Philosophy

The sunk cost fallacy and utility in religion.

Religious people are religious and some are extremely religious, to the point of dangerous fanaticism. They are religious because they have been convinced of the Utility of the religion. The concept of utility is one from economics; a subject that has taken my fancy of late. Religious people gain from religion something that satisfies a […]

Religion is the Impedement of Peace

Machiavelli promoted the practical implementation of policies for the purpose of achieving a practical and stable outcome. This is opposed to the prevailing wisdom of his time that rulers and politics should focus on moral and ideological precepts. He supposed that ideology is the root of all corruption and dysfunction and I suggest that it […]

What is Data?

What is data? It seems obvious, but the true nature of any thing is in the eye of the beholder. To you, data is something that exists on paper and in computer hard drives, held for convenience and to protect your interests, should anyone ever need it or should you ever need to prove something. […]

The Fallacy of Race; Born of Ignorance

It is perhaps our society’s most pervasive fallacies, and indeed for most societies; that of race. Born several centuries ago with the European discovery of Amerindian peoples of both North and South America, and of course African peoples whose eagerness to sell rival disparate tribes’ people into slavery is quite astonishing in retrospect; perhaps Europeans […]