Monthly Archives: May 2014

Guns and the Crisis of Masculinity in the US

In a recent online debate about gun control, I sensed the way the gun advocates were actually “hostile” in a very specific sense. Hostility in the sense I think usefully defined in George Kelly’s Personal Construct Theory as what results … Continue reading

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Herman Hesse (1877-1962): Top Ten Conflict Tips

I have always had a soft spot for Herman Hesse and thought his insight might provide another of our Top Ten Conflict Tips:  Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. It is … Continue reading

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Open Minds by Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

I don’t post this to make a partisan political point, but merely to ask all of us maybe to open our minds a bit more, in line with this advice from Leo Tolstoy in 1897: “The most difficult subjects can … Continue reading

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Tea Ceremony and Zen Defense

I often find interesting reflections on conflict in Japanese culture, though many people think it very martial and not reflective. I just had this story from my friend Howard B, which I think interesting and generative:  “Tajima Kozo, a chado-sensei … Continue reading

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Colonel Dave Grossman: On Killing: Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

On aspect of conflict that is particularly difficult is killing. I found Colonel Dave Grossman’s book “On Killing” particularly interesting as it covers the way modern military have used the insight of behavioral psychology to teach soldiers to reflex kill … Continue reading

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UK Conservatives: the Opposite of American

I quite like the recent crop of posters that say things like: “In Iceland after the financial crash we jailed some of our bankers….the opposite of America.” So I thought I would create my own on how different conservatives are … Continue reading

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Civilizational Collapse

 I have this idea that every civilization that collapsed (Mayan, Egyptian, Babylonian, Indus Valley), and 99% of all recorded civilizations have collapsed, and left us only archaeological remains, had within it two main groups: One group lets call them “conservatives”, though I am … Continue reading

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Bridging the Conservative-Liberal Divide: Benghazi-gate versus Insurgency-gate.

Bridging involves some intellectual honesty on both sides. So here goes a conflict exercise. The first place I posted it, did not get a single conservative response, but I will try again here. Compare the respective White House handling of … Continue reading

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Rational Expectations Theory: the Flawed Core of Free Market Fundamentalist Economics

Ah the economists continue to wake up and get a bit more rational. This is a parody of what is called “Rational Expectations Theory”, which is not rational, tells you nothing useful about expectations, and has no testable predictions so … Continue reading

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Oliver Cromwell’s Rule as per Dennis Lindley (1923-1913).

 I am always reminded of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), when I think of President George W Bush, Dick Cheney and their oracle Karl Rove: In particular a suggested rule of political decision making in conditions of uncertainty called Cromwell’s Rule after Cromwell: … Continue reading

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