Zeno's Paradox
While critical thinking may not make up for a lack of knowledge, it is essential for gaining knowledge.
Thursday, October 17, 2002:  

Influence, Critical Thinking:

In my discussions of methods of influence, the subject of subliminal advertising often comes up. It's an interesting topic because it is a study in how people continue to be influenced by a hoax from almost 50 years ago.

Subliminal Advertising - (Snopes.com)
For neither the first nor the last time, a great deal of time and money and effort was expended on "protecting" the public from something that posed no danger to them. As numerous studies over the last few decades have demonstrated, subliminal advertising doesn't work; in fact, it never worked, and the whole premise was based on a lie from the very beginning. James Vicary's legacy was to ensure that a great many people will never be convinced otherwise, however.
More on subliminal advertising:

    The Cargo-Cult Science of Subliminal Persuasion by Anthony R. Pratkanis.

    Subliminal from The Skeptic's Dictionary.

    -  Ron  1:39 PM

Monday, October 14, 2002:  

Management, Critical Thinking:

What the world needs more of - accountability - (Liz Doup, Knight Ridder Newspapers) (article no longer available)
You're bored, so you blame your job.

Your kid's failing, so you blame the teacher.

Your family's unhappy, so you blame the world.

Shame on you for playing the blame game, pointing the finger at everyone but yourself for what's wrong with your life and the world.

Granted, you're hardly alone in this exercise, and that's part of the problem.

    -  Ron  2:05 PM

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