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From an official webpage of the U. of Edinburgh:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – an update

The work of the University’s Equality & Diversity Committee and its Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-committee has continued over the summer. It has been further energised following the killing in May of George Floyd and the ongoing campaigning by the Black Lives Matter movement. Our Race Equality and Anti-Racist Action Plan is accelerating and amplifying our efforts.

… From the start of the new academic year the David Hume Tower will be known as 40 George Square.

… The interim decision has been taken because of the sensitivities around asking students to use a building named after the 18th century philosopher whose comments on matters of race, though not uncommon at the time, rightly cause distress today.

Adam Smith said of David Hume:

“I have always considered David Hume as approaching as nearly the idea of a perfectly wise and virtuous man as perhaps the nature of human frailty will allow.”

But Hume wouldn’t have been surprised by contemporary test scores, so he must be canceled.

 
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  1. RickinJax says:

    George Square? Sounds awfully …. white.

  2. BB753 says:

    “The interim decision has been taken because of the sensitivities around asking students to use a building named after the 18th century philosopher whose comments on matters of race, though not uncommon at the time, rightly cause distress today.”

    They might as well cancel every famous scientist, philosopher, writer, politician, etc born before 1955!

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Replies: @anon
    , @njguy73
    , @anon
    , @Joseph Doaks
  3. RickinJax says:

    George Square? Sounds awfully…. white

    • Replies: @Alden
  4. George says:

    I am apt to suspect? A very lukewarm affirmation of White supremcy. And in 1750 how could he have foreseen Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls’ 6 championships.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  5. “Equality & Diversity Committee and its Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-committee”

    Maoism is cancer. Social justice? We need social chemotherapy.

    Also, that quote in the image….did he lie?

  6. Anon[369] • Disclaimer says:

    “A true skeptic is diffident of his own skepticism.”

    David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

  7. BenKenobi says:

    Memes becoming reality again, note the sticker on the book held by the statue.

    “I am apt to suspect the negroes to be naturally inferior to the Whites.”

    “Yes”

    Is someone havin’ a laugh out there?

  8. J.Ross says:

    Did Hume really get cancelled or is that just what your sense impressions tell you?

  9. Anonymous[136] • Disclaimer says:

    Western civilization in 2020:

    • Replies: @fish
  10. …rightly cause distress today.

    Down here on the Rez/Kibbutz, we scoff at the idea that anyone with an above room temperature IQ could become “distressed” (rightly or not) over comments someone made over 250 years ago.

    • Agree: Muggles, ben tillman
  11. It has been further energised following the killing of George Floyd… From the start of the new academic year the David Hume Tower will be known as 40 George Square.

    SUPERTRAMP / Crime of the Century

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  12. Abe says:

    It’s 1988. A mysterious stranger (let me introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste) offers to bring down the Berlin Wall and in another two years destroy the Soviet Union- all without a single fire being shot. The catch? In your lifetime you will see America become a hyperpower of such hideous strength that every time some black lowlife dies in the 21st, 22nd, 23rd… largest city in the U.S., a random pinnacle contributor of Western civilization is liquidated somewhere randomly in what is presently called the “free world”. Do you accept?

  13. dearieme says:

    That’s the University of Edinburgh ensuring that it never gets a penny from me.

    • Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey
  14. Abe says:

    It’s 1988. A mysterious stranger (“let me introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste”) offers to bring down the Berlin Wall and in another two years destroy the Soviet Union- all without a single shot being fired. The catch? In your lifetime you will see America become a hyperpower of such hideous strength that every time some black lowlife dies in the 21st, 22nd, 23rd… largest city in the U.S., a random pinnacle contributor of Western civilization is liquidated somewhere randomly in what is presently called the “free world”. Do you accept?

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  15. Voltarde says:

    “I am apt to suspect the negroes to be naturally inferior to the whites” – David Hume (1711-1776)

    Definition of apt (excerpt)
    2a: having a tendency : LIKELY (plants apt to suffer from drought)
    b: ordinarily disposed : INCLINED (apt to accept what is plausible as true)
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apt

    For this statue and the associated Cultural Revolution-style denunciation sign around its neck, it’s not clear what gave more offense: the quote from Hume, or the juxtaposition of the “Yes” sticker that was presumably leftover from the Scottish Nationalist party’s campaign during the Independence Referendum.

    For Hume’s era, the statement is relatively mild. I’m sure much stronger sentiments were common among Highlander Scots about Lowlanders, and vice-versa.

