Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. BY MARIA POPOVA Brain Pickings Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader,hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital … Continue reading The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking
By Maria Konnikova New Yorker As a whole, the population of the United States is wealthier today than it has ever been. But, as has often been reported, the relative increases haven’t been uniform. In 1970, the top ten per cent of the population earned a third of the total national income. By 2012, it earned … Continue reading America’s Surprising Views on Income Inequality
Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise by Nafeez Ahmed MotherBoard Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet’s environmental … Continue reading A climate change-fueled switch away from fossil fuels means the worldwide economy will fundamentally need to change.
by Lee Camp Truthdig Nov 19, 2018 I don’t like accurately predicting the future. But it happens sometimes. And it’s never a good thing. Not once have I predicted that I would stumble upon a great sum of money or that a friendly squirrel would mysteriously leave a fresh, delicious scone on my windowsill. No, the things … Continue reading Mainstream Media Are Lying to You about California Fires
Half of the post-millennial generation is non-white Donald Trump Is Winning Because White America Is Dying Trump’s rise is partly due to deeply rooted — and potentially fatal — feelings of fear and anger. What’s killing white, middle-aged, poorly educated American men? Data suggest it’s a sense of hopelessness fueling Donald Trump’s popularity. Noam Chomsky, the … Continue reading The Rise of Trump is White America Dying
by Kevin Trenberth Conversation Once again, the summer and fall of 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere has brought us an epidemic of major wildfires. These burn forests, houses and other structures, displace thousands of people and animals, and cause major disruptions in people’s lives. The huge burden of simply firefighting has become a year-round task costingbillions … Continue reading Climate change and wildfires – how do we know there is a link?
Trump counts on reporters to chase his lies and distractions like dogs chase balls. They meet his expectations. by George Lakoff Framelab Oct 30, 2018 Here’s a clear example of the degree to which many reporters — even great ones — fail to understand how Trump manipulates the media. Carl Bernstein, one of the legendary Watergate reporters who took … Continue reading A Blitzkrieg Strategy Of Lies and Distractions