A few months ago, and I blogged about this, Neil DeGrasse Tyson brilliantly did the worst “Well, Actually” spiel I’d ever heard. He, with complete confidence, did a number of incredibly stupid things. Now, he has had some famous brain farts like the time he claimed nutrition science was stupid because all that was neededContinue reading “Contrarianism is Bad for the Discourse”
Tag Archives: Psychology
Is Country Music Morally Nihilistic?
While most genres of music and art from all time tend to surrender to market pressures and employ the baser urgers of the human condition from sex to revenge to other things like that to get popular, the country genre’s core demographic are conservative Christians and it does seem to represent the lives of mostContinue reading “Is Country Music Morally Nihilistic?”
Ballerini Ethics: The Ethics of Loyalty
I term this Ballerini Ethics after Kelsea Ballerini’s song “If You Go Down” in which she says she’ll lie to protect her friend from the consequences of murdering of her friend’s husband. Now, of course, the singer would claim this was an exageration but if that’s true, it doesn’t sound much better. If her friend,Continue reading “Ballerini Ethics: The Ethics of Loyalty”
Hegelian Paradigms in Relationships
Is Leo DiCaprio immoral in his dating relationships with of-age women of whom he is decades their senior? Instinctively, I have two responses. One is my libertarian response, which says that, while discomforting, our society is about right with regards to age of majority at eighteen, they are brain developed enough to ethically consent andContinue reading “Hegelian Paradigms in Relationships”
Do Toxic People Exist?
With a background in psychology and having spent much time in the extremely human realms that are politics and religion, I am possibly qualified to give a view on the question in the title. No. Toxic people don’t exist. People exist with toxic qualities. In fact, everyone has them. Perhaps, that’s stating the obvious butContinue reading “Do Toxic People Exist?”
Approches to Disability: Kafka’s The Metamorphosis versus The Phantom of the Opera
Without question The Phantom of the Opera is far more popular and I would say that a part of the reason is that its answer is easier for the audience. Erik is a violent sociopath stalking his sexual obsession and he follows a literary archetype of someone who society has wronged turning to the darkContinue reading “Approches to Disability: Kafka’s The Metamorphosis versus The Phantom of the Opera”
The Autistic Movement: Do I Like it?
No, I don’t like the autistic movement for a lot of reasons. First, they take extreme and untennable positions. Especially, the rejection of any treatment for anything whatsoever. The regarding of every trait as a difference and not a disorder and that it should be afforded the same dignity. They’re not for reducing the scopeContinue reading “The Autistic Movement: Do I Like it?”
Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Cognitive Biases and the Rebirth of History
Are humans capable of ending history? No. While many macro political decisions can be assigned to why liberalism began to crack but some of them were the people. To use one example, people naturally want the low-density, auto-centric, suburbia and they also become alienated, friendless, suicidal, and nationalist when they get that because, in theContinue reading “Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Cognitive Biases and the Rebirth of History”
The Normative Pipette
Of the modes of ethical and moral reasoning I employ, one of them is the normative pipette. It is similar to Rawls’s “Veil of Ignorance” and has that if one could modify the human condition and the human experience, what would you change? The thought experiment regards genetic and epigenetic editing to do things likeContinue reading “The Normative Pipette”
In recent years, there has been a shift from the friendlier and warmer more traditionally American style intercourse in America to a Nordic style cold, unfriendly, and distanced intercourse. It is a trend I am deeply opposed to. Now, as a political person, I like Nordic social democracy, but I don’t like their culture andContinue reading “Nordicist Norms”