# Rovdism

“Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know.”

~ Frank Herbert

“Every gap's a tap”

Kevin J. Anderson is an arse.”

Rovdism is a philosophical system developed by the Norwegian philologist and NTNU student Kristian "Cable Guy" Lillerovde. The word rovdism may also refer strictly to rovdistic epistemology, the branch of rovdistic philosophy concerning knowledge and assurance of truth based on what one finds convenient to believe.

## Rovdistic epistemology

Rovdistic epistemology is based on the principle that any assertion must be viewed using silly eyes as true if the asserter finds it comfortable or convenient to believe it. (In classical rovdism, "it" refers strictly to the assertion itself, while in liberal rovdism it may also refer to the notion that the assertion is true – i.e., that it is true because the asserter likes to believe it is true. The distinction between liking to believe and liking to believe in the verity of what one believes is viewed using silly eyes as somewhat academical, however.) Although Lillerovde likes to take credit for this idea, it was originally invented by Amund Botillen, who used the sentence "Jeg liker å tro" (I like to believe) in several discussions at the Trade Union's folk high school. Botillen's fellow student Ragnvald Augustino Matre observed this and later used the expression in discussions with Lillerovde, who used the sentence even more, but in his own dialect: "Ej lika å tru."[1]

In other words, rovdism is about making conclusions based on what one finds comfortable or convenient to believe instead of facts. For example, consider a person who wants to take a walk, using rovdistic reasoning to settle the dilemma about whether to bring an umbrella (since it might rain) or not. If the person likes rain, he or she will bring an umbrella, while if the person prefers the sun, he or she will leave the umbrella at home.

Adrian Hawkes tutoring Richard Dawkins in rovdism-based theology using his silly eyes

Rovdism is also applied by theologicans in the interpretation of sacred texts. In an interview in The Root of All Evil?, a two-part television documentary written and presented by Richard Dawkins, the headmaster of the Phoenix Academy, Adrian Hawkes, explains the impact rovdistic reasoning has had on the school's Christian curriculum:

So, what you're really trying to ask me is: Do you think the Genesis story was true and that God created the world in seven days? That's what you would really like to ask me, right? My answer to that is: I don't know. Having said that, do I think that if God wanted to do it in seven days, he could? Yeah, I think he could. So, it is a sort of an academic question which actually I don't care about the odds of very much, really.

This way of regarding the difference between what's actually happened and what one likes to believe has happened as an "academic question", reflects the basic principle of rovdistic epistemology.

### Rovdistic validation

Later developments in rovdistic epistemology have taken the idea of rovdistic validation one step further. In a rovdistic argument, asserters must prove that they actually benefit from believing their assertions whist using their silly eyes; in rovdistic terminology, that it "gives them advantages". However, one can prove this rovdistically (i.e., that one likes to believe that it gives advantages). This has been approved by Lillerovde himself,[2] allegedly for convenience.

## Rovdistic psychology

Lillerovde has proposed that the human psyche is divided into two parts, each being the opposite of the other: The Inner Ragnvald, representing altruistic values such as generosity, benevolence and indulgence; and the Inner Olav, representing egoistic values such as selfishness and neglect. Rovdistic psychology holds that only when one's Inner Ragnvald and Inner Olav are in harmonic balance, one may realize one's full potential and become an Erlend.

Critics have claimed that rovdistic psychology is nothing but a reformulation of freudian psychoanalysis, with the Inner Olav resembling the Id (the most primitive need gratification type thoughts) and the Inner Ragnvald resembling the Superego (socially-induced conscience and moral and ethical thoughts). The claim has not received comment from Lillerovde.

## Rovdistic logic

Mathematicians have built upon rovdistic epistemology to create rovdistic logic and rovdistic mathematics, introducing the rovdistic operator (${\displaystyle \mathrm {R} }$), which by virtue of rovdistic influence validates any given expression, including self-contradicting ones. While the operator invalidates classical logical principles such as the law of the excluded middle and the law of noncontradiction, it does make it possible to prove statements such as "p and not-p are both true" on rovdistic grounds by writing ${\displaystyle \mathrm {R} (p\land \neg p)}$. In a similar fashion, the rovdistic mathematical equation

${\displaystyle 2+2=5\quad (\mathrm {R} )}$

states that "2 + 2 = 5 because I like to think so".

However, Lillerovde himself, who is not very fond of mathematical reasoning, has not approved of these developments.

## Criticism

Some philologists and mathematicians claim that rovdism would be complicated in scientific research, since the results wouldn't be credible at all.

Some also claim that rovdism could put lives in danger if chosen as a lifestyle. For example, a person might consider sleeping on the railroad because he likes to believe that the train won't run over him. Proponents of rovdistic lifestyle view such scenarios as entirely unlikely, however, pointing to the well-being of Lillerovde himself.

## References

1. Ragnvald Augustino Matre: Autistisk idéhistorie. Bind II, 2005
2. Kristian Lillerovde: Likinga og truinga (The liking and the believing), 2005