4 Myths You Got Sold On As A Kid

Consider this your digital Bar / Bat Mitzvah!


Just a few things to get out of the way:

  • First and foremost: this is not meant to be one of those awful pseudo inspirational thinkpieces. I realize there is an entire Personal Responsibility Porn industrial complex that has thankfully been quarantined to Medium.
  • I’ll be making some pretty broad generalizations.
  • I am a straight, white American male. (It’s great, I know!)

Keeping those things in mind, I’m going to do my best here to debunk some conventional wisdom that’s been ingrained into this failed social contract of ours. Starting with the…

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On Cognitive Models, Existence, and Wikipedia Rabbit Holes

“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” Well, the answer is yes. To even begin to process the definition of reality — “the state or quality of having existence or substance” — we must first ascertain what exactly is meant by “existence”. Google, tells us that existence is “the fact or state of living or having objective reality.” So the simple definition of reality and existence tells us that they are essentially the same thing. To be real is to exist and to exist is to be real. So how do we determine reality?

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