Category Archives: Reflections

Reflections on the world.

Right for the Wrong Reasons?

There’s a famous definition of knowledge, attributed to Plato, that says knowledge is Justified True Belief (1).  One of the points of Justified True Belief is that it is not sufficient for an idea to be right, it must be … Continue reading

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What’s a Thinking Social Primate to do?

We climb the trees in search of fruit, pick critters off each other’s back, keep the little ones safe, and hope to mate one in a while.  But that’s the stuff of animals.  We get that for free.  Sure, we … Continue reading

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Evolutionist Through and Through

They started calling us atheists a long time ago, unable to sense the double-negation through the fog of their own confusion: we didn’t believe in something that doesn’t exist.  Nowadays there’s a bunch of them calling us (some of us) … Continue reading

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Any Port In A Storm?

This is about the fictional world views that many humans embrace, and how they need, seek and find validation to feel existentially whole without the solace of axiomatic knowledge and rational thought. The universe is a really big and complex … Continue reading

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Are You Living In Your Imagination?

My Stammtisch recently delved into the idea that people’s world views are infused with their imagining of things to varying degrees, some a little, some a lot.  I know it took me years to break out of wanting the world … Continue reading

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What Leads to Democracy? Money + Individual Freedoms

What comes first: democracy, wealth or personal growth? A few years ago I came across this analysis of human development across the world (PDF link below).  Their conclusion is that there is a consistent sequence that leads to democracy:  economic … Continue reading

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Vote “Yes on 1” in 2012 if You Live in Maine

I’m in Maine helping get out the vote for Question #1 to allow same-sex couples to marry.  People ask me why a straight guy from CT would drive 4 hours to ME and spend days canvassing neighborhoods and making calls … Continue reading

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