Category Archives: Truth and reconciliation

What does it take to change strongly held beliefs?

When a person does something awful to a fellow human-being, there’s always more than one person who feels the pain. In many cases, those hurt include the perpetrator’s parents, who might have done everything they could to raise a caring adult… only to see things end badly. What decent human, then, could read the comments …

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The system is broken… How will we repair it?

The system is broken. This is indisputably true. But no one thing or person broke it. Yes, the Republican party has been sowing the seeds for this day for a very long time. Nixon’s Southern Strategy helped. So did the Powell Memo. And Reagan’s 1980 “states’ rights” campaign kickoff speech outside the Mississippi town of …

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The truth matters… because it always wins

Economists and laptop philosophers still argue over their varying interpretations of John Maynard Keynes’ 1923 comment in “A Tract on Monetary Reform”: “In the long run we are all dead.” But the non-economic-theory, real-world validity of his statement is indisputable: No one here — as Jim Morrison observed — gets out alive. Reality, on the …

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The next worldview revolution

In one way, it’s a bit unfair to harshly blame a company like Exxon for doing what investigative reports say it did: work hard for years to promote climate change denialism even as its own scientists had concluded that climate change was both real and dangerous. Exxon and others that have so vigorously muddied the …

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We are all Schrödinger’s cat now

“Mother Nature doesn’t do bailouts.” That’s become a common saying among climate change activists in recent years, but the observation doesn’t go far enough. The accurate sentiment should be something more along the lines of, “Reality doesn’t negotiate.” However far advanced we’ve become technologically, however closely some might believe we’re approaching “the singularity,” the fact …

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