bought off by racists, or were racists themselves."
"Of course GMOs are deadly, people only support them because they are paid shills or brainwashed."
"Of course Obama's plans are good, they're only criticized by people who want to destroy the country or are racists."
"Of course Islamists are peaceful, you attack them because you are an Islamophobe Zionist, or brainwashed by the Jewish controlled media, if you're
not in their pay."
Feel free to add your own examples, your pledges to oppose Bulverism, or simply take warning silently and keep your eyes open for Ezekiel Bulver's