“Don’t take security in the false refuge of consensus.”—Christopher Hitchens
I read my article on bad faith, and how to encourage good faith conversations.
Most people are stunningly irrational; falsifiability is a test and a tool that helps us to hew away unfounded mental models and leave behind what works (for now).
Christopher Hitchens, quoted from memory as I can’t find the source: “The war with irrationality and superstition will never be over; these things will return again and again, and we will defeat them, each time more profoundly than the last.”
“There are days when I miss my old convictions as if they were an amputated limb. But in general I feel better, and no less radical, and you will feel better too, I guarantee, once you leave hold of the doctrinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own… Continue Reading
“On some grave questions, there is no difference to be split; one does not look for a synthesis between verity and falsehood; the sun does not rise in the east one day and in the west the next.” — Christopher Hitchens
Four of the lessons that my late father taught me.
Stop memeing. Memes are fun but ultimately they’re mental junk-food – throw them out in favour of actual nourishment.
In the last Saturday’s Guardian Magazine, the boldly titled ‘This Column Will Change Your Life’ referred to a very interesting study on the nature of the human mind.