  16. syonredux says:

    Hume is anti-Woke:

    I am apt to suspect the negroes and in general all other species of men (for there are four or five different kinds) to be naturally inferior to the whites. There never was a civilized nation of any other complexion than white, nor even any individual eminent either in action or speculation. No ingenious manufactures amongst them, no arts, no sciences. On the other hand, the most rude and barbarous of the whites, such as the ancient GERMANS, the present TARTARS, have still something eminent about them in their valour, form of government, or some other particular. Such a uniform and constant differences could not happen in so many countries and ages, if nature had not made an original distinction betwixt these breeds of men. Not to mention our colonies, there are Negroe slaves dispersed all over Europe, of which none ever discovered any symptoms of ingenuity, tho’ low people, without education, will start up amonst us, and distinguish themselves in every profession. In JAMAICA indeed they talk of one negroe as a man of parts and learning; but ’tis likely he is admired for very slender accomplishments like a parrot, who speaks a few words plainly.

    Hume, “Of National Characters”

    • Replies: @guest
    , @Muggles
    , @syonredux
  17. From the start of the new academic year the David Hume Tower will be known as 40 George Square.

    40 Wall Street is now known as the Trump Building. Is this to even things up among the 40s?

    Anti-Racist Action Plan= In a constant racial pit.

    Race Equality and Anti-Racist Action Plan = A cynical, totalitarian, spaced quarantine.

  18. guest says:

    Check me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this in an entirely different country?

    I know it doesn’t matter to commisars on Dieversity, Invlusion, Arson, Looting, and General Mischief Committees. But could they at least add something like:

    “Further energized following the killing of some foreigner we care about for no reason beside his race.”

  19. guest says:
    @syonredux

    Good sir, this excerpt RIGHTLY CAUSES me DISTRESS.

    Distress apparently is a thing I’m never supposed to feel. Therefore, I banish you to whatever Hume believed in that wasn’t hell.

  20. syonredux says:

    From the start of the new academic year the David Hume Tower will be known as 40 George Square.

    That just makes sense. After all, what did Hume ever do for humanity? How can his legacy match George Floyd’s? Really, Floyd’s only real rival for greatest human is Emmett Till…..

    May He Rest In Power……

    • Replies: @Anon7
  21. guest says:
    @Abe

    Query: will I be able to appear in public without wearing a mask? And can I have pornography available at my fingertips whenever I please?

  22. @Dieter Kief

    Right, Dieter, you’re bloody well right. You got a bloody right to say.

    That unique Rick Davies keyboard sound is great stuff!

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  23. syonredux says:

    Not just Hume. Scotland will have to pay for producing so many great men: James Watt, James Clerk Maxwell, Adam Smith, Thomas Carlyle, Sir Walter Scott, etc. Their existence threatens Black pride…..

  24. The thing is, Hume bestows prestige on Edinburgh University, not the other way around.

    So their loss.

    • Agree: Cato
    • Replies: @Deckin
  25. @Abe

    JWv Goethe is rotating in his grave – the grateful dead man finds that a strange rhythm is pulsating in his veins – – – he feels the pure joy of a miracle play which is just about to morph into one more scene of his Bitches Brew in his Faust’s Auerbach Cellar / Walpurgis-night scenes. Goethe is still optimistic because he trusts in his Faustian devil’s maxim Here is a part of the very power which always tries to create evil – and does good in the end even though.

    In between, with cold sweat, Mephisto realizes, that the magic of his powers has turned against his own intentions – : – He is talking to himself in a toned-down voice, but in – still – somewhat ironic bewilderment: – What in hell is this: / My face hurts / From an insane kiss // A new time is threatening my chest / And tends to lay my dev’lish self – to rest.

    (Sir Mick might be discussing the further proceedings in this case with Tom Stoddard over a cup of tea, as he has done so often before – and with quite some – resonance).

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  26. Yawrate says:

    Argh! My daughter just got her masters degree from U of E.

  27. @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks, Achmed! – I don’t feel so alone now! – Just listened to it (for the first time since years – no – – – ages….) and much to my surprise: This music aged quite well. – Better than poor me, hehe. But such are the merits of art, as the old sacks back then knew already: ars longa – ….

    I guess you like the masks part a lot!?

  28. anon[142] • Disclaimer says:
    @BB753

    They might as well cancel every famous scientist, philosopher, writer, politician, etc born before 1955!

    Yes, that appears to be the plan.

    • Agree: BB753
  29. You look up at the night sky. Slowly, stars arrange themselves, at what must be superliminal speed, into a pattern whose pixels spell out, in perfectly punctuated English, “I AM LORD XENU; WORSHIP ME!” Which is more likely: that you are witnessing a miracle, or that you are experiencing a delusion? Here is David Hume’s answer:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Miracles

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  30. Deckin says:
    @The Woodpecker

    The irony is richer: the university famously refused to hire Hume because of his avowed atheism, which also kept him from a position at Glasgow. I always thought it unbecoming that the place that refused him in his life made such a big deal of him after he became justifiably famous. Perhaps he’d smile at this turn of events, but, reasonable and amiable genius that he was, it’d probably merit more of a wry yet dismayed grimace.

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Thanks: ic1000
  31. @RickinJax

    Back in the day, in the Baltimore DC area, “George” was a common White epithet for a Negro.

