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ON BEING FAIRLY CERTAIN

And Partly Open-Minded Its no good being absolutely certain unless you happen to be right.   Ashleigh Brilliant My theme song has been positive uncertainty. The definition of words has frequently been an issue. In writing, different interpretations of language often … Continue reading

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“ALTERNATIVE SCIENCE”

Is There Such A Thing?  The power of science lies in its skeptical, rational, evidenced-based approach to understanding the world.  David J. Helford On Saturday, April 22 the American people put on a demonstration about respecting science in today’s politics. … Continue reading

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GENUINE IGNORANCE

A Beginners Mind “Genuine ignorance is profitable because it leads to humility, curiosity and open-mindedness.”   John Dewey A lot is being written lately about the virtues of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Not many people are even discussing Genuine Ignorance (GI). I believe … Continue reading

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INATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS *

What You Don’t Pay Attention To Attention is our currency, and it’s precious. Florence Williams Without it we don’t see, hear, taste.  Paul Atchley We only experience what we pay attention to. Attention has two basic types:                 1) voluntary, active, … Continue reading

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THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM *

And The Donkey In A Different Room Never the twain shall meet. “The elephant in the room” is a metaphorical idiom describing a major problem or controversial issue that is obviously present but avoided as a subject for discussion because … Continue reading

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OLD DOGMA

No New Tricks You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks. Dorothy Parker The reason you can’t teach an old dogma new tricks is because dogma feels so good. Why change when being certain feels so comfortable? Dogma is truly … Continue reading

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BELIEFS MATTER

 They Determine What We Do We prefer to believe what we prefer to be true. Francis Bacon It seems to me that beliefs are the biggest problem in the world today. Our beliefs become behavior; what we decide to do … Continue reading

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