Category Archives: understanding things
There seem to be a lot of truth fundamentalists in the world, people who believe that there is an objective truth for everyone and we better find out what that truth is so that everyone can live after it. Both assumptions seem to be a little bit odd to me. I used to hold both of them very strongly when I was a teenager. Since then however, I have moved away from these assumptions. Today I have serious doubts about the existence of an objective truth, other than the truth itself that there is no objective truth, at least none that we can discover. Furthermore I am quite convinced that even if there was such a truth, the importance of that truth would be much overrated. (more…)
From a European perspective it is sometimes hard to see that there still seems to be a big debate in the US about how true the theory of evolution is. I usually ignored this debate as I though it is obvious to everyone who is intellectually honest that the opponents of evolution have no real arguments against this theory. I also do not consider this to be an important question on its one. If someone does not want to believe in evolution, what difference does it make? After all, no one is denying that we are all here now and that we have to deal with the realities surrounding us.
However, I am a passionate Libertarian. What attracts me to Libertarianism is not just the personal desire for freedom and the even more personal hatred of the state. (more…)
In a new study, Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics found a significant correlation between Intelligence and socialistic political viewpoints as well as atheism. The more intelligent a person is, the more likely it is that he is leftwing and an atheist. Knowing some results of brain science, this result actually does not surprise me very much. But what does that mean? In our society the word â€œintelligenceâ€ has a very good connotation. Intelligence is a good thing, something that no one can have enough of. However, if it was a significant advantage to be intelligent than why did human kind not develop a higher average intelligence throughout evolution? The answer is probably that, while intelligence can be a very helpful thing in many situations, it also might have some disadvantages. (more…)