  32. When did eliminating anything that might “cause distress” become a worthy goal?

  33. Muggles says:
    @syonredux

    In JAMAICA indeed they talk of one negroe as a man of parts and learning; but ’tis likely he is admired for very slender accomplishments like a parrot, who speaks a few words plainly.”

    I’ve been using the “talking dog” analogy, but old Hume beat me too it.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  34. SFG says:

    That’s what you get for saying reason ought to be the slave of the passions…

    (Yes, that was a joke.)

  35. SND says:

    These people will never be “awoken” from their dogmatic slumbers.

  36. Art Deco says:

    Evidently it was already called ‘George Square’, not re-named for whatshisname.

    • Thanks: ben tillman
  37. @RickinJax

    Maybe George Jefferson Square would be better.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  38. njguy73 says:
    @BB753

    1955, or the year 65 BW (Before Wokeness)

    • LOL: BB753
  39. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    Which is more likely: that you are witnessing a miracle, or that you are experiencing a delusion?

    Our answers to all philosophical hardships, in order to be right, have to be humble and trivial. In the end, they have to kind of mock our questions.

    “Und so sieht die Lösung aller philosophischen Schwierigkeiten aus. Unsere Antworten müssen, wenn sie richtig sind, gewöhnliche und triviale sein. – Denn diese machen sich gleichsam über die Fragen lustig.“ (Ludwig Joseph Johann Wittgenstein 1979, § 111)

  40. njguy73 says:
    @Abe

    To paraphrase Slate Star Codex,

    If a 1988 Wormwood offered that to America, Screwtape would facepalm and call Wormwood back to Hell for remedial lessons in How Not To Sound Like An Obvious Demon 101.

  41. Anon7 says:
    @syonredux

    Floyd has no rival, not in the Bible. You may have forgotten the various passages in the New Testament that explicitly instruct slaves to see their masters the same way good Christians see Jesus.

  42. Whether high brow (medical department chairs’ portraits) or low brow (whimsical cartoons of 1950s Rhode Islanders), evidence of Whites merely existing in the past has got to go. Even at an institution with a current enrollment at 71% White:

    Nearly 70-year-old murals taken down at URI for lack of diversity

    https://turnto10.com/news/local/nearly-70-year-old-murals-taken-down-at-uri-for-lack-of-diversity

    “I have received complaints about the murals that portray a very homogeneous population predominately [i.e., not all] the persons painted and depicted on the wall are predominantly white and that does not represent who our institution is today,” said [Vice President of Student Affairs] Kathy Collins. “Some of our students have even shared with us they didn’t feel comfortable sitting in that space.”

    https://www.abc6.com/uri-to-remove-mural-from-campus-due-to-lack-of-diversity/

    https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200906/uri-might-preserve-rsquo50s-murals-from-student-union

    https://today.uri.edu/news/university-statement-on-the-murals-of-dr-arthur-sherman/

    From Ivy Style:

    http://www.ivy-style.com/hindsight-is-2020-1950s-collegiate-mural-to-be-removed-at-uri.html

    There’s an old saying that life is short but art is long. These days, under the prevailing spirit of inversion, things seem quite the opposite. Life feels interminable, while the only eternal thing about art is that it teaches us the perennial lesson that those who seek to control the future will first seek to control the past.

    Enjoy the period depictions of white bucks, grey flannels, patch-pocket blazers, cricket and varsity sweaters, camel coats, college scarves, and young men smoking pipes.

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  43. Libre says:

    I can understand getting rid of bad old white guys who built civilization, but what is 40 George square mean? 40 oz of malt liquor that George Floyd loved to drink? Surely there’s black scot they could use. Floyd has nothing to do with Scotland. They’ve really gone mad now.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Joseph Doaks
  44. fish says:
    @Anonymous

    Ahhh…..the lost photo of Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky….just before the unpleasantness.

  45. anon[306] • Disclaimer says:
    @BB753

    They might as well cancel every famous scientist, philosopher, writer, politician, etc born before 1955!

    Yes. That’s been the plan for a while. Isn’t it obvious?

    • Agree: dfordoom
    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
  46. B36 says:

    David Hume wouldn’t be David Hume if he gave a shit about what the University of Edinburgh thought.

  47. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Best-rated Disqus comment at The College Fix :

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/university-to-remove-world-war-ii-murals-because-they-show-too-many-white-people/

    DaveNKy • 4 days ago

    This was never about people being “offended.” It’s about erasing the prominence of white people in this country’s history. It always starts with nibbling around the edges. We are witnessing the foreshadowing of white genocide.

  48. Tony says:

    Brit must be pissed about that.

  49. Considering the damage Hume inflicted on Christian belief, you’d think the Wokeviks would exempt him from the erasure of Western civilization.

    I bet they won’t mess with Spinoza, who has Pokemon points both as an Hispanic and a Jew. Think of him as the Judah Benjamin of Western philosophy.

    • Replies: @Dube
  50. “University’s Equality & Diversity Committee and its Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-committee“

    After a century and a half of revolutionary Marxism they still haven’t figured out the stupid committee naming thing??

    I am a post-grad student at a major Southern California University (just move those words around a little) and I am constantly bombarded with email invitations to various online diversity struggle sessions hosted by groups with similarly ridiculous long-winded titles. It reminds me of a little thing I do to amuse myself. When I have an interaction with a fat white girl with tats, piercings and unnatural hair color – and those disgusting earlobe disks (a frequent occurrence in LA County) I always open with “Thank You”, to which they sometimes reply “for what?”, but I keep the answer to myself – “thank you for signaling to me that you are a mentally ill person that I should get away from as soon as possible.”

  51. @Anon

    Like TS Eliot said this crap destroys cultures.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  52. Art Deco says:
    @p4nc4k3s Pl34s3

    The fictional George Jefferson had in middle age been married for 20+ years and had founded and run a conventional service business lucrative enough to allow him to afford a condo on the Upper East Side. His son was functional enough to finish engineering school. He also gave his elderly mother a place to live and took lip from his live in domestic. If you want a funeral cortege with the horse drawn carriage, you have to do things that people might value, like get clapped in prison for home invasion, sire four or five children by all your baby’s mamas, and be edgy with your recreations. Don’t be one of the haves, be one of the have-dones.

    • Thanks: kaganovitch
    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  53. The early communist movement attracted well-educated men who felt at home in Western high culture. Marx could quote from the writings of Dante, Shakespeare and Goethe from memory, for example, and he read Aeschylus’ tragedies in the original Greek for pleasure. Even Che Guevara, a Marxist from a later generation, grew up in an educated family in Argentina which had a substantial home library. Reportedly the young Che read voraciously, and he kept notebooks about the ideas he encountered in his reading.

    I don’t have the impression that today’s Wokeviks show anywhere near that level of engagement with the life of the mind. Find me some who can discuss literature, art, history or philosophy knowledgeably, or who can play classical music on an instrument.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Nicholas Stix
  54. Anon[267] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s interesting that the only thing these woke morons care about is your views on race. Not what you did with the rest of your intellectual career. They don’t care about that. It’s just what you said about race. Either they aren’t capable of comprehending the rest of your intellectual career, or it’s of far less importance.

    People whose minds revolve around outrage need to be denied a college education. They can’t ponder ideas with intellectual detachment. They’re not intellectuals at all. They aren’t college material, period.

  55. The South shall rise again!

    • Replies: @El Dato
  56. @anon

    I guess I’m OK, cause I was born after ’55. But wait, I voted for Trump!

    • Replies: @BB753
  57. anon[328] • Disclaimer says:
    @advancedatheist

    Find me some who can discuss literature, art, history or philosophy knowledgeably, or who can play classical music on an instrument.

    C’mon, man! That’s all raycissly white privileged racism, man. Read Maya Angalou instead!

  58. @Muggles

    Yet parrots are actually quite adept at reproducing all of the sounds that humans can produce. So what is the purpose of human vocal cords?

  59. @Anon7

    Nearly all the work of Paul (Saul) and of course slavery was the norm at the time. If you want the Full Slavery Experience though, it’s the Jewish Bible (AKA OT) to which you must turn.

  60. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Wholesale erasure already–the nibbling was decades ago.

    We were told that it was harmless at the time.

  61. Anonymous[264] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Best-rated Disqus comment at The College Fix:

    What is “The College Fix”? Is it significant that this comment appears on it as highly rated?

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  62. Anonymous[264] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    “A true skeptic is diffident of his own skepticism.”

    David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

    What did Hume mean by this?

  63. Dube says:
    @advancedatheist

    “But he was an atheist!”
    “No matter. He was an honest man.”

    Here in Year 1 we’ll take his atheism but his honesty has Hell to pay.

    The University’s Equality & Diversity Committee and its Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-committee hereby hurl the accused into the flames of cancellation.

  64. @Bardon Kaldian

    If the woke were more, well, awake, they might consider it a bit, well, problematic if all the philosophers thought negroes were naturally inferior to whites.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Gordo
  65. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon7

    various passages in the New Testament that explicitly instruct slaves to see their masters the same way good Christians see Jesus.

    Seriously?

    • Replies: @Anon7
  66. Modern wokesters managed to do what anti-Enlightenment reactionaries never did, namely to convict Hume of blasphemy.

  67. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon7

    various passages in the New Testament that explicitly instruct slaves to see their masters the same way good Christians see Jesus.

    Seriously?

  68. @Anonymous

    Although your trolling is tedious, Mr Zen Talmud, I am impressed by how many different Anonymous numbers you can marshal. 329, 353, among others, and now 264 as well! Kudos. Or are you a הַסְבָּרָה committee?

  69. @Anonymous

    “A true skeptic is diffident of his own skepticism.” – “What did Hume mean by this?”

