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People who ignore facts, and those who don’t

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Fri Sep 23 18:05:59 2011.

Recently I argued with someone over a crucial decision at work. I presented over four decades of scientific studies proving my point, which were ignored and dismissed in favor of "belief" that the opposite was true.

It was depressing to me that people actually think this way. I wondered how humanity actually managed to achieve everything it did when we clearly are not a logical species.

Then I thought to myself: are there any classes of people who DO accept facts a majority of the time? And there are. They are scientists, engineers, and computer programmers. If they can’t accept facts, they can’t do their job.

These people BUILT our civilization. Everyone else is just living in it.

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Don’t tell me "This is the way the world is going"

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Thu Sep 22 11:58:09 2011.

It’s a standard excuse for any boneheaded decision these days. "Oh, the industry is going this way, we should follow", or "Oh, this is just the way the world works".

These are the words of people who are too scared to think and act for themselves.

"The world is going" towards the elimination of weekends and time off. "The world is going" towards the destruction of worker’s rights. "The world is going" towards the end of minimum wage. "The world is going" towards 50% unemployment.

Is this really the world you want to help make?

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