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Reason and Emotion

Today I wish to spotlight the issue of emotional verses rational thinking. At the time of Socrates, the individual was second to culture and country. The idea of subjective knowledge was literally foreign to the Greeks of that day. Oracles provided answers to questions not specifically embodied in custom, tradition, or law. The subjective experience had no place or value until Socrates, with his irony, began to question the sophists and others. Through the use of irony Socrates placed value on the subjective and today we understand this through his admonishment, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Romanticism During ...

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What to Believe When Scientists Disagree

In today’s spotlight I wish to directly take on the issue of what to believe when responsible scientists disagree. This is something we have addressed in the past. However, it is also of critical importance so visiting the subject one more time from a different perspective, may be helpful. You can pick any number of subjects and find strong disagreements between fully credible scientists, experts in their field. Take for example global warming. 40% of qualified scientists doubt that global warming is man made, according to the National Association of Scholars.1 However, if I turn the page and read Skeptical ...

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Relationships: Meaning and Meaningfulness

In this week’s spotlight I want to pause for a moment and reflect on the importance of relationships. In a recent newsletter Ravinder reminded me of something I wrote many years ago as a result of a dream. The next morning I wrote the dream down and ultimately it became The Little Black Book, something we sell for a mighty $2.00 just to get the message out. The bottom line, something I have referred to as the three Rs—and not for reading, writing and arithmetic. No—my three Rs can be said this way, “Reality is Relative to Relationships!” Lasting Think ...

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Consensus Thinking

In today’s spotlight I wish to remind you about the herding that goes on that is intentionally designed to manipulate your actions, choices, and beliefs. I recently reviewed an article titled, Regulating Behavior in Online Communities. As you might fairly assume by the title, this article is all about the research that reveals exactly how and why folks behave and how to utilize this knowledge to orchestrate the results you may be seeking. Normative Behavior Now I should say upfront that this article is primarily concerned with organizing acceptable behavior among members of online communities and that I applaud. However, ...

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Science of Nonsense?

In today’s spotlight I wish to focus some attention on the idea of science and its paradigms. In Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions we come to understand that science can be very slow, indeed rigid and resistive, to paradigm shifts. Quoting for a moment, “Kuhn challenged the then prevailing view of progress in ‘normal science.’ Normal scientific progress was viewed as ‘development-by-accumulation’ of accepted facts and theories. Kuhn argued for an episodic model in which periods of such conceptual continuity in normal science were interrupted by periods of revolutionary science. The discovery of ‘anomalies’ during revolutions in science ...

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Relative Truth?

In today’s spotlight I wish to once again take up the issue of truth. It seems today that for more and more people, the idea of truth is one in the midst of a metamorphism. That is, everyone seems to have their own personal truth and very many people today insist on holding on to ideas that have been proven false. Webster defines truth this way, “The quality or state of being true; that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality; or a fact or belief that is accepted as true.” Think about that last definition, a ...

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