Acquiescence Bias

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Acquiescence Bias is the human (social) propensity to portray a positive or agreeable overtone when questioned or queried (or vice versa - disagreement).  Psychologists refer to it as "yah-saying" and define it as the tendency to agree with a statement when in doubt. If someone is unsure of the answer, they will often agree rather [...]

The Russia-Ukraine War and American Hypocrisy

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To say that I stand with the Ukrainian people doesn't and shouldn't imply that I support the United States government. I don't. I do worry, however, about The Russia-Ukraine War and American Hypocrisy. A level of hypocrisy that is historically damaging to the world.  The fiasco with Honduran president Xiomara Castro, when Kamala Harris intended [...]

The Anti-luck Intuition

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Epistemology is one of those fancy ideas more people should understand. And I mean this, countless notions could change the world if only the world paid closer attention to them. The anti-luck intuition is one of those notions. And the phrase itself is elegant; it appears to mean something significant or to belong to a [...]

Reason for the Devil’s Journal

The Devil's Journal

The reason for Devil's journal is an exercise in intellectual humility. Moreover, it's an endeavour of honesty in which the author and other contributors tell real-life stories creatively. The project stipulates three essential preoccupations that cannot be betrayed. One, to make the anecdotes shared here colourful and exciting without deviating from the truth. Two, the [...]

Defending Truth: Justin Trudeau Edition

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In mid-December of 2021, a video about Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, did its rounds on the conspiracy Internet, and hundreds of thousands of tinfoil hat-wearing folks shared it without requiring additional information.  The video, a deceptively edited twenty-five-second snippet of a more extended interview, showed Justin Trudeau allegedly saying that his government was willing [...]