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Villains and Heroes

In our lives we tend to have rather polarized opinions about the other people in our lives. We tend to cast people as heroes or villains. 212 more words

Thought For The Day

How to Stop Lying to Yourself and Make a Real Impact

Joseph Stalin has been credited with pointing out that “a single death is a tragedy, but a million deaths is a statistic.” We’re all likely inclined to dispute this quote with much logical reasoning, but only those scoring fairly high on the Psychopathic Personality Inventory are typically equally affected by the suffering of one or the death of millions (or rather, capable of being equally unfazed by either case). 570 more words

Psychology

The Thin End of the Wedge

As I have mentioned earlier, justification can be very dangerous, it is the thin end of the wedge. It starts little and appears harmless but before long, people are able to justify all sorts of travesties to themselves. 224 more words

Commentaries

I Spied On Buddha

For the purposes of this post I would like you to do a little thought experiment. Imagine then that I am, or maybe, an enlightened being {enlightenment being a relative term}. 270 more words

Enlightenment

Memetics Pt. 2: The Four Brothers (and Their Business Booths)

In the first of our four-part series on memetics, we talked about how the virulence (“spread-iness”) and resilience (“stickiness”) of ideas determines the flourishing of those ideas, … 181 more words

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Discussion with Randal Rauser, Part 2

This is a follow-up to my previous post about my on-going conversation with Randal Rauser and followers of his blog about whether the moral atrocities described in the Bible are evidence that the Bible is not a sacred text. 1,954 more words

Memetics Pt. 1: Introduction, and the "Fitness" Snag

Evolutionary patterns can be applied, by analogy, to anything that has similar basic mechanics of virulence (“spread-iness”) and resilience (“stickiness”).

Those basic mechanics aren’t that big of a deal and aren’t controversial. 308 more words

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