Ninety percent or more of what we hear or view on the internet, tv, radio, or news shows consists of opinion rather than solid comments based on fact. This means that we spend most of our time as recipients of speculation or guesswork by others. These rivers of speculation flow toward the ultimate goal of […]
Elections seemingly based on factual agenda can be replaced by propaganda. Say “vote for me” often enough and some people will surrender their critical thinking. This surrender may occur at various levels and shades of intensity. Sometime we surrender control of our thought without realizing it, in response to simple phrases like sieg heil, without […]
In 2016 Daniel Levitin has published: A Field Guide to Lies, which aids in the critical appraisal of alleged facts.
In this generously reviewed NY Times best-seller,Why Does the World Exist? Liveright/Norton, 2012, 307 pp. Jim Holt raises many questions about how the universe/multi-verse could emerge from or return to nothing, if an infinite universe can coexist with an infinite deity, or if never to have existed is really better than to exist only for […]
The Roman Catholic Pope, Pius XI, made a claim in 1870–later extended to bishops as a group–that whenever popes speak formally (ex cathedra) about faith and morals, they speak infallibly. Is such self-assertion about freedom from error self-evident? Or is it circular in its logic, begging the question? On March 2016, the Swiss theologian, Hans […]
In the presidential campaign Trump will help us all if he sticks with the issues instead of insults, bullying, and other forms of propaganda.
An example of fraud is the way market values are inflated. Each step of inflation depends on how much propaganda is employed.
In circular fashion institutions like governments, religions. and the media themselves tell us what we think. In other words, they take our place in stating what we think and convince some of us that their version, not ours, is what we really think and feel about issues, institutions, or anything else.. If news media, for […]
Jan 4, 2016 Previous blog-posts have quoted terrorists who claim that their main objective is not physical violence, but propaganda. They are grateful that global mass media do most of that work for them. Although media understandably record terrorist deeds and propaganda for them, they do so excessively. Terrorists trick media indo doing most of […]
Freud was right in assuming that some dreams have meaning. But other dreams occur randomly, as in a kaleidoscope. Each of our brain’s 81 billion neurons can interact with 110 trillion or more synapses or connections in multiple random fashion. Therefore, not all dreams have meaning. If they are misinterpreted as meaningful, then they function […]