19 August 2007

Miscellaneous thoughts

If (contrary to expectations) I die someday, I want people to say "he died", not "passed away" or "passed on" or some such cowardly euphemism. I hate dishonesty.

Integrity isn't difficult. If you promise to do something, do it. If you're not going to do it, don't promise it.

Libertarianism and Marxism oddly share the same basic fallacy: a belief that everything important can be evaluated in economic terms.

The fact that you can't understand something doesn't mean it has a supernatural explanation.

If you can call the country you're in "fascist" or a "police state" in public and not get arrested, it probably isn't.

In a conflict, the blame almost never lies all on one side. But it also almost never lies equally on both sides.

Before deciding that some human behavior pattern is the product of "patriarchal culture" or a particular style of child-rearing or some such thing, and can therefore be eradicated by social reform or exhortation, check to see if the same behavior pattern also exists in chimpanzees or other great apes. If it does, it's probably rooted in our genes.


Blogger tina said...

Interesting blog.

19 August, 2007 14:42  

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