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Odysseus
10-09-2010, 09:42 PM
In the thread entitled "Obama Signs Bill Replacing ‘Mental Retardation’ With ‘Intellectual Disability’" we learned that the mentally retarded are now going to be referred to as intellectually disabled. It's a lovely little euphemism, and those people who suffer from this condition will, after several years of learning to pronounce the new term, feel much better about themselves for not being smarter than the houseplants. Frankly, it's a fix for something that didn't need fixing.

However, there is a condition for which no technical term exists. How would you describe someone of normal (or above-normal) IQ who insists on mis-educating himself? Someone who clings to discredited ideas that are ridiculous on their face, but which they cannot let go of because of the appeal to their desire to believe in the ridiculous. We have names for the subsets of those who fall under this condition: Progressives, liberals, socialists, etc., but what would you call the condition itself?

I'm inclined to call it "Ratherism", after Dan Rather, who still claims that the forged documents that he presented in his newscast were never proven to be false. Anybody got a better name?

Sonnabend
10-09-2010, 09:43 PM
wilburism

wilbur
10-09-2010, 09:45 PM
In the thread entitled "Obama Signs Bill Replacing ‘Mental Retardation’ With ‘Intellectual Disability’" we learned that the mentally retarded are now going to be referred to as intellectually disabled. It's a lovely little euphemism, and those people who suffer from this condition will, after several years of learning to pronounce the new term, feel much better about themselves for not being smarter than the houseplants. Frankly, it's a fix for something that didn't need fixing.

However, there is a condition for which no technical term exists. How would you describe someone of normal (or above-normal) IQ who insists on mis-educating himself? Someone who clings to discredited ideas that are ridiculous on their face, but which they cannot let go of because of the appeal to their desire to believe in the ridiculous. We have names for the subsets of those who fall under this condition: Progressives, liberals, socialists, etc., but what would you call the condition itself?

I'm inclined to call it "Ratherism", after Dan Rather, who still claims that the forged documents that he presented in his newscast were never proven to be false. Anybody got a better name?

Oh too tempting....

It's got a name already...



Religion

m00
10-09-2010, 09:48 PM
Oh too tempting....

It's got a name already...



Religion

Dome thread for ya :p

Rockntractor
10-09-2010, 09:49 PM
wilburism

It works for me!

MrsSmith
10-09-2010, 11:06 PM
Lost

NJCardFan
10-09-2010, 11:20 PM
Someone who insists on mis-educating themselves? That's easy. Progressive.

Odysseus
10-10-2010, 12:24 AM
Oh too tempting....

It's got a name already...

Religion
There's a reason that "Wilburism" tops the list. Unfortunately, nobody outside of CU would get it.

Someone who insists on mis-educating themselves? That's easy. Progressive.
Yeah, but Progressive already has a definition. This is a word that doesn't already exist, or if it does, it's pretty obscure. I want to be able to look a Progressive in the eye, call them by this name and have them know what it means, and that we know that they have willfully deluded themselves. Something that says "self deceptive" or otherwise screams willfully delusional and dishonest. That's why "Ratherist" works. Or perhaps "Olbermannian" or "Krugmanian."

NJCardFan
10-10-2010, 01:10 AM
So shit for brains doesn't count either?

CueSi
10-10-2010, 03:03 AM
Voluntarily Cranio-rectally inverse.

Their head is up their ass, and they WANT it there. :D

~QC

MrsSmith
10-10-2010, 09:18 AM
Voluntarily Cranio-rectally inverse.

Their head is up their ass, and they WANT it there. :D

~QCROFL!!!