Deconstructing “I Think, Therefore I am.”

If anyone wants to support me on Patreon, here’s the link:     Descartes, the 17th century French philosopher, offered a ton of profound wisdom. But like everyone does, he made mistakes. In my opinion, his famous assertion “I think, therefore I am,” is one of them. I’m not even close to the first...

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Elitists and Anti-Intellectuals Think the Same Way

    As I often say, people on polar opposite sides of various issues are often more similar than different. Extremists tend to not be neutral, open-minded, and accepting of the possibility of being wrong. They have unwarranted certainty, oversimplify their positions, and act as if people who disagree with them are delusional idiots.     In...

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Don’t Multitask! Singletask!

    It’s easy to think that multitasking is a great idea. If you listen to a podcast while making supper, you can get two things done simultaneously, and save time, right? Who wouldn’t want to do that?     As it turns out, it’s probably a bad idea for everyone. I’m not a neuroscientist, but recent research seems to have shown that...

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From Delusional Believer to Delusional Believer

We all have unwarranted certainty about innumerable things. Critical thinking can help reduce ignorance, and make us less certain, but even learning and pondering can lead us to replace one ideology with another. This is what happened to me. I was raised as a Christian, and made an unwitting participant in that cult. I accepted this worldview until I was a...

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Nuclear Weapons are Dark Magic

I’m not the first person to point this out, but it seems like nuclear weapons are the strongest representation of at least a few important philosophical concepts. They show both humanity’s incredible penchant for destructive power, and our profound desire for innovation. These ideas are interconnected, especially in terms of atomic and thermonuclear bombs....

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Neitzsche’s Sister Helped the Nazis

Neitzsche is one of the most seminal philosophers in human history. He is part of the small group of people who are almost always referred to by one name, like Seneca, Socrates, or Elvis. Neitzsche was one of the founders of the school of philosophy know as existentialism, which is basically the answer to nihilism. He was one of the harshest critics of...

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