Critical Thinking

“The Family” Series on NETFLIX: Humility and Exceptionalism, Tools of Cult-Like Manipulation

Shared purpose is a strong social glue and motivator. Shared beliefs are stronger. Commercial interests and proximity to power seal airtight connections. This is the validation that accompanies NETFLIX’s  5-part docuseries “The Family“.  The production presents the political and social dynamics and effects of an enigmatic, yet hidden in plain sight for decades, Christian organization …

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Projection Matters: What an Egyptian Hieroglyph Can Tell You About Your Perspective on Life

  We may be looking at the same object, but do we see the same thing? The symbol in the illustration above is based on an Egyptian hieroglyph called AKHET. Although its multiple meanings are still a subject of debate, one of them seems to be “horizon” – the sun’s movement in the sky, as …

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Goal Setting: 3 PRO TIPS for 2020 Inspired by Assertive Principles and Critical Thinking

When used properly, productivity-related habits such as GOAL SETTING can help you optimize and speed-up your achievements in both personal and professional settings. As you’re reading the previous phrase, you’re probably already thinking about the S.M.A.R.T. Goals strategy, which is an OK-ish start, but definitely only part of the story when it comes to efficient …

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This is Why “Motivational Speakers” Like Simon Sinek Shouldn’t Succeed | His Opinion about Millennials is the Result of Cognitive Mess

The title of my post is the expression of an automatic, flawed thinking pattern. So is most of Simon Sinek’s message about/for the Millennial generation. I will explain why that is and how these thinking patterns can turn messages otherwise intended as motivational, witty, and inspiring into damaging, misleading, and highly demotivational collections of words. …

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SKEPTIC’s REVIEW: Church of Scientology – Religious Organization Website – II

This article is a continuation of SKEPTIC’s REVIEW: Church of Scientology – Religious Organization Website – I. About SKEPTIC’s REVIEW My goal for this website segment is to critically analyze the message of some of the people, businesses, and organizations that deal with controversial or pseudo-scientific content and claims and try to figure out the …

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“Agreeing To Disagree” Is Passive-Aggressive. Go for Authenticity Instead.

When people hold opposing views and yet decide to engage with one another in casual conversations or formal debates, “Agreeing to Disagree” is the modern time’s expectation and suggestion for an optimal result. This strategy is particularly employed in those contexts where the persuasion of one party to adhere to the points of view of …

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What Brings People With Opposing Views Together? It’s Not Tolerance. Also, Revisiting SKEPTIC’s REVIEW #1.

“Being more tolerant” is one of the most advocated for attitudes and solutions when it comes to dealing with people whose opinions, behaviors, or even fixed traits are different from those of a perceived or confirmed majority. Does a person have religious views that are different from yours? Learn to be more tolerant. Does a …

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SKEPTIC’s REVIEW: Church of Scientology – Religious Organization Website – I

The Premise The Church of Scientology is one of those religious organizations whose name has been involved in many highly unreligious contexts. The controversies tainting the Scientology brand range from unethical practices to abusive tactics used against its critics and non-compliant members, to illegal activities. Even so, the COS can still rely on a large …

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SKEPTIC’s REVIEW: John Edward – Psychic Medium Website

The Premise Psychic mediums who claim to be able to talk to the dead have been debunked numerous times by skeptics all over the world. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the services that these individuals charge significant fees for do not deliver on the main implied promise made to their paying customers …

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Bad Science: MIT’s Norman AI may be just depressed and not a ‘psychopath’ after all. Here’s why the creators were wrong and irresponsible.

A few days ago, while I was browsing my Twitter feed, I came across a piece of news that really caught my attention: an article that said “MIT scientists created an AI-powered ‘psychopath’ named Norman“. It seemed to me like a very interesting project, so I clicked to read more. But, as I was reading …

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