Civility

“I hope we can treat each other with civility and respect.”

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Sheeples: People compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led. People unable to think for themselves. Followers. Lemmings. Those with no cognitive abilities of their own.

The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (1994) is a controversial bestseller that Charles Murray wrote with the Harvard professor Richard J. Herrnstein. Its central thesis is that intelligence is a better predictor of many factors including financial income, job performance, unwed pregnancy, and crime than one’s parents’ socio-economic status or education level. Also, the book argued that those with high intelligence (the “cognitive elite”) are becoming separated from the general population of those with average and below-average intelligence and that this was a dangerous social trend. Murray expanded on this theme in his 2012 book Coming Apart.

In 1995, Noam Chomsky criticized the book’s conclusions about race and the notion that Blacks and people with lower IQs having more children are even a problem.


Universal Basic Income: Is The Safety Net In Age of Artificial Intelligence

This is a real debate they talk about the issues. Do not judge the discussion by the vote. All you have to do is look at the audience, and you will know which way the vote is going to go.
You be the judge.


Why you think you’re right — even if you’re wrong.


Intelligence Squared is an organization that stages debates around the world. It was founded in 2002 in London where its head office is based, but now also operates globally in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Greece, Chile, and Israel. The debates are held in the traditional Oxford style, with as many as 2,500 people attending some events. It produces video and audio versions of them on a regular basis through their website as well as YouTube.

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Socrates was one of the first Greek philosophers to encourage both scholars and the common citizen to turn their attention from the outside world to the condition of humankind. In this view, knowledge having a bearing on human life was placed highest, all other knowledge being secondary. Self-knowledge was considered necessary for success and inherently an essential good. A self-aware person will act completely within his capabilities to his pinnacle, while an ignorant person will flounder and encounter difficulty. To Socrates, a person must become aware of every fact (and its context) relevant to his existence, if he wishes to attain self-knowledge. He posited that people will naturally do what is good if they know what is right. Evil or bad actions are the results of ignorance. If a criminal were truly aware of the mental and spiritual consequences of his actions, he would neither commit nor even consider committing those actions. Any person who knows what is truly right will automatically do it, according to Socrates. While he correlated knowledge with virtue, he similarly equated virtue with happiness. The truly wise man will know what is right, do what is good, and therefore be happy.