Category Archives: Philosophy of Conflict

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

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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Darwin’s Golden Rule

I really like this approach, by the great author of the Theory of Evolution Charles Darwin (1809-1892), for overcoming Confirmation Bias, our tendency to cherry pick data or information that supports our pre-existing ideas and prejudices and ignore or conveniently … Continue reading

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