Pam-Toons. Trust. Series 4.4.

I've here in mind the fist-pumping variety of politically vocal people, those certain that one side is leading us to another dark ages and the other to a totalitarian state. It appears that for some "left and right" thinking is characterized by black and white thinking. Nuance is lost. And with this loss, so too…

The Art of Rhetoric: Working through the challenges and disagreements that arise from our shared lives. Series 4.3.

In my previous post, I suggest Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow and Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion are complementary reads.  (See, Thinking, Fast and Slow. (And 2 worries.) and Just a Thought. 14. ) Why? Because a study of Haidt's moral theory alongside Kahneman's work on our cognitive/perceptual errors and biases might…

Just a Thought. 13.

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve. --…

A Punny Ode to Jason. *Groaner-warning.*

If you are averse to puns, I warn you: TURN BACK NOW! Still reading? All right then. So, who's Jason? Only one of the niftiest, most intelligent and decent people I know. Jason and I enjoyed philosophy homework parties at my house every Friday night for nearly seven years. And notwithstanding that our homework days…

Scapegoat.

A SCAPEGOAT is (usually) a person or group of people unjustly blamed for some set of circumstances arising from the actions of others. Scapegoats bear the brunt of crowd hostility and, once identified by an angry mob, find themselves in no-win, dangerous -- even lethal -- situations. Scapegoating is as old as humankind. In The Annals,…