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Screaming is for emergencies. It is for situations such as those in which the dad needs to bring the gun, or for which the fire department needs to be called. It is not for play any more than dialing 9-1-1 … Continue reading
In a relativist culture, the more beliefs one person communicates to another, the greater the likelihood that dissonance between their conflicting beliefs will spur the listener not to like the one communicating. In a culture (or subculture) in which people … Continue reading
Some paradigms disappoint because they turn out to be simply dysfunctional, while others seem to work immediately upon adoption, fulfilling our vision for them in a most satisfactory way. But then there is a third kind of paradigm. This sort … Continue reading
I have coined the term Sole Reform Fallacy (or Sole Remedy Fallacy) to name a cognitive error I have seen frequently in play with regard to politics and religion. Here is its definition. Sole Reform Fallacy—the error of judgment by … Continue reading
Every once in a while, someone inquires about my “world view”. Here it is: There is nothing unreal in the entire known Universe, with the one exception of what happens in the imaginations of humans. Humans often get trapped in … Continue reading
The activist’s curse lies in the following rhetorical question: If I can change my mind, and if you can change your mind, who are you and I to unilaterally declare that it is too late for the rest of our … Continue reading
The primary goals of belief should be the pursuit of and participation in reality. Always remember that reality is neither dependent upon nor created by beliefs. No amount of believing can make any untrue thing true. Belief in things for … Continue reading
#1. It is an error to assume that he who is honest in one thing is honest in any or all other things. #2. It is an error to assume that he who is dishonest in one thing is dishonest … Continue reading
Pelham’s Law of the Tyranny of the Masses: The citizens become collectively complicit in tyranny when they allow it to flourish. Corollary 1: Neither ignorance, fear, distraction, nor apathy excuse the citizens from purging tyranny. Nor does participation in failing … Continue reading
Pelham’s Law of Governmental Control: Governments are controlled by those who drive the hardest and are hardest to deter. Corollary 1: Those who control a government are unlikely to give it up voluntarily.