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…

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,…

Just a thought. 12. Redux.

Resistance is not raising up an army and trading fire, by that time too many have needlessly suffered -- as will many more. Resistance is inviting someone you've been taught (and are expected) to hate to your table and treating her as a friend. The people you need to resist, to this end, are your…

Just a thought. 7.

Who said the following: "I wanted to dispel the fictions of hearsay, and to ask people into whose hands my book may come not to prefer widely circulated and eagerly accepted fantasies over truth uncorrupted by sensationalism."* Did you guess Tacitus? Tacitus, the renowned Roman historian, writes these words in the Annals sometime around 117 CE.…

Just a thought. 6.

But no one man’s reason, or the reason of any one number of men makes the certainty, no more than an account is therefore well cast up, because a great many men have unanimously approved it. (Hobbes, 28) Part : 1, Chapter 5; Paragraph 3 (Right reason where.) Thomas Hobbes. J.C.A. Gaskin, Ed. Leviathan. (1651) Oxford World's Classics.…

Just a thought. 4.

With the little bit of free time I've had this summer, I've been organizing files on my computer. In the process, I've been reading through some projects I've had shelved. The following paragraph is an excerpt from a larger project -- on belief acquisition -- and I thought it should stand on its own as…