Does social networking encourage jumping to conclusions?

What is Jumping to conclusions? Jumping to conclusions (officially the jumping conclusion bias, often abbreviated as JTC, and also referred to as the inference-observation confusion[1]) is a psychological term referring to a communication obstacle where one “judge[s] or decide[s] something without having all the facts; to reach unwarranted conclusions”.[2][3] In other words, “when I fail … Continue ReadingDoes social networking encourage jumping to conclusions?

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North Korea agrees to summit with South, possible nuclear freeze

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a summit at their heavily armed border next month, with Pyongyang saying it would consider abandoning nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, Seoul said Tuesday. Source: North Korea agrees to summit with South, possible nuclear freeze – France 24 Views At … Continue ReadingNorth Korea agrees to summit with South, possible nuclear freeze

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The conflicts and infighting of humans will end

To look upon the conflicts of mankind is an experience of great dismay.  Yes, there are those who have firmly come to the conclusion that to be in a state of perpetual conflict and infighting is human destiny.  For we seem to have evolved from the lower state of existence … Continue ReadingThe conflicts and infighting of humans will end

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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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Why is moderation the answer to extremism? (A principle for peace.)

To be moderate in thought is the way to peace.  Even in the great accomplishment of lasting worth, we seek moderation to be the desired state of human existence.  In one of the posts some time back, some thought was put into considering the growth of extremism and the possibility … Continue ReadingWhy is moderation the answer to extremism? (A principle for peace.)

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Is it possible to have development without taking sides?

One would normally consider the taking of sides as being counter-intuitive to the idea of development.  Whatever resources we have, we would want to use them in a planned, organized, and united effort to get the best possible results.  There is a number of examples of this.  In a family, … Continue ReadingIs it possible to have development without taking sides?

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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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The higher criticism – one that is not directed by objective

It sounds noble, as it is appealing – to practice a higher level of criticism that is not directed by objective.  There is hardly an offering of criticism today that is not directed by objective, not subject to some personal interest, not contaminated by some ulterior motive.  It might even … Continue ReadingThe higher criticism – one that is not directed by objective

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What kind of conversations can truly produce change in society?

Conversations are the most powerful tool to bring change in society. In a civil society, it is the only acceptable tool.  It is true, we have to make an assumption about a society being civil in the first place.  Aside from a limited personal experience and association, a very cursory … Continue ReadingWhat kind of conversations can truly produce change in society?

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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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1 – Aadhar – The belief in the possibility of a good, honest society

To avoid distraction, I have placed a note in the footer. Please read it first, if you wish, to gain perspective about this presentation. The nature of humans and the nature of government: It would seem that by now we would be absolutely clear about these two matters.  As it … Continue Reading1 – Aadhar – The belief in the possibility of a good, honest society

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Keeping the thrill of technology in proper perspective to regain control in communication

People seek thrill.  To fulfill that pursuit they look for adventure.  We all happen to be in a world right now where the next adventure is as close as our mobile phone.  When connected to the Internet, the whole world is open before us.  There are the possibility and prospect … Continue ReadingKeeping the thrill of technology in proper perspective to regain control in communication

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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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Why we might criticize technology rather than the information it brings

Every time new inventions and technologies have arrived upon mankind, there have been critics of them.  Some of these criticisms are valid.  Even the observations upon which these criticisms are made are not obvious to everyone.  For example, it would be rare to notice like Tristan Harris, how particular designs … Continue ReadingWhy we might criticize technology rather than the information it brings

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