a week it has been. Monday started off with the military
intervention also known as Martial Law declared under
a 1914 statute. How that ‘intervention’ differs in kind
and practice from a coup remains to be determined.
5.00 p.m. on Thursday the military announced a take over.
No ambiguity. We have a coup in Thailand.
has been imposed on TV, radio, print and social media.
an introduction for this week’s essay, it is difficult
to know what could have been a more graphic illustration
of my subject: The
Global Language of Bias: What do we use language for?
first obligation of a writer is to mess with people’s
biases, making them question the reliability of the filters
they use to construct reality. We are all in the reality
construction business. But the building material comes
from quite different sources. You can build a grand structure
of reality without using a single brick from the warehouse
of facts and evidence. If someone asks you whether you
you might inquire which of the 93 Decision-making, belief,
and behavioral biases, or did the person have in mind
it one of the 27 social biases or possibly one of the
47 Memory errors and biases?” (Keep read here.)
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a great week. Stay tuned to developments about the political
situation in Thailand and give all of us your moral support.
It is times as these that writers, artists, and journalists
are put to the test of something very old and analogue,
something which I hope never dies out: courage and integrity.