Nov 17

Epistemic : epistemology

This is an important message and may not support your tribal epistemology.

First watch this. And push through it because it is important stuff.


Then read the Vox story below. Please provide any feedback that you may have that demonstrates why this is false or inaccurate. Epistemology is cool.

“But at this point, it’s just very difficult to imagine anything that could bridge the epistemic gulf between America’s tribes. We are split in two, living in different worlds, with different stories and facts shaping our lives. We no longer learn or know things together, as a country, so we can no longer act together, as a country.”

“Epistemology is the branch of philosophy having to do with how we know things and what it means for something to be true or false, accurate or inaccurate. (Episteme, or ἐπιστήμη, is ancient Greek for knowledge/science/understanding.)”


“Over time, this leads to what you might call tribal epistemology: Information is evaluated based not on conformity to common standards of evidence or correspondence to a common understanding of the world, but on whether it supports the tribe’s values and goals and is vouchsafed by tribal leaders. “Good for our side” and “true” begin to blur into one.

Feb 17


You can have courage or you can have comfort, but you can’t have both.

– Brene Brown

Feb 17

The moment we no longer have a free press…

The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie—a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days—but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows.
And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.

– Hannah Arendt

Dec 14


“One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.” — Arthur C. Clarke

Dec 14

Our Demise

To our demise, marketing has mastered the art of continuous dissatisfaction.

– Kevin Saker

Apr 14

Your Fears


Apr 11

Asleep at the wheel

“I’ve yet to find anything convincing about the arguments Christians make for the existence of this God chap, and feel, that if he does exist, events such as the Holocaust, Cambodian massacres and Limp Bizkit illuminate the fact that he’s been asleep at the wheel for quite some time.”

— Wil Forbis

Dec 10

Joe Bageant talks Cultural Ignorance

Shy of open insurrection, a nationwide refusal to pay income taxes would certainly shake things up. But broader America is happy in the sense they know happiness as an undisturbed regimen of toil, stress and commodity consumption.

via www.joebageant.com

Jun 10

Classic Steven Wright

You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?

— Steven Wright

Jun 10

Live now, while there’s time.

We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.

— Steve Jobs, /via The Technium: Predicting the Present, First Five Years of Wired

Jun 10

Weekday Veg, Give it a try.

Mar 09

Adam Savage Talks Obsessions

Mar 09

He did what with a sheep??? Mike Rowe talks jobs.