Category Archives: Philosophy

Pelham’s Law of Cognitive Error

Pelham’s Law of Cognitive Error:  “I am most likely wrong about many things.” Cognitive science has solidly identified certain traits of human behavior by which people operate habitually at a sub-optimal level.  We make frequent cognitive errors, some of which … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Cemetery

One of the late Stephen Covey’s famous “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” was “Start with the end in mind.”  He suggested that one should consider what he would like to have said about him at his funeral, and then … Continue reading

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I was with you right up until…

As I regularly discuss controversial topics with people, I’m often left to interpret the silence with which some people respond to certain logical challenges.  (I call this “crickets”, as in hearing nothing but the crickets chirping.)  Anyway, being always the … Continue reading

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If You Haven’t Done the Math, You Don’t Really Know Anything!

“He’s always late!” complains the boss.  It turns out, however, that he’s late 8% of the time over the last year.  But the boss doesn’t know the numbers; he’s content just to go with his perception. “Our church really follows … Continue reading

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The Stunning Question

Every once in a while, a simple and straight-forward question comes along that can have profound effects on the people who give it the consideration it deserves.  The question itself seems to separate people into different types, based upon how … Continue reading

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On The Brink of Truth: Dabblers and Divers

In my continual observation of the world, I note with sadness how it seems that a great many people have not made the commitment to immerse themselves in an uncompromised lifetime of truth.  They have somehow squelched, or someone else … Continue reading

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Musing on the Psychological Challenges of Activism

I observe that: Few people: can look beyond what they see in order to imagine a different way. are in the general habit of investigating/analyzing things. are interested in being authentic representatives of the labels they wear–provided that authenticity is … Continue reading

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We Love Our Labels!

I’m about to crack open a can of worms that can’t be fully dealt with in a single article.  This is a topic that has been strongly on my mind lately and it seems time at least to get it … Continue reading

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How can I tell you?

In a recent article, I posed the question “Should I tell you?“, regarding the situation in which I’m pretty sure you’re wrong about something, but am uncertain as to whether you will tolerate a discussion about it.  In this present … Continue reading

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The “Judge Not” Fallacies

Increasingly popular in the United States is the notion that it is morally (or perhaps otherwise) wrong to “judge” others.  And akin to this notion is the notion that it is also wrong to judge anything else.  I have been … Continue reading

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