Criticism is one of the best ways to validate our ideas. In order for us to truly develop an idea to it’s logical conclusion we must expose that idea to criticism and even argument. But most of us have many ways we avoid sharing a dialog over our ideas. The most common things we say... Continue Reading →
Opinions vs Reason Based Statements
“That’s just my opinion” is something we have all heard and said before. But when is saying this actually warranted and when should something be a statement because it is a fact, or a statement based on the best evidence? If we say, for example, “You shouldn’t drive in the rain with bald tires; it’s... Continue Reading →
Perceived Truth or Objective Truth
What is more important, people’s perception of truth or objective truth? The answer will depend on what we value the most. If we value truth the most then what is objectively true is going to be the most important. But what if we value wellbeing the most? And what if we are talking about things... Continue Reading →
The Benefits of Impersonality
We are each the centre of the universe. At least this is how we experience the world from our own unique and subjective point of view. This is something that we all have in common. We are each the centre of our own universe. What most of us fail to realise is that we are... Continue Reading →
Beliefs and Social Influences
It’s easy to forget what it was like when you were a child and an adult’s word was law. I remember asking a family member if Hell was real when I was a child and they replied “yes” with such certainty that I was instantly compelled to know that it must be true. When we... Continue Reading →
Same Predicament, Different Response
Whether something is real or not and whether something is exaggerated or not, one thing we can be certain of is that it feels real to the person experiencing it. Whatever it happens to be, big or small, is subjectively real to that person.We might think someone being brought to tears at the idea of... Continue Reading →
Same Information, Different Ideas.
If we all have good reasoning skills then shouldn’t we all be coming to the same conclusions based on the information we have? We are all exposed to similar information about things every day yet come to completely different conclusions than our friends. Why is this? One possible explanation is subjective viewpoints. Take this simple... Continue Reading →
Bad Ideas are the Sharpening Stone of Good Ideas
Bad ideas are the sharpening stone for good ideas and the articulation of those ideas. If we think an idea is good, kindness for example, and leave it at that then this idea is just a platitude. It offers nothing except to make us feel like we said something good. But have that idea questioned... Continue Reading →
Are we good at knowing how much we know?
Nobody likes coming across like they don’t know what they are talking about. Some people will avoid topics that they don’t know anything about to avoid showing their ignorance. Others will nod along with the conversation despite having no idea what is being talked about. I have found myself in this situation a few times... Continue Reading →
Ill-founded Argument: Financial Motivation = Must be Wrong?
There are many ways in which we can be convinced that something is true. If we are not convinced a tsunami has taken place but someone shows us video footage of the event then we will most likely be convinced that it did happen. Unfortunately there are more bad ways to be convinced something is... Continue Reading →