The Guardian’s Cambridge Analytica & Facebook data story

The algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender – and even intelligence and childhood trauma Source: How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook ‘likes’ into a lucrative political tool | Technology | The Guardian Public data has become a means of … Continue ReadingThe Guardian’s Cambridge Analytica & Facebook data story

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Why mentors and teachers are especially needed to counter extremism?

Mentors and teachers are a special gift to human society.  These cannot simply be understood to be professions or titles, or some kind of a degree that is earned from an institution.  Rather, these are linked to the personal qualities and concerns of the individual.  Even more so, it is … Continue ReadingWhy mentors and teachers are especially needed to counter extremism?

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The exclusive focus on physical things will create an imbalance

There has been a noticeable insistence on physical things in recent times.  It has been very deliberate, systematic, and evident of great intelligence.  Who are its proponents is not the most important thing.  One could, of course, examine the sayings of modern, atheist thinkers like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.  … Continue ReadingThe exclusive focus on physical things will create an imbalance

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Finding belief in moderateness in the nuclear age

Nuclear technology is not bad in itself.  We have understood the sun and the stars, and in a way, have harnessed the same power to a lesser extent.  We have controlled fission, and are yet to understand ways to control fusion for peaceful purposes.  The insistence on using solar energy to … Continue ReadingFinding belief in moderateness in the nuclear age

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Can today’s leaders improve our future by making more positive predictions?

Predictions are humanly impossible and are equally common.  Yes, as rare as they should be, they, in fact, form a part of everyday speech.  Whenever someone says, I will do this and I will do that, we are in a sense indulging in a prediction.  It is our certainty about … Continue ReadingCan today’s leaders improve our future by making more positive predictions?

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How compulsion and desperation are driving the conversation toward extremes

A conversation has the power to liberate a human being.  It has the power to set free the mind from bondage.  Even one exchange of ideas is able to give a new direction to the thinking of a person, or the chance of realization.  Why would anyone want to do … Continue ReadingHow compulsion and desperation are driving the conversation toward extremes

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The value of having a fluid mind to interact with a diversity of people

Is peace a valid goal to have?  In the short term, it may not seem so.  In the long term, it is one of the ultimate desires.  The end of a war, the start of a conversation – it will all make sense if there is peace at the end … Continue ReadingThe value of having a fluid mind to interact with a diversity of people

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How can the youth protect themselves from addiction to technology?

It has been with every generation, especially in the past 100 years that addiction to technology has been a very real possibility.  Since the start of the industrial revolution, the speed of change has been tremendous.  Dependence on machines and development in technology has gone hand-in-hand.  The younger ones, more … Continue ReadingHow can the youth protect themselves from addiction to technology?

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The mind and its need for certainty – a tendency toward black-and-white thinking

Time goes by and a human mind is able to persist despite a lack of certainty.  It requires a simplicity and an exercise of patience, but it is possible.  Keeping a sense of contentment is very important during times of uncertainty.  It is quite like a ship out in the … Continue ReadingThe mind and its need for certainty – a tendency toward black-and-white thinking

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Finding peace through a willingness to adjust

The willingness to adjust comes upon consideration of several factors.  While it is tempting to let all of one’s thinking and desires be centered on oneself or one objective, life rarely lets it be so simple.  There is a multitude of considerations for every person who recognizes his responsibilities.  Such … Continue ReadingFinding peace through a willingness to adjust

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What is required to even consider changing one’s beliefs to explore better possibilities for the future?

The last post went through a consideration of the possibility of changing one’s beliefs.  It is a task best considered worth undertaking for the sake of survival.  Beliefs are also to be considered as a subject for change in the interest of preservation, longevity, and continuity.  Our existing generations would … Continue ReadingWhat is required to even consider changing one’s beliefs to explore better possibilities for the future?

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Can we change our beliefs to formulate better predictions for the future?

As hard as one may try, it is not possible to entirely avoid the practice of predicting the future.  Why is it that people want to predict the outcome before it happens?  The reason is quite simple.  There is a desire to have certainty about the future.  Predictions give us … Continue ReadingCan we change our beliefs to formulate better predictions for the future?

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How does faith suppress analytical thinking, but also provide comfort?

Faith is a particular aspect of religious thought.  It is a confidence in what has not happened yet.  There is a confidence in the unseen ability of someone or something to bring about what does not yet exist.  Yes, this is how it works.  The human mind and heart are … Continue ReadingHow does faith suppress analytical thinking, but also provide comfort?

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Why I feel that religion will continue to remain a part of human thinking

The existence of religion seems as old as the human ability for imagination, and to formulate questions on the basis of our ability to have a sense of wonder.  Some believe that humans had a start as apes and this ability developed through evolution.  Others believe humans to have had … Continue ReadingWhy I feel that religion will continue to remain a part of human thinking

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Empathy in mental health. Why it remains the constant need?

“The health of the mind”: As easy as it is to say those words, it is endlessly a challenge to keep them.  To keep a healthy mind is a challenge for so many reasons.  It becomes a challenge due to the way we live our lives, the occupations of the modern … Continue ReadingEmpathy in mental health. Why it remains the constant need?

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How the medical myth of drug treatments has created a whole culture?

What is a myth?  A myth is a traditional story consisting of events that are ostensibly historical, though often supernatural, explaining the origins of a cultural practice or natural phenomenon.  The word “myth” is derived from the Greek word mythos (μῦθος), which simply means “story”.   Mythology can refer either to the study of myths, or to a body or … Continue ReadingHow the medical myth of drug treatments has created a whole culture?

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Are there reliable ways of finding out the truth about a person on social networking? Part 2: conflicts

There are people who are peaceable.  There are people who avoid conflicts.  There are people who realize that it is not for one person to solve the problems of another.  Yes, help, hope, and a willingness to listen can be offered.  A kind word of encouragement is also possible to … Continue ReadingAre there reliable ways of finding out the truth about a person on social networking? Part 2: conflicts

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Are there reliable ways of finding out the truth about a person on social networking? Part 1: imaginations

This post is not about technicalities of social networking.  It is not about finding the exact IP address or other analytics data about a person.  This post is not about finding technological features to accurately geo-locate a person.  What this post is about are the limitations of human understanding, the … Continue ReadingAre there reliable ways of finding out the truth about a person on social networking? Part 1: imaginations

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