In his book, Cognitive Mechanisms of Belief Change, Aaron CT Smith, a cognitive scientist from Melbourne, Australia, gives a brilliant account of what beliefs do for us. Flock Theory, “In my estimation…beliefs follow the same kinds of rules governing flocks… Read More ›
A meditation on the character of a political speaker and, by extension, a voter (Oct. 31/20 with Nov. 15/20 addendum)
Loosely put, rhetoric is the art of persuasion. More specifically, on Aristotle’s definition, rhetoric is “the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion.” We all use rhetoric to convince others of some thing or other,… Read More ›
Philosophy is a knee-jerk reaction clinic. In this high-charged social and political climate, remember to slooooow down.
“Perhaps there is a sort of cycle in all things, with changes of morality coming around again like seasonal changes.” Tacitus. The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero. Oxford World’s Classics. Translated by J.C. Yardley. Introduction and notes by… Read More ›
The so-called helicopter parent phenomenon is in no small part due to the helicopter institutions and helicopter social phenomena. Parental anxiety is often amplified, if not created, by studies and expert advice. True, some advice is reassuring and it’s nice… Read More ›