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27. Thintelligence
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 06:52 PM
Feb 2024

In the original Jurassic Park novel, Michael Crichton coined a term that aptly describes this mind set: "They have what I call "thintelligence." They see the immediate situation. They think narrowly and they call it "being focused." They don't see the surround. They don't see the consequences."

He was referring to the engineers who designed and built the park. I have borrowed the term to apply to anyone who looks at a narrow- and bias confirming- view of a situation, and reacts only on that basis. To someone who takes it as read that what they hear or read or see, via media targeted to their existing beliefs, represents the only important information in a given situation. Someone who does not check other sources for confirmation, or look at primary sources- if possible- for verification.

Of particular note, when the thintelligent are confronted about this, they invariably double down on their ignorance. They don't accept the proven error and lean from it, they reject the correction.

Thintelligence is amazing, when encountered. Younger me used to wonder how people got through a day like this. Older me... thinks it must be damned comforting to live in their world. The one where they're right about important matters- and everything worth their attention confirms it.

His fragile ego couldn't take it. yardwork Feb 2024 #1
Questions are a powerful weapon against people who have been brainwashed RAB910 Feb 2024 #2
I'll add that to my LTTE stollen Feb 2024 #7
In too many cases, they don't expect to be questioned at all. calimary Feb 2024 #9
Yes this guy seems like a complete dipshit Gregory Peccary Feb 2024 #18
Or maybe just successfully faked knowing it. soldierant Feb 2024 #45
Remember when Obama was president on 9-11-01? CrispyQ Feb 2024 #3
I think the medical term is flingshitmaybewillstickitis, hadEnuf Feb 2024 #19
That was a Jorden Klepper video. Woodwizard Feb 2024 #35
I thought of Jordan afterward stollen Feb 2024 #43
You get a heart for that. sinkingfeeling Feb 2024 #4
Good job! zuul Feb 2024 #5
I was very calm, matter of fact stollen Feb 2024 #6
Well done! limbicnuminousity Feb 2024 #8
He'd rather run away and hide Quanto Magnus Feb 2024 #10
Snowflake djacq Feb 2024 #11
Lol Demovictory9 Feb 2024 #12
Masterful job! live love laugh Feb 2024 #13
Their shaky framework can't take too many taps before it starts to crumble. NBachers Feb 2024 #14
He was skippingout on his tab, obviously. jaxexpat Feb 2024 #15
Going for wings and fries at a great place but not a liberal area at all. twodogsbarking Feb 2024 #16
Cognitive dissonance must have been excruciating Warpy Feb 2024 #17
I don't know which is worse... ShazzieB Feb 2024 #25
Insecure, willfully ignorant, but ALWAYS seeking agreement and validation Attilatheblond Feb 2024 #28
LOL, these MAGA mofos always run away from the truth LymphocyteLover Feb 2024 #20
So he thinks the country is in terrible shape because we're letting migrants in, but he doesn't want to spend the money. SunSeeker Feb 2024 #21
Bye Dave. 1WorldHope Feb 2024 #22
Slapped in the face with the truth he ran out with his fingers in his ears going "Nananananananana" ZonkerHarris Feb 2024 #23
The magat is a moron. But for accuracy's sake the GOP did come up with HR2 radius777 Feb 2024 #24
Thanks stollen Feb 2024 #31
He's fleeing the interview!!! ret5hd Feb 2024 #26
Great line then, great line now. JudyM Feb 2024 #53
Thintelligence kgray96057 Feb 2024 #27
Seems to me, a waste of time MorbidButterflyTat Feb 2024 #29
Yes, well, I was polling the diner for football fans to be friendly stollen Feb 2024 #42
"But Faux says it's all the Dems fault." lpbk2713 Feb 2024 #30
that is great. barbtries Feb 2024 #32
Good for you. Nice Job!!! Fla Dem Feb 2024 #33
Had a co-worker like that years ago. Basic LA Feb 2024 #34
He gave one of the biggest cost of living raise for soldiers. Woodwizard Feb 2024 #36
They had the majority and couldn't even pass funding for the wall. Emile Feb 2024 #37
2017-2019. Nov 2016 was election blm Feb 2024 #38
Thanks. I want to be precise. stollen Feb 2024 #40
It's a common mistake. blm Feb 2024 #41
Sounds like just what I dealt with in an argument with my coworker tornado34jh Feb 2024 #39
Thanks, folks, for your thoughtful and humorous feedback. stollen Feb 2024 #44
This is their bill. But you hit him with plenty. BootinUp Feb 2024 #46
The House passed their own border bill last summer MichMan Feb 2024 #54
They cant handle it. Especially the "Trump's VP will be JFK Jr" types. oldsoftie Feb 2024 #47
Wow, good job. SlimJimmy Feb 2024 #48
Post removed Post removed Feb 2024 #49
Hello. GP6971 Feb 2024 #50
Thanks for giving it your best effort, stollen. PlanetBev Feb 2024 #51
You can't fix stupid. AZ8theist Feb 2024 #52
Because MAGA Bullies are Cowards.... Mr. Mustard 2023 Feb 2024 #55
yep! A simple 'prove it' response shuts most of them down i have found. samnsara Feb 2024 #56
Had the same convo with a guy in my office yesterday. louis-t Feb 2024 #57
I would be willing to bet that Prof. Toru Tanaka Feb 2024 #58
Oh dear! BigMin28 Feb 2024 #59
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