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That's almost obviously true and while it becomes a problem if ignored, I think it primarily highlights the necessity for dialogue and the importance of really listening. If we are aware of our bias and really want to be open, I think there is always the possiblity of expanding one's horizon. Of course, it much easier and often more comfortable to be satisfied with how well one's current viewpoint fits with one's perceived reality.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2018 on No Free Thinking at Economics and Ethics
I wonder if the umpire felt more "entitled" to punish Serena because she is a women or if he perceived the insult as more "threatening" coming from a women than a man.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2018 on Serena Williams’s Loss at Economics and Ethics
Sadly, it always takes two to have a respectful conversation. As Schiller wrote "The most pious man may not live in peace if he does not please his wicked neighbour." (Or however you would translate this). Thanks for mentioning the article though, I'll try to incorporate it into my Economic Philosophy course next year.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2018 on The Decline of Reason at Economics and Ethics
> [Obama] targeted conservative groups with the IRS, and probably put a spy into the Trump campaign, Citation needed.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2018 on Constitutional Moment at Economics and Ethics
... individual selection as you and I compete with others to leave the most surviving offspring. This is the standard view ... argue[ing] that any appearance of altruism or sacrifice for others can be explained entirely by kin selection. I don't think this is correct. Altruism certainly needs to start as kin selection, but once individuals are able to condition their altruistic behaviour on the behaviour of others, it can be sustained in reciprocal relationships with non-kin. This requires repeated interactions and a limited number of others to interact with, both conditions that apply to the circumstances under which humans evolved (though maybe not always to today's world). > ... Those groups that are successful have a greater chance to leave behind their genes. I find gene group selection implausible. As far as I know, nobody has ever convincingly solved the problem that everyone prefers that the other sacrifices themselves for the group instead and that genes of those more willing to do so eventually die out. Now if you try to explain MEME group selection, I'm listening. A group that has a meme that encourage self-sacrifice for the greater good of the group does not die out if someone does sacrifice themselves (probably on the contrary).
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2017 on (Recent) Books at Economics and Ethics
Yet, a majority of lawmakers considers this either a) good for themselves or b) good for their definition of social welfare. Which one is it? And a side question: Do the health-care-through-free-market advocates in Congress not understand asymmetric information and adverse selection or do they think that a free-market failing is still better than government intervention?
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2017 on 32 Million at Economics and Ethics
> recognize the huge dangers that arise from monopolies (which is why both Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson supported an open market for religion, and not state-sanctioning of such) Although it should be pointed out that most Christian nut-jobs right-wingers reside in America with its free market of religions whereas in countries with a state church (e.g. UK, Norway), religion is mostly an afterthought in society and politics. So score one for monopolies.
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2017 on Plurality in Religion at Economics and Ethics
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