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Ten guidelines for nurturing a thriving democracy by Bertrand Russell
"In December 1951, British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote a piece for the NY Times Magazine titled The Best Answer to Fanaticism — Liberalism with a subhead that says “Its calm search for truth, viewed as dangerous in many places, remains the hope of humanity.” At the end of the article, he offers a list of ten commandments for living in the spirit of liberalism:

1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2. Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3. Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.

4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9. Be scrupulously truthful, even when truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

Over the past few years, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to keep an open mind about many issues, particularly on those related to politics. Remaining curious and generous about new & different ideas, especially in public, is perhaps more challenging than it was in Russell’s time. We are bombarded on all sides by propaganda, conspiracy theories, and broadly discredited theories from the past pushed upon us by entertainment news outlets and social media algorithms — we’re under a constant denial-of-service attack on our ability to think and reason.

We can’t reasonably be expected to give serious consideration to ideas like “the Holocaust didn’t happen”, “the Earth is flat”, “the Newtown massacre was faked”, “let’s try slavery again”, “vaccines cause autism”, and “anthropogenic climate change is a myth” — the evidence just doesn’t support any of it — but playing constant defense against all this crap makes it difficult to have good & important discussions with those we might disagree with about things like education, the role of national borders in a extremely mobile world, how to address our changing climate, systemic racism & discrimination, gun violence, healthcare, and dozens of other important issues. Perhaps with Russell’s guidelines in mind, we can make some progress on that front."
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Anne Hathaway's "Ocean's 8" Performance Is The Best Part Of The Whole Dang Thing
There are a lot of amazing things about Ocean's 8 , including, but not limited to: 1) a truly incredible cast, 2) every single suit Cate Blanchett rocks in it,…
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Audiolog Clonmel to Limerick #audiomo | Topgold Audio Clips
Making an audio log as I travel between two LIT campuses. Summer is in the air.
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Saudi firm signs MoU for power and water desalination opportunities
Saudi firm signs MoU for power and water desalination opportunities June 11, 2018 at 02:31AM https://ift.tt/2t0WYQO

ACWA Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited (ENERGY CHINA), to explore joint investment opportunities and cooperate on power generation and water desalination projects across the Middle East and Asia. The agreement between the Saudi-based firm and Chinese EPC firm, was signed during a ceremony in Dubai last […]

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Energy efficient appliances now easy to identify in South Africa
Energy efficient appliances now easy to identify in South Africa June 11, 2018 at 02:31AM https://ift.tt/2sXAf87

The Department of Energy (DoE) has implemented a programme to drive energy efficient appliances in the South African market, removing all high energy-consuming goods.  The programme is aimed at introducing appliances that are less energy consuming and compliant with the new Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). The Minister of Energy, Hon. Jeff Radebe conducted a […]

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