When Altruism Shines Through the Darkness of Tragedy

by Andrew Meintzer Almost everyone in my home town of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada recently underwent disastrous wildfires. The largest scale of destruction in the entire history of our province has coincided with the mandatory evacuation of the city. I consider myself among the lucky people because I so far have a home to go back to, and I found a place to...

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Disinformation for Profit

Disinformation is a massive problem in our world. Fortunately, most people who believe it are a vocally aggressive minority, but there are still far too many members of these groups. As with virtually any issue, people form camps centered around immovable propositions, and demonize their opposition. This exacerbates problems, and the reasons behind some...

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How to Have a Reasonable Discussion

“Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out.” This quote from Albert Einstein sums up the way anyone should view a discussion if we want to do our best to understand contrary opinions without accepting fallacies or unintentionally offending people. It is important to be open minded about new ideas and willing to change our views if...

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The Virtues of Simplicity

It sometimes seems in our increasingly complex and interconnected world that there is not enough time in the day for all our intended accomplishments. We wake up, and feel like we get swept away by the day’s events, with little to no control over what happens. This leads to a feeling of missed opportunities and neglected responsibilities. It is partially due to...

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It’s Not All Relative

Moral relativism and postmodernism are running rampant and causing ample problems in today’s world. For those who are not aware, moral relativism can be loosely defined as the view that there are no ethical absolutes, or that there is nothing objectively good or bad. Postmodernism is essentially an extension of this perception. Advocates of it would likely...

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Euthanasia: Altruistic Murder

Euthanasia is one of few arguably necessary forms of death. Pacifism is admirable, but not pragmatic across the board. There are times when it is a morally superior choice to end a life than to save it. A vanishingly small amount of people who are not extreme psychopaths or sociopaths want to end the lives of suffering people, but sometimes, killing them can...

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Meta Learning: How to Accelerate Understanding

Learning doesn’t have to be a chore, filled with mindless tedium and rote memorization. It can be fun, and much easier than conventional wisdom would claim. Malcolm Gladwell is the famous author of many excellent books, including Outliers, and the Tipping Point. He said that it takes 10 000 hours to achieve mastery in a vocation or career. Proponents of...

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