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If It Quacks Like a Duck ...

If It Quacks Like a Duck ...

By Dennis Loo (1/14/19)

You know the old saying that ends with "then it is a duck."

The same person who everyone knows has no regard and no use for the truth, and always parrots Putin as if they are reading from the same script, denies he had anything to do with Russia, and there are still some who wonder what other innocent explanation for all of this there is, are willing to believe a demonstrable liar, and and are not willing to take what their own eyes and ears scream out to them otherwise ...

I guess if you're still a climate change denier after all this evidence of freakish weather, risong seas, melting icebergs, etc., then maybe you can swallow this swill. 

It is as if some are saying: “Who are you gonna believe? Your lying eyes or me?”

I also have been running into this in classes. In the last few years, this is increasingly the case. In the past, I have been able to eventually win over the majority of students to what I am trying to do in my teaching, to teach people how to think and how to be aware of what’s going on. But in recent times the resistance to this has been stiffer and more vocal.  Whereas in the past, I have been able to win over skeptics by several weeks, this does not work as well now. It takes the form of students not even reading the syllabus and wanting you to reconfirm for them things they have already been told, as if they do not trust their own eyes and ears. This means that they do not trust even direct instructions, let alone what is indirect or implicit.

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