Posts from ‘June, 2009’

The psychological consequences of equality

Our nitwit species has never overcome its own cleverness. If we find an idea or symbol or image that appears to compel people, we’ll use it — and worry about the consequences later. Equality is a powerful symbol to use. It conveys inclusiveness, and an automatic sense of group bonding. “We all agree we all…

You’re oblivious, dear parents

Every now and then someone from the adult world stirs themselves to study kids, and finds out what we all knew: adults and children live in different realities. You know how at this blog we always talk about multiple factors being considered at one time, as if it were an essential cognitive tool? Check this:…

Why I don’t buy Apple

Most posts on this forum are not what I’d consider opinion pieces; they’re descriptions of knowledge about what will happen in certain circumstances, not prescriptions as to what should happen. However, in this post, I’m going to describe why I detest Apple Computer, Inc. and will not buy any of their products, least of all…

What we need to fix as a species

The “problem” with humanity, if you want it in a nutshell, is that we can choose what to believe and we can choose to ignore a necessary activity for a fun one. While we might expect that behavior from orangutans and chimpanzees, our closest relatives, we also see it all the time in humanity. As…

The culture of non-culture

So we’ve had some celebrity deaths, and like all things they come in threes, although science can’t explain that. Granted, science is also still not sure if eggs are good for you, if we’re all biologically the same, or what quantum theory underlies all matter. But scientists will arrogantly tell you The Absolute TruthTM nonetheless….

Justification

This blog endorses a kind of primal realism that many people call conservatism, although it has nothing to do with the conservatism of today. It’s more like conservationism. One of its basic ideas is that our problems are not external (type of government, economics, politics) but internal, in that most people are unable to discipline…

Surprise, Surprise: Our Ancestors Weren’t Morons

Archeologists said yesterday that they had unearthed the oldest musical instruments ever found – several flutes that inhabitants of southwestern Germany laboriously carved from bone and ivory at least 35,000 years ago. Just a few feet away from a bone flute, researchers discovered one of the oldest examples of figurative art – the sculpture of…

The Dunning-Kruger effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect states that incompetent people are also incompetent in assessing their own performance. Therefore, less competent people think their performance is competent, while smarter people focus on their own flaws. It explains, among other things, how in a society that places too much value on image, idiots and insane people are able to…

“Rights” may be a bad design

Fantastic, brave and thought-provoking article from David Mitchell at the Guardian: Sacrificing our rights and freedoms, or the use of them, for the greater good is much called for at the moment. There’s pressure to recycle, pay higher taxes, not travel on planes, avoid products manufactured by enslaved children, stop borrowing money we can’t pay…

Abortion and neo-eugenics

When your fear rules you, you get worse consequences than you would have by facing what you fear. Abortion terrified us, because if the death of a fetus becomes a casual option, maybe life is not sacred after all. Eugenics terrified us, because if someone doesn’t make the cut, maybe there will be mission creep…

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