|Political Claims and Cognitive Democracy|
|Written by nuncio|
|Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:04|
While it's satisfying to see Ben Goldacre's article today discussing the application of science to test the validity of claims made by politicians, what I would really like to see is the testing of the personal validity of individual politicians.
It's a huge deal when another human being claims that they will "represent" you and make decisions on your behalf. These decisions are life and death. We get landed with far too many iniquitous scumbags, engaged in state-sanctioned profiteering and warmongering. It really shouldn't be that difficult to guard against the rise of political opportunists at the extreme end of this motley scale.
I have argued previously in the Extravolution Blog ("Cognitive Democracy") that what we need is proper psychological evaluation of political candidates. I would now add to the comment contained there that having any form of religious/superstitious/paranormal beliefs should immediately disbar any prospective candidate from standing.
Offer to "represent" me by all means, but first prove that your brain is working properly.