Reductionism, Logic, Positivism, Modernism, Empiricism, Systems, Postmodernism, Holism, and Nihilism

Sometimes science gets it wrong due to the reductionist conceptual framework it uses. For many things, logical positivism (only that which you can observe is true) works great and most technology we have today derives from the modernist empirical (an observable Truth is out there, and we just need to measure it) approach in science. Where it breaks down is in complex systems, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts (holism) and cause and effect is not linear (systems theory). This has led to the growth of postmodernism (a Truth is out there, but only a subjective perception of truth can be known). Taken to the extreme, postmodernism breeds nihilism (if everyone's reality is true, then nothing is true). But you don't have to take it to the extreme, so don't.

Mainstream Media Fasting

I catch snippets of corporate mainstream media news here and there, like when m'lovely wife has it on the telly.

I don't consume it myself. It makes me depressed and anxious - not part of the self care model I have for myself.

That being said, if you're a mass media consumer, I don't envy you. From what little I have picked up on, things have gotten pretty toxic and I am sorry your mind and bodying are being poisoned by it.

On the bright side...caught early, the effects are completely reversible.

What Would a Dick Do?

So...the Republicans want to tax graduate student tuition waivers as income in their new tax bill.

They are walking a fine line, these dicks. If they don't pass a tax bill by the end of the year, it makes the party look weak. But if they do pass it and it goes into effect for the 2017 tax year, Republican voters will get a thorough rogering in their rears come tax day, which could mean massive Republican losses in the 2018 November mid-term elections.

Best case scenario, they pass it this year, but it goes into effect next year so taxpayers don't get fisted until April 2019, AFTER the mid-terms. And by the time Trump is up for re-election in 2020, Republican voters will have gotten used to the tax arse-raping, blame Democrats for it (somehow...it's always Obama's fault), and re-elect Trump in a landslide (especially if the DNC puts Hillary Clinton up again).

I hope Elizabeth Warren runs for Prez in 2020. She's got a lot of traits I like. But that's just me. You can believe and do whatever you want...it's your life!