“Don’t take security in the false refuge of consensus.”—Christopher Hitchens
Christopher HitchensTag Archive
Video: A Short Introduction to the Mechanics of Bad Faith
I read my article on bad faith, and how to encourage good faith conversations.
Falsifiability and Its Freeloaders
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 Lessons from My Father
Four of the lessons that my late father taught me.
Stop Looking at and Sharing Internet Memes
Stop memeing. Memes are fun but ultimately they’re mental junk-food – throw them out in favour of actual nourishment.
The Constitution of the Mind
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.