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The thinking person’s checklist

I’ve just finished reading Alan Jacob’s excellent How to Think: A guide for the perplexed1. At the end of the book he gives a little checklist. His book is much more about being a certain sort of person than doing a certain set of tasks, and some of what is below will only really make sense if you read the book but here you go anyway. A condensed guide on how to think. When faced with a provocation to respond to what someone has said, give it five minutes. Take…

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Global reading: a failed test

Adam Roberts conducted an exercise to see how globally read he was in terms of fiction. I started this exercise curious to see, really, how large is the gap in my knowledge of world literature. It turns out: it’s pretty huge. The majority of nation-states listed below are followed by I have never read any fiction from that country. I am, of course, limiting myself to novels written by citizens of the countries concerned (which is to say, I am not counting fiction merely set in that country, or by people born elsewhere…

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The Curiosity Index (22.03.2018)

Are religious people really less smart, on average, than atheists? Apparently so. But what the research actually says is that religious people are more intuitive. “This work suggests, religious belief predisposes people to rely more heavily on intuition in decision-making – and the stronger their belief, the more pronounced the impact.” It also seems to suggest that religion causes intuition but could it not be the case that intuitive people discern that there must be more to life than this? Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer: The New Trinity? And why it won’t…

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