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  • Goodbye ISIS, hello losers

    05/23/2017 9:07:30 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 28 replies
    Scott Adams Blog ^ | 05/23/2017 | Scott Adams
    President Trump just gave ISIS its new name: Losers. (Short for Evil Losers). If you think thatís no big deal, youíre wrong. Itís a big deal. This is Ė literally Ė weapons-grade persuasion from the most powerful Master Persuader of our time. As I have taught you in this blog, President Trumpís clever nicknames for people are not random. They are deeply engineered for visual impact and future confirmation bias. In this case, the visuals will be provided by future terror attacks. That reinforces the ďevilĒ part, obviously. But more importantly, the Losers will be doing nothing but losing on...
  • Time to End Presidential Press Briefings?

    05/22/2017 2:57:16 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies ^ | 5-22-17 | Scott Adams
    Personally, I enjoy watching Sean Spicer spar with the press. Itís good entertainment. But press briefings donít make sense in 2017. And they certainly donít make sense for a Trump presidency. Iíll tell you why. The role of press briefings is to create two complementary illusions. The first illusion is that the administration is providing new and useful information. That rarely happens. And when it does, it could have been done more easily in the form of a press release in response to a written inquiry. A written response can be faster than a press briefing because it doesnít depend...
  • Today's Dilbert - Great Dig at AGW True Believers

    05/14/2017 6:06:12 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 34 replies ^ | 5/14/2017 | Scott Adams
    Worth a click
  • Scott Adams of Dilbert Fame Weighs in on Comey Firing

    05/10/2017 11:12:31 AM PDT · by realDan · 24 replies
    The Scott Adams Blog ^ | 5/10/2017 | Scott Adams
    What do Bernie Sandersí hair and CNN have in common today? They are both saying, ďComeyĒ every time you look at them. The news coverage of Comeyís firing has become excellent entertainment. This is the biggest cognitive dissonance cluster bomb weíve seen since election night. This one has everything. For starters, the topic is too complicated for the public, and even the pundits. That creates a situation in which weíll all invent our own version of the movie in our heads. Where there is confusion, complexity, and emotion there is usually lots of cognitive dissonance. We got all of that.
  • Pre-Bribing a President

    05/10/2017 4:09:31 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 25 replies ^ | May 3, 2017 | Scott Adams
    It is illegal to bribe a president. But it is totally legal to pre-bribe one. Hereís how a pre-bribe works. When a president leaves office, you offer the ex-president an enormous speaking fee. Letís say $400,000. The ex-president does the speech and banks the money. The ex-president has no power at that point, so the speaking fee canít be seen as a bribe because there is no quid pro quo. But what about the president that is in office while this happens? Do you think the current president notices when the the prior president gets a $400,000 payday for an...
  • Whereís My Immigration Prediction Model?

    05/09/2017 5:29:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 10 replies ^ | 5/8/17 | Scott Adams
    Whereís My Immigration Prediction Model? Posted May 8th, 2017 @ 12:11pm in #immigration #muslim If scientists can make climate prediction models that are reliable (or so they tell us), why canít they do the same with Muslim immigration predictions? Predicting the average temperature on Earth ten years from now is hard. There are too many variables. But predicting the outcome of immigration policies probably involves far fewer variables. All we need to do is look at other countries that experienced lots of Muslim immigration and subtract out the countries that reversed the trend with military force, because I assume we...
  • The Air Comes Out of the Anti-Trump Balloon

    04/18/2017 11:00:24 AM PDT · by bigbob · 22 replies
    Scott Adams blog ^ | 4-18-17 | Scott Adama
    In January of this year, President Trumpís critics were marching in the streets because they believed he was about to go full-Hitler. Or maybe he was just crazy, and about to do something dangerously stupid. Today their biggest complaint is that President Trump hasnít shared his tax returns with the public. Howís everything else looking? The economy? Looking good. North Korea? Looks like China is on our side. Good sign. Syria? Those Tomahawk missiles were downright ďPresidentialĒ Illegal Immigration? Already down 70% from Trumpís persuasion alone. Supreme Court? Gorsuch is respected and qualified, even if you donít like his ways....
  • Scott Adams: The Syrian Gas Attack Persuasion

