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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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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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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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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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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.



It’s only words. Unless they’re true.

David Mamet

Do We Really Need To Know?

We strive for certainty. The unknown makes us nervous. Surely, some piece of evidence exists that reveals something.

The missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was apparently hijacked and landed discreetly somewhere else. How do we know this? We don’t, it’s a theory based on scant information rather than hard evidence.

It’s easy now to sit back and assume the worst. The plane landed somewhere in the Middle East where it’ll be used again in the future to deploy nuclear weapons. Given the revived Cold War, are the Russians complicit in any way? The options are endless.

We can’t sit back and relax. We’re on a need to know basis and we always assume the worst. Saddam Hussein must have had nuclear weapons? It turns out he had none and poor old Colin Powell had to sell the war.

Our gut is usually a good barometer for determining truth. But when it lacks certainty, it sensationalizes the facts. Truth can be fiction for the mind; our minds mistakenly confirm possibilities as truths.

Why do we need to know? Is it out of safety or to avoid ignorance? Sometimes the good guys lose and bad things happen for no reason, and vice versa. But we don’t need to know about it, just that it probably happens.


Everything Is a Contradiction

For every certainty, there’s always the possibility of an alternative solution. The choices you make today are really just guesses about how things typically work, not necessarily how they should.

Playing devil’s advocate forces deeper thinking and greater innovation. That is, deliberately going in the opposite direction gouges out the truth. Experimenting with doubt solidifies supposed certainty.

The dialectic exists to create better answers, not finite solutions. If we all just knew, we wouldn’t be trying so hard to survive.


“All this technology is making us antisocial. Before everyone used to talk to each other.” @M_Ullah The truth hurts. But then there’s this.
“All this technology is making us antisocial. Before everyone used to talk to each other.” @M_Ullah The truth hurts. But then there’s this.

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Freedom of Speech

Photo by Wells Baum

Maybe the best way to express something is just to say it how it is.

People like honest opinions because they are most likely what they think too but don’t know how to express.

Someone’s got to speak up; someone’s got to clarify without restraint.

Everything can be explained if you just let go and try to understand the essence of the issue.

Simplicity is also hard to come by because of the resistance of the truth. Once you express yourself rather than impress others, words come more naturally.

You don’t need more time. You need to raise your words. Tell it how it is, and how it could be. Give yourself permission to speak up.