Monthly Archives: February 2020

Francis Heylighen: Meaning and Worldviews

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 © Francis Paul Heylighen – (Reprinted with Permission)

Francis Heylighen is a Belgian cyberneticist investigating the emergence and evolution of intelligent organization. He presently works as a research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where he directs the transdisciplinary research group on “Evolution, Complexity and Cognition” and the Global Brain Institute. He is best known for his work on the Principia Cybernetica Project, his model of the Internet as a global brain, and his contributions to the theories of memetics and self-organization. Continue reading Francis Heylighen: Meaning and Worldviews

Review of Jason Brennan’s “Against Democracy”


(This essay originally appeared at 3 Quarks Daily. Reprinted with permission.)

“Political Hooligans” by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse

Although the word “democracy” is commonly used to denote all that is good in politics, democracy is a dubious proposal. It is the thesis that you may be required to live according to rules that you reject, simply because those rules are favored by others. Continue reading Review of Jason Brennan’s “Against Democracy”

Understanding Freedom: Freedom and the Human Spirit (Conclusion)

© Robert Orwell Hand – (Reprinted with Permission) https://understandingthings.net/2019/11/01/understanding-freedom-part-v-freedom-and-politics-cont

To believe in the ideal of freedom for all, you must believe, generally speaking, that people can be trusted with power. Continue reading Understanding Freedom: Freedom and the Human Spirit (Conclusion)