From: Narciso Rivas
My philosophy for responsable thinking is
Most information in life( science- Medical science, etc) comes
from humans in the past and in the present.
Our conclusions, beliefs, opinions depend mainly on information,
evidence, data( Human beings)
We have to choose wise to which humans beings we learn from on
each subject. Its wise to choose to gain information on a subject
were that specific human being is a expert in.
Example if I have doutbs about the functioning of my heart, I
would seek a Cardiolgist for the information or study a textbook about
Cardiology. Then I would identify the facts and opinions and make my
Mr. Korn give me your opinion on this Format.
I would like you to give me more ideas or tips about responsible
Thank you Mr. Korn
I like your approach to responsible thinking,
last line “Then I
would identify the facts and opinions and make my own
common for experts to have opinions that are wrong, but they are
usually accurate about facts that other people can check since their
reputation would suffer otherwise. If you have good facts you can
form your own opinion and recognize when you don’t have enough
Obviously I have put most of my thoughts about
responsible thinking on the truthpizza.org website, but the topic that
may not have enough discussion is polarization. I see many
intelligent and well informed people who become so emotionally involved
in an issue that they see themselves as crusaders for a good cause and
have contempt for anyone who disagrees with them. They often
accept poor arguments they like and reject valid points when they seem
helpful to their opposition. If we care about the truth we have
to be careful to evaluate each issue impartially and not just believe
anything that that helps to support “our side.”
Thank Mr Korn
have some questions
Where do misconceptions about
gender sterotypes originated from?
Statements like a Man is not
supposed to cry or Man need more than one women to be a real man or
else he is gay.
Women cannot have leadership roles.
The ideal women or
man has to have blue eyes and blonde hair.( This concept is believed in
certain parts of latin america were I was raised)
The beauty is
depicted in a certain way in the media( women big breast size and
buttocks) ( In men it is his six pack)
Do all these cultural norms and
rules come from Human ideas thought out time or do they have any
I ask you because I was raised with parents who
believed almost 90 percent of what the media or their culture told
I curently go to school and also find students and even teachers
and pastors or spiritual leaders who hold to these beliefs.
seems that if you dont hold to their beliefs than your weird, outcast.
I dont want to make the same mistake that my parents and family members
I just started responsible thinking and it feels weird because
you start noticing that even the most college educated people hold to
I feel weird in my mind also because it just feels
like that I dont fit in with the ideal of the rest of my friends.
example I think Getting to know a women well is one of my ideal. being
good freinds and having a stable relatioship and then moving on to sex
but my friends think you have to have sex first or else you're not macho
man. My friends think man are superior to women.
I think men and women
No one has to agree with what i Say but how do I come to my
conclusions without being influnce by peers. I am only 19 years old
but want to be a responsible thinker.
I think at the end my self
esteem(my opionions and beliefs are the most important(self interest)
What is best for me is the best.
How to be a responsible thinker when
the people around me believe other wise(parents)
Is 90 beliefs and only
10 percents facts in this world?
Is 90 percent of our lives moved by
My short life remains me of the aztecs( when your brain
believes something it seems so true)
You ask a lot of good questions. I’m not sure if I have good answers.
It’s hard to tell where gender stereotypes come from since most of them
started a long time ago. Some things probably do have a biological
origin. Some think men (on the average) like having a variety of sex
partners more than women since such men historically had more children
than the one or so a year a woman can have, so we’re more likely to be
descended from such men. Even if this is true, it doesn’t mean it’s
something we should encourage. Women may be more mentally wired to
spend time taking care of children which might make them less likely to
pursue jobs with leadership positions. Now that families are usually
smaller this doesn’t make much difference but people may have come to
expect it. I heard of a study that tried to find what female features
most men find attractive and the only thing that turned up consistently
over many cultures was that men tended to like a small waist to hip
People tend to like features they associate with success, so if the
richest and most famous people at the present moment in history are
light-skinned Europeans that probably makes them seem more desirable.
Celebrities and fashion designers and other people in the media can
convince people that a certain look is what they should like.
Other things may be based on the whims of kings and religious leaders
from the distant past that convinced the rest of the people that there
was a certain way people should look or behave, like that women
shouldn’t have power.
Really, though, it doesn’t matter much where the traditions came from,
since these things almost never establish a good reason we should try
to make people conform to particular stereotypes.
It is frustrating that so many people believe things just because that
is the way they were brought up or because they want to fit into a
social group. Most of the time there’s not much we can do about it, but
if we try to avoid being taken in ourselves at least we don’t make the
situation worse by trying to make other people conform to the
There are probably a lot more facts than arbitrary beliefs in the world
(water is H2O, New York is a city), but since some of the arbitrary
beliefs involve how we deal with people you’re right that they have a
big effect on what we do. People put in a lot of effort trying to be
cool or get rich so they can impress people even though that might not
be what will really make them happy. Just being aware that the world is
full of faulty ideas can be a big help for keeping other people’s false
beliefs from controlling your life. You’ve done well in having good
values in spite of the influences around you.
Thank Mr korn
for your advice
It just seems that a rare few are responsible thinkers like you and one
of my freinds the rest that I know belief in Popular culture
Thanks( It seems that most people believe in the volcano God)
Happy Holidays to you and your Family