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Accepting our irrationality

Throughout recent history rationality has been praised like a sort of superpower. We are taught that rational thinking is the best way to solve problems and make critical decisions. In the bigger scheme of things it also helps on an economic level, due to the fact that if people are being rational decision makers, then it becomes easier for economists to predict trends using their mathematical models.

But are people as rational as most economists would like to believe? Probably not, and as I will explain to you, it is a far bigger problem than just a lack of education.

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The resurgence of empathy

Are we naturally empathetic? Recent history tells us that empathy has played a role, but that it has been clearly dominated by characteristics such as self- interest and utilitarianism. This due to the fact that some of the most powerful ideas, coming from great minds such as Smith, Hobbes and Freud, were founded on the belief that it is our nature to be self-interested. These ideas took flight and eventually helped to mould and shape the materialistic western culture that we see today. But what if they were wrong? Read more

Meta-patterns and the origin of your reality

To understand is to perceive patterns. This seemingly harmless statement is packed with one of the most profound realizations you will ever come across. But in order to expose its concealed marvel, I must first discuss perception and how it influences reality. Read more

A cosmic perspective

Looking up at a star-lit night’s sky, to me, is one of the most awe-inspiring moments we can have. To simply contemplate our place in the universe requires an adventure to the extreme limits of our imagination, and even there, the sheer size and vastness of it all forces the contemplation to bow respectfully in defeat. Read more

Free will, an illusion worth believing in?

Rest both your hands on a platform out in front of your eyes. Now, make a decision to close only one of your hands. How do you think you could have arrived at this decision? Read more

The power of the Placebo effect

The peculiar workings of the mind never seize to amaze me. It seems like the more that neurologists and psychologists learn about these workings of the brain, the more they realize how much they don’t actually know about it. Read more

Happiness lies in its pursuit

Why is it that we feel the need to travel through life so ambitiously, moving from one goal to the next, with the hope that one day we will reach an end reward that would fill us with enough happiness to make all the effort worth it? Haven’t we seen enough generations go through school, to get into college, to get a good job, to build a successful career, to end up living in the nursing home of their choice? Read more

We naturally underestimate the power of our actions

The subjective nature of our minds will have us think that we have a pretty firm grip on how the world around us works. We have this picture in our heads that is tinkered with now and then, but for most of the time it remains constant. Read more

The Singularity is coming soon to a reality near you!

One of the most fascinating ideas of our time is the theory of the Singularity. Kurzweil, a futurist and recently appointed director of engineering at Google, borrows the term singularity from astro-physics and uses it as a metaphor to help define an insight he has found relating to Moore’s law (the exponential growth of technology) and its future trajectory. Read more

Every great journey starts with a single step

The point of this blog is to inspire awe and wonder in the imagination of the reader, by looking at some of the most radical, influential ideas being discussed around the world today. Curious?
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