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"What a horrifying world it would be if the trillions of things that can be imagined were real by virtue of our ability to conceive of them."

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Outrage Addiction

Posted on December 17, 2017 at 9:44am 0 Comments

        Experience has taught us that people will often employ outrage and hyperbole, often in the form of public shaming, to convince others rather than construct a sound argument. There may be several reasons for this. The research suggests that people generally find it easier to remain in the brain's equivalent of autopilot (system 1) than to employ slow, deliberate, analytical reasoning (system 2). [See Kahneman, "Fast and slow Thinking"] It seems that system 1 is the default. It may…

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Letter to a religious relative

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 10:23am 2 Comments

I do understand your perspective, and I have had this discussion with others of various faiths before. And I have made some observations. Perhaps you can tell me whether you think the conclusions I have come to are valid.



First, it seems that while it is not always the case, it is nevertheless often true that small, local communities are echo chambers of like-minded belief.



I think people tend to believe whatever they were raised with. If…

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"Ought" we to be vegan?

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 7:14pm 20 Comments

Zeno:  The philosopher David Hume pointed out that one can not logically deduce an "ought" from an "is."  There is nothing that we "ought" to do.  Morality is not an element in the periodic table, nor is it an objective and inalterable property of the universe.  Our morality will depend on our desires and circumstances.  If we wish to live and be happy, there are certain things that we need to do, but there is no "ought."  There is no universal cosmic code…

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To the Conspiracy Theorist

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 1:12pm 7 Comments

The world is actually a lot more boring than you give it credit for.  People, as with electrons, seek the lowest energy state.  People generally are far too lazy to really care full time about monitoring and controlling you.  No doubt some of this goes on, but people also like to relax and enjoy a fine meal.  Can't be world-dominating all the time.  Need a break now and again.  No doubt governments try to control people, but this process is not perfect.  The world is far too messy and…

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