Confirmation Bias Ilustrated


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The Donald Trump Distallation Process?


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The Four Types of “Christianity”

Well I was thinking about Christianity, in the light of what I read in on line postings. There are hundreds if not thousands of different “Christian” sects, but I figure roughly these days they cluster as follows:

1) Leviticanistas, whose main focus is punitive, ideally eternal torture punitive, with majors in homophobia and abomination is their main gig, though they often throw racism in for good measure, Mark of Cain and all that.
2) Rapturistas, whose main focus is that most of us out there are doomed to eternal torture and they quite like that and they are into Revelations, and can’t wait for the post-Rapture torturing of the rest of us to start. I guess some of these folk would be guards in any theocracy’s concentration camps? They may have faith but their hope is pretty nasty and not any sign of love beyond self love.
3) Paulistas, quite a bit into misogyny and a dash of homophobia, but tempered by their faith, hope and love, so a bit more balanced and on the road to Damascus.
4) Sermon on the Mountistas: Golden Rule is central (as it is with most major world religions) “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12) and has Paulistas faith, hope and takes the love bit to a new charitable level of course. I think the current Pope is working to move the Paulistas more into Mountitas and that is a good thing to me. Oh and many of these are into rich people camel-eye-of-needle perspectives which seem healthy to me. And this strand of Christianity morally aligns with most major religions on the centrality of the Golden Rule: Judaism, Islam, Buddhist, Hinduism, Confuscianism, Taoism etc.

Now to me the first two are not actually Christian, because they have far too much hatred and seem more like the Pharisees with a strong dash of Roman crucifixion methodology. I guess with the Paulistas there is some hope, but to me only the Mountistas are really Christian, embracing the core teachings of the Gospels. But hey I might be quite wrong, I might have missed a major cluster and I may have mischaracterised some groups and I forget to mention the centrality of the abomination of mixed fiber wearing. I think that’s a Levitican hang up?

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Overturning the Fundamental Attribution Error of Social Psychology

The “fundamental attribution error” beloved of social psychologists suggests we attribute too much of other peoples’ behavior to their character and disposition, but not enough to the social situation facing them.

So on a remote hiking trail we stop to help a collapsed person while in a busy city street we dont’. Must be situational the social psychologists say?

Except the person, who does stop to help in a busy street is presumably someone disposed to kick over the social situation framing and do the right thing. Screw you social situation…Just as there were people in France during the German occupation disposed to resist. And there are people today disposed to kick against the social situation and resist the plutocracy. So how do we educate such traits of resistance to social situations that disempower us and make us feel hopeless is a more interesting question for social psychologists? And for the rest of us, how do we cultivate a societal garden that supports more pro-social behavior?

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Conflict Map: America Before Colonization

So few people know the information that this map contains. I thought it interesting: the map and the ignorance of it.


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Map of Percentage of Country’s Population Killed in World War Two

Chilling map of the percentage of each country’s population killed in World War Two: See also:



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Conflict Poetry: “Epitaphs of War” Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling, often seen as jingoistic poet, persuaded his only son to volunteer for the First World War, where he was killed six weeks after his 18th birthday at the Battle of Loos in 1915. His body was never found. Kipling’s Epitaphs of War, written in 1919, includes:


If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied.

The rest are at:

Kipling served on the War Graves Commission and helped ensure all the other sons bodies that could be found were buried and remembered along with the unknown soldiers too…

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