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This Video Will Make You Angry. What is the Monkeysphere? Intellectual Self-Defense by Noam Chomsky. By Noam Chomsky There's no way to be informed without devoting effort to the task, whether we have in mind what's happening in the world, physics, major league baseball, or anything else.

Intellectual Self-Defense by Noam Chomsky

Understanding doesn't come free. The Big Read: The future's a thing of the past. How Conservative Christianity Can Warp the Mind. October 29, 2014 | Like this article?

How Conservative Christianity Can Warp the Mind

How Ayn Rand Seduced Generations of Young Men and Helped Make the U.S. Into a Selfish, Greedy Nation. December 15, 2011 | Like this article?

How Ayn Rand Seduced Generations of Young Men and Helped Make the U.S. Into a Selfish, Greedy Nation

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Ayn Rand’s “philosophy” is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society....To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.— Gore Vidal, 1961. "What about building 7?" A social psychologica... [Front Psychol. 2013] Really Bad Media. Mainstream U.S. media is loaded with ceaseless symptomatic tragedy.

Really Bad Media

Imagine having a cousin who insists on drinking a bottle of vodka and smoking three packs of cigarettes each day. He eats the majority of his meals at fast-food restaurants and never exercises. He lurches from one terrible health crisis to another, something he likes to talk and complain about at great length, again and again. He’s happy to hear about medications and treatments for his endless ailments. But he ignores and shuts out anyone who raises fundamental questions about how he lives.

The Never-Ending Onslaught of Really Bad News “Mainstream” United States “news” reporting and commentary is like this imaginary cousin. No, A 'Supercomputer' Did NOT Pass The Turing Test For The First Time And Everyone Should Know Better. Thinkingskills1.jpg (785×1024) David Attenborough - Humans are plague on Earth. Home of the Global Resistance - The Rebel - Home of the Global Resistance. Disaster by Design? What’s Wrong with the “Thrive” Movement by John Robbins. A popular new film claims that a secret elite create our most troubling problems to advance a “global domination agenda.”

Disaster by Design? What’s Wrong with the “Thrive” Movement by John Robbins

Why Amy Goodman, Vandana Shiva, and other progressives are calling it “dangerously misguided.” posted Aug 21, 2012 Letter to the Editor: Foster & Kimberly Gamble RespondThe authors of the film wrote YES! Magazine and gave us their side of this story. Letter to the Editor: “Thrive” Filmmakers Foster & Kimberly Gamble Respond.

On August 21, YES!

Letter to the Editor: “Thrive” Filmmakers Foster & Kimberly Gamble Respond

Published an article by John Robbins about the film called “Thrive.” The article described the reasons why ten progressives interviewed in the film, including himself, had dissociated themselves from it. You’d Need 76 Work Days to Read All Your Privacy Policies Each Year. The problem with privacy on the Internet isn’t so much that companies don’t provide privacy options or tell you that they might share your data, it’s that protecting your privacy often entails wandering the wilds of Facebook’s confusing privacy settings or reading an epic privacy agreement written in a confounding mixture of tech speak and legalese.

You’d Need 76 Work Days to Read All Your Privacy Policies Each Year

Need proof? A couple of Carnegie Mellon researchers recently published a paper suggesting that reading all of the privacy policies an average Internet user encounters in a year would take 76 work days. Imagine spending 15 work weeks punching the clock so you could keep up to date on how not to let Internet companies violate your privacy. James Randi exposes Uri Geller and Peter Popoff. The Beginning of the World. Last Friday was, as I’m sure most of my readers noticed, an ordinary day.

The Beginning of the World

Here in the north central Appalachians, it was chilly but not unseasonably so, with high gray clouds overhead and a lively wind setting the dead leaves aswirl; wrens and sparrows hopped here and there in my garden, poking among the recently turned soil of the beds. No cataclysmic earth changes, alien landings, returning messiahs, or vast leaps of consciousness disturbed their foraging. Social justice calls for new thinking. Creativity, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking, Problem solving, Decision making, innovation. Dunning–Kruger effect. The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is.

Dunning–Kruger effect

Psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately. Their research also suggests corollaries: high-ability individuals may underestimate their relative competence and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.[1] Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal illusion in those of low ability and external misperception in those of high ability: "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.

"[1] CRITICAL THINKING. A primary task of any educational institution is to develop the students who go there.


Development may take many forms, but the main goal of the Army Management Staff College (AMSC) is the development of leadership, management, and decision making skills. We believe that underlying these skills is the ability to exercise consequential/critical thinking. (For the sake of convenience, we hereafter just use "critical thinking . ") Although we include critical thinking in all the College’s programs, my remarks in this paper will be addressing the Sustaining Base Leadership and Management Program. Including critical thinking in an educational curriculum is not something peculiar to the Army Management Staff College. Critical Thinking: Where to Begin. Our Conception of Critical Thinking... There are many ways to articulate the concept of critical thinking. Yet every substantive conception of critical thinking must contain certain core elements.