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Social Darwinism Isn’t Dead.

Social Darwinism Isn’t Dead.

Rich people think they really are different from you and me.  

London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, drew criticism late last year for saying that economic inequality can be attributed, in part, to IQ. 1,691 more words


Post Hoc Fallacy

Post Hoc Fallacy: mistakenly attributing a causal connection between two events when one event is followed by another event, yet there is no evidence other than the fact that the one event followed the other event to support this claim. 432 more words

The Teleological Incline: Reconciling Materialist Reductionism and Final Causation

My dialogue with Matthew Hutson, the author of The Seven Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane, over the last few days has been stimulating and thought provoking. 829 more words

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

How many times a day do you either cross your fingers, knock on wood, or worry that your good luck will turn on you? When two bad things happen to you, do you cringe in fear of the third unfortunate event? 1,964 more words


Second best

I don’t believe that my position as BE and BC’s mother is the result of destiny, fate, or anything else. If the world were as it should be, my children would still be safely with their first parents. 279 more words


Q&A: Why Superstition and 'Magical Thinking' Have Real Benefits

Can superstitious beliefs — like having a lucky outfit, avoiding black cats or knocking on wood — actually be useful? 1,468 more words

Mental Health