Category Archives: Philosophy

Not sure that much here counts as philosophical for the philosopher. When reference is made to philosophical works or ideas in science, politics or economics, this tag may be used. I also classify spirituality as a form of philosophical enquiry.

The value of narrative in learning

We have a famous narrative in Lebanon about a young couple and their camel. The couple decides to walk from one end of town to the other. The young man is leading the camel while the the young woman sits … Continue reading

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Applying the 2-paper rule proposed by Paul Krugman to “event-related potentials”

From marginalrevolution, Paul Krugman addresses situations where there is a vast empirical literature and you’re suggesting to someone that they might look into it. Instead of pointing to some dozens, hundreds or thousands of middling papers, instead follow what he … Continue reading

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How to bring down a free country

Possible methods to castrating the future leadership potential of a free country: 1) Brainwash everyone into obsessions of dominating others, so that everyone will be so busy trying to dominate people that they will have no time or energy left … Continue reading

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Nothing seems to cause anything, instead everything just modulates everything else

“Nothing seems to cause anything, instead everything just modulates everything else”

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Hurting people is helping people, and helping people is hurting people #V1123

Help people deal with painful things, by just making them hurt all the time. Then, times with lesser causes of pain will not seem like such a big deal, comparatively speaking.

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Scientists may have figured out why deep breathing can make people calm

The research, on a tiny group of neurons deep within the brains of mice, also underscores just how intricate and pervasive the links are within our body between breathing, thinking, behaving and feeling. Breathing is one of the body’s most … Continue reading

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Reasons to provide more constructive pathways for our innate rebelliousness to be manifest

‘I prove [to myself] my power through the ability to manipulate truth, while in fact brainwashing myself through my mouth‘. The issue might be related to a certain rebelliousness inherent to us all, which may prove useful at times when … Continue reading

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Man-in-the-middle attack for Zersetzung-style political suppression, eugenics or other purposes, by combinations of psychometric profiling and suggestively introduced (sonic or electromagnetic) directions. Illustration of risk.

  Together with the graphic entry on ‘Would do’ and ‘would say’ modification. A.k.a., computer-programmable statements of thought reform … … and the example of a specific operationalization of this concept in ‘would do’ and ‘would say’ modification: Encounter severely (non-fatal) … Continue reading

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If things can be made unpleasant enough here, foreign powers are less likely to lose talent

If Russia and China (for example) were planning some draconian tyrannical thing (regardless of whatever else might be planned overseas), in order to prevent loss of much top talent to the West, it would be necessary to make it sufficiently … Continue reading

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‘Would do’ and ‘would say’ modification: Encounter severely (non-fatal) injured person having fallen down icy stairs

This follows from the graph in ‘Would do’ and ‘would say’ modification. A.k.a., computer-programmable statements of thought reform, and is intended to be a specific example of how the covert and/or involuntary thought reform process might be enacted. It relates … Continue reading

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