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Stillwater Critical Thinking Club

TOPIC: Propaganda and Psychopathy, Psychology 101 eveyone needs to know

Critical Thinking is essential to see through the Neo Con's war propaganda to push people's emotional buttons such as fear, hate, greed and false pride. Basic ingrediants of psychopathy are the predator's skiil at reading and manipulating not to mention their utter lack of concern about the past or the future.

SPEAKER: Coleen Rowley, in May of 2002 Coleen Rowley brought some of the pre 9-11 lapses to light and testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the endemic problems facing the FBI and the intelligence community. Rowley's memo to the FBI Director in connection with the Joint Intelligence Committee's Inquiry led to a two year long Department of Justice Inspector General investigation. She was one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine. In April 2003, following an unsuccessful and highly criticized attempt to warn the Director and other administration officials about the dangers of launching the invasion of Iraq, Rowley stepped down from her (GS-14) legal position to go back to being a (GS-13) FBI Special Agent. She retired from the FBI at the end of 2004 and now speaks and writes on two different topics: ethical decision-making and "civil liberties and effective investigation."

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  • Naim

    A populace fed on junk food cannot have healthy bodies. Similarly a populace fed on junk news cannot be expected to think critically. And junk news is mostly what US mainstream media serve – propaganda, half truths, and irrelevance. If not, then something that after having gone through a bipartisan weltanschauung is as devoid of critical thinking as sterilized food is devoid of healthy microbes (essential to our health).
    Besides teaching critical thinking, the complementary approach is to teach people to avoid junk news. A non-exhaustive list of healthy news sources (in no particular order), include Democracy Now, The real News Network, Russia Today (yes!), Al-Jazeera, etc…. And if you know other language(s) besides English then following those news sources can provide additional beneficial food for thought.
    If you think this approach makes sense then support these news media with donation, and spread the word to those you know….

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Jack C.

    An insightful, important, and useful presentation. And in conclusion, I'd say yes, we can use the provided buttons, what we might now call the standard buttons, to identify cons of all kinds, whether in dialogue, print, presentation, or otherwise (fear, hatred, greed, false pride or confidence, and blind loyalty. I've already used them to critique some exemplary cons.

    Collen has cracked the code of the confidence man.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Brian L.

    The presenter was terrific.

    May 13, 2013

  • Kitty M.

    Do you really, really meet at 11:00 pm??!! Would like to be there, but no.

    May 12, 2013

  • Susan A.

    I will be attending for the first time. Jim Strand informed me of this meeting. Thanks.

    May 12, 2013

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