What is “free thinking”?

The term “free thinker” can often be found alongside the word “atheist,” but do these two things always go together? Philosopher Bertrand Russell makes an important distinction about free thinking: it’s a way of thinking and not a particular conclusion. What makes a free thinker is not his beliefs, but …

You Are More Creative Than You Realize

Many people, maybe yourself included, do not think of themselves as creative. Part of the problem is that we confuse creativity with artistic ability. You do not have to be a painter, a musician, or a writer to be creative! Odds are, you are more creative than you give yourself credit for. Keep reading to discover what creativity actually looks like, and leave us a comment about a time you were creative!

Mr. Trump’s False Equivalence

Mr. Trump’s repeated misuse of the term “fake news” is an example of what good thinkers call “false equivalence,” and it is blurring legitimate discussion of actual fake news. False equivalence occurs when someone tries to take two things that are not the same thing and try to call them the same thing. A popular version of this you may have seen on the internet involves taking whatever it is someone is against and associating it with Nazi’s. President Trump is doing the same thing by equating news coverage that he finds unfavorable with “fake news.”

Rewarding Bad Behavior

What makes us do things? This is a simple question with a variety of complex answers. One of those answers is incentives. An incentive is something that motivates a person to do something. Sometimes, unfortunately, the people setting the incentives mess them up and actually wind up incentivizing behavior that is contrary to what they intended. This is called a perverse incentive.