Category Archives: Philosophy

Mind the Brain

The better you can understand your brain, the better you can understand your own mind. And understanding your own mind is an open door to self-liberation and freedom. Short of that, every human being is a slave to mindless habits, … Continue reading

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Delusions, Obsessions, and Ideologies in the Age of Trump

Delusions are unfounded but tightly held beliefs. Everyone is prone to forming delusions — in fact it can be said that human life is built upon systems of delusions, depending upon one’s upbringing. Ordinary delusions, as opposed to pathological delusions, … Continue reading

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The Government Is Not the Country

My kind of loyalty was to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal … Continue reading

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How to Find Happiness in an Unhappy World

Dimensions of Happiness Happiness is almost never where you think you will find it. If you become too impatient — if you never learn how to set the table and allow happiness to come to dinner — you may set … Continue reading

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Is Your Life NOT a Journey?

Longer and longer lives for fewer and fewer people born in the civilised world. What is it all about? Is it possible that our “metaphor” for life — a journey from birth to death — prevents us from living the … Continue reading

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Bypassing the Overlords: Building a New World Without Asking Permission

A Neocameral Future from The Anti-Puritan Axel McKibben has begun work on a series of articles describing how a brighter, braver, and more honest sort of thinker and actor might set about creating a better world — without arguing with … Continue reading

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Ideology and the Dangerous Child

A child is born with innate reflexes, instincts, predispositions, aptitudes, and limitations. When confronted with the outside world, the child begins to assimilate experiences of the world into his internal milieu — and he is permanently changed, every single day. … Continue reading

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Happiness Deconstructed

What is Happiness? First, a few things that happiness IS NOT: bitter hostility, helpless loneliness, a despairing dearth of choices, a lack of personal confidence based upon genuine personal incompetence, the absence of any meaningful purpose. The Happiness of Pleasure … Continue reading

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Building a Positive Future Instead of Tearing it Down

We have discovered through hard trial and error that a society without a sense of larger purpose drifts into nihilism and despair. __ ColonyofCommodus To build a future, people must have a sense of purpose — “a larger purpose” than … Continue reading

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Learning to Transcend Failure is a Necessary Part of Growing Up

The following article is adapted from a posting published earlier on The Dangerous Child blog How Can Children Master Financial Skills by Age 18? Humans learn best by trying — by going out on the limb for something. Early tries … Continue reading

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Complex Evolving Systems

More on Why Everything You Think You Know Just Ain’t So The idea of complex evolving systems grew out of the somewhat simpler concept of “complex adaptive systems.” The difference is that the evolving systems not only adapt and survive … Continue reading

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The Deep Insight at the Moment of Death

insight ‎(plural insights) A sight or view of the interior of anything; a deep inspection or view; introspection; frequently used with into. Power of acute observation and deduction; penetration; discernment; perception. … Intuitive apprehension of the inner nature of a … Continue reading

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Is the Dark Enlightenment in Danger of Becoming Another Ideology?

In a very real sense, a philosophy is a way of life which may incorporate but does not embody a political agenda. On the other hand, ideology is usually based in theory, the precepts of which often have little or … Continue reading

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Distinctions that Make a Difference

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” -Kurt Vonnegut Almost everyone wants to be strong and independent, free from external manipulation and indoctrination. Part of the process of shielding ourselves … Continue reading

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You Are Deluded

Commentary on excerpts from Dr. Bruce Charlton’s online e-book “Addicted to Distraction” Mass Media is a system like no other – it has no function of its own, so it can just keep growing. It has no positive aim for … Continue reading

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We Are Marching to Utopia . . . We Will Soon Be There! 2015 Reprise

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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A World Full of Simplistic Logic

Humans base much of their lives on the flimsiest of logic. Most human brains are lazy, if not lazy and stupid. They will take a simple idea “that they just know is true,” then build wildly ambitious ideologies and belief … Continue reading

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Signs of an Educated Person: Falsifiability

How do you know whether a claim is true or false? One of the first things to consider is whether or not the claim can ever be proven true, or proven false — and if so, how? The ability to … Continue reading

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Contradiction and Consistency

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.F. Scott Fitzgerald, “ One of the keys to clear and fertile thinking … Continue reading

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Past, Present, Future: Our Hidden Puppet Strings

We move through our present lives largely unaware of how strongly we are affected and controlled by our subconscious images of past and future. Imaginations of the future and memories of the past can affect us in the present in … Continue reading

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Knowledge vs. Belief

Knowledge: “… a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning. Knowledge can refer to a theoretical or practical understanding of … Continue reading

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What is Brain Porn-Popcorn?

Brain porn-popcorn is anything that captures the attention entirely, then leaves the brain with something to chew on. It could be an image, a moving musical phrase, a catchy slogan, a teasing tactile sensation, a joke, an entrancing fragrance or … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacies: Begging the Question

Internet comments are a treasure trove of logical fallacies. Argumentum ad hominem may be the most popular commenters’ fallacy. But “begging the question” or “begs the question” occupies a special place in the hall of fallacies for the many times … Continue reading

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Some Basic Reading via Nick Land

If a person doesn’t understand the background and historical parallels that help clarify current events, he cannot make sense of what is happening or where things are likely to go. Most of the important data is concealed, so that one … Continue reading

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Love Hurts, Truth Hurts, Beauty Hurts, But Suicide is Painless?

Life is hard, and then you die . . . attributed to Adam, husband of Eve, after having eaten of the fruit of the tree Life is what happens to us when we are making other plans. __ Allen Saunders … Continue reading

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