    I – a closer look at David Hume

    Hume is philosophically self-reflective here. He says, Philosophy – as shown in my Enquiry on Human Understanding, is necessarily limited. Not least because of our bodily (biological) restrictions. It could be quite helpful to respect these limitations as a way to improve our thinking. 

    This man here – Donald C. Ainslie in his book Hume’s Scepticism puts Humes central thoughts this way:

    First . . . philosophy turns out to be unable to offer a justification or repudiation of our fundamental tendencies to believe. We must learn to live with a kind of ‘blind’ embrace of our natural epistemic propensities. Second, there is no special obligation to philosophize . . . Rather, because philosophy’s lessons can be useful in helping us understand how best to investigate the world, those who have an inclination for it should pursue it, while keeping its limitations in mind. (p. 2)  

    I took this quote from Frederick F. Schmidt’s well-written review of Ainlie’s book: 
    https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/humes-true-scepticism/  

    II After Hume – Immanuel Kant and what followed

    For Immanuel Kant David Hume’s work was not least therefor his philosophical wakeup-call. Kant’s answer after having been awoken by Hume was a slightly more refined variant of Hume’s thought. Kant switches perspective and now focusses not only on the subjective (Hume’s biological/bodily) restrictions of philosophy but also on the world of objects out there in stating that – finally, we are not able to understand things fully in the sense of a final statement about the world (including the physical world) because this too would be beyond our sound (=methoddologically restricted (= refined, civilised = critical (maybe Kant’s dearest word))) abilities. –

    – One of the famous consequences ist Kant’s quite straightforward position with regard to proofs, that there’d be God: – Either those proofs are not philosophically sound, or they are, then they are incapable of what they were supposed to do. – For the one genius who’d be able to prove me wrong here – I’m still waiting to arrive (Kant, from memory in his Critique of Pure Reason).

    Kant then came back to the restrictions of the specific methods we apply to understand to the world: a) To measure basically – that’s what the natural sciences do (with mathematics/geometry being a refinement of our measure-taking). And b) to look at morals and norms and how they work with regard to society and the state and c) to look at aesthetics and thus at the most subjective of our means to understand the world. From here on: Follow Emil Lask and Max Weber and their value spheres and – Jürgen Habermas in – for starters: Truth and Justification  or Postmetapohysical Thinking (I & II). For those willing to dive deeply into this stuff: The Theory of Communicative Action and lately: This Too A History of Philosophy.

    • Thanks: Julian of Norwich
    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
  70. BenKenobi says:
    @Matt Buckalew

    TS Eliot said this crap destroys cultures

    He would have never predicted that each month would be crueller than the last.

  71. Cortes says:
    @Anonymous

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

  72. @advancedatheist

    Oh, but that’s where you’re wrong. They can quote the hottest Twits of the past 24 hours, including curse words, verbatim.

  73. El Dato says:

    Our Race Equality and Anti-Racist Action Plan is accelerating and amplifying our efforts.

    “We have planned a get-together at a sea resort to hold an informal conference. We call it the ‘When See Conference’”.

    Meanwhile, strongly getting the impression that QAnon is 100%, red-pillingly real:

    Tulsi Gabbard branded QAnon conspiracy theorist for speaking out against Netflix’s ‘Cuties’ as ‘child porn’

    Reason mag is on the case

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  74. Anonymous[287] • Disclaimer says:
    @Libre

    but what is 40 George square mean?

    That is the postal address of the tower.

  75. El Dato says:
    @Bardon Kaldian


    I’m increasingly getting the impression Mr. Smith got the disease thing nearly right.

    Plus imagine being a Scot and see some building named after a US Ghetto denizen & Fentanyl dropper.

    “40 George Square”

    You will either think of Boy George or George V or Prince George, or else decide to put admin heads on stakes using a claymore.

    • Replies: @Gordo
    , @lysias
  76. Clyde says:
    @George

    I am apt to suspect? A very lukewarm affirmation of White supremacy. And in 1750 how could he have foreseen Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls’ 6 championships.

    David Hume could not have predicted the African hijacking of young white brains to where they confess racism and are ashamed to be white. And not just in America but UK too where they never had slaves. Just sugar producing slaves in the British Caribbean islands.

  77. As a sidenote: If this reductio ad Hitleram (= Racism) in the Old West (Europe and the Anglosphere) serves one purpose everybody is striving for in our modern societies, it is complexity reduction. Seen from this formal standpoint, the answer would be to engaage in a useful way, to achieve this goal. I. e . – in simple, clear and non-reductive thinking. If a sound complexity reduction is what’s needed, Occam’s razor is useful too. It’s like in Asterix – : – Nobody gets these central aspects of sound resistance to the conondrums and turmoils of our public discourse. – Nobody, really? Wait a minute – there is this tiny little blog near the coast, called…< (and there are the Heterodox Society and Toby Young and Quillette and…).

  78. @syonredux

    Can we hear both sides of the story? Does due process end with death? Who will defend the great and the dead? The height of unfairness

    • Replies: @Julian of Norwich
  79. @Anonymous

    What is “The College Fix”?

