Category Archives: Philosophy

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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We Are Marching to Utopia: We Will Soon Be There — Special Christmas Reprise

A classic Al Fin article, originally published on Al Fin, and since re-published multiple times on various Al Fin blogs, for special occasions. …optimists and idealists — with their ignorance about the truths of human nature and human society, and … Continue reading

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We Are Marching to Euphoria: We Will Soon be There

Wikipedia Reward System Life isn’t easy, for most of us. No matter how well we were pampered or sheltered as children and teens, eventually there comes a time when we have to face the music, and stand on our own. … Continue reading

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Third World Applauds Groupthink in Science

Groupthink is a peculiar weakness of the human mind. In children, we call it “peer pressure.” In climate change, we call it “consensus.” Janis (1972)’s eight symptoms [of groupthink]: illusion of invulnerability collective rationalization belief in inherent morality stereotyped views … Continue reading

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Long Time Passing: Where Have All the Geniuses Gone?

Scholars who study genius — far from geniuses themselves — claim that humans only came to revere genius when they lost their belief in God or gods. Humans seem to need to “believe” in something, so it may as well … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being a Heretic

In a world where much of society — and even much of science — has succumbed to groupthink, it is refreshing to see a distinguished scientist who recognises the vital role of heretics in both science and society. As a … Continue reading

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Words are Slippery and Thought is Viscous

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. Henry Brooks Adams Found in Quotes About Words You may think that the slipperiness of words would be … Continue reading

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Where Does Al Fin Fit in the Dark Enlightenment?

As you can see from the images above and below, “The Dark Enlightenment” is not a simple movement. The image above divides the movement into 9 different categories, listing some of the members of the individual groupings. The Venn diagram … Continue reading

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Everything You Think You Know Just Ain’t So Part III

One popular delusion among leftist greens is that industrial wind farms and giant solar arrays will soon replace coal, nuclear, and gas power plants in modern societies. In this case, as in many others, everything they think they know just … Continue reading

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Everything You Think You Know, Just Ain’t So Part II

Human beliefs and belief systems are important and necessary methods to help us to make sense of our worlds, and to plan our futures. Unfortunately, they are all wrong — to a greater or lesser degree. In the original article, … Continue reading

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Human Ritual; Don’t Throw Out the Baby with the Bath Water

Modern societies are discarding past human rituals at an accelerating — perhaps a reckless — rate.  But there is much human wisdom embedded in past ritual.  We should be careful not to throw out essential wisdoms in our frantic attempts … Continue reading

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Philosophy is for Thinkers; Ideology is for Stinkers

This article is adapted from an earlier posting on Al Fin, the Next Level Philosophy encourages participation in discussions in order to strengthen their theories and explanations. On the other hand, ideology does not encourage discussions of any sort that … Continue reading

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Science: For Sceptics Only

First published on Al Fin Science is impossible without a healthy scepticism, along with a voracious appetite for data — and data transparency. Climate sceptics, for example, demand a higher level of evidence to support “catastrophic anthropogenic global warming,” before … Continue reading

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

Originally published on Al Fin …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 utopian efforts to … Continue reading

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