This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Common sense

We quoted Mencken above, saying that: “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

In case you had not noticed, many of fallacies we’ve mentioned so far involve the oversimplification of reality. Reality is rarely obvious and never simple, especially in our technological, globalized, age where everything is intermingled and travelling at supersonic speed. If there was ever a time when the most complex aspects of human life were easily discernable at first glance (I doubt there ever was such a time), that age is far behind us.

Yet we still wish that our mysterious, often contradictory reality was this straightforward and accessible; and this desire, so strong within us, makes us extremely susceptible to the “common sense” fallacy. This fallacy suggests to us that the answer to a complex problem because it is simple, easy, obvious, and seemingly intuitive, must be correct. It also teaches us to look with suspicion on any solution that intimidates us or exceeds our comprehension. The result is that, because many issues are complex to the point of inaccessibility, anyone who wishes to defend their case must employ oversimplifications, or else have their position rejected, not because it is wrong, but because it is difficult.

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