Ethical Egoism may be the only semblance of bipartisanship in Congress

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Although political leaders have become more polarized in recent years, many of their actions remain puzzling. Even at the peak of their outrage, they never seem to deliver the promised ‘kill shot’ to their most ardent opponent. Even though the promise may have been the reason they won a recent election.

When these political leaders get elected and finally get their power, they seem to get amnesia about such promises. It leaves voters with a bevy of questions like:


Francis Bacon’s four truth barriers were right on the money

Will We Ever Overcome Our Natural Resistance to Truth
Will We Ever Overcome Our Natural Resistance to Truth
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It is almost impossible to argue that human nature is objective.

Each of us exists with a unique set of experiences, which leads to feelings and interpretations and ultimately shapes our beliefs. Even siblings who grew up in identical environments wind up with belief systems that differ from one another.

Influencers on life

All of the influences we’ve experienced and our culture created the lens through which we observe the world. Thus, we end up applying numerous cognitive biases and prejudices as we look through our lens.

The Course in Miracles claims that there are no neutral thoughts. If this is true, then…


Say hello to “satellite pollution”

The Earth’s Atmosphere is Choking from Pollution in Space
The Earth’s Atmosphere is Choking from Pollution in Space
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As we venture to clean up planet Earth, it seems our atmosphere needs some attention as well — a lot of attention, as it turns out.

According to recent research posted in the Royal Astronomical Society Monthly notice, astronomers are now struggling to find a clear spot in the world to just study stars¹. There is too much space junk and satellites blocking their view.

Satellite pollution and space junk

From the first satellite launched in 1957, we now have around 3400 satellites in our orbit. But this is not all; these satellites are floating alongside a variety of debris. Astronomers refer to this as…


Can an environment erode our principles?

Does our Virtual Reality Pleasure Jeopardize Truth
Does our Virtual Reality Pleasure Jeopardize Truth
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Reality is something that philosophers and great thinkers have been trying to define since the ancient days of the world. Therefore, it only stands to reason that the latest virtual reality technology could only make things worse.

Perception has always been a struggle because each of us perceives phenomena in our own unique way. Step back and think about an event that you and other people observed, and recall how each of you described what you saw.

This is because perception is not standardized — instead, it’s very subjective. Wouldn’t the same thing happen in a virtual reality environment?

Studies…


Opiate addiction is an ancient societal problem

4 Popular People from History Who Were Addicted to Opium
4 Popular People from History Who Were Addicted to Opium
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The horrors of opiates are by no means only a blight on modern society; it has ravaged society for generations. Opium is derived from the milky sap of opium poppies. The earliest historical reference to opium comes from Mesopotamia around 3400 BC.¹

The ancients wasted no time in recognizing its unique effect on the human body. They used it for things like insomnia, relieving pain, and even to quieten crying infants.

A strong market for opium quickly evolved into a worldwide demand over time. …


When will the next one occur?

Here are Earth’s Previous 5 Mass Extinctions that Crippled the Planet
Here are Earth’s Previous 5 Mass Extinctions that Crippled the Planet
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Considering the global concerns today about climate change, it might be interesting to re-examine the mass extinctions that have already occurred in Earth’s history.

Interestingly, only one was directly caused by climate change. Most of the others suffered from random events that induced a change in climate and its devastating effects.

Reasons for concern

However, today’s climate change alarmists have a good reason for their urgency. If the data from the past 10,000 years are any indication, our planet appears to be locked on the path of another mass extinction — based on how many animals have been lost.

Experts define mass extinction…


Will we get to choose which?

Modern Democracies Are Evolving Into One of Three Forms of Governments
Modern Democracies Are Evolving Into One of Three Forms of Governments
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The phrase, ‘familiarity breeds contempt” has been often used in modern society. Supposedly, the term was used as far back as Ancient Rome, but the first official record of it came from the great English writer Geoffrey Chaucer in the 1300s.

The vulnerability of democracies

The phrase typically applies to a relationship, where two people become so close that they begin only seeing the negative traits in one another. However, it can be used on other things as well — which certainly includes government.

By its very nature, a democracy is prone to turn on itself. Since freedom of speech is a cornerstone of…


Should we embrace or resist this fact?

Virtual Reality Greatly Distorts Our Perception of Time
Virtual Reality Greatly Distorts Our Perception of Time
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As artificial intelligence and technology continues to infiltrate our world, we find ourselves struggling with sociological, psychological, and even physiological issues that they sometimes cause.

If we step back and think for a moment, we have no choice but to conclude these issues are getting larger, not smaller. This is because our society gets more complex with each passing day.

Virtual reality challenging the senses

One such component that is challenging the status quo of humanity is virtual reality. Recent studies are indicating that it distorts our sense of time in a significant way.

The next question we must consider is whether or not this…


Sometimes change isn’t that good after all

6 Times When Well Meaning Laws Made Things Much Worse
6 Times When Well Meaning Laws Made Things Much Worse
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We have always understood the importance of law and order; most of us only hope that the laws are enforced fairly — without prejudice.

And then there are times when lawmakers’ intent is good, but they actually make things much worse. These are real-life examples of when we humans end up getting in our own way when leaving things alone would have been a better option.

Laws that make things worse

Unfortunately, when it comes to laws that govern the masses, it’s not just the person making a terrible decision who gets hurt; millions of other people also pay the price — sometimes a hefty…


5 compelling reasons why it might be true

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One of the ancient wonders of humankind has been seeking out the origin of human life. We still haven’t confirmed exactly where and how human beings came to populate our planet.

While these questions have sparked endless heated debates for many lifetimes, we can safely say that the jury is still out. The only answers we have in the bank concerning the birth of human life are theory and faith-based, with science still lagging behind.

Did humans come from outer space?

Some scientific community members believe that we humans may actually be aliens — either directly or indirectly. While it may sound far-fetched, there are several…

Charles Stephen

Retired Scientist and Jogger. Experienced online publisher since 2006.

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