Fallacious Reasoning, Context Switching, & Externalization
Fallacious reasoning, context switching, and externalization are three currently popular methods for bamboozlement and theft of your free and clear thinking and free choice.
Fallacious reasoning can be used to advance any agenda or idea – as a computer virus steals the control of a computer, fallacious reasoning steals your free and clear thinking and manipulates your otherwise free choice. Like a virus stealing a computer, fallacious reasoning steals you. As your free and clear (unmuddled) thinking is actually being stolen, fallacious reasoning is a form of violence, particularly when done on purpose.
Context switching occurs when someone alters the original context of a question, statement, discussion, etc. while maintaining the focus of the interaction/discussion. Unannounced context switches are generally an easier form of bamboozlement than fallacious reasoning since ‘the-reasoning-part’ is where most everyone’s focus is. As with slight-of-hand tricks, it is the unwatched hand, the context, which can be more easily manipulated. As your free and clear (unmuddled) thinking is again being stolen, unannounced context switching is a form of violence, particularly when done on purpose.
Externalization by an individual or a community is the casting onto another ones own negative characteristics in an attempt to avoid being identified has having the same. Externalization by a corporation is the rejection of the consideration of certain costs, usually by silently ignoring them, resulting in someone else having to pay such costs. As your free and clear (unmuddled) thinking is again being stolen, externalization is a form of violence, particularly when done on purpose.
How can one tell when bamboozlement or theft of your free and clear thinking and free choice is occurring?
- Practice spotting fallacious reasoning. Maybe visit School of Thought and download a poster ($1 US donation optional).
- Be careful – mindful and not mindless – with anger – both your own and someone else’s. Practice a third-way response to anger and not just fight or flight – get motivated and root down into greater awareness and use anger to manifest greater right action instead of simply manifesting more anger. Do it.
- Learn/practice Nonviolent Communication.
Greater self awareness eventually leads to the realization that all sentient beings are just separate manifestations of the same thing. But even though this is so – that all Human Beings have the (same) spark of the Divine – some act in not very conscious – not very mindful – ways.
Enable your personal virus checker and learn to spot fallacious reasoning, unannounced context switches, and externalization – and keep your virus checker up-to-date with greater awareness, right action, and practice.