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Of Paradigms and Anomalies: Thoughts on How We Model Our World

Humans are adept at building paradigms of our world – basically, models that enable us to understand and navigate various aspects of our reality.  Thus, for example, we have paradigms of how our workplace, family, political system, and, for those with an interest in...

Contemplating the Ethics of Luck

“Luck” can be defined as good fortune or advantage that arises as a result of chance.  But people can have double standards in how they regard instances of good or bad luck.  Basically, the more an instance of good luck resembles good luck we have experienced in the...

The British Royal Family: Why We Have Trouble Looking Away

I have a problem, though not one that most people would consider as such.  No matter how much I try, I cannot seem to look away from the British royal family.  This is a bit puzzling to me, because wealth and power do not really impress me much, certainly not in the...

Power: Wisdom and Warnings

Power.  I define it as the ability to make events and circumstances conform to one’s will.  This, of course, presupposes the ability to compel or convince others to act in pursuit of that aim. My interest in the subject of power sparked a desire to examine what some...