Tag: Sociology

1986, Books, Non-Fiction

Uncoupling (1986) by Diane Vaughan

I interrupted my normal reading schedule to read this book specifically because I was going through a breakup – a relationship of nearly five years, the longest romantic relationship of my life, had ended. I chose Uncoupling of the books recommended to me because I found it the easiest but also because it appeared to …

1840, Books, Non-Fiction

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841) by Charles Mackay

On the one hand Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is an invaluable chronicle of many of the most ridiculous things human beings have got up to in European history.

Politics, Society

Ok. Why do you think conspiracy theories are a social evil?

I think conspiracy theories – as opposed the identification of actual conspiracies, which is an altogether different thing – and the belief in them cause a number of problems.

Philosophy, Politics, Society

Why is metaphysics dangerous in the hands of those who govern us?

Metaphysics, i.e the study of “things” outside of physical reality, is incredibly dangerous for politics. But first, why do we use metaphysics?

Politics, Society

Why don’t you believe in conspiracies?

First, I think we must distinguish between conspiracies in the legal sense, and conspiracy theories. Conspiracies are any time that two or more people get together to break a law. Conspiracy theories are “hidden hand” theories of history – around for ages in the case of the Illuminati for example, or newer theories, in the …

Politics, Society

Why is it so hard for some people to beleive that the people in charge don’t have their own agenda?

[Responding to the above question submitted to me using Formspring:] We can debate endlessly the meaning of “in charge” but I can’t agree with your first statement. Nobody is actually “in charge” in the sense that nobody has the power to do whatever they want. A cursory look at Obama’s struggles implementing his agenda is …