Author Archives: N.S. Palmer

About N.S. Palmer

N.S. Palmer is an American mathematician.

Detoxifying Social Media

Social media started as an enjoyable way to chat with people who shared our interests. But it soon developed a dark side. It started to generate hostility and hysteria. Crazed mobs started to harass and threaten people who made social … Continue reading

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Respect the Other Person

When you disagree with someone, how can you keep the argument focused on the issues? You don’t want to get sidetracked, and you especially don’t want the discussion to turn into a screaming match. The previous blog post (“How to … Continue reading

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How to Argue Productively

Most arguments aren’t productive. But argument can be productive if you do it right. The First Rule The first rule of productive argument is the same as in many other areas: Define your goals. Do you want to discover the … Continue reading

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Can We See Past Our Own Foundations?

You can’t understand anything in terms of nothing. That much is obvious. What’s less obvious is that it’s a barrier to communication and understanding. Each of us has a foundational viewpoint that biases how we see the world. It includes … Continue reading

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Legitimacy Matters

Any society needs rules; an authority to resolve disputes; and the population’s broad willingness to respect the authority. Continue reading

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Morality is Choice

“You didn’t listen to me. You made a choice.” Continue reading

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What a Difference a Year Makes

What a difference a year makes. Continue reading

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