Category Archives: Character

On The Need For Language

The more use one has for communicating ideas and comparisons and contrasts, the more use one has for language.  Those who do not learn their own languages to a high degree are those who have no use for it at … Continue reading

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All-Or-Nothing Judgments About Ourselves and Others Are a Bad Idea

Everybody knows that Joseph Stalin was infamous as “the Butcher” who directed the slaughter of 25 million people during his reign, but who knows that he would regularly and lovingly spend hour after hour with his daughter, Svetlana, listening to … Continue reading

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The Stupidest Thing

Perhaps the stupidest thing I’ve done routinely in my life is to try to argue the facts with people who do not care about the facts. To this very day, I still find myself surprised at how someone can be … Continue reading

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Voices of Reason Doing More Harm than Good

It does very little good to attempt to be a voice of reason in a society that is not given to sound reasoning.  In fact, in an irrational culture such as ours, reasonable commentary on particular points of religious or … Continue reading

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A Major Shift in Strategy

For years I have been re-thinking my beliefs and learning that many of them have been wrong.  I have tried regularly to convince others along the way, but have failed almost without exception.  Generally speaking, it is as if I … Continue reading

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Merrily Posteth the Fool!

Here’s one of the best Shakespeare quotations ever!  And my, how it applies to our modern hearsay/Facebook culture! “Merrily posteth the Fool, yet vetteth not, that which he wast but told I had said.” Shakespeare ~ Twelfth Night, Act II, … Continue reading

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On the Folly of Specialism

So where did we ever come up with the idea that the ideal achievement in knowledge is to become a specialist? A generalist knows how a thousand things fit together, but the typical specialist knows only his particular specialty, and … Continue reading

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My Constant Frustration

I live my life under the constant frustration that things of fundamental and preeminent importance must so frequently take a back seat to the practical business of being a worker/consumer cog in the prevailing economic machine.  And the machine does … Continue reading

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One in One Hundred Thousand

Do you see the white speck in the black field below?  I picked these colors for maximum contrast.  There are about 100,000 pixels in this square and only one of them isn’t black. I estimate that about 1 in 100,000 … Continue reading

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You Are Only Half Right About Bias

bi’·as noun an inclination of temperament or outlook; especially : a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment : prejudice ——————————— I observe that you are only half right about bias, friend.  You are spot on with what you think already, but … Continue reading

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