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Winton Bates
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Writer and researcher at Freedom and Flourishing
Writer and researcher at Freedom and Flourishing

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Why read a book providing advice to radicals?
I doubt whether many people would consider me to be a
radical, even though I look forward to the withering away of the state as the social singularity subverts government activities. My views about politics have been most
strongly influenced by people who w...
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Can MEMEnomics help us to predict social change?
MEMEnomics is the title of a book by Said Dawlabani, a cultural economist. The book, published in 2013,
is an application of the psycho-social model of human development pioneered by
Clare Graves and Don Beck. MEMEnomics has been praised by several prominen...
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How will human values evolve as we approach the social singularity?
As explained in a recent post , Max Borders has coined the term, social singularity, to
describe the transformation in social organisation that could occur following
mass adoption of secure networking technologies. Some existing mediating
structures could b...
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How can we overcome confirmation bias?
This guest post by
Leah Goldrick was originally published on her excellent blog, Common Sense Ethics . Leah acknowledges that confirmation bias is linked to pattern
recognition, which serves a useful purpose. The confirmation bias problem
arises when we see...
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Should we look forward to the Social Singularity?
The social singularity should not be confused with the
technological singularity, which Wikipedia defines as the hypothesis that
invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway
technological growth, resulting in unfathomable change t...
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How many Hobbits and Hooligans would accept impartial expert advice about how to vote?
According to Jason Brennan , a political philosopher, there
are three broad types of democratic citizen: ·          Hobbits are mostly apathetic and ignorant about
politics. They don’t give politics much thought. ·          Hooligans are the rabid sports fa...
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How can people become more open to critical evaluation of their own views?
It might not be obvious to everyone that it is desirable for people to
be open to critical examination of their own views. The process of critical
examination takes time and energy and can be unsettling. If it leads a person
to change his or her view, relat...
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What are the ingredients of good leadership?
As I contemplate leadership failures in some major organisations,
in Australia and elsewhere, it strikes me that the people responsible for those
failures have not been meeting the norms of behaviour expected of responsible
adults. For example, it doesn’t s...
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Why ask questions?
Ruins of the forecourt of the temple of Apollo at Delphi
where   “Know Thyself” was inscribed. When I started blogging, about a decade ago, I decided that
the title of each article would be a question. That seemed like a good way to
explore the relationship...
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Is Steven Pinker too optimistic about the future of liberal democracy?
Steven
Pinker’s aim in Enlightenment Now , The
case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, is “to restate the ideals
of the Enlightenment in the language and concepts of the 21 st century” and to show that those ideals have worked to enhance human
flou...
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