    It’s a website, I believe. If you click on the link, you will be directed there.

    Is it significant that this comment appears on it as highly rated?

    I noted that merely as a citation/navigation pointer, in case readers wanted to check it out. But yes, incidentally, if you liked his comment, and you like high ratings, then for you it may be significant.

  80. Nodwink says:

    Chat shit, get banged.

  81. AndrewR says:

    At least we’re not speaking German amirite

  82. AndrewR says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    In a way, all the people in past centuries who viewed whites as superior were clearly wrong. Blacks would never allow themselves to be erased like this. Nor would Jews, of course. Whites’ alleged brilliance and compassion are proving to be auto-genocidal

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  83. AndrewR says:
    @El Dato

    Leftists and libertarians (but I repeat myself) have been lining up to defend pedophilia just because the deplorables are criticizing Cuties. Why can’t we get the inevitable over with??

  84. A sad and frankly offensive action by an institution supposedy devoted to the free pursuit of learning. One of the greatest intellects of the rationalist enlightenment becomes a non person. But then, rationality is so passé. Edinburgh can no longer claim to be ‘The Athens of the North’.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Neuday
  85. @Franz Liszt von Raiding

    Due process? Some students found it offensive. What more needs to be said?

  86. The good news is that Scottish witches are about to be un-cancelled, admittedly a tad late as they have been burned or drowned.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/13/300-years-on-will-thousands-of-women-burned-as-witches-finally-get-justice

    There was precedent for pardons, she added. In 2017, thousands of men convicted of offences under laws that criminalised homosexuality were pardoned under a new law passed by the UK parliament.

    Those arrested under the Witchcraft Act were usually tortured into making confessions. Women, who made up 84% of the accused, were not permitted to give evidence at their own trials. Those convicted were strangled and burned at the stake so there was no body to bury.

    According to Mitchell, accusations of witchcraft were four times higher in Scotland than elsewhere, and “they cut across society, from members of the nobility to paupers and vagrants”. Those interrogated were urged to identify other “witches” among their neighbours and relatives. “People were terrified of finding themselves accused of being a witch.”

    The UK is big on pointless gestures these days. But some New Britons, especially those from Africa, still believe in witchcraft. What if their neighbours curse them or cast spells, and witchcraft is legal? I suppose it’ll be a breach of the peace charge with aggravated racism.

  87. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Or if not genocide, the enslavement of lots of whites.

  88. @BB753

    “sensitivities around asking students to use a building named after the 18th century philosopher whose comments on matters of race, though not uncommon at the time, rightly cause distress today.”

    “Sensitivities,” “distress” — what a crock of mealy-mouth Leftist bullshit!

  89. @Dieter Kief

    oh – Tom Stoppard, not Stoddard. – Nothing to do with Dieter Stappert too – one of the Swiss motor-racing journalists at the Zürich based monthly powerslide I adored as a kid (the other one was Rico Steinemann…).

  90. @Abe

    There were 25 unarmed black men killed by police one year in the scandal free term of barack obama 9 so far with trump as president. Have the numbers been falling?

    • Replies: @Marty
  91. @Libre

    “they didn’t feel comfortable” — more Leftist mealy-mouth bullshit!

  92. Gordo says:
    @El Dato

    Plus imagine being a Scot and see some building named after a US Ghetto denizen & Fentanyl dropper.

    George Square was built in 1766 and was thus probably named after our, and your, late sovereign King George III.

  93. @Anonymous

    He meant that to be truly skeptical, you must be skeptical of your skepticism. To be skeptical is to admit that you don’t have all the answers or that humans may not ever be capable of having all the answers–but that may not always be the case, you have no way of knowing beforehand.

    Hume denied that we can ever be justified in saying that something caused something else to happen. Why? Because all we see is phenomenon through our senses of one thing happening and then another following. We don’t actually see “cause”. But because things are presented to us as being “contiguous in space and time” and because of their “constant conjunction”, we assign the notion of cause as connecting them. We do so because this is the innate propensity of the human mind. The mind habitually habituates. It turns the (assumed) chaos of sense data into coherent patterns. This is the habit of Mind, to make familiar, to impose regularity.

    Today, we know from psychological studies, that the mind processes information and seeks to categorize it so as to assign it a valence of strangeness or threat-worthiness. If it is harmless or “normal”, we can dismiss it and this frees up our attention to focus on what is more pressing. The mind is always trying to make what is novel into the habitual. This is often the source of error, sometimes, fatal error.

    In the quote provided by Syonredux above, when Hume says, “Such a uniform and constant differences could not happen in so many countries and ages, if nature had not made an original distinction betwixt these breeds of men.” he obviously says that difference in outcome is due to difference in input, or, in today’s idiom, “garbage in, garbage out”. Today’s equalitarians find the cause of unequal outcomes in “whiteness”, “implicit racism”, “hidden bias” and other mysterious causes and metaphysical bugaboos. Hume would have challenged these fundamentally-religious zealots to produce empirical proof of the existence of the Spirits that bedevil their plans for imposing heaven on Earth with this:

    “If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.”

