I’ve reprinted this list many times in various contexts with various additions. Feels like a good time to reprint it again, connecting it to my recent language-based comparison of facts vs commands, and this week’s UFO obsession.
This version of the list is from 2017, with a good discussion of factual experts vs commanding experts.
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“Scientists” jail you for questioning “science”.
Astrologers don’t jail you for questioning astrology.
MDs force you to follow orders by withholding life-sustaining prescriptions. (In any other context this would be called extortion.) (Now, of course, MDs have shown their true colors as pure Nazi torturers and holocausters.)
Alternative doctors (naturopaths, chiropractors, etc) don’t force you to do anything.
Social “scientists” design and operate torture chambers.
Psychics and faith healers don’t.
Non-smokers jail you for smoking in the wrong place, which is pretty much every place.
Smokers don’t jail you for not smoking.
Bankers punish you for using cash. (And now they STEAL your money when you spend it on heresy.)
Goldbugs don’t jail you or STEAL YOUR MONEY for using debit cards.
Globalists bomb you for questioning the Empire.
Localists don’t bomb you for being a globalist.
Adding: Government punished UFO believers. Many lost jobs or ended up in insane asylums.
UFO believers didn’t punish disbelievers.
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I commented in detail on the “sonic attack” hate-hoax, more or less dismissing it but remaining objective because this is my proper area of expertise.
Later ZH had a headline:
This Is What Americans Heard During The Mysterious Cuban Sonic Attacks, And Why Experts Don’t Buy It
Yup, I’m an expert and I don’t buy it.
Some experts in acoustics and phonetics are in fact working for NSA and Apple and Google. Their jargon is easy to recognize in the NSA stuff released by Wikileaks, and their work is easy to see elsewhere.
In terms of the pairings above, does that make me an astrologer? Yes. If an analogous title existed I’d happily use it. (Faith acoustician? Phonologer?)
The important distinction in the pairings above is not the professional title but the willingness to serve power. The first group in each pair is willing to use their expertise aggressively. The second group is not willing to serve power. They are defending people against power, lending their knowledge and skills to people who are just trying to live an ordinary life.