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Commonsense is no match for careful analysis. If someone has analysed something carefully, someone else’s commonsense rejection of their analysis is worth nothing.

But don’t be fooled by an argument that purports to be a careful analysis, but which is actually a rationalization of a pre-existing position, or an invented justification of a vested interest. If you suspect that, don’t try to fight it with commonsense – careful analysis is what you need.

I’m not knocking commonsense. It has a place. Humankind possesses it because it’s damn useful, and evolution has honed it well for us. But its place is when a quick decision is required, possibly only a preliminary one until you’ve had time to do the careful analysis. Of course it’s also fine when the issue at stake isn’t terribly important anyway, and careful analysis would be a waste of time.

Evolution has also honed our ability to perform careful analysis. Use it!

Evolution has of course also honed our ability to rationalize and invent justifications – and lie. Ho hum.

And our ability to spot when someone is doing those things. That’s better!

 clive.semmens.org.uk/Opinion.h…

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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Hello Coshipi!

Thank you for faving my journal which was the Guy de Maupassant story, The Devil. I've always thought that story shows how down to earth peasants can be, so that the story is apposite on a day when the Assisted Dying Bill was debated. Personally that bill makes me quail. How do you feel?

Do you still visit NottheTalk? Does it still exist? Are you ever on The Senior Common Room? I wonder how things are in that place.

Hoping you and Mrs Coshipi are well. Thanks for your video on sea levels rising. That is another very worrying phenomenon. All the best, Mrs aegian.
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coshipi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
I also quail at that bill. The logic is impeccable - but relevant only to a reliably humane species, not a real human one.

I do visit NottheTalk from time to time, yes. Rarely in the Senior Common Room though, despite being actual friends with Andswivel, who started it.

We are well. And yes, some folks don't think about some of the implications of rising sea level - even those who believe it's happening, never mind that it's accelerating, and will do so increasingly.
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Thank you or your reply and glad you're both well. I really fear that climate change is going to fast forward and we will have to change our behaviour yesterday. Sadly fracking is very bad news. What we both can't understand is the casual attitude to growing global problems we're all facing. The biggest will quickly hit us - water shortages for drinking and growing food. No doubt you have seen this coming in India. People still seem fixated with so called growth as if the answer to our problems is building more factories where there are currently none, hence degrading the ecology even more quickly.

I very much fear Assisted Dying. I expect that in the not too distant future I will receive a letter saying, "Dear mrs aegian, your entitlement to State Pension has not been recognised. Instead we have made an appointment for you to visit this hospital where your needs will be met permanently."

Actually Fenderstrat started the Senior Common room yonks ago. Andy took it up and started the current one when NtT left GUT. I do miss the old place but currently enjoy an easy life so don't plan to go back. Climate change did not find many believers on that board so it became annoying never getting beyond home base on any discussion. Anyway, hope they're all well.

What do you think will be the implications of rising sea levels and of the slow death of the oceans? Will that be curtains for us as a species?
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coshipi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
You and I won't live long enough to see whether my predictions prove accurate - I doubt whether anyone alive today will. For what it's worth, my guess is that it'll be curtains for a lot more species than it's already been curtains for, but that our species won't actually go extinct in the foreseeable future. I'm pretty sure we'll suffer a drastic reduction in numbers, and the total collapse of technological civilization - probably not in a single catastrophe, but in a series of ever-worsening disasters over a fairly protracted period. A rump of humanity will probably survive in the ruins, initially making use of bits and pieces of the wreckage, and gradually - as Nature reclaims the Earth - reverting to hunter-gatherer and slash-and-burn lifestyles.

Variations on this scenario - and beyond it - are the foundations of the novels I've written, and the one I'm working on now. NOT the foundation of The Reminiscences of Penny Lane of course, which is contemporary.
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T1sup Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Thanks for the fave.
t1sup.deviantart.com/art/Kalte…
Nice to see you back !!!!
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Marie-Aude Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Thank you for the :+fav: :hug:
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Yuki6 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the watch.
wow, I see that you are traveling a lot of ...  I look around at your gallery. I admire people who have the courage to look at the world from the other side... this less pleasant reality. More people should survive such a trip ... maybe to be more open to the world.
whatewer.. thank you one more time :)
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sags Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I guess you be going there ?
thanks for the fav,


Brian
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coshipi Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Chenehutte, you mean? No particular plans at the moment. Not been in France - apart from Corsica a couple of years ago, and a quick dash from Dunkirk over into Belgium a few weeks ago - for many years.
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sags Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Thanks....

Brian :)
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