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A Fundamental Confusion of The Information Age

Never in history has so much information been at the fingertips of so many human beings. And yet never have so many humans been so confused, so dismayed, so driven to addiction and a compulsive aimlessness. Humans confuse data for … Continue reading

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Everything You Believe is Wrong — Laugh at Yourself!

Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible … Continue reading

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Everything You Believe is a Lie

None of it is your fault. It is just the way the human brain is made. The brain tries to resolve ambiguities in the best way it can, using all the innate quirks of our senses, emotions, and rational thought … 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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Why Many People Seem so Angry and Miserable

Unhappy Habits of Many People Seeing Themselves as Victims: Unhappy persons see their lives as out of their own control. Being helpless victims absolves them from all responsibility for their lives. Chronic Pessimism: A pessimistic outlook usually becomes self-fulfilling. It … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Essential Thinking Skills for Dangerous Children

Humans cannot perceive reality directly. Instead, the outside world is filtered through our various senses. Significant filtering and pre-processing occur in the sensory organs themselves. Inside the brain, “primary” areas are devoted to each of the senses, where further filtering … Continue reading

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