Stephen of Wimbledon
What paranormal beliefs have you had?
None. Allow me elaborate just wee bit:
If I go back far enough my memory is too fuzzy. At some point I was so unsure about things like spirits and ghosts that I remember simply accepting them as presented – in the same way that I accepted the Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy was pretty cool – she left…[Read more]
Hi MadEnglishman [#3],
Excellent comment, you said it so much better than the authors.
You know deep down that it’s wrong to keep working there, or keep supporting them; and the right thing to do would be to reject them and walk away, even though your personal contribution is miniscule
The fact that this has to be spelled out speaks of a g…[Read more]
It doesn’t take conniving priests to invent … cultural contraptions …
In the widest possible sense this is true. Cultural structures, strictures and liberties are frequently invented or promulgated by non-priests, and even by non-religious people (one thinks of ‘political correctness’) – but then the religious do not have a monopoly on d…[Read more]
I may cut some of my response short due to busy schedule today.
Regarding family and bringing up the children: The human endocrine and nervous systems are responsible for human behaviour, leavened by their environment. As I understand it; the environment we each experience (i.e. that affects our development from conception and, later,…[Read more]
Hi Dan [#72],
V. late, knackered, have to rush.
Nice list of pernicious elements …
Thanks, I missed a few. The main problem is that the DNC missed nearly all of them, major shake-out required.
a decent education, starting from childhood … would be the antidote
Yes, see Arkrid’s link at #63.
Education and culture (and critical…
Hi Arkrid [#55],
I don’t have much time so this will be a bit rushed, sorry.
The question that needs to be answered is why do Americans keep … voting against their own interests, believing lies instead of easily available truths, falling for rhetoric rather than substance
Money in politics – running media, buying politicians, backr…[Read more]
Hi Melissa [#1],
Certainly personal branding is important …
It seems to me that the word branding is getting in the way of understanding here.
In essence: Human beings use personal reputations in order to construct social connections and models of social behaviour are key to determining social rank.
… but that doesn’t necessarily m…
Hi Phil [#11],
A quick addendum.
I want Facebook to set aside 1% of its income to inject this material, quality controlled by a third party, into their own mix [etc.]
I was too quick to dismiss this idea. As stated it smacks too much of state interference in Edmund Burke’s 4th Estate. However, there is a case to be made for popping Net 2…[Read more]
Hi David [#30],
I’ve oft pondered this, but I think that our species from an evolutionary stand point, is still a stone age hunter gatherer
I have also thought about this, frequently. Is 2016 the year we prove the hypothesis of the Great Filter answer to Fermi’s Paradox? Will our ignorance finally overcome our advances? Is the Earth E…[Read more]
Hi Dan [#29],
Trump just hired a charter school advocate
I didn’t mean to say that efforts to educate adults should replace efforts to educate children, or the fight to protect equal opportunities for children through public education.
[Patricians have] a vested interest in keeping people uneducated
Ironic, in a country founded on t…[Read more]
Hi Phil [#11],
Much appreciated comments, SoW.
You’re welcome – though not much good will come of our merely venting in our own ’media bubble’.
Citizen journalists sure, but … I want more Ben Goldacres
The original story that kicked-off this thread was Trump & Pence setting new records for political lies and that:
What a delightful distraction.
A timely reminder, in these days of woe, that beauty and good company continue to exist.
Like Caroline I’m less sure about the ‘butterfly effect’ references.
Now I must resolve to work or play – decisions, decisions – and so important for the future, especially mine.
Hi Phil [#3],
I’ve seen the John Oliver piece and, yes, we’re alike in that we offer a similar view of the problem without a solution. I don’t know about Mr. Oliver but my response is: How often do journalists offer solutions?
It seems to me that this is part of the problem. Journalists are just not used to working through the problems – the…[Read more]
Hi Robert [#3],
How long before this comes to England?
Difficult question. Some people would be tempted to argue that there is a difference between government T actively promoting a law based on one religion’s rules and government B tacitly agreeing to a religion setting up tribunals that are subservient to the courts in order to promote…[Read more]
Hi Ben [#3],
I can’t see the association with Secularism here. As a Secular Conservative, I have no problem with him …
By “him” I assume you mean Trump?
I believe I speak for many people when I say that the link between Trump and secularism is that a secular society is one based on equal treatment of and for all those of faith and those w…[Read more]
Hi Phil [#28],
The level of your disaffection can go up as well as down. You mean nothing changes?
Nothing is too big a word. The fundamentals of politics do not change – there are always groups who feel isolated, alienated, or disillusioned.
It is not my cri de coeur, btw.
The difference happens when a group develop a s…
Addition to #25
… those who did vote Trump were voting for a wrecking ball [and] I do charge the Democratic Party with not understanding that – listening or not
Actually, this is just a tad unfair. Traditional Republicans were just as clearly taken by surprise when Trump won the candidacy.
Hi Phil [#24],
This [cohort] is new
I am unconvinced. The disaffected, like the poor, are always with us.
Can the Democrats split the Trump (or non-voting) blocks into two constituencies:
Young, unimpressed by the existing $-driven, professionalized, influence peddling, politics
Older, hurt by the existing $-driven, professionalized,…[Read more]
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