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In What We Trust

You may recall a post I made a few months ago .. in which I mentioned that “I am not at all proud of the species I apparently belong to” (“I understand that this is very important to you”). Another … Continue reading
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Automatism + Automaticity – What is my role?

While writing the previous episodes, I wondered how other people would react to them. I decided to publish them even though I think most people are not very concerned about the well-being of others. I expect most people will react … Continue reading Continue reading

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Automatism + Automaticity – Let’s do this right!

In the previous episode, I raised some concerns about how automatism and automaticity affect us, our technologies and therefore also the world in general. I quoted a line from Malcolm Gladwell’s most recent book, “Talking to strangers” – but I … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Rationality of Uncertainty

When I was learning science in high school, I was mesmerized by the notion that scientific facts were true, myths were false, and there were still things that needed to be „figured out“. I was very impressed by the way … Continue reading Continue reading

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Should You be Concerned about the Rate of Literacy if Over 99% Are Illiterate?

When people were living in caves, probably most of them didn’t create cave paintings. Certainly none of them spoke English – and the alphabet hadn’t even been invented yet. The rate of literacy was without the shadow of a doubt … Continue reading Continue reading

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First Essay on Rational Media

I recently mentioned my new and improved „rational media“ concept… – now I want to begin to try to unpack that idea. Of course, it’s complicated. Let me start off with something simple: media (in general). What makes something „media“ … Continue reading Continue reading

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Dumb

If you believe something to be true, but do not assert your belief, then you are probably dumb. 😉   Continue reading

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There is No Such Thing as Context-Free Meaning

For this post, I would like to start out with two operational definitions: Context-Free Websites Contextual Websites „Context-Free“ websites purport to be containers without context. Supposedly, there is no „situation“ or „issue“ which constrains the content – it is assumed … Continue reading Continue reading

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Names vs. Words: Strings for Identity vs. Strings for Information

There is a long-standing tradition of distinguishing names from words — although it is not formally codified (even language itself is not “set in stone”, but rather is undergoing constant evolution — much like a living being), it can be … Continue reading Continue reading

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Intermission

I feel I need to tie up some loose ends from the previous post. There are two phenomena that I seem to have kind of mashed up (at least that’s what I think). Both of these are from my very … Continue reading Continue reading

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