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The impossibility of utopia

I remember how thrilled I was when I was reading Marx’s diagnosis of the capitalist system and how alluring his communist ideal seemed to me. I mean how great it would be if the society is based on the principle “from each according to his ability to each according to his need.” This utopian ideal attracted me a lot. 1,314 more words


Book review (2): Van Dinten on Hayek

This post follows after the first part of the review.

Van Dinten is the only university professor of whom I remember classes. His main work has a (business) organizational purpose, but for me personally his work is much more philosophical in the quest to understand human behavior. 243 more words


Book review: Is this what we wanted? (1)

How do people act and what kind of action is required by the situation? This is the basic question Van Dinten answers by showing examples from daily life in his book  223 more words


Media Bias Isn't Right or Left - It's in the Very Nature of the Market

“The media is biased.”

The above might be one of the most common refrains on the modern political landscape. Conservatives decry the selectivity of the liberal media and the limitless capacity of left-wing pundits to find offense in the mundane. 2,951 more words


How to Defeat Clowns with Rationality: Mass Media, Availability and Bayesian Thinking

“Nowadays, I am more afraid of clowns than I am of rapists.”

The sentence above is a paraphrase of something my sister said yesterday. For years, she has taken nightly walks around her neighbourhood, and I am fairly certain that she has never once seen a clown during one of them. 1,359 more words

Cognitive Science

What the Ukrainians Can Learn from the Swiss

In Medieval times, the Swiss were sought-after soldiers throughout Europe. They were brave and well trained. Though quite expensive, feudalistic rulers were eager to employ the Swiss wherever they could afford it. 194 more words


Looking at "the thing behind the appearance": examining "phantasiai" and finding calm

Happy Stoic Week! One of this week’s morning meditation passages, from Marcus Aurelius, reads in part:

There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind, especially if he has within himself the kind of thoughts that let him dip into them and so at once gain complete ease of mind.

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Marcus Aurelius