On controversy and narrow-mindedness (in a “Christian” context)

Anyone who has honestly explored the literature will find and know that almost all controversial issues are controversial for good reason. There are almost always plenty of sincere and intelligent people grappling with those issues. Conservative Christianity itself is essentially one big farce because it entails believing that the bible is 100% correct, etc. And it also … Continue reading On controversy and narrow-mindedness (in a “Christian” context)

The individual vs the government — principal-agent problem and information asymmetry

Before anyone takes it upon himself to criticise the government, their own parents, their teachers, etc., consider this: In a democracy, the government governs on behalf of the people. In a company, the managers manage on behalf of the shareholders. Whenever we allow another party to act on our behalf, we encounter the principal-agent problem: <quote>PRINCIPAL-AGENT … Continue reading The individual vs the government — principal-agent problem and information asymmetry

“Happiness”: Experiencing Self, vs Remembering Self

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory | Talk Video | TED.com (The reader is strongly encouraged to watch the above-linked talk before proceeding.) Here’s a summary/analysis: (1) The following are fundamentally different: what we remember, vs what we actually experience. The level of happiness (or pain) experienced by the self during an activity tends to be very different … Continue reading “Happiness”: Experiencing Self, vs Remembering Self