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 →

On being understood.

One of the things I am most interested in is being understood i.e. communicating ideas in a way that their can be no misunderstanding. When you are in a conversation with someone and you have explained something and they reply, “I don’t understand” or “what do you mean?” you have not communicated your ideas clearly... Continue Reading →

The elusive sense of self

We all move through life with a sense of self, a personal identity. We think we have a sense of there being an I behind it all but when was the last time you tried to figure out what it is? A problem which neuroscientists and philosophers are still trying to solve. Most of us... Continue Reading →

Asking and Answering Better Questions

Questions make up a large part of any conversation and the way we ask them may elicit different answers from the person we are talking to even if the questions are about the same thing.Recently I was reading polls about America’s affirmative action and whether people thought it was a  good thing or not. The... Continue Reading →

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