Category Archives: Philosophy of Conflict

Deeper thinking about what conflict means and how to think about it

The Paradox of Personal Experiment

There is this paradox at both the personal level and the political level. When there is a lot of pain is when we most need to try something new, to experiment even on a small scale with new approaches, new … Continue reading

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Brexit as a Game of Chicken: Tim Harford

I thought this article very insightful, though I also had in mind the views of a friend of mine, a former/recovered economist, who calls Theresa May “Mugabe May” because he thinks May will damage the UK economy as much as … Continue reading

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Zen Koan for the Real Populists not the Plutocracy’s Puppet Populists

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The Problem with Conspiracy Theorists: My Top Ten Insights

I guess I spent some of 2016 arguing with conspiracy theorists, especially of the Alt Left variety, so I thought I would list the meta problems I experienced: Conspiracy theorists have a grossly exaggerated sense of how much control anyone … Continue reading

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Neurathian Bootstrap

Someone asked: “Those of you standing on higher ground, what are you standing on now?” And I answered, that apart from the Welsh Mountains of my mind: Neurathian bootstrap Neurath’s boat is a simile used in anti-foundational accounts of knowledge, … Continue reading

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The Theory of Constraints and US Politics

In manufacturing there is something called the Theory of Constraints. The Theory of Constraints is a methodology for identifying the most important limiting factor (i.e. constraint) that stands in the way of achieving a goal and then systematically improving that … Continue reading

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The Neuro-science of Conservative and Liberal Brains

Here’s What Science Says About the Brains of Democrats and Republicans Author: Dylan Goldstein Back in 1796, George Washington offered the nation some unheeded words of advice: beware of political parties. Despite this recommendation, two forces emerged in America and today … Continue reading

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