Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein & Heraclitus

  by David Egan edited by O Society August 15, 2019 'I am not a religious man,’ the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said to a friend, ‘but I cannot help seeing every problem from a religious point of view.’ These problems that he claims to see from a religious point of view tend to be … Continue reading Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein & Heraclitus

The Hypersane Among Us

by Neel Burton edited by O Society August 8, 2019 'Hypersanity’ is not a common or accepted term. But neither did I make it up. I first came across the concept while training in psychiatry, in The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise (1967) by R D Laing. In this book, the Scottish psychiatrist … Continue reading The Hypersane Among Us

The thinking error at the root of science denial

by Jeremy Shapiro edited by O Society August 8, 2019 Currently, there are three important issues on which there is scientific consensus but controversy among laypeople: climate change, biological evolution and childhood vaccination. On all three issues, prominent members of the Trump administration, including the Trump, lined up against the conclusions of research. This widespread rejection … Continue reading The thinking error at the root of science denial

How Mass Murder Happens at a Level Everyone Will Understand

"It's not just about guns and mental illness man... It's about anger transference and living in a society that thrives on division and the demonization of differences. This creates target groups for angry individuals to attack with impunity." ~ Dale Gribble What does ^ this ^ mean? You know, in plain English, Dale? by O … Continue reading How Mass Murder Happens at a Level Everyone Will Understand

The Danger of Oversimplification: How to Use Occam’s Razor Without Cutting Yourself

The Word of the Day is Occam's Razor by Farnam Street edited by O Society August 4, 2019 Occam’s razor (also known as the ‘law of parsimony’) is a problem-solving principle which serves as a useful mental model. A philosophical razor is a tool used to eliminate improbable options in a given situation, of which Occam’s … Continue reading The Danger of Oversimplification: How to Use Occam’s Razor Without Cutting Yourself