Just a thought. 14.

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 of birds…First, successful beliefs fit the rule of separation. Like birds in the flock, it is best not to crowd neighbours. This is…

What we might stand to lose. Final, Series 5.5

In the final instalment of this series, I lay a few bones on the table for your consideration. I hope you value them as I do. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "If the human race is under threat in some way that we don’t yet understand, it will probably be at the community level that we either solve the…

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…

The Righteous Mind. Series 4.1.

My husband, Paul, and I host a weekly reading group. We read one book in the fall, another in the spring. This past spring we read Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind which, week after week, generated the best discussions we've had to date. (Note that I'm not doing a comprehensive book review here.) Haidt notes that…