    04/06/2017 5:30:30 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 28 replies
    According to the mainstream media Ė that has been wrong about almost everything for a solid 18 months in a row Ė the Syrian government allegedly bombed its own people with a nerve agent. The reason the Assad government would bomb its own people with a nerve agent right now is obvious. Syrian President Assad Ė who has been fighting for his life for several years, and is only lately feeling safer Ė suddenly decided to commit suicide-by-Trump. Because the best way to make that happen is to commit a war crime against your own people in exactly the way...
  • Trump and Healthcare

    03/25/2017 7:28:19 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 42 replies
    Scott Adams blog ^ | 03/25/2017 | Scott Adams
    Today we are witnessing one of the most important events in political history. But you probably canít see it because the news is talking about healthcare, and how Ryan and Trump totally failed to get enough votes. The real story is happening in parallel with the healthcare story, and thatís what renders it invisible.
  • Some Fake News About Me from Bloomberg

    03/22/2017 4:55:46 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | 22 Mar, 2017 | Scott Adams
    Last autumn, before the election, a writer for Bloomberg asked to spend a day with me to interview me for a feature piece about my blogging on Trump, and my life in general. I could tell from the initial conversation that it was going to be a hostile article......... I quickly determined that agreeing to the interview would be foolhardy. Obviously it was going to be a hit piece...... If I agreed to the interview, I knew I would be making myself the target of ridicule and shame, baring my flaws to the world Ė both the real ones and...
  • Imaginary News

    02/18/2017 9:22:28 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 13 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | 17 Feb, 2017 | Scott Adams
    I think we can all agree that there has been plenty of fake news coming from both sides. Fake news is usually intentional, although in some cases it is the result of honest mistakes. But lately we are seeing an entirely new type of untrue news. I call it Imaginary News. Hereís a good example from the Huffington Post. I watched President Trumpís press conference with the alleged ďmeltdown,Ē and all I saw was Trump talking the way he normally talks. The Huffington Post watched and apparently saw some other set of circumstances. That means we have three possibilities to...
  • 'Dilbert' creator ending donations to UC Berkeley: 'I wouldnít feel safe on the campus'

    02/07/2017 12:38:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, February 6, 2017 | Alyssa Pereira
    "Dilbert" comic creator Scott Adams announced on Friday that he would be "ending [his] support of UC Berkeley" following a protest that turned violent Wednesday. UC Berkeley students and other people appeared on campus to protest a talk given by Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor for the right-wing website Breitbart. Adams wrote he has "been a big supporter lately" by donating money and other help, but "that ends today." Adams added that he was disheartened to see the protests get destructive ó regardless of who exactly was causing the damage ó and feels that he better sides with Yiannopoulos and his...
  • Scott Adams Blog: Sam Harris Induces Cognitive Dissonance in Ben Affleck (Muslim Denial)

    02/06/2017 6:57:40 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    Scott Adams Blog ^ | 5 Feb, 2017 | Scott Adams
    Ignoring the politics of it for the moment, check out this video of Sam Harris debating Ben Affleck on Bill Maherís Real Time show. Iíll teach you how to spot cognitive dissonance in the clip. Watch for the moment Ben has to hallucinate Samís opinion from the reasonable position that many Muslims worldwide have non-liberal views to an hallucination about ďAll Muslims are bad.Ē Sam and Bill both clarify their viewpoints, with data, but Ben is struck deaf to it. All he can hear is the absurd absolute ďall.Ē He is literally hallucinating. I mean that literally. If you asked...
  • [Scott Adams] Berkeley and Hitler