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
  94. @Clyde

    Africans are not the ones behind the hijacking of a White brains. That honor belongs to a very special, much smaller tribe.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  95. Anon7 says:
    @Anonymous

    “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.”

    Ephesians 6:5-9

  96. BB753 says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    People born after 1955 have been taught to keep their bigoted, unwoke and sometimes illegal ideals to themselves. People born before 1955 either don’t care because they’re retired or didn’t get the memo.

  97. lysias says:
    @El Dato

    Since George Square Edinburgh was laid out in 1766, I assume it is named after George III, who had been king since 1760.

  98. @Anon

    The fire he helped flame has caught up with him.

    • Agree: Intelligent Dasein
    • Replies: @anon
    , @Intelligent Dasein
  99. @dearieme

    If only you were the minister of education. Edinburgh students with the help of the academic staff forced a wrong think lecturer out of the psychology department. Now some place in bath will not allow a researcher to research why 50+% of sex change operations are reversed. Why would the Nhs want to know if they were spending £5ok on someone s vanity that they could be spending £5ok on that vanity again at a later date. Cancer smancher who needs cancer drugs. Nhs patients that is who.

  100. Alden says:
    @RickinJax

    Sounds like the evil Hanovers George 1-4 plus William who abused and oppressed the Scots all those years. Now they name a tower after a George.

    George square also sounds like a British real estate AD beautifully refurbished town house 4 receps 4 beds all mod cons situated in a lovely Georgian Square convenient to shops and public transportation some street parking

  101. Alden says:
    @Julian of Norwich

    How’s the once great medical school? All positive discrimination black and brown teachers and students now I suppose.

    All the British med schools actively recruit from all the black and brown former colonies while discriminating against White Australians New Zealanders, Canadians and most of all, indigenous White British.

  102. David Hume was a brilliant philosopher but also a racist involved in slavery – Dr Felix Waldmann

    David Hume advised his patron, Lord Hertford to buy a slave plantation, facilitated the deal and lent £400 to one of the principal investors. And when criticised for racism in 1770, he was unmoved, writes Dr Felix Waldmann

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/david-hume-was-brilliant-philosopher-also-racist-involved-slavery-dr-felix-waldmann-2915908

    • Replies: @Dube
  103. Neuday says:
    @Julian of Norwich

    Edinburgh can no longer claim to be ‘The Athens of the North’.

    Maybe they meant Athens, Georgia.

    It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

  104. Cortes says:

    And then they came for RLS.

    Everyone fears the Black Spot.

  105. Gordo says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    If the woke were more, well, awake, they might consider it a bit, well, problematic if all the philosophers thought negroes were naturally inferior to whites.

    Just wait til they read Carlyle.

  106. syonredux says:
    @syonredux

    Kant agreed with Hume on the “Black Question.” I suppose that he’s next…..

    “The Negroes of Africa have by nature no feeling that rises about the trifling. Mr. Hume challenges anyone to cite a single example in which a Negro has shown talents, and asserts that among the hundreds of thousands of black who are transported elsewhere from their countries, although many of them have even been set free, still not a single one was every found who presented anything great in art or science or any other praiseworthy quality, even though among the whites some continually rise aloft from the lowest rabble, and through superior gifts earn respect in the world. So fundamental is the difference between these two races of man, and it appears to be as great in regard to mental capacities as in color. The religion of fetishes so widespread among them is perhaps a sort of idolatry that sinks as deeply into the trifling as appears to be possible to human nature. A bird’s feather, a cow’s horn, a conch shell, or any other common object, as soon as it becomes consecrated by a few words, is an object of veneration and of invocation in swearing oaths. The blacks are very vain but in the Negro’s way, and so talkative that they must be driven apart from each other with thrashings.”

    http://www.csun.edu/~jaa7021/hist496/kant.htm

  107. Clyde says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Africans are not the ones behind the hijacking of a White brains. That honor belongs to a very special, much smaller tribe.

    It’s not so simple to blame team J. Too many young whites are hung up on/seduced by rap music and black artistry, black sportsballers. That these are superior and worth emulating. Look how Antifa rioters like to be lead around by BLM. Among whites, so called anti-racism is a very big theme these days. They will grovel, confess, genuflect. Have sex with them. No Jews needed to make these cave-ins do their mudshark thing.

  108. anon[220] • Disclaimer says:
    @TomSchmidt

    The fire he helped flame has caught up with him.

    No.

  109. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4531272/90-shootings-Sweden-people-foreign-backgrounds.html

    Newspaper report claimed 90% of shootings in Sweden are carried out by people with foreign backgrounds

    In around half of the cases, the men were born in Sweden whilst others came to the country at a young age

    Around 80 per cent of the men have roots in the Middle East and North Africa, with offenders having ties to Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Somalia, and Eritrea, Breitbart reported, citing the Swedish newspaper report.

