Category Archives: perception

Ricky Gervais presents an insightful view of atheism

I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned. Richard Feynman (1918–1988) With thanks to Paul Handover of Learning from Dogs for pointing me to the thought-provoking piece below. (There’s also a ‘Best of … Continue reading

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Illustrating exponential growth using movement towards a target

The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function. Professor Albert Bartlett (1923–2013) Ever since I first encountered this quote (in Professor Bartlett’s seminal lecture ‘Arithmetic, population and energy‘) I’ve been trying to think … Continue reading

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Misplaced Priorities

Originally posted on Filosofa's Word:
The effects of climate change are predicted to bring us our hottest summer ever and one with even more hurricanes, tornadoes, and extreme wildfires than past years. We are told that we should expect…

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Using leaf appropriation to tackle the climate crisis

Readers of my wibblettes over the years may have got the impression that I’m not exactly a fan of advertising (and that would be right). Even when such ‘communications’ give an honest portrayal of the product or service on offer, … Continue reading

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A magical interlude: the mystery calculator

In 1957, Leon Festinger wrote a book about cognitive dissonance, in which he suggested that human beings strive for internal psychological consistency, and that when presented with conflicting information, the struggle to reconcile the differences causes mental stress. I’ve been … Continue reading

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On the self-righteous litter-picker (me)

I collected two more bags of trashOn my walk today.Stuff folk, unthinking, careless,Chose to throw away‡Into hedgerows on the public pathOblivious of the aftermath. ‡’Away’ is, to me, a foreign landIt’s not a place I’d like to liveIt’s dirty, smelly, … Continue reading

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Are We All Gullible?

Originally posted on Filosofa's Word:
While conspiracy theories have always been around, they have seemingly run rampant of late, the one with the most adherents being the Big Lie that the election was “stolen” from the former guy.  And…

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The secret to success

The following statement is NOT TRUE for you or anyone else, but if you wish to succeed you must believe it to be true:
You are in complete control of your destiny, and your success is due solely to your own talent and hard work. Continue reading

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I am not pendantry (I am me)

My friend Goldie, in a short conversation recently via the comment thread on a 2017 post of his* asked me whether my moniker should have an initial capital. That simple question got me thinking. A bit of background I adopted … Continue reading

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‘The climate is always changing’: true, but not helpful

“When we already believe the world to be a certain way, then we interpret new experiences to fit with those beliefs, whether they actually do or not.” Thus spake Veritasium I had another post scheduled for today, but this one … Continue reading

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