You Won’t Truly Know What It Feels Like Unless You’ve Felt It Too
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Post No.: 0080   Furrywisepuppy says:   Following on from Post No.: 0069, depression is not a trivial condition. Different sufferers can describe it in different literal or metaphorical ways. But for many, it’s like a really low, off day, … Read More

Tails You Lose
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Post No.: 0079   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Some dogs get their tails docked or ears cropped when young but this is needless and is cruel. How come your tail has been docked puppy?   Furrywisepuppy says:   Well it wasn’t … Read More

A Few Mental Shortcuts Used in Persuasion
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Post No.: 0078   Furrywisepuppy says:   You’d think everyone would consider all the information presented to them and then make rational decisions based on this information, but people tend to actually rely on a few mental shortcuts…   Reciprocity … Read More

Keep Up or Be Left Behind as an Academic Dinosaur
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Post No.: 0077   Furrywisepuppy says:   I have studied many online courses or MOOCs so far, for personal development as well as just for curiosity and fun (I’ve participated in 6 more to date since starting this blog). Similar … Read More

Spoiler Candidates and Gerrymandering in Politics
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Post No.: 0076   Fluffystealthkitten says:   To follow on from Post No.: 0032, the problem of spoiler candidates in General Elections is that relatively similar political parties can take votes away from each other e.g. two or more relatively … Read More

It is Not a Failure to Not Feel Happy All the Time
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Post No.: 0075   Furrywisepuppy says:   Now there’s no true entitlement to be happy all the time, and it’s not unnatural to be unhappy sometimes. It’s not a failure to feel unhappy! If you’re feeling unhappy or angry, for … Read More

What if There is a Creationist God After All?
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Post No.: 0074   Fluffystealthkitten says:   What if a sentient god (who is or was more stealthy than me!) designed DNA and the process of natural selection on purpose?   The problem with this argument strategy is that it … Read More

The Vast Majority of Us Think We are Above Average
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Post No.: 0073   Furrywisepuppy says:   Research on this area has mostly been in ‘Western’ countries so cultural differences may or may not present different data but, relative to other people concerning many desirable traits, most people think they’re … Read More

Thy Language Hath Moveth Thenceforth Methinks
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Post No.: 0072   Furrywisepuppy says:   The main point of language is to communicate, so if someone fully and properly understands what’s been said, regardless of the vocabulary used, then one has achieved one’s aim. Accordingly, if one uses … Read More

The Sixth Mass Extinction Event is Happening Right Now
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Post No.: 0071   Furrywisepuppy says:   As a consequence of not compensating nature enough for the things we buy and do, and not living in harmony with nature, as discussed in Post No.: 0055 – we are strongly arguably … Read More

The Intuitive Belief in Immaterial Souls and Afterlives
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Post No.: 0070   Furrywisepuppy says:   As a follow-on from Post No.: 0039, we detect faces extremely well in order to avoid predators, but we ‘see’ faces even in inanimate objects, which may explain why we over-read and over-attribute … Read More

All Mental and Physical Injuries are Real
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Post No.: 0069   Furrywisepuppy says:   Like most, if not all, things concerning good health, it’s about achieving some kind of balance and moderation and not venturing into any extremes or being faced with extreme conditions for too long … Read More

Democracy is Often at Odds With Individual Liberty
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Post No.: 0068   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A lot of liberals (‘supporters of individual choice’ definition) and economic libertarians support democracy and the majority rule (where the electorate or ‘political market’ collectively decides the candidates or outcomes for all) – … Read More

Gender Stereotypes are Dumb
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Post No.: 0067   Furrywisepuppy says:   So you finally came out of stealth mode at the end of last month to show your fluffy face to our lovely readers?   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Yes I did. I needed more … Read More

A Mini Introduction to Logical Arguments
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Post No.: 0066   Furrywisepuppy says:   Premises: All dogs have butts, I am a dog, Conclusion: Therefore I have a butt.   The above syllogism is sound. A sound argument is one with true premises and valid logic. An … Read More

Expected Value, Opportunity Costs and Sunk Costs
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Post No.: 0065   Furrywisepuppy says:   If you prefer x to y, then you should also prefer a z% chance to win x to a z% chance to win y. We can calculate the ‘expected value’ or ‘expected utility’ … Read More

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