The Commandments of Logic

Thou shall not attack the person’s character, but the argument itself. (Ad hominem) Thou shall not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in order to make them easier to attack. (Straw Man Fallacy) Thou shall not use small numbers to represent the whole. (Hasty Generalization) Thou shall not argue thy position by assuming one of … Continue reading The Commandments of Logic

The Perils of Collectivism

Well, there was something that happened at that plant where I worked for twenty years. It was when the old man died and his heirs took over. There were three of them, two sons and a daughter, and they brought a new plan to run the factory. They let us vote on it, too, and … Continue reading The Perils of Collectivism

Racist

Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice. Prejudice is the child of ignorance and racism springs from ignorance. Racism is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted … Continue reading Racist

Traditions

The word 'tradition' comes from the Latin word 'traditionem' which means "handing over, passing on". However just because something is traditional is no reason to do it. Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay. Free yourself from the rigid conduct of tradition and open yourself to new forms … Continue reading Traditions

Speed Limits and Road Accidents

In 1896, Bridget Driscoll was attending a summer fete in Crystal Palace, London, when a car travelling at a tremendous pace – somewhere under its top speed of eight miles per hour – struck and killed her. She became Britain’s first automobile fatality. There wasn’t a big reaction. The British Parliament had just passed an … Continue reading Speed Limits and Road Accidents

AI Decision Makers

According to Alibaba CEO Jack Ma "30 years later, the Time Magazine cover for the best CEO of the year very likely will be a robot. It remembers better than you, it counts faster than you, and it won't be angry with competitors." However I believe that decision making matters precisely because humans administer them. … Continue reading AI Decision Makers

Reservation in India

Replace India's Caste-based Reservation System with Monetary Stipends The framers of the Constitution believed that, due to the caste system, SCs and the STs were historically oppressed and denied respect and equal opportunity in Indian society and were thus under-represented in nation-building activities. However a large section of extremely poor people are still not getting … Continue reading Reservation in India