Non-financial: October - December 2013 articles archive home
We hardly admit it, but we're drowning. Everyone reading is pretty much unable to stay above the tide. Like fish, only more sentient, we're dead centre of the slurry, oceans of information swarming our eyes, crashing our senses.
Friday, December 27, 2013 ... more
It's a concept ...
... that can be difficult to come to terms with, but you might not be as smart as you think. Here are a few questions to give some insight into the answer:
Friday, December 20, 2013 ... more
No one can better teach us the deepest meaning of freedom than this man who spent half his adult life imprisoned. The essence of freedom is found in immovable conviction.
Friday, December 13, 2013 ... more
... our single most dangerous bias is that we naturally assume everyone else is more susceptible to thinking errors than we are, a tendency known as the “bias blind spot.”
Friday, December 6, 2013 ... more
A grim story
Confirmation bias is our tendency to notice and accept that which fits within our preconceived notions and beliefs, while motivated reasoning is our complementary tendency to scrutinize ideas more critically when we disagree with them than when we agree.
Friday, November 29, 2013 ... more
In 1965 ...
… a psychologist named Martin Seligman started shocking dogs.
He was trying to expand on the research of Pavlov - the guy who could make dogs salivate when they heard a bell ring.
Friday, November 22, 2013 ... more
Every person ...
… develops a persona, and that persona persists because inconsistencies in your personal narrative get rewritten, redacted and misinterpreted.
Friday, November 15, 2013 ... more
A true sceptic ...
… a radical sceptic, insists, in the best Socratic tradition, that everything be put on the table for examination. By contrast, most sceptics are selective sceptics, applying their scepticism to the things they dislike.
Friday, November 8, 2013 ... more
What is indifference?
A strange and unnatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, good and evil.
Friday, November 1, 2013 ... more
Scientism ...
... is not the same thing as science. Science is a blessing, but scientism is a curse. Science, I mean what practicing scientists actually do, is acutely and admirably aware of its limits, and humbly admits to the provisional character of its conclusions; but scientism is dogmatic, and peddles certainties.
Friday, October 25, 2013 ... more
Thinking is hard ...
… says Daniel Dennett at the start of his book Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking.
Friday, October 18, 2013 ... more
What's wrong ...
… with a few questionable beliefs? Why should we worry about a little superstition?
Friday, October 11, 2013 ... more
It's time to quit ...
… when you realize you’ve been settling for mediocrity all along. It’s time to quit when the things you’re measuring aren’t improving, and you can’t find anything better to measure.
Friday, October 4, 2013 ... more
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