Tag Archives: Social Conflict

The Costs of Forbidden Thoughts

“Truth has nothing to fear from open discussion and debate: in fact, they are its closest allies.” Continue reading

Posted in Human Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Society | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ideas That Have Harmed Humanity

The British philosopher and Nobel laureate (for literature) Bertrand Russell once wrote an essay titled “Ideas That Have Harmed Mankind.” Of course, when he wrote the essay in 1931, nobody would have taken offense at the word “mankind.” But we … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Human Relations, Philosophy, Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Hidden Cause of Our Disagreement

Note: This blog post explains one cause of society’s basic disagreements. It is not intended to denigrate anyone on either side of the argument. It’s obvious which side I favor, but I’ve done my best to be fair. There’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Human Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Get a Healthy Society

In my previous blog post (“What’s Your Choice?”), I said that the main question of morality is not “what’s right or wrong” but “what kind of people we choose to be.” At first glance, that statement seems absurd, bordering on … Continue reading

Posted in Human Relations, Life, Political Science, Society | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bulletproof Happiness: What You Control

You can achieve bulletproof happiness. But you need to know something first: Bulletproof vests make you look fat. In other words, there are trade offs. And you need to know something else: Bulletproof vests don’t make you invulnerable. In other … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Philosophy, Political Science, Society | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grokking Our Disagreements

I finally got around to reading Robert Heinlein’s science fiction novel Starship Troopers. When I was growing up, I read two or three science fiction novels a week. How I missed Starship Troopers, I don’t know. And one of my … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Human Relations, Life, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Society | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Mistake Hate for Logic

We’ve probably all made the error of mistaking hate for logic. Of course, we didn’t realize it at the time. But that’s what we were doing. Yesterday’s blog post got me thinking about the problem. On my “Top 10” list … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Human Relations, Life, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment