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Memories of the 28th Century

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  1. More Conspiracies Slain

    by , 01-02-2015 at 04:33 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    There is another question here. Why don’t people use the simple tools of logic to determine the validity of conspiracy theories? Occam’s Razor (link below) is well suited for determining whether an argument is valid. Fundamentally, Occam’s Razor states that the simplest explanation probably is the most accurate one. Let’s see what happens when we apply the Razor to some conspiracy theories.

    The JFK Assassination is a problem, until we apply Occam’s Razor. “Entities must not be multiplied ...
  2. Why Conspiracies?

    by , 12-30-2014 at 09:02 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Why do people believe conspiracy theories? Apparently there are several reasons, but most reasons amount to intellectual laziness, by which I mean that people don't bother thinking about the matter but just accept something that fits what they want to believe without examining the facts. You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts.

    Within the last few days I ran into a few people who still believe that the 9/11 attacks were not what has been presented by the investigators. ...
  3. Polarization

    by , 12-27-2014 at 04:18 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I was thinking about political polarization, but it just occurred to me that there is a deeper layer involved, the matter of people being completely certain that they are right, regardless of actual facts. The actual facts usually show that something else entirely is real. For example, I recently saw that fifteen new Republican members of Congress swore to get rid of Food Stamps.

    I will ignore the fact that the Food Stamp program was converted to SNAP a few years ago; although that ...
  4. Human Sexual Differences

    by , 12-22-2014 at 04:39 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    An interesting question came up on another site where I am a member. It is a site for writers, and a woman member asked what it felt like for a man to fall in love or be in love. Of course, the question cannot be answered in full, but it is interesting, and it makes me wonder about the same thing. Personally, I would ask a female friend who had a fair grasp of neurotransmitters, hormones, and her own anatomy, but I wouldn’t expect a complete description, because of differences in anatomy and brain ...
  5. Obama: Stupidity or Hubris?

    by , 12-17-2014 at 08:51 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Recently Obama declared that he had agreed to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. There didn't seem to be any conditions on that, and I found that strange, because by law the U.S. cannot have normal relations with Cuba until the conditions in the Helms-Burton Act of 1996 (http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/[email protected]/chapter69A&edition=prelim) will be fulfilled, and Cuba has consistently refused to even consider paying for the seized property. This is a case where U.S. law is ...

    Updated 12-18-2014 at 03:35 PM by PeterL

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