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Words Are Thinking Tools: Praxotype

Words Are Thinking Tools: Praxotype

Words are thinking tools (as Daniel Dennett notes). New word-tools can sometimes avoid the baggage built into prior terms and thinking patterns.

September 27, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
Non-Grapefruit and Fruitful Non-Science

Non-Grapefruit and Fruitful Non-Science

“Reason is larger than science.” So Leon Wieseltier reminds us in his essay “Crimes Against Humanities,” his reply to Steven Pinker’s “Science Is Not Your Enemy.” If well practiced, science reduces errors, but it grants no immunity to nonsense.

September 13, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
Is Breaking Bad Darwinian?

Is Breaking Bad Darwinian?

“Darwin was no Darwinian.” Martin Luther King Jr said that before me. He was correct historically, scientifically, and morally. It’s a bad break for Darwin, and us, that his name is used to distort his ideas.

October 1, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
The Most Dangerous Jargon Viruses

The Most Dangerous Jargon Viruses

“Rational” is the secular holy. It is a sacred prestigious label in mind work. We look to the rational to save us. Yet some professors of a rational-is-holy faith aren’t being wholly rational.

October 4, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
Maxims Are Fitter Than Maximization

Maxims Are Fitter Than Maximization

Maxims matter more than maximization. Much in life isn’t quantifiable, much less numerically maximizable. Words, logic, images, and patterns all can express more than numbers can.

August 30, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

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