Wealth and Whips

Excerpt: "   Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give … Continue reading Wealth and Whips

Somnolence

Somnolence (the scientific term for sleep which literally means "drowsiness") is derived from the word "somnus" which is Latin for "sleep". Sleep refers to a naturally recurring state of mind and body characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles, and reduced interactions with surroundings. It is distinguished from wakefulness … Continue reading Somnolence

Models of Education

Factory model schooling or factory model education refers to an educational style or pedagogy that first emerged in Europe in the late 18th century whose primary characteristics are top-down management, emphasis on formal management, centralized planning, standardization, outcomes designed to meet societal needs, and efficiency in mass-producing results. It is comparable to the factory model … Continue reading Models of Education

Value and Value Creation

In ethics 'value' denotes the degree of importance of some thing or action, with the aim of determining what actions are best to do or what way is best to live (normative ethics), or to describe the significance of different actions. It may be described as treating actions themselves as abstract objects, putting value to … Continue reading Value and Value Creation

​Ikigai (生き甲斐)

Ikigai (生き甲斐) is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." It is similar to the French phrase Raison d'être. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one's ikigai brings satisfaction … Continue reading ​Ikigai (生き甲斐)

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

Excerpt: "   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 … 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