Ideology

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Ideology is “a Cultural Technē gone wrong”:Haslanger (2021), 28. This conception of ideology follows Haslanger (2017, 2018, 2021) and goes back to Althusser and the Marxist understanding of ideology as false consciousness.

a “network of social meanings, tools, scripts, schemas, heuristics, principles, and the like”Haslanger (2017), 155

which is distorted in specific ways so that it hides aspects of the world the perception of which would question or threaten systems of Power and the social order they impose.

An example for ideology in action is how Geology is shaped by ideology.

References

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Colonialism and Capitalism Form a Feedback Loop

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Concepts Are Compressed Models

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Consumerism

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Critical Theory

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Cultural Hegemony

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Customer Centric Means Consumerist

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Epistemic Colonialism

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Geology Is Shaped by Ideology

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Institutions Lose Legitimacy in a Feedback Loop

Zuboff (2021) describes why the legitimacy of Institutions is essential for social stability: > [The] ongoing miracle of social order rests on “common sense Knowledge,” which is “the knowledge we share with others in the normal self-evident routines of everyday life.

Large Language Models Are a Feedback Loop for Society

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Patriarchy Is a Product of Agriculture

Patriarchy is not an inevitable consequence of human nature.

Perceived Irrationality Is Rooted in Actual Rationality

Rationality is an evolved strategy.

Racism Is a Justification for Exploitation

Contrary to what we’ve learned in school, it wasn't racist ideas, born from ignorance and hate, that led to racist policies, but exactly the other way round.

Rationalism Is Not Rational

Rationalism à la Eliezer Yudkowsky has two connected fundamental flaws – an ontological and an epistemological one.

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Sensemaking

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Separate Explanation from Emotion

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