Thought Box

This is my Thought Box.

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Sometimes I have a single thought or question. After thinking about it for several minutes, I realize that answering the question or fleshing out the thought will be more difficult than I initially thought. In response, I just unload my brain onto a Word document and see what happens.

Writing helps me organize and clarify my thoughts, and helps me to see exactly how, to what extent, and whether I understand something. Everything that you see here is likely not in its final form, and will be subject to further edits as I think on the subjects further. Drop me a line if you have a thought about my thoughts. It would be fun to discuss.

Many of the things I will write about have been covered in depth by other people (if you’re writing about politics, Aristotle covered that in depth a while ago). My primary goal here isn’t to break new ground on any particular topic (although that would be great), but to understand one for myself by means of writing thoughts down. If any reader finds that my way of thinking helps them to think through an issue, that’s just infinite bonus points.

Another benefit of this page, I hope, is that it will serve as a preliminary (but significant) introduction to me. This could be useful for any man who would like to date me, any person who would like to be my friend, or any professional wanting to know the manner in which I think.

This page, which is the same age as 2017, will house the results of such brain unloadings. You can either look at the linked list of them below, or go here for a more aesthetically appealing layout; the posts are arranged in a scrolling tiled grid. Just click the links below if you want to see what my deal is. The thoughts that are yet to come will likely be switched around, but I’ll get to them all!


First thought: Would technology that changes sexual orientation be good or bad?

Second thought: Fake news isn’t new. But a proper understanding of its nature is.

Third thought: Corporations aren’t good or evil. Especially not evil.

Fourth thought: Envy is instructive, and, by its nature, has the same impact on positive emotions as defining a concept by means of a negative has on knowledge. 

Fifth thought: The mood appropriate to “Thanksgiving” is most potently felt when I am shielded from nature’s indifference toward humanity by the technology of my species.

Sixth thought: I do not like the verb “to democratize” as it is currently used. It is a fad word, and it, like the verb “to love,” will quickly lose exact meaning that allows it to be perverted.

Seventh thought: It’s easy to understand why and how individuals in past times did not see that racism, sexism, homophobia, and other things were wrong. Most individuals are committing errors that are just as glaring today, but most do not perform the analyses necessary to reveal those errors, which are the same analyses that would have revealed the errors of past people in their own time. They eliminate errors with the imprecision and accident of emotion, rather than reason (as discussed in my dialectic on changing sexual orientation).

Eighth thought: Aumann’s Agreement Theorem and its implications for friendship (particularly mine).

Ninth thought: On the importance of politics. Contention: being apolitical on principle warrants a moral black mark.

Tenth thought: That curious feeling when you hear a language that you can’t understand. If it is completely foreign, the language is merely an interesting sound to listen to. If you know a related language (in either grammar, vocabulary, or both), that mildly pleasant feeling becomes immense frustration, as your brain understands patterns and discrete grammatical structures in the spoken speech, but cannot make sense of it.

Eleventh thought: How I conceptualize time: An FYI.

Twelfth thought: Regulations aren’t good (but they’re not bad either).

Thirteenth thought: When advocating for a cause, controversial elements/campaigns that turn many people off of a cause are always useful and necessary. But the dose makes the poison.

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