Mater’s Musings #31: Consensus


What is consensus?


17 responses to “Mater’s Musings #31: Consensus”

  1. calli Avatar
    calli

    Medical consensus

    More medical consensus

    It’s similar to “the science is settled”, but more dangerous.

  2. calli Avatar
    calli

    For the “medical consensus” types…

    Here, have one of these.

  3. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    If they mean consensus the same way they mean it within the party, then it actually means the wishes of the strongest faction to provide insiders with reward and bolster their power.

    And, indeed, that is precisely what it looks like.

  4. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “What is consensus?”

    I detest the word, if somebody uses that word in conversation with me I know they are either ignorant or they have limited views on the subject. I guess it’s why the progressive left loving using the word, especially when it comes to spruiking their nonsense such as climate change. The other word I detest is “gender”.

    Both are oblique, shallow nothing burger words.

  5. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    I detest the word, if somebody uses that word in conversation with me I know they are either ignorant or they have limited views on the subject.

    Indeed, every new discovery displaces and supersedes an earlier consensus.

    Before relativity the consensus was that the domain of Newton’s laws extended tiniest fragment of existence within an atom to the ponderous courses of unimaginably vast stars.

    Before traipsing off to WA the consensus was that all swans were white.

    Before the discovery of heliobacter pylori consensus was that stomach ulcers were all caused by stress.

    Imagine where we would be if ‘consensus’ had ruled science.

  6. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Mother Lode

    Imagine where we would be if ‘consensus’ had ruled science.

    Everything would look like climate “science”?

  7. calli Avatar
    calli

    It’s the oddest perversion and inversion of thought.

    We spruik immutable truths as “relative” and the constantly evolving as “absolute”.

    This can’t end well.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    If they only allow their own belief to be published, and not peer-reviewed journal articles which differ from that, then Twitter is a religious cult.

    And they should be sued for “not baking the wedding cake” every time they reject a tweet based on their religious position.

  9. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    So they will be getting rid of 90% of their advertising then?

    Or does money buy consensus?

  10. Miss Anthropist Avatar
    Miss Anthropist

    Consensus in NSW means two lunatic females locking the state down at whim.
    No consensus in Victoria. It is one lunatic male locking the whole state down at whim.

  11. Annie Avatar
    Annie

    Miss A: Did you forget the Sutton person?

  12. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Consensus: everyone can be wrong.

  13. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    Consensus is only achieved by following the path of least resistance and is poison to both good decision making and leadership. It’s an intellectually lazy approach that seems low risk but in reality can be the complete opposite.

    At best, you get a decision that is disliked the least by the group. And one that is strongly influenced by individual biases and personalities. At worst, it smothers innovation and excellence, fatally damages trust and absolve everyone of any accountability.
    Let’s call it what it is – pluralistic ignorance.

  14. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    It’s always been a weasel word.

  15. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    We spruik immutable truths as “relative” and the constantly evolving as “absolute”.

    One sees that also in the churches.

    The resurrection becomes a “metaphor” but women’s ordination is a dogma.

    It’s simply the long marchers’ way of subverting an institution whilst at the same time consolidating power within it as they take it over.

  16. Fair Shake Avatar
    Fair Shake

    Person circled in image was a local chap known as Hans Draggenaway UnShotten

  17. eb Avatar
    eb

    Margaret Thatcher quote:-

    Consensus: “The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: ‘I stand for consensus?”

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