I notice that our educational system promotes critical thinking and critical inquiry, but that this can have negative side-effects among intellectuals, professionals and the like.
People focus so much on eviscerating other people's ideas, proposals, and personalities, that they spend insufficient time praising others and their creations/contributions.
There's always going to be drawbacks with any idea or proposal. And no policy will be perfect. And if you spend your time…Continue
I am currently reading the Analects, by Confucius, along with selected commentaries from scholars, written over the past 2,000 years.
I find Confucius to be a highly practical philosopher and many of his precepts (and the voluminous discussions and debates over these precepts) to be very useful.
One of the things Confucius discusses is the importance of individuals regulating and controlling their impulses, as well as their mouths. He said its far more important for somebody to…Continue
Sometime back, I took an Ancestry.com DNA test, which said that my genetics were 62% similar to modern-day inhabitants of Great Britain, and 32% similar to those from Greece and Italy. Due to the fact that 3/4 of my family tree was of German extraction, I found this to be somewhat puzzling.
I contacted a geneticist I knew (a friend of my wife's) and he said this was normal for certain groups of people of German descent who take the ancestry.com genetic tests, due to the great genetic…Continue
For the past 20 years, I've heard Republican, free-trade, free-market hacks talk endlessly about Adam Smith and global economics. They've been big on talking about how countries should specialize in 'what they do best' in much the same way that different departments in a factory specialize in different tasks, and how these efficiencies maximize production. I had one Republican teacher who told me that this doctrine would mean that some countries should focus on cars, others on airplanes,…Continue