Thursday, January 13, 2022

Liberal Journalist Quits: Thought-Mugged by the Woke

 

A distinguished journalist rejects the blinkered ideology of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation—and strikes out on her own. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Monday, January 3, 2022

COMPETITION: FOR EXCELLENCE OR EGO?

Pro-capitalist, I tend to favor competition, but I do have some reservations.  Here, I’ll discuss some concerns about being a competitive person.

If you are a competitive person, this can help you improve by setting goals shown to be achieved by others. You can choose to strive to meet or exceed these. I’m fine with that, unless your motive is to prove you are better than these people, rather than to perform better than the limits. Pursue excellence. Extinguish the ego. Never stoop to harming your rivals.

Ambitious goals can help raise efficacy and efficiency.

If we are striving to do better than we did before or better than a set goal, we are likely to benefit. If we are comparing ourselves with others, this is an ego trip, rather than the pursuit of excellence, and ego trips are to be avoided, as they are shallow and doomed to disappointment.

Compete with yourself, pay little attention to what the others are doing, except to learn from them.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

RATIONAL OPTIMISM AND HALF A CUP

 It is said that the optimist may view a cup of fluid as half-full, and the pessimist may view it as half-empty. Both may be correct, but there is more to this.

As a rational optimist, I believe in reason and the attempt to get at what is true, but I believe in choosing the more optimistic interpretation when there is room for choice.


First, there are data and definitional uncertainties: there is some uncertainty as to the percentage of a “full” cup that is occupied by the fluid.

What is “full”? Do we measure from the top (the rim) of the cup to the bottom or from the usual height when we consider the cup effectively full? An eight-ounce cup has eight ounces of fluid at a level somewhat below the rim.

Would 51% of capacity warrant “half-full” and 49% warrant “half-empty”? How about “nearly full” and “nearly empty”? And how well do we know that 51% is the right measurement? Perhaps the truth is 55% or 45%, for example.


In some circumstances, not knowing the truth can be dangerous (think of dispensing powerful medicines), so a rational optimist wants to know what is true, when it can be known with reasonable effort.

In other circumstances, the impact on the perceiver may be important, and “half-full” may be more or less encouraging than “half-empty,” and encouragement (or discouragement) might be better.

I choose to be optimistic where the data allow it and confidence is beneficial. Even so, over-confidence is by definition mistaken and can be dangerous.