School shootings are extraordinarily rare. Why is fear of them driving policy?
We need not just reasonable gun control, but also a bit more self-control over our emotions and instincts if we want to keep ourselves and our kids safer.
Would that the author have chosen examples from his criticism in as balanced a manner.
In contrast, Yacob shows a much more agnostic, secular and enquiring method – which also reflects an openness towards atheistic thought. Chapter four of the Hatäta starts with a radical question: ‘Is everything that is written in the Holy Scriptures true?’ He goes on to point out that all the different religions claim theirs is the true faith:
Indeed each one says: ‘My faith is right, and those who believe in another faith believe in falsehood, and are the enemies of God.’ … As my own faith appears true to me, so does another one find his own faith true; but truth is one.
In this way, Yacob opens up an enlightened discourse on the subjectivity of religion, while still believing in some kind of universal Creator. His discussion of whether or not there is a God is more open-minded than Descartes’s, and possibly more accessible to modern-day readers, as when he incorporates existentialist perspectives:
Who is it that provided me with an ear to hear, who created me as a rational being and how have I come into this world? Where do I come from? Had I lived before the creator of the world, I would have known the beginning of my life and of the consciousness of myself. Who created me?
In chapter five, Yacob applies rational investigation to the different religious laws. He criticises Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Indian religions equally.
Ugh. Now I have to think about flushing my brain out.
I don’t disagree with the thesis. It does frustrate me that history and other “soft” courses aren’t considered essential for those who will work themselves into leadership positions. Unless these future leaders have a deep personal interest in those topics from some other source, a college education is often the only place they will have to be exposed enough to these bodies of knowledge to develop that interest and use it to inform the decisions that they will make in their leadership roles.
My thesis, in a single sentence: Civilized societies revolve around education now, but there is a better—indeed, more civilized—way. If everyone had a college degree, the result would be not great jobs for all, but runaway credential inflation. Trying to spread success with education spreads education but not success.
“Success in creating AI,” Hawking neatly summarised most recently, would be “the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last.”
What’s the most entertaining conspiracy theory you ever read about yourself?
That military exercises we were doing in Texas were designed to begin martial law so that I could usurp the Constitution and stay in power longer. Anybody who thinks I could get away with telling Michelle I’m going to be president any longer than eight years does not know my wife.
Kierkegaard observed that you don’t change God when you pray, you change yourself.
"After all, if you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room."
But those ants in the corporate environment are getting paid just as much as the ones working.
These articles about confirmation bias always confirm my thoughts on confirmation bias. - SM
Oh, if I had known this 30 years ago...