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The top ten of the availability heuristic

If you ever need to explain the availability heuristic…

…compare opinion polls about controversial topics to reality. From Ipsos MORI: “A new survey by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London highlights how wrong the British public can be on the make-up of the population and the scale of key social policy issues. 88 more words

Behavioral Economics

Searle against the rejection of realism

“I actually think that philosophical theories make a tremendous difference to every aspect of our lives. In my observation, the rejection of realism, the denial of ontological objectivity, is an essential component of the attacks on epistemic objectivity, … 74 more words


"Anthropogenic influence upon the climate: past and future prospects" (Professor Myles Allen)

Summary of the IPCC 2013 assessment (“physical science basis”), and Professor Allen’s thoughts moving towards Paris in 2015. Long lecture, in 4 parts. Slides are here… 507 more words


Bill Shorten teaches us how to do tokenism smoothly

Bill Shorten has made a feeble attempt to tell bigots not to be bigots. In his address to the Australian Christian Lobby (right wing nutcases) he urged people to not use the bible as an justification for discrimination: “ 448 more words

Habermas on Committed Reason

In the final chapter of Theory and Practice (1973) Habermas provides a response to the question: What are the commitments of reason? The positivist answer to this question has been a resounding, “none.” Habermas argues that this is not only incoherent; it is politically dangerous. 890 more words

Critical Theory

Dear Darling Soul Sister,

I remember how we used to be, innocently smiling and letting our dreams hold us together. Laughter was a cure for everything, and love held us together from falling apart. 363 more words