I was hoping to get things in order so I could start a podcast and cover social media, its predatory practices and try to save as many people as possible from the grips of addiction through unlicensed medical practices.
Unfortunately, things are not progressing well as, it turns out, the resources necessary in order to even get me to do such an undertaking, have quietly been stripped away from my province as a Canadian citizen living in Ontario. …
I was watching this interview with Brit Marling where she was discussing common traits that actors have. I’d argue that in her case, she’s exceptional and, one thing exceptional actors seem to have in common by her account, is having moved around a lot in their youth.
I want to expand on this, first by including all artists, not just actors, and second, by presenting what I’ve learned from the cognitive sciences when it comes to knowledge, language and curiosity.
Apologies if you’ve read this from my previous posts but, repetition is necessary when one is presenting ideas to potentially…
Navigating services in order to have some semblance of a life and/or foundation is a rather soul crushing and impossible experience for anyone who is suffering from chronic depression. After an 8 month wait, I get this as a response. My mother had the same problems when it came to getting financial support for her depression.
In 2021 things should not be this antiquated and ableist. These aren’t resources, just more obstacles. I should be able to go into the office of a medical professional, get an assessment and then be put on ODSP but nobody is taking ownership. So…
Despite studies showing trigger warnings don’t work, people still engage in this antiquated unscientific practice. Here’s the reason why it doesn’t work.
Our brains use analogical logic, that is, they relate words and concepts to things that are categorically similar. The example I keep using is telling people ‘don’t think of an elephant’. To your brain, this is going to be impossible because not only do you need to think of the elephant in order to negate it, but you’re thinking of everything related to the elephant. That’s how words, images, concepts get their meaning.
So, if I say ‘trigger…
I wanted to offer you insight into what I’ve been dealing with as a victim who has been seeking justice. I sent this e-mail to the federal and provincial attorney generals as well as my elected representatives and their leaders.
This is why victims struggle:
I’m contacting you today to express great shock as to our justice system as I’ve taken upon myself to learn more about it and possibly navigate it on my own as an autodidact. I wanted to enumerate various problems I’ve found as someone who has studied the cognitive sciences as an autodidact.
Wittgenstein in his work with the Tractatus illustrated how language was circular and meaningless. This was achieved because the human brain is a circular system where one cannot draw a straight line with formal logic in order to obtain anything of value. Philosophers continue to ignore this problem save for those who are doing work in neurophilosophy and Wittgensteinian contextualism.
Have you ever suffered a conversation with a philosopher and feel like you’ve been somehow robbed of your precious time? I have, and the feeling became much worse as I studied philosophy as an autodidact, going through lecture after lecture…
About a year ago, I was on my balcony trying to get the courage to jump off. It never manifested, even though I had settled my affairs and was committed.
I grew up during a time where there was no Internet. We managed. Our method of staying connected came in the form of seeing family and friends in person.
We certainly didn’t argue on the levels that are present today and being a liberal or a conservative were not labels that would cause relationships to sever.
One day, my father woke me up on a spring morning, stroking my forehead…
I wrote the following when an email exchange turned into an invitation.
I think I understand now why I reach out to people and try to bounce ideas off of them. It’s because I’ve been seeking those who have curiosity, but it’s not just that. There’s a dark triad that psychologists talk about but the antithesis to it, in my opinion isn’t the one that they’ve described as the ‘light triad’.
The light triad, for me contains: curiosity, creativity and empathy. And these are the traits that I should be looking for in others I interact with. Moreover, it seems that those I have been interacting with, already have these in spades so, maybe I’m onto something.
This is going to be a short one however, it’s important enough to mention that, there’s an incorrect assumption that if one uses sensationalism to get eyeballs on materials and then supplements that initial lure with educational and objective truths, that people will absorb the latter and evolve their behaviours.
The reality is that, because of social media and how humans learn behaviour, what actually happens is that they will mostly engage in the sensationalism that brought them there in the first place and ignore the rest.
You see it via engagement metrics either via stream numbers on Twitch or…
This is an e-mail I decided to sent to Linda Darling-Hammond after a conversation regarding being wrong and the aversion people seem to have to it. I’m trying to explore the topic but it’s difficult to navigate and locate materials to see if someone thought of this before I did, which is incredibly likely considering, like you, I am not so smart and people who dedicate their careers to this stuff, are experts.
I wanted to share it because it arms people with knowledge regarding the current public education system and hopefully can get people more involved with their local…