politics

politics

  • The world is complex, far too complex for our human brains. And yet, ...

    Cognitive Bias - The world is complex, far too complex for our human brainsThe world is complex, far too complex for our human brains. And yet, we have no difficulty describing what is happening around us, well, at least to interpret these complex realities through... simple stories.

    We tell ourselves these stories, not consciously, but instinctively, mechanically, impulsively. We can't help but find a common thread , link the actors and events into "logic" sequences. And we do this, even when we look at the clouds, "this one looks like a giraffe that is drinking," or when we listen to music "that melody is cheerful!". We even do that instinctively while looking at basic symmetrical shapes moving around! (You can experiment that by watching the fun video in the linked article). We also tell ourselves these stories when we are faced with phenomena

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  • Finding the courage to question our "sacred values"

      Did  you know that the word "terrorism" comes from the French word terrorisme, and originally referred specifically to "state terrorism" as practiced by the French government during the 1793–1794 Reign of terror?    The Reign of Terror (1793 – 1794) was a period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution. The Terror was marked by authoritarian regimes and mass executions of the "enemies of the revolution". The death toll ranged in the tens of thousands ; 80 % of the victims didn't belong to the nobility or the clergy.    Deportations and executions of political prisoners: These execution will be organized methodically on massive scale such as the "drownings at Nantes". Thousands of people — including old people, women, children, babies, wounded or disabled — will be loaded on boats that will then be drowned into a river.   14-15 December 1793: the "Marat" (the soldiers of the Revolution) arrived to Bouffay's prison, most them are drunk. They are...

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  • And what if we were not the victims of "terrorism", but of our immaturity?

    Voluntary Legion against Islamism —recruitment office       What if we got the wrong enemy? And what if we were not the “victims of terrorism” but of our immaturity?   And what if we were the victims of our shallowness, of our difficulty to perceive the complexity of the world, and of our easiness to interpret it through naïve stories?   And what if we were the victims of our lack of consideration for others and of our inability to see things from others' perspectives, particularly from the perspective of those whose interests and logic contradict ours?               And what if we were not fighting for humankind but for ourselves? How can we condemn violence on our soil —by striving to take into account, even in the most criminal and barbaric crimes, the weight of determinism, to better understand the origin of the behavior of a person— and yet, simultaneously, grant ourselves the right, to unleash uninhibited violence against those who aren’t on our side?...

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  • The SVT: an answer to the current political deadlock

    The SVT: an answer to the current political deadlock

    The Single Transferable Vote is a method based on a counterintuitive strategy able to conciliate two factors generally seen as incompatible: The STV overcomes wars parties by allowing each elector to vote for an individual candidate or candidates, without relying on closed party lists. The STV is proportional, meaning that the elected candidates proportionately reflect the voters' choices. So far, the STV is the only type of ballot able to ensure these two basic principles required to build more democratic societies. What if it was neither the politicians nor the political parties, but our intuitions that led us to the current political deadlock? What if the most direct solution was to become aware of our cognitive biases, and to learn to question our moral intuitions?    

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  • How can we identify a belief when it is everywhere and seems intimately linked to the existence of good?

    How can we identify a belief when it is entranched everywhere and associated with the good ? Google is no exception

    Google designed an interesting animation in July 2014 to celebrate the 96th Birthday of Nelson Mandela. We find it both interesting, because it reflects the values we share, and dangerous, because it promotes biased conceptions of human nature which threaten and discredit these values. These beliefs about human nature have serious social consequences, but they are so deeply rooted in the moral foundations of our time, that these foundations seem now intimately linked to the good. So the arguments that could contradict these foundations look like doors leading to the evil. And questioning their validity seems immoral ...     1   This statement suggests that “man in the state of nature is virtuous” (naturally tolerant, wise...). This belief that began to spread in the 18th century through what is called the “Noble Savage” has been refuted by history and science...   2     Is intolerance a “perversion”, or the natural state? cf. Image 1   Yes, we...

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