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PSA: Bias

For my own purposes I make the following differentiations netween operational modalities of ordinary language argument. (1) OBJECTIVE arguments based in facts and positive propositions and deduction (2) ABDUCTIVE arguments based in explanation drawn from repeated experiences and inductions from … Continue reading

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Reduced Bateson Set: III. Set Up; Actuality Matters

(I continue musings which exemplify what I’m musing about. This is the set up to my presenting a schema, the Reduced Bateson Set, I can use to interpret my experience of other person’s presentation of information. Caveat: I am entertaining … Continue reading

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The Acid Test

Click for the large version and please come back… Rummaging through old computer files, I came upon a series of slides about the Fundamental Attribution Error. Here’s the definition from the The Psychology Wiki. In attribution theory, the fundamental attribution … Continue reading

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Fodor, Nagel, and Philosophy-In-Decline

Philosophers Rip Darwin By Michael Ruse The Chronicle of Higher Education “Doubters Rip Darwin — Badly” would have been better. In his article, Michael Ruse adds Thomas Nagel to the fold of philosophers seeming to enter a late, demented phase … Continue reading

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Gray Swans?

One way to while-away the time during my short commute, and, errands, is to listen to unabridged audiobooks. If the experience proves worthwhile as a moment of learning, I’m next compelled to work against my learning style (aural-kinesthetic) and read … Continue reading

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The Health of Money

The God In the Machine, Lewis H. Lapham, Lapham’s Quarterly, V.II,No.3 President Barack Obama during his first months in office seldom has missed a chance to liken the country’s healthcare system to an unburied corpse, which, if left lying around … Continue reading

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The Greatest Conspiracy That Never Was

This video compilation, courtesy of TPM Media and Blip.tv, takes the cake. It’s fascinating, but not for its argument. Several things jump out. One, is the lawyer’s name, Gary Kreep two, is the golden hair of the moderator; three, is … Continue reading

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A Programming Problem

In today’s New York Times, in the magazine, Paul Krugman asks, How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? In the article he recounts how it happened that the world’s finest experts in macroeconomics were unable to adapt their models and, … Continue reading

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Indelicate Perturbations

As it turns out–a delightful surprise–many of philosopher Joseph Agassi’s short essays are linked to his Wikipedia entry. Agassi, provided one of my most cherished reading forays many years ago, with his ironically (and also subtly,) titled collection The Gentle … Continue reading

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Save the Planet

It doesn’t need saving. Earth will be here long after Homo Sapiens Sapiens has departed. Most likely it will teem with life for sometime–as in billions of years–after it no longer teems with us. This will be the case not … Continue reading

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EXPELLED

The anti-evolution movie Expelled has garnered a lot of attention in the aftermath of its release to the nation’s cinemas. I haven’t seen it. The mainstream reviews all point out that it’s a deceptive piece of propaganda. I have no … Continue reading

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A LOT OF STUFF IS TRUE

If both natural law and ceaseless creativity partially beyond natural law are necessary for understanding our world, and if we as whole human beings live in this real world of law and unknowable creativity, these two ancient strands of Western … Continue reading

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COULD A COMMUNITY BE AN ART FORM?

Having intended to get a clear shot unencumbered by glare or rain, I still missed out clearly capturing this sign in the window of the library annex in Cleveland Heights. Could a community be an art form? I believe it … Continue reading

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EXPERIENCE AND ALL OF IT

Hillary Clinton: “Experience not only counts, it is all that counts.” Mrs. Clinton’s rhetoric here makes no account of an interesting division among Democrats. Barack Obama enjoys a substantial edge in that better educated, more affluent Democrats support him over … Continue reading

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TENDING TO THE TROU

An indelicate metaphor, albeit on the target, courtesy of Xosrow Jamsheidi and Jamsheid Jamsheidi, writing in a somewhat inscrutable article, Time for Dipstick Examination of our Assumptions. We feel our underwear only the first few minutes we put them on. … Continue reading

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PINCH ME, PLEASE PINCH KEN HAM

The truths of science and faith are complementary: they deal with very different questions, but they do not contradict each other because the spiritual order and the material order were created by the same God. It does not strike me … Continue reading

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SLOWING DOWN TO BETTER PROBLEM SOLVE

For the past two years I have been researching with a colleague the following mouthful: informal, self-managed problem solving in dyadic interpersonal contexts. Okay? The research is informal and is driven by loosely coupled folk psychological theorizing about potentially productive … Continue reading

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DADA DA

After borrowing Ken Wilber’s latest book,Integral Spirituality from the library, I was moved to purchase it because I had dipped into it and read the following on page 176: The myth of the given or monological consciousness is essentially another … Continue reading

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COME ON JOE

(I’m data hopping.} From a December 20 post at Matt Murrah’s Leadership blog. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and … Continue reading

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PROBLEM MODELS

Jeezum… from the blog about stuff Integral (aka Ken Wilber et al) Mystery of Existence, Dangers of models In writing the aqal review of local organizations, and also talking with a friend yesterday who’s very much into integral things, I … Continue reading

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