Perception Bias?

it’s killin us

Wild animals endure illness, injury, and starvation. We should help.

You just notice that, Cupcake?

And while I applaud your generous, 13-year-old guurl heart, have you yet noticed how big this project would be?

…we should consider taking action against another considerable source of pain and suffering for wild animals — nature itself. …
Many wild animals endure illness, injury, and starvation without relief. For example, the pain of animals that fall prey to predators like Cecil is especially horrific. Gulls peck out and eat the eyes of baby seals, leaving the blinded pups to die so they can feast on their remains. A shrew will paralyze his prey with venom so he can eat the helpless animal alive, bit by bit, for days.

The natural suffering of wild animals is real and breathtaking in its enormity, but incredibly little is being done to reduce it. …

We must try to help them, if possible, with careful consideration to be sure we don’t cause further harm by disturbing the ecosystems on which we all depend.

So…. we must change them all into Disney© characters?

Animals have more intrinsic moral value than “nature” in the abstract.

…. whaaa?

Little Miss Save-the-World [Is ‘Jacy’ a Miss? I didn’t check. pfaff — like it matters these daze…] has absolutely no clue that what she describes is the Natural Order of Things. Nor that she is about two days of natural disaster away from joining those poooor little animals in the fate she decries.

No. Clue.

How does that happen? Three [ or four?!?] generations away from WWII, soaked in the Everything is Fine™ focus poodle skirts and adverts retreat from the horrors of a fat half-decade [half-century, if ya listen to Great Grandma] of World War to suburbia and Mad Men and the great hope of space exploration.

In that brief amount of time, Generations of urban and sub-urban-raised youts have completely forgotten where we live. Unless one was farm-raised or otherwise country/hunter educated, there seems to be no popular conception that Mother Nature doesn’t care a fig if you live or die.

Step outside that comparatively tiny enclave into the real [wild] world and try to spend a week — or a night — with Gaia and that B. will kill the unprepared. And most have No Clue.

The same Perceptual Bias is evident in the reaction to most of the crappola pushed by the Proggies in Pursuit of Powah [PPP™].

Global Worms: “the Climate should always be like *I* remember it being. any change is eval dirty/bad. [and my fault, since *I* am so important. BTNIN] ”

ISIS/International Relations: “people are really are all the same – like the people *I* know and could be — want to be — talked into compromise” [until one of your shopping expedition crew just has to go to Starbux and the other one just has to go a free-trade-organik coffee house… just try getting them to compromise on 7/11 …BTNIN] see also: BLM

I dunno what we do with this cultural Perceptual Bias… Maybe organize huge Boy Scout-like .gov Programs to take herds of urban hipsters and academics out into the wilderness and leave them there and educate them… yeah…

But being aware of this Ignorance Bias is the first step, and perhaps, in those closest to us, we can provide some sort of ejmakashun…

Not much of a “solution” — I know. A little help, here?


  1. Another Bob
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 9:37 am |

    There’s a graphic over at curmudgeonly-skeptical that expresses my sentiment on the subject:

  2. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 10:33 am |

    Well ranted, m’dear.
    [motions for cup-bearer to re-fill Claire's wassailing bowl]

    Yeah, I’ve occasionally tried to formulate a simple statement that describes this kind of Bambiism™. Clearly, its moral structure appears highly convoluted and self-contradictory within every-day contexts; but it can be somewhat simplified, if you identify its hidden assumptions.
    For instance, I think one of the main assumptions, here, is that plants don’t feel pain.
    Without that, Bambiism™ (or an associated cult like veganism) loses all morality.

    Once you recognize that Nature is trying to kill you 24/7 and that you don’t want to be on the digested side of the whole, you know, predation thing, you’ll soon learn how to “sharpen a stick.”

    Don’t know the answer to your question, though, Claire.
    It’s kind of a cop-out to play the Darwin, Eloi, or post-apocalyptic-movie cards.

    Mebbe a prepper can answer your question better.
    Or a psychiatrist.

    (What? God complex?)

  3. Fawkes News (Barack Lies Matter)
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 10:38 am |

    Forget it, Claire. It’s Vox.

  4. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 10:43 am |

    ^ Ooooh, good Polanski ref.

    “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” — Orwell’s Animal Farm

    Hey, wait…
    Wild animals endure illness, injury, and starvation. We should help.”
    Isn’t that like, you know, domesticating farm animals?

  5. Buzz
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 11:05 am |

    Exactly, Fawkes.
    There are certain sites to which I won’t give the click traffic, vox is one of many such compilations of extreme idiocracy.

    Not only that, but I merely have to hang out with the in-laws or visit Bloomington, IN to get more than my fill.

  6. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 11:55 am |

    Thanx, DM! *drinks deep* {*but ladylike*}

    Yeah, I know — Vox. But it’s Out There — and runs deeper than most sensible people imagine. And therefore, must be dealt with.

  7. Fawkes News (Barack Lies Matter)
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 12:03 pm |

    ^ Actually… you know… teaching stuff (as opposed to performing Commie Core Leftist ideological indoctrination) in Teh Skoolz might be a good start.

  8. Stick
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 12:03 pm |

    Yes, by all means. It’s cold outside. Invite them in & warm them up…in the oven

  9. ZZMike
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm |

    It reminds me a bot of the lady who called in to a talk show during the Viet Nam war and wanted us to feel bad for the horses that were being hurt there.

    The Vox writer is probably unfamiliar with the concept of “food chain” that rules that animal world. Bigger ones eat littler ones (mostly), on land, sea, and air. The animals that are in the best circumstances are the ones in our care (mostly)..

    Maybe she’d like to adopt a few honey badgers, or a few anacondas.

    About this nature thing – it’s been said – more than once – that Nature is trying to kill us, day in and day out. And like some human groups, there is no negotiation. We adapt and defend, or drown – or freeze – or get squished under a pile of boulders – &c.

  10. mojo
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 12:31 pm |

    She wants to BE mommy Nature, I think.

    Nature, she is a bitch. Karma’s ugly sister.

  11. accipiterNW
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 12:58 pm |

    Saw an obit for David Brower a while back. He founded several envirnmental orgs during his life and was the Sierra Clubs first Exec Officer, probably back when it was less political. Was able to find this quote again from the obit:

    “As a young man, Brower developed a keen interest in butterflies and became an expert lepidopterist. It was while watching butterflies emerge from their chrysalises that he learned an abiding lesson about wild nature: Don’t interfere.

    Noticing the butterflies’ struggle to emerge, Brower “lent a helping hand” by widening the split in the chrysalis to facilitate their emergence. That well-intentioned interference prevented the flow of fluid from abdomen to wings, which “stayed shriveled, and the poor things began running around helplessly until they died,” Brower wrote in his autobiography. “Freeing them, I had denied them their freedom.”"

  12. Leonard Jones
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 1:24 pm |

    In the end, she will advocate taking care of them in the
    same manner that PETA does. This is not about imposing
    touchy-feely liberalism or helping the animals or the
    environment. These people could not give a rodents
    rectum about the animals, to them it is all about advancing
    a brutal form of Stalinist totalitarian communism.

    The moment the left no longer had the Vietnam War as a
    “Focusing agent,” they began drifting towards softer issues
    like animal rights, the environment, gay marriage, etc.
    It is still the people like Bill Ayers (Who advocated the
    elimination of 25,000,000 American’s who could not
    be reeducated,) who will still be at the top of their
    revolutionary communist movement.

    This is the same movement that pResident Obonzo has
    been indoctrinated in since his Red Diaper Baby Baby
    mother shit him out of her womb. This is not (And never
    has been) about the environment or the animals. It is
    a means to an end. While there are people so monument-
    ally stupid that they fall into the category of Ellie Mae
    Clampett, thankfully Darwin takes care of them just
    like that moron who took his new bride to Alaska to
    commune with Grizzly Bears. Bear crap is such an
    ignominious end!

  13. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 2:10 pm |

    “Wild animals endure illness, injury, and starvation. We should help.”
    Hey, Jacy – What’s this “we” shit Kemo Sabe? See that pack of hyenas over there? You go talk to them and tell them to quit shredding that impala.
    Later, we can talk about helping grizzly bears, if you’re up to it.

  14. Posted January 1, 2016 at 5:39 pm |

    We are all just food. All life is just food. Except for me. I didn’t scratch and claw to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables!

  15. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 7:14 pm |

    Kind’a OT,
    buuut it’s as good’a time as any for a little sing-along.

  16. toadold
    Posted January 1, 2016 at 9:57 pm |

    Proglodytes, you can’t reason with them. You can’t get them out of their safe place caves. Wall them in and cement the air holes.

  17. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 2, 2016 at 7:17 am |

    Actually… you know… teaching stuff (as opposed to performing Commie Core Leftist ideological indoctrination) in Teh Skoolz might be a good start.
    Fawkes News @7

    Dangerous thought, there…

    ZZMike @9 — yeah, the idea “Don’t die a caveman death” [ie starving, freezing, eaten by bears] has been replaced by “Don’t die a clown death” [fireworks, lightsaber riot, segway, hover-board]…

  18. mojo
    Posted January 2, 2016 at 8:33 am |

    I am a Human, a stupendous bad-ass and the end product of a long evolutionary line of stupendous bad-asses.

    Nature can kiss my ass.

  19. mojo
    Posted January 2, 2016 at 8:36 am |

    Stephenson, I think. A boy who can write a pretty good stick when he’s not all full of himself.

  20. s2
    Posted January 2, 2016 at 6:43 pm |

    But where did a guy so stupid get such an idea in the 1st place?

    Stole it from a satire post, is my bet.