The Folly of Firearms to Fortify Us
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Post No.: 1004   Furrywisepuppy says:   Following a mass shooting incident, some urge for fewer guns in civilian hands so that there are fewer guns that can do any shooting. Simultaneously, others urge for more guns in civilian hands … Read More

Immigrants, a Boon or Drain?
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Post No.: 0998   Furrywisepuppy says:   The free movement of labour usually overall expands the pie rather than shrinks it. In the UK, before and after Brexit, immigrants didn’t and don’t claim more in welfare benefits than born-and-bred British … Read More

Over-Generalised According to One’s Country or City
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Post No.: 0985   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Our brains seek associations between things, and form generalisations from them as cognitive shortcuts e.g. one experience of seeing and smelling poo on a pandanus fruit (or something else you’ve never eaten before) … Read More

Nobody Represents Other Members of Their Ethnicity
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Post No.: 0977   Furrywisepuppy says:   Cultures aren’t passed on genetically. So, say, a person born to Indonesian parents isn’t automatically going to recognise every Indonesian tradition if they weren’t taught them. Understanding this, anyone, regardless of their ethnicity, … Read More

Include Every Stakeholder Affected
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Post No.: 0967   Furrywisepuppy says:   Before anyone tries to come up with a solution to a complex problem – we must first identify every stakeholder involved or affected by that situation. Without doing so, we cannot really find … Read More

Females Aligned for an Equal World
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Post No.: 0938   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Some issues are just biological and are nobody’s fault but I agree that human females culturally receive a worse deal than human males overall. Plenty can and should be blamed on men for … Read More

The Advantages of Collectivist Cultures During Crises
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Post No.: 0926   Furrywisepuppy says:   Being kind is more important than being clever. Well it is socially intelligent to overall be kind.   Social animals dominate the top 5 lists of smartest animals in the animal kingdom (although … Read More

Making Donations to Save the Most Lives
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Post No.: 0913   Furrywisepuppy says:   Making charitable donations isn’t irrational – but if our aim is to save as many unfortunate lives as possible with our donations, we frequently make irrational choices. (We also often similarly behave irrationally … Read More

Charity Creates a Better World
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Post No.: 0902   Furrywisepuppy says:   Charities and publicly-funded projects and institutions are important in civilised communities. Not all businesses that are highly profitable are good for society (e.g. firearms retailers), and not all institutions that operate at a … Read More

Cyberbullying and Street Gangs
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Post No.: 0896   Furrywisepuppy says:   All genders get bullied, pretty and ugly people get bullied, short and tall people get bullied, studious and slack people get bullied…   And almost anyone can turn into a bully sometimes. Even … Read More

It’s How We Mend Any Rifts That Matters
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Post No.: 0889   Fluffystealthkitten says:   The occasional row is pretty much inevitable in any family relationship or friendship – it’s how they’re handled and how we mend any rifts that most matters. It should be logical that the … Read More

Martial Arts are for Self-Control and Self-Discipline
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Post No.: 0883   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Regarding bullying and harassment, particularly in schools – some bystanders to incidents outwardly appear to side with the bullies in order to not be a target of them themselves. But these self-preservation strategies … Read More

Structural Racism, Skin Colour and Colourism
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Post No.: 0874   Fluffystealthkitten says:   ‘Interpersonal racism’ occurs between individuals whenever racist beliefs lead to racist acts, like one person/group attacking someone’s shop merely because of the latter’s skin colour.   ‘Institutional racism’ describes how ostensibly neutral-appearing policies … Read More

Protests, Riots and Looting
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Post No.: 0858   Furrywisepuppy says:   Protests generally have a low success rate – at least in directly influencing incumbent politicians and existing laws. When uncompromising demands meet uncompromising counter-demands, we get nowhere. They may influence how the electorate … Read More

The Error of Supposing Our Suppositions are Correct
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Post No.: 0846   Fluffystealthkitten says:   We routinely make suppositions about other people’s motives and thoughts – but we shouldn’t suppose our suppositions are correct, or that our suppositions matter even if they are accurate. Unless we sense a … Read More

Increasing Generosity and Decreasing Insularity
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Post No.: 0824   Furrywisepuppy says:   Despite the health and happiness benefits of generosity – including the ‘helper’s high’ felt by the giver and the disproportionate level of joy felt by the recipient of even a quick, simple and … Read More

Why We Need More ‘Doves’ Than ‘Hawks’
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Post No.: 0811   Furrywisepuppy says:   Nature seeks a balance between ‘hawks’ (defectors, conflict-seekers or free-riders) and ‘doves’ (collaborators or cooperators). And evolution has worked out that the best strategy isn’t all about conflict or direct competition – in … Read More

A Collaborative Way of Handling Disputes at Work
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Post No.: 0798   Furrywisepuppy says:   Interpersonal conflict is almost inevitable in both social and work life; and we’re usually most upset by the adversarial interactions we have with those who are most important to us. Workplace disharmonies typically … Read More

More to Credit or Blame Than Individuals Alone
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Post No.: 0772   Furrywisepuppy says:   Often when things go wrong, there’s no one to blame, at least individually or as a sole group. Some things are just unfortunate and couldn’t have been reasonably foreseen. Even sensible decisions can … Read More

Shouting Means You’ve Lost
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Post No.: 0762   Furrywisepuppy says:   In serious arguments, I don’t know anyone who’s ever been intellectually persuaded by a point because it was shouted at them. Shouting is more of an intimidation tactic to try to forcefully get … Read More

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