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Searching for the ‘right’ fix

Assumptions provide fence-sitting answers. They are just half-truths that validate how things usually go, band-aids that make us feel safer. The inquisitive mind chases uncertainty and complexity.

“We must be ignorant of what we are looking for, or we would not go looking for it.”

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Rather, like a dog with a bone, we should be running off for a half-hour to return just as whelmed as when we left. The trick in any activity is to offer the right balance between intrigue and satisfaction, ensuring that it’s interesting enough to revisit it later.

The last thing we want to do is externalize the whimsical nature of life to the certitude of a photo. Life goes on beyond the screen. Memory hinges on context and keeps developing each time the story gets told.

Confidence basks in the chase of uncertainty if only to ensure that the truth remains unfixed. Less fixedly, we validate through a consistent form of experimentation.

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Life & Philosophy

Anomalies wanted

Curiosity expands the truth. There’s always an insightful gem around the corner.

So we chase the unfamiliar, gathering knowledge about interesting subjects unrelated to our core interests.

Seeking knowledge should invite more ambiguity than it solves.

The tyranny of certainty tries to stem philosophical reflection.

The conflict between knowing and leaving the door open for an anomaly advances all interpretation.

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Life & Philosophy

Fuel for thought

Fuel for thought // #gif #truth
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No one is in sole possession of the truth. We’re all just throwing darts at different concepts and opinions that with consistency, appear factual.

We pick up positive vibrations from they way things go most of the time. Turn on some music or laugh out loud and thought disappears altogether.

The urge to verify is as loose as the gate to which it opens. Bulls-eye is an aggregation of guesses of which none are perfect.

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Life & Philosophy

Curiosity: the cure for a post-fact world

Lies are seductive. They linger because people are motivated to protect their tribal desires while the liars themselves will do anything to distract you from giving meaning to the facts.

Does smoking kill? Is the Trump administration complicit in Russia’s election hacking? It appears so, but both tobacco and party alike want you hanging on to your doubts. They rather you distract you with other stuff, like beneficent special research they’re funding or tweets to Snoop Dog and Nordstrom’s.

How do we get people to step outside their narrow window and look at the supportive evidence? As Tim Harford surmises, the key ingredient to opening eyes is curiosity.

“Facts rarely stand up for themselves — they need someone to make us care about them, to make us curious.”

Curiosity makes the facts juicer, the same way fear lights up your amygdala. It’s a sad state that the only way to get people’s attention in a post-fact world is by entertaining their senses. But the challenge in selling curiosity will be such.

Read The Problem With Facts

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Life & Philosophy Politics & Society

Deflecting attention

Hide enough you’ll eventually get caught. (image via Claudel Rheault)

If you know what you’re looking for, you’re most likely to find it. But persistence can become the problem. In falling short of your endeavor, you cheat or start fabricating stories to compensate for your underperformance.

It’s a basic practice to admit your mistakes. People who invest in their own lies gradually wither away. If denied, truth becomes unbearable.

Deflecting attention is a short-term gain. On the other hand, acceptance propels the need to contribute.

 

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It’s only words. Unless they’re true.

David Mamet
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