Category: General

Free will isn't free!

09/16/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Unfortunately, “free will” isn’t a scientific reality. It is a myth inherited from Christian theology. Theologians developed the idea of “free will” to explain why God is right to punish sinners for their bad choices and reward saints for their good cho… more »

Truth in Olive OIl

08/06/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Unadulterated Olive Oil

08/06/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Tip #2: Look for a "harvest date" and an estate or mill name. Basically, the more specifics, the better. "Typically only the better oils will have a 'pressed on' or 'harvest date,' " Olmsted says. If a label calls out the name of the producer or e… more »

Debunking a mesmerist, or Trump

08/06/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
In our historical moment, the mesmerists are worth considering, for they were frequently debunked but the debunkings rarely had much of an effect. Just as the repeated corrections of President Trump’s falsehoods have failed to discourage him or his supp… more »

It's not the percentage of non-whites that troubles whites, it's the rate of change regardless of the base percentage

08/04/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
So here, then, is what we know: Even gentle, unconscious exposure to reminders that America is diversifying — and particularly to the idea that America is becoming a majority-minority nation — pushes whites toward more conservative policy opinions and m… more »

Canola Oil Transfats, etc

06/08/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Oil Trans Content (%) Soybean* 0.4-2.1% Walnut* 2.0-3.9% Sunflower 1.1% Canola* 1.9-3.6% Olive 0.5% PH soybean oil** 43.6-50.2% A consequence of transforming some of the natural unsaturated fatty acids to tran… more »

Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News

02/17/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Thus, even if a person was open-minded and tolerant, a low level of cognitive ability put them at risk for being unjustifiably harsh in their second evaluation of Nathalie. One possible explanation for this finding is based on the theory that a perso… more »

Do you like your populism leftish or rightish?

02/15/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
But right-wing populism — like that harnessed in Europe — is provoked by immigration. Its clan consciousness exploits cleavages of race, religion and nationality. On the left, by contrast, the “us versus them” narrative focuses on the economic divide be… more »

Tribal epistemology

02/13/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Over time, this leads to what you might call tribal epistemology: Information is evaluated based not on conformity to common standards of evidence or correspondence to a common understanding of the world, but on whether it supports the tribe’s values an… more »

It's your thing - do what you wanna do

01/08/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
  A close friend and I have this agreement: If one of us ever recognizes the other person’s “thing,” we’re bound to disclose what it is, no matter what. But what is a person’s “thing,” exactly? It’s that particular behavior, habit or mind-set that… more »

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