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Fundamental Principles

The Way We Think (3): The Conservative Disadvantage

One of the most interesting insights from diving into Moral Foundations Theory (MFT) (1) was reading about the reactions of the research team while they were dealing with the results from their research and viewing these results in light of the … Continue reading

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The Way We Think (2): Authority versus Power

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence” – Leonardo da Vinci An earlier post presented an overview of Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind and a description of the development of Moral Foundations Theory (MFT), which seems to be a fairly … Continue reading

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There Is No Gravity. Things Fall.

I really didn’t know where to begin on this one. Well, actually, how to continue because I had already begun laughing hysterically. The post title derives from a comment by a person who recently attended a Flat Earth Conference in North … Continue reading

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Would You Like One Space or Two with Your Essay?

Much Ado about Nothing – Shakespeare Science can be wonderful, especially when it reveals something definitive and really irrelevant in everyday life, such as E=mc2.  Science can also be frustrating, especially if its revelation is “Meh,” particularly to the scientists … Continue reading

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The Way We Think: Culture, Values, and a Righteous Mind

“Attitudes become Behaviors by Choice” While it may seem reasonable to attribute our (or other’s) behaviors to our (or their) attitudes and to assume that these attitudes are simply conscious expressions of subconscious values, a harder question is, “Where do … Continue reading

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The Grim Consequences from Studying Fake News

“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it” – Jonathan Swift The recent recognition that false or fake news propagates isn’t new, and the idea that it travels faster than truth isn’t either. Jonathan Swift knew this in 1729, … Continue reading

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Success or Failure?

Why do some people succeed and others don’t? … That question has plagued people for eons. And plagued for me over the last 55 years. Too often the explanation has been an Either/Or one: some people work harder, others don’t. … Continue reading

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