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brexit campaign criticism excessive

Observations on the criticisms of Brexit campaigning and the associated democratic functioning.
Most people tend to label, and to regard, the opposition as stupid for having a different point of view from their own.

Humans stumble forward.
The 'sides' tried to sell their preferences via emotionalism and 'exaggeration/'lies'.

At the present level of development, emotionalism and 'exaggeration/'lies' are what the culture is selling,
and thus appears to be what works within the culture.

Humans do what works and what they believe works.
For most humans what works is not reasoning, but posturing and emotionalism.

Males tend to hit out, and females tend to turn on the waterworks;
and both ethnic groups have the vote!

So average males try to instill fear, while average females try to encourage guilt and sympathy with hard luck stories.

In summary, although some have the opinion that both the Leave and Remain campaigns were poor in all sorts of ways,
this is an under-estimation of the effectiveness, the motives and the 'rationality' of the voters/'public'!

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who is theresa may?

I worry about some patterns of behaviour in new Prime Minister's cabinet selections.

Why has Theresa May made the choices she has?

Perhaps she is very puritanically 'moral', and regarded Michael Gove as disloyal to fellow PM candidate, Boris Johnson.

Perhaps she wants popularity, and Gove is not popular.

Look at the pattern. She has also removed Nicky Morgan (formerly Education Secretary/ Women and Equalities Minister) and replaced her with Justine Greening.
Is Greening a croney?

Or is May inclined to appease the middle-class unions?
Or perhaps she is very insecure in herself.

Again, look at the pattern.
Perhaps she does not like that Gove stood against her.
Stephen Crabb, who stood against her, has gone.

On the contrary, Liam Fox, and Andrea Leadsom stood down.
Liam Fox is now International Trade Secretary, Andrea Leadsom is now Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary.
And Andrea Leadsom and Boris Johnson (now Foreign Secretary) have a following.

On the other hand, George Osborne was a major rival, and a major architect of repairing the dreadful damage left by 'New' Labour.

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first encyclical of pope francis - love in the family

Amoris Laetitia, 19th March 2016
264 short pages (.pdf)

The Jesuits have been around for nearly five hundred years. This is the first Jesuit pope.

The Jesuits are the intellectual warriors of the Church. They have been much attacked and maligned for centuries by the authoritarian and Puritanical streaks.

3. Since "time is greater than space", I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it. This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf. Jn 16:13), until he leads us fully into the mystery of Christ and enables us to see all things as he does. Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs. For "cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle... needs to be inculturated, if it is to be respected and applied".

Sample index
(indices are usually at the end of continental works)

"Our daily Love [90]
Love is patient [91-92]
Love is at the service of others [93-94]
Love is not jealous [95-96]
Love is not boastful [97-98]
Love is not rude [99-100]
Love is generous [101-102]
Love is not irritable or resentful [103-104]
Love forgives [105-108]
Love rejoices with others [109-110]
Love bears all things [111-113]
Love believes all things [114-115]
Love hopes all things [116-117]
Love endures all things [118-119]"

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contra the reification of numbers

  • "A man was examining the construction of a cathedral. He asked a stone mason what he was doing chipping the stones, and the mason replied, "I am making stones." He asked a stone carver what he was doing. "I am carving a gargoyle." And so it went, each person said in detail what they were doing. Finally he came to an old woman who was sweeping the ground. She said. "I am helping build a cathedral." "

  • Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.

  • Time was invented in order to stop everything happening at once.

  • " An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature's answer." — Max Planck

  • In physical science a first essential step in the direction of learning any subject is to find principles of numerical reckoning and practicable methods for measuring some quality connected with it. I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely in your thoughts advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be.
         [Often seen quoted in a condensed form: "If you cannot measure it, then it is not science." — Baron William Thomson Kelvin]

  • "The difference between physics and metaphysics is that the metaphysicist has no laboratory." — Robert W. Wood

  • "There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery." — Enrico Fermi

  • "If someone separated the art of counting and measuring and weighing from all the other arts, what was left of each (of the others) would be, so to speak, insignificant." — Plato, Philebus 55e.

  • Here is a list with more redundancy.

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