Category: Thinking in Daily Life

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Reasoning, Knowledge, Mental Stance, and Commonality

Ben Carson and Kim Davis

Here’s a quote of Ben Carson on his position with respect to a Muslim president. “I don’t care what a person’s religious beliefs are or what their religious heritage is. If they embrace American culture, if they embrace our constitution and are willing to place that above their religious beliefs, I have no problem with…

Survival of the Fittest

We all know the expression “survival of the fittest” which Herbert Spencer coined, as much for its use in social discussions as in natural selection. The better expression is “propagation of the most fertile.” It’s more faithful to Darwin’s work. It’s the subsequent generations of the most fertile that benefit by increasing numbers, rather than…

People Get Drunk

Person 1: “People are idiots. They drink to feel better, but alcohol’s a depressant.” Person 2: “Maybe biologically, but psychologically it lowers their defenses, so they feel better.” Person 1: “They’re idiots, getting drunk all the time. They’re so stupid.” Person 2: “They’re not dumb. They’re in pain.”

CPAP and Dreams

I’ve been using the CPAP for 7 months now. Some nights I sleep all the way through. That’s a dramatic improvement. Even more dramatic is that dreams no longer restart again and again. It seems that CPAP has eliminated that sleep apnea problem I had.

Conflicting Rights

The essence of the most intellectually difficult problems in laws and government is the resolving of conflicting rights. A simple example is the right to smoke cigarettes and the right to not inhale cigarette smoke.  How do laws resolve this?  In the US is to rule unilaterally that one rule governs.  For decades the right…