I was raised to believe in the power of rational debate to test ideas and discover truth.
This optimistic little fantasy has suffered much through my encounters with reality.
Nevertheless, here are some articles that present debatable ideas. I am open to the suggestion that I have got things wrong. Learning from mistakes and advancing to a new and better understanding by cooperative debate is what good people do.
Having said that, I should flag a few deep-seated opinions of mine that might be hard to shift:
- I’m an atheist. Most of the time I think that religious belief is what takes over when thinking stops.
- I’m a materialist. I think that the mind sits in the brain and the brain in the body, and that without the physical bits, there’s nothing going on.
- I think that democracy is the best form of government, even if this leaves open huge arguments about what makes democracy work.
- I’m sure the world is horribly complicated, and that most ideological positions involve oversimplifying how stuff works.
What do you think?
- Light before darkness
- Turning points
- Jury duty
- No idea
- Tarzan of the Apes
- What I did on my holidays
- March into morning
- Sculpture by the Sea
- Enmeshed — thoughts on ‘Never let me go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro
- How many million dollars would you pay a CEO each year?
- Towards an ameliorist manifesto
- Is intelligence kind?
- What is it like when we die?
- On free trade in people
- The networked car
- Getting carried away
- Free research – one article at a time
- Global overshoot
- What to read?
- Real hope (review of ‘Curing Affluenza’)
- 1971 revisited – The Town Hall Affair
- The conservatism of same-sex-marriage
- Climate change and other small/large problems
- Nuking the world