What Ever Happened to Basic Human Decency?

Society is deciding that integrity is a losing proposition.

By Grant Hilary Brenner on Feb 28, 2017, Psychology Today

When I was a child growing up in suburban New Jersey in the 1970s, I was taught by my father to treat others with respect and consideration. I didn’t always do a great job, but the lessons he taught be about being a decent human being have stayed with me. The wisdom of his advice becomes clearer and clearer to me the older I get, and the meaning and importance of treating others with dignity is highlighted in my own efforts to raise my children to be good people, in my personal relationships, and in my professional life. It’s about mutual respect, it often involves making hard choices, and it isn’t always successful. ...READ MORE

Emotions, the Route Towards Public Persuasion

I suck at one thing, and one thing only, emotional persuasion.

When we talk about persuasion, isn’t it something pertained about rhetorics? Something about figures of speech?

As what Marcus Cicero terms a great orator, is somebody that encompasses as much knowledge as possible, and as much heartfelt feelings towards his citizens as possible.

From Aristotle era, there was the saying of what successful persuasion is composed of. ...READ MORE

Democracy in Canada

During my time stay in Canada, I witnessed a landscape with extraordinary sceneries, well organized systems of infrastructures and the embarrassing situation of the homeless.

For me, the west seems like a free land of all sorts of ideologies, and I don’t want to stress the term ideology much, as I’d like to think of the west has a democratic approach to groups of people in a society, and how, from that, a society flourishes. ...READ MORE

Cognitive Bias and Rational Ambiguity

Cognitive Bias

Cognitive bias is this type of bias, that has real evidence and proof to support it.

It’s actually quite common to see cognitive biases in people. For example, Trump. Trump has severe cognitive biases according to his criticisms towards media and Democratic Party.

He called most presses just fake news, because the proofs to support these presses being fake news are actually there. There are evidence to indicate that CNN being fake news, MSNBC being fake news, Router being fake news. You can’t debate the fact that there are details and evidence to support their compromised veracity. ...READ MORE

Our Fear and Our Defensive Mechanism

There are many things we fear in real life.

Many things can act as triggers in this extremely dynamic environment of ours to induce fear, and horror.

We fear, because we think. The more we think, the more fear it is instilled in us.

The natural fear, is the fear of death. It’s an animal instinct, a cell call of life. This living organism doesn’t want to die mentality.

We fear because we think we might be destroyed. ...READ MORE

Terraforming Mars?

In what ways can you terraform Mars?

The atmosphere composition of Mars is 95% CO2 and 5% N2. In this way, you can’t simply plant trees on it in hope of them miraculously producing oxygen. Because they will all die with no O2 at all. Elon Musk is preparing to send people onto Mars. The best possible option we can now make, yet still very very challenging, is to make a remote station there with enclosed protective shell. And we have to bring tons of oxygen and pump them periodically inside the station in order for every living thing in there to stay alive. ...READ MORE

Medicine in China and the U.S.: Observations from an American Medical Student – Review Version

Inspired by a post from Stephen Eigles, Medicine in China and the U.S.: Observations from an American Medical Student, I come to this post about Chinese medical system.

The post was written in 1998, Spring, 2 decades ago. However, the insights in this post are still pretty relevant to this day.

Some, mispractices, have been eradicated from China for quite some time now, but the rather baffling and ominous wrongdoings are still very persistent to this day. ...READ MORE