Imagine a child, having been caught red-handed smacking their playmate up the side of the head, pointing to the playmate with a they-did-it-too … an expression of exasperation, and a lack of remorse or repentance. Only bad parents buy it, and the Both Sides argument is the equivalent for grown-ups. In the United States, every… Continue reading “Both Sides”
If we imagine the shape of the adoption of new morality like a wave, the adopters of the newest morality would be the crest of the wave while most are far behind them.
Apophenia as Delusion Reed Berkowitz’s piece, A Game Designer’s Analysis Of QAnon, insightfully noted how Apophenia drives people into the Cult of QAnon. Jacob Chansley, a.k.a. the QAnon Shaman, it has been pointed out, “displays strong aspects of what psychologists call ‘patternicity,’ which is to see hidden patterns, meanings, and agency behind what others would… Continue reading The QAnon Shaman and The Three Sides of Apophenia
To be fluent in a language means not only that you can understand it, but that you can speak it competently. Competency in the language does not necessarily make it your first language. It may be your second, or third. Your first language is your dominant one. Reason can be thought of like a language,… Continue reading Reason and the ability to use it are two separate skills
Water is vital, essential, and wonderful. When not treated with proper respect, water can kill you. So is water healthy or is it toxic?
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson We could leave it there and be done, or we could parse that out a bit more. Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris and Brett Weinstein discussed the idea of a metaphorical truth. They defined it as a notion that is literally false but conveys benefits to the… Continue reading When Fiction is Truer than Non-Fiction