  110. https://dailystormer.su/us-judge-says-saudi-arabian-officials-must-come-explain-why-they-did-911/

    People were mad I didn’t write a 911 article on 911.

    Well, I’m tired of it and I think everyone gets it. Also, I did comment on the fact that it was inappropriate for Donald Trump to announce a deal between the Arabs and Jews on that anniversary.

    But here, let me give you a run-down:

    911 was planned and executed by Saudi intelligence

    Saudi intelligence is totally a subsidiary of the Mossad

    911 was ultimately carried out by Jews to start a bunch of wars for Israel, but the hijackers themselves wouldn’t have known that, nor would most of the Saudi intelligence officials planning it

    911 was blamed on random different countries, first Afghanistan and then Iraq

    This is a “layered onion” thing, where only two decades later we are able to talk about the fact that Saudi Arabia did it

    We can blame Saudi now, but no one will ever really investigate Saudi, because if they did, they would find Israel was using Saudi to get this done

    Everyone knows that America didn’t benefit from this, and neither did the Moslems. The only people who benefited are the Jews.

  111. El Dato says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    Better hurry up with the risin’

  112. Marty says:
    @Gianni in Guernsey

    Remember, black men are always armed. I mean, just yesterday at the deli there was one whose arms were thicker than his calves.

  113. … The interim decision has been taken because of the sensitivities around asking students to use a building named after the 18th century philosopher whose comments on matters of race, though not uncommon at the time, rightly cause distress today.

    In an earlier time, that “rightly” would have been omitted by sensible powers-that-be who would have paid attention. That the adverb has been included tells us that the rot is now deep, and the situation may irretrievable.

  114. JTL says:

    But back to Question #1 — When is KARL MARX going to be cancelled for his views on Negro inferiority???

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  115. @TomSchmidt

    Just like “defund the police,” cancelling David Hume is another case in which the Leftists are doing the real, Traditional Rightists a favor and don’t even realize it.

    In a rational world, David Hume would be dismissed as a philosophical dilettante and a poser of trite epistemological puzzles, and pitied as a sad, pathetic heretic who died clutching at the sands of gloria mundi. In the world we live in, he is hailed as one of the architects of the “modern” period and accorded a place of honor for that reason alone, whilst it remains unrecognized that the modern period is nothing but a regression, a dispensing with the achievements of the Scholastic system; and that the voluminous works of modernity are in reality like the floodwaters that overtake the land once a levy is breached, which the few real philosophers throughout these wretched centuries have forever been at pains to sandbag and clean up.

    Otto Weininger took the proper measure of Hume’s unmerited reputation when he said “It is not very much to be the first of English philosophers, but Hume has not even a claim to that position. I do not think that Kant would have given so much praise to Hume if he had been fully acquainted with all Hume’s work and not merely with the Enquiry…

    Sex and Character, p. 152

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  116. Dube says:
    @Henry's Cat

    Thanks for linking the article, “David Hume was a brilliant philosopher, but also a racist involved in slavery,” by Felix Waldmann, in The Scotsman online of 17 July 2020.

    Judgments in this respect toward Hume personally are incomplete without relating his own principle that “Morality…is more properly felt than judg’d of….”

    Race realism may be at issue, but active participation in slavery raises another question about the adequacy of Hume’s own moral theory, or about its application in his own case.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  117. Hun says:

    What is wrong with the British? Why do they allow invaders destroying their country? How dare the “guest” students, workers and residents insult the natives over and over again.

  118. @JTL

    Ahh – and don’t forget his despicable views of jews, too.

  119. @Dube

    This thing called the past is a wild beast – you’d be shocked (shocked, hehe), if you’d have a closer look into this dark cage with all kinds of such wild game ‘n’ stuff (cruelty, death etc.). – The most shocking thing about the mapst at this moment of time might be: People were different than. There mores and values too. The past is a complete desaster. we better eradicate it soon to approach – eternal purity. And we as our eterenal sleves being mirrored in ourselves in infinete numbers. – The present rules – be here now!

  120. @ThreeCranes

    Thanks! Comments such as this one are why I come here to iSteve. Lucid, insightful, & informative. Evokes my own past readings of Hume, and a bit of Kant, and adds value.

  121. @Dieter Kief

    Thank you, Dieter, it is always a pleasure to read your posts. A man in full, alive to the possibilities – and responsibilities – inherent in incarnate existence. Fare forward, voyager.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  122. MEH 0910 says:

  123. @Intelligent Dasein

    I recall one philosophy prof asking the students if they had had problems with the “translation” of Hume. One poor freshman fell for it, admitting he thought the translator did a poor job.

    Thanks for your comment and link.

  124. @JerseyJeffersonian

    Fare forward, voyager.

    Oh – thank you JerseyJeffersonian. – I will!

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