Logical Biases: Preserving Fact from Perception

I tell you, our subconcious's fear of cognitive dissonance is something to be feared (and rightly so).

APUSH Discussion Groups: Did Yellow Journalism cause the Spanish-American War? (Yes)

A bullet outline for the debate of how fake news stories kicked off one of the most pointless wars in the history of mankind.

What ISIS Is Really Trying To Accomplish

Islamophobia is a growing fear in our world today. 

Politicians today are starting to waver, as more and more people are growing fearful of potential attacks coming upon them, but are their efforts actually hurting or helping their cause?

Another name to something that was previously just an observed behavior! In this case, the tendency of people to not give up even after it has been shown that further effort will not change the outcome. The continued effort might even be detrimental to yourself in some significant way too which makes this behavior all…

The Ultimate Logical Loophole: The Devil’s Proof

Out of all the potential fallacies and blind corners that logical systems of thought often make, the most frustrating is the occurrence of what is called The Devil's Proof. With this, anyone can claim the outrageous and lay waste to scientific research and logic. To put it simply, the Devil's Proof is the fact that…

[A Reblog] All Play and No Work: A Response

Despite my habit of regularly consuming video games, it has not stopped me from being an honor roll student with a schedule full of AP classes planned for the next school year or from working around twenty hours a week in addition to sports and other extracurricular activities.

With the older generation saying that millennials are too privileged and that we are lazy and conceited, I constantly feel the need to parade my achievements just to show them that we’re not the way they think. However, I am aware that this also throws a lot of my peers under the bus if they don’t manage to somehow fill in every hour of every day. We shouldn’t have to prove ourselves like this.

Furthermore, while this sort of attitude does affect me and people my age, the millennials who are older are getting it in a larger dose every day. While struggling with rent and student debt and the problems everyone has with first moving out, they are constantly being told that they are not good enough and that their troubles are of their own making because they were too coddled and naive. If people in the older generation are so eager to see millenials find their way in the world and be productive (which they really are not because they would have to find something else to criticise) then why would they make it so that the people they were supposed to be motivating are instead getting beaten down?

This is a post another millennial has written in response to one such attack on our work ethic and on what we decide to spend our leisure time on. She explains it much better than I did. Check it out.

AmbiGaming

Recently, the New York Timespublished an article about how today’s youth are opting to play video games instead of working. A (non-gaming) friend of mine commented to me that she thought it was interesting, after hearing about video games from my perspective, and after perusing some of the articles here. Maybe video games aren’t the rosy picture I make them out to be? she seemed to tentatively offer.

Well of course they’re not. They are no more rosy than any other storytelling or entertainment medium. Like any entertainment, or any leisure tool, they are helpful or harmfulbased on how you use them. Yes, you heard it here first and all that.

But what of this news article?

The Gist of It

I encourage you to read the above article for yourselves, but the theme of the article is that young people (read: millenials) are opting to play video…

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Politics, Entitlement and Narcissism: I Want This and I Don’t Want Them to Have It

What I feel like is understated in the political environment today is the fact that the people advocating for legislation that is harmful to the planet and to the common people can't be swayed by logic or any measure of compassion. This sort of unsympathetic, elitist attitude shown by those in power right now can…

A List of Stupid Things People Believe Part 1 [2017]

Warning: Rant incoming. 1) The Vaccine Debate - No, vaccines do not cause autism (see here) and the guy that first started this debate (Andrew Wakefield) has since been dishonourably discharged as a member of the medical community due to his studies being unethical and for intentionally altering data to support his claim. There have also…

A Rant: In the Light of Recent Events [June 2017]

Okay. Perhaps not everyone has studied the Cold War as I was extensively prompted to. One of the things pushed by the United States was human rights, coupled with economy and technology. When Trump was campaigning, he insisted that all the trade deals that the United States was invested in were poor negotiations and alliances…

America’s Favorite Reaction is Overreaction: Today vs Past

Today, we're going to talk about multiple situations in US history and how it has translated into modern politics. This is mostly going to be a historically-focused article. Let's start off with a quote: "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that…

The Polling Station

This article is going to be rather succinct as I would rather interpret the given facts. I'm going to borrow and elaborate on an idea a friend of mine had. She said that perhaps United States President Donald Trump launched airstrikes on  Russian airbases in Syria because he instead decided to become some sort of…

Pitfalls in Numbers: Misleading Statistics

Yo! Today, we're talking statistics and this article is mainly inspired by the TED-Ed video linked to here. I saw it a while ago and I thought it might make for an interesting article. I'm going to give some more examples of some of the potential blindspots in statistics and give y'all a nice wrap up…

Western Media and the Terrorist Agenda

Good morning, afternoon, evening, and night to whomever may be reading. I go by many names but the name I will be using here is nemoulysseus. I am honored to be the second writer of this blog. I may only be a student studying foreign relations but all teachers are only students who can explain…

A Proud Hypocrite

There is always one phrase on the news that gets repeated over and over again-- America, the leader of the free world. First, that's awfully pretentious. And secondly, it seems ironic that America also has the highest number of incarcerated adults per capita. The leader of the free world also has the most inmates. However,…

Top Mistakes (Fanfic) Writers Make

  I'm going to say first off that fanfiction can generally be considered the cancer of online writing. There are really well-written fanfiction; they're just hard to find. If you are a BatCat fan, here's one for you here. I'm gonna reference a lot of books here and there are also some terms that most people…