Philosophy

Be Mindful of the Invisible Reward

Sometimes we don’t experience the result of being diligent as a reward. This is unfortunate because it means we have poor incentives to do what’s best for us. What do I mean? Well, take driving for example. Let’s say you drive completely safe — no unnecessary lane changes, no speeding etc. So what is the reward for doing that? The reward is that nothing bad happens. Your life goes on as it always has, which is something you already take for granted. …

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What’s The Deal With Ayn Rand?

One time when I was in college, one of my philosophy professors made the point that there aren’t any famous women philosophers. She challenged us to name one, so I immediately blurted out “what about Ayn Rand?”  To that, she made an annoyed face and responded with “well, she doesn’t count.” I don’t remember her exact explanation for why she didn’t count but I know it was something along the lines of her “being crazy.” This is not the only time I’ve noticed …

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Changing My Attitude Towards What I Consume

Today I just want to highlight 3 blog posts that I read from TK Coleman’s Blog. If not for future reference, I’m also doing this to cement them in my mind by spending some time writing and thinking about them.How to Get Around Bodyguards and Make It to the Top Part IHow to Get Around Bodyguards and Make It to the Top Part IIHow to Get Around Bodyguards and Make It to the Top Part IIII feel the need to save those …

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How To Raise Happy Children

If I asked parents what is the number one thing they want for their children, I bet most of them would say happiness. Some may have a roundabout way of saying it, for example they may say they want them to have a nice career or a spouse and kids, but that’s because they think those achievements will lead to happiness. Either way you can boil it down to parents want their kids to have a happy and fulfilling life. Despite the fact …

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Why It’s Wrong To Lie To Kids About Santa

I think it’s safe to say that most parents use Santa as a way to manipulate their children’s behavior. It’s something that is deeply embedded in the Santa mythology. As declared in the famous song, “he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.” It’s basically Santa lore 101 – the first thing you explain to your kid is that he brings presents ONLY to the good boys and girls. How many parents do you think have threatened their …

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The Dangers Of Determinism

In the world of philosophy, there is a huge debate between determinism and free will. The former says that our actions are determined by our past while the latter says that our actions can be chosen freely.  I have nowhere near the amount of knowledge and wisdom to say which one is right. What I will say is that it would behoove us to act as if we did have full free will, even if it isn’t true.  That’s because belief in determinism usually …

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Stop Chasing Symbols

I have a distaste for when people chase the appearance of results (or symbols). Most notably is when parents make their kids say things like “please and thank you.” These parents think “my kid just said the words, so that means he must be kind and considerate, right?” Wrong. While it’s true that all kind people usually say please and thank you, it is not true that all people who say please and thank you are kind.  I feel like too many people …

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My Moral Philosophy

Intuitively, we understand that if we can get the same results with either violence or non-violence, then the method of non-violence is infinitely more moral. To clarify, here are some examples of goals and how they can be met with and without violence:Getting a girl –  I can kidnap one and trap her in a well Buffalo Bill style, OR I can make myself appealing, ask her out, and allow her to voluntarily choose to be with me.Getting a kid to do …

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