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The peril of political power

COLLATERAL DAMAGE

 The Consequence Of Political Polarization*  Bandwagon Bias Is The Culprit Polarization: Division into two sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions or beliefs. Bandwagon Bias: Our tendency to go along with belief systems of groups we are involved with. Also … Continue reading

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“INFO-MANIACS”

Where Have You Gone?  Information is not knowledge. Albert Einstein In 1993 I identified “infomania” as one of four future neuroses that becomes a disability and inhibits creative decision making. *  Info-maniacs worship facts. My point was that info-mania was … Continue reading

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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Is It Possible?  In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.                                                                                                      George Orwell  (unconfirmed) Is today a time of universal deceit? A year ago an issue of Time magazine released acover story that asked … Continue reading

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A DIVIDED AMERICA

Is It Tribalism? As they (the founding fathers of America) conceived of a new society that would protect                 the individual rights of all humanity, they explicitly excluded a second tribe among them: African –American slaves.  Andrew Sullivan * To be … Continue reading

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THE AUDICITY OF DEFIANCE

 Hope Won’t Work  The future depends on what we do today.  Mahatma Gandhi        Hope is not a method; it needs to be turned into action. Today the majority of the population believe that America is in a crisis. … Continue reading

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MYSIDE BIAS

Self-Serving Bias In Politics We prefer to believe what we prefer to be true. Francis Bacon The confirmation bias is also known as the myside bias and I have come to prefer myside. The bias is defined as: the tendency … Continue reading

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THE BELIVING DILEMMA

Credulity — A Disposition To Believe Too Readily  Man’s natural state is not doubt, but credulity — a combination of suggestibility in the face of whatever is clearly and strongly presented, and the will-to-believe whatever is personally or socially congenial.   … Continue reading

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