Category Archives: Philosophy

The More Words, the Less Truth

To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thought into few words stamps the man of genius.  Arthur Schopenhauer (Bio and work) Proverbs 10:19 The more talk, the less truth; … Continue reading

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How Belief Systems Crumble

Human belief systems are fascinating things. Whether they last a lifetime or whether they are demolished and rebuilt every few years, they all share some things in common. A belief system is ordinarily built from many separate pieces, like a … Continue reading

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If We Cannot Solve Our Problems on the Same Level of Thinking that We Created Them then What Do We Do?

One of the largest problems needing to be solved is that most of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful elites do not want real problems to be solved at all. “A great crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” as … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know Me

Of course you don’t know me. I don’t even know myself. Here are some of the reasons why: Philosopher Thomas Metzinger makes an interesting case in his book The Ego Tunnel that we really have no selves at all, in … Continue reading

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All Bye and Bye

No one knows who wrote this classic old time gospel favorite. It has been recorded by a long line of master musicians, from Mississippi John Hurt to Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson to Dolly Parton. The 1960s … Continue reading

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Chasing the Dragon of Bliss

The term “chasing the dragon” was originally a description of the undulating nature of the opium vapor in a pipe, as the smoker attempted to suck up every gram of bliss contained in the drug. “Chasing the dragon” was expanded … Continue reading

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Can You Explain?

Civilizations fall apart without steady maintenance . . . For something to last, knowledge, skills, culture, and enthusiasm must all be maintained through future generations. If you want to perpetuate human knowledge and human culture, you must do more than … Continue reading

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Science is the Belief in the Ignorance of Experts

We live in a pandemic of political correctness, which demands the brainless repetition of daily talking points from official experts. But rational actors must see the evidence for themselves, and will automatically disregard the “experts” in order to get at … Continue reading

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Hobbling Time

There is an allotment of time for every thought. Our bandwidth of consciousness is limited to under one hundred bits per second at best, in spite of our ability to chunk information and utilise massive parallelism of cortical columns. When … Continue reading

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We Are Marching to Utopia . . . We Will Soon Be There! 2020 Edition

First published on the original Al Fin blog …optimists and idealists — with their ignorance about the truths of human nature and human society, and their naive hopes about what can be changed — have wrought havoc for centuries….instead of … Continue reading

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Ending Your Life So As to Live a Better One

“The only serious question in life is whether to kill yourself or not.” __ Albert Camus Most of the questions we entertain are frivolous. It is the work of family, schools, employers, advertisers, friends, media, governments, and almost everyone else … Continue reading

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Science: What it Is

Science is a Verb Science is an active and systematic way of building knowledge upon knowledge. We call it “the scientific method:” The steps of the scientific method go something like this: Make an observation or observations. Ask questions about … Continue reading

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John Boyd: Destruction and Creation

Link to Paper: John Boyd: Destruction and Creation PDF This short work by John Boyd is re-published below to illustrate the type of thinking that is necessary to break out of fixed perspectives on how past and current events shape … Continue reading

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Taking Responsibility by the Numbers, thru the Word, from the Heart

Note: This article is cross-published from the Dangerous Child blog Dave Ramsey: Responsibility by the Numbers Dave Ramsey is an author and radio personality who teaches different ways for people to take responsiblity for their finances: Get out of debt, … Continue reading

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Everything Dies

A few thoughts on death — We will all face this moment at the end of our time. But before our own end, we are likely to watch while someone we love passes that mile marker. I think there is … Continue reading

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If Not for Miscomprehension There’d be No Comprehension at All

Jordan Peterson has been on a speaking tour of Europe and the Anglosphere for most of the year 2018. On the surface, this grand tour of the western world is about promoting his latest book, Twelve Rules for Life. On … Continue reading

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Density

Density: The quality or condition of being dense. The quantity of something per unit measure, especially per unit length, area, or volume. The mass per unit volume of a substance under specified conditions of pressure and temperature. __ The American … Continue reading

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Surge of Americans Renouncing US Citizenship

It seemed like there was exponential growth in the number of expatriates from 2008 until the end of 2016. However, the numbers seem to be leveling off, or even dropping. __ Source via TaxProf A large number of US citizens … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson Read All of Sam Harris’ Books

The respective philosophies of Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson have not intermeshed smoothly so far. In two separate hour-length podcasts, the two men could not agree on a common concept of “truth” or an agreed upon method for the discovery … Continue reading

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Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, and Brett Weinstein… Where They Belong

I Am Not Talking About Vancouver Tomorrow, 23 June 2018, Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris will attempt another futile debate on the relative merits of their divergent epistemologies. The event at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver is sold out. The … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson and the Rise of the New Chautauqua

The Return of Public Lectures Useful to the Public Back in late 19th and early 20th century America, “Chautauqua circuits” of public lectures swept across the states. This was long before radio and television — and a hundred years before … Continue reading

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First Blood: Sam Harris Confronts the Echo Choir

First Blood: In Which Sam Harris Offends Ezra Klein As long as author and provocateur Sam Harris only attacked Christians, violent Muslims, and Donald Trump, he was mostly left alone by the curtained overlords of politically correct public discourse. But … Continue reading

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Maximum Impact: How One Man Could Change the World

Global Change via Religion/Philosophy Looking at Moses, Jesus, the Buddha, Mohamed, and the Hindu legacies, one sees many long-term impacts of a global and quasi-global nature. Religion represents a deep and archetypal philosophy, which acts on multiple layers of the … Continue reading

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Brazil Has Strong Gun Control — And Sky High Murder Rates

For Criminals, Guns Come Easy Thanks to strict gun control laws, the ability of the average Brazilian to defend himself from more bloody-minded countrymen is limited. By absolute numbers of homicides, Brazil leads all other nations. 60,000 Brazilians were sent … Continue reading

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The Tragic Misconstruction of the Human Life Cycle

Modern humans have somehow come to believe that the human life cycle stops in young adulthood. Choosing to forego the critical step of procreation — and spending almost all their resources trying to maintain themselves at the young adult stage … Continue reading

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