    02/05/2017 8:48:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Dilbert ^ | 2/3/17 | Scott Adams
    Hereís the best article you are likely to read about the absurdity of calling ANY American president Hitler. This is the sort of persuasion (sprinkled with facts) that can dissolve some of the post-election cognitive dissonance that hangs like a dark cloud over the country. Share it liberally, so to speak. You might save lives.Speaking of Hitler, Iím ending my support of UC Berkeley, where I got my MBA years ago. I have been a big supporter lately, with both my time and money, but that ends today. I wish them well, but I wouldnít feel safe or welcome on...
  • Outrage Dilution (BRILLIANT Analysis by Dilbert Creator Scott Adams)

    01/26/2017 9:21:01 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 58 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | January 26, 2017 | Scott Adams
    Iím having a fun time watching President Trump flood the news cycle with so many stories and outrages that no one can keep up. Hereís how the math of persuasion works in this situation: 1 outrage out of 3 headlines in a week: Bad Persuasion 25 outrages out of 25 headlines in a week: Excellent Persuasion At the moment there are so many outrages, executive orders, protests, and controversies that none of them can get enough oxygen in our brains. I canít obsess about problem X because the rest of the alphabet is coming at me at the same time.
  • The Master Persuader Scrambles the Frame: #Trump #WhenHub

    01/14/2017 9:21:38 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 9 replies
    Scott Admas Blog / Dilbert ^ | January 11, 2017 | Scott Adams
    What was Trumpís biggest persuasion problem in the election? Answer: His opponents did a great job of framing him as some kind of Hitler. Do a Google search on Trump and Hitler and you get an avalanche of comparisons. It was sticky persuasion, and it still hangs over the country like a chorus of stale farts. Iíve said before that half the country believe they are living in 1930s Germany and the other half think we got a better economy and some free entertainment. Those are two completely different movies running on the same screen at the same time. So...
  • The Climate Science Challenge (From Scott Adams)

    12/29/2016 3:15:06 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | December 28, 2016 | Scott Adams
    I keep hearing people say that 97% of climate scientists are on the same side of the issue. Critics point out that the number is inflated, but we donít know by how much. Persuasion-wise, the ďfirst offerĒ of 97% is so close to 100% that our minds assume the real number is very high even if not exactly 97%. Thatís good persuasion. Trump uses this method all the time. The 97% anchor is so strong that it is hard to hear anything else after that. Even the people who think the number is bogus probably think the real figure is...
  • Trumping the Media: Donald Continually Confounds the MSM

    11/22/2016 6:42:02 PM PST · by FreedomUS · 11 replies
    PJmedia ^ | Roger Kimball
    Looking back on it now, who do you think provided the best commentary on the run-up to the election? And a related question: who has provided the most insightful commentary on the aftermath, i.e. "Why Trump Happened," "What His Victory Means," "What the Protesters and Crybullies Want"?
  • Persuasion Versus Populism

    11/22/2016 1:48:33 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 11 replies
    Dilbert by Scott Adams ^ | November 21, 2016 | Scott Adams
    The Master Persuader filter says Trump didnít identify and match the preferences of the people so much as cause them to think the way they are thinking. My filter on the election says that Trumpís skill for persuasion could have given him the victory with DIFFERENT policies... If Trump didnít win because of his persuasion skills, which other Republican candidate can you imagine beating Clinton?... I also have a hard time imagining any other candidate going after Bill Clinton so hard that it took him out of the game. Was Jeb going to do that?... If you believe Trumpís skill...
  • How to Break an Illusion

    11/14/2016 8:54:58 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 30 replies ^ | 11/14/16 | Scott Adams
    Anti-Trump protesters believe they are fighting the good fight to stop a racist, homophobic, sexist monster. But about half of the country Ė the half that Iím in Ė is in a different movie. In our movie, we selected a new president and half of the country is in cognitive dissonance over it. Assuming the protesters are the ones experiencing the illusion, and not us, how can we release them from their zombie-like existence so they will stop blocking traffic? Iíll tell you the general approach. The main thing you have to do is violate the frame. Clinton framed Trump...