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All I can say is: "Why can't Bigfoot be real, dammit!"

I agree that hyper-belief is more of a problem than hyper-skepticism because it is so widespread. In a way, it is simply the ability to think beyond what we know, given some attainable hints.  If our hints were usually good, then this would give us as individuals more knowledge (which is all estimated, guessed at, not real knowledge) than we'd otherwise have time to accumulate.  

Thus, religion.  But also, maybe something worthwhile and adaptive.  Not necessarily, though. 

2 years, 3 months ago on The Hyper-Belief Problem


First, I'd broaden "hatred" to include a few more terms, such as "disdain" and "disrespect" and such to include all the relevant behaviors. Then, I'd insist on calibrating a term like "misogyny" per context and culture. If you don't we'll fall into the Richard Dawkins fallacy of turning away from any "first world" issue, when convenient, by pointing out some allegedly worse situation somewhere else.  A word that means the worst of the worst may be something we want to preserve, i.e., saving holocaust for The Holocaust, but misogyny does not really qualify for that standing.  Having said that, I see the word generally being used correctly, when adjusting for that context.  

2 years, 4 months ago on The New Misogyny


This is what a feminist (blog) looks like. Well done.  

2 years, 7 months ago on Why I Am A Feminist