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The Route of our Discontent

“There is a considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists” – US National Park scientist, when asked why it was so extremely difficult to design bear-proof rubbish bins. The Question In the last post … Continue reading

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The Root of Our Politics

“Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” ― Jean Racine In the last post a General Behavior Pattern of Emotions->(Thinking, maybe)->Behavior emerged which appears to be broadly applicable. One of those applications seems pretty much to be … Continue reading

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When Truth Isn’t Truth

“This is going to become a bad meme.“ – Chuck Todd (NBC interview) A bad meme, indeed.  It’s bigger, way bigger than that.  On the good side, the meme throws a spotlight on the fact that we really do live … Continue reading

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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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Power Causes Brain Damage

“Power – a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies” – Henry Adams Power is like the weather: Everyone likes it when it’s comfortable, warm and makes them feel good; but More often than not it’s lousy … Continue reading

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It’s not just the 1%. The upper middle class is oppressing everyone else, too.

“What’d I do, officer?” – Me. “Breathing while ‘well-to-do.’ ” – The Income Police. Busted! Or at least strongly accused. Or possibly run off the road by vigilantes. Whatever the case, the headline grabbed my attention. The title read, “It’s … Continue reading

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