Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A sign of intelligence is...

A sign of intelligence is the ability to hold multiple, and even contradictory, ideas (or possibilities) in your mind at the same time.

An easy example: Is light a wave or a particle?

The correct answer is: Yes, both/either.

Here's another example: Is the lad behind the bathroom door a terrorist menance to freedom that must be dealt with now, or a harmless deaf kid having minor bathroom issues?

The correct answer is: I don't know. And if you don't know, then you have to cautious. But the caution duh-obviously applies in both directions. You don't assume. You don't necessarily need to pry the door open. You don't assume. You don't necessarily need to fire tear gas. You don't assume. And you certainly don't need to taser the person (judging by the results, a massive and justifiable lawsuit, a stupid move). [LINK]

Here's another example: What if you meet someone with slurred speech? Are they drunk?

The correct answer is: Maybe, maybe not. [LINK]

Can you keep alternate possibilities in your mind?

Are you intelligent?

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