Anxiety is notorious for ruining people’s lives. Everyone knows that panicking is not enjoyable. When we talk about handling anxiety, we often use words like ‘escape from’ or ‘fight against’ as if it is our enemy.

If anxiety is entirely negative to humans, it would be hard to explain why it endures in years of evolution, nor why does it exist in the first place. The question is — what is the point of anxiety?

Put simply, anxiety is a signal of ‘something may be going wrong’. Think about it: every time you feel fearful or worried, something had gone…


Anxiety is commonly considered as a form of negativity, it is something people want to get rid of. We associate anxiety with dismantling, destructing, and demolishing. If someone is anxious, we probably will tell him to chill and forget it.

It is as if anxiety shouldn’t exist in the beginning.

But what will happen if anxiety somehow disappears for a day? How will our lives change? Let’s imagine.

The day without the anxiety starts as your alarm clock rings. As usual, you switch it off, and you don’t want to leave the cozy bed.

The first trouble comes: the desire…


‘Knowledge is power,’ some say. Individual ability has always been embraced; we praise and admire the brightest people in different fields. Sensically, we want to attain eminent ability as they do, but what if I tell you that individual ability has been drastically overrated?

Before looking into capability, let’s think about its polar — incapability first. Incapability, just like ignorance discussed in the previous articles, is omnipresent.

We know little about the world around us — only a few people can answer how zippers work, let alone complex machines like computers or airplanes. …


Wherever there are people, there are arguments.

People’s opinion sparks— in reality or on the web, with family or with strangers, about who’s going to wash dishes or whether a law should be passed. When numerous opinions of different sides clash together, only a few will survive and be adhered to. This contradicts a common belief that “everyone’s opinion matters”. It is practically impossible to act in accord with all opinions, so we come to a question:

Does everyone’s opinion really matter?

Of course, it is crucial to respect and understand people of different sides, but there are illogical opinions…


Why?

Right now, you are reading this article with a sophisticated device that nobody could imagine 20 years ago. If you could travel back in time with a modern computer, people may be more intrigued by the computer than the time machine.

Science and technology have made huge progress in the last decades, take the computer as an example, no one would think such an incredible machine would be available to everyone in a foreseeable time—a machine that enables you to effortlessly call or text people around the world, a machine that stores documents without taking up actual space, a machine…


What Should You Know About The Illusion of Knowledge

Humanity is incredible: we harnessed the energy we need from nature, found ways to fly over land and seas, and managed to sent machines over the solar system. However, any human individual is ignorant — we are less knowledgeable than we usually perceive.

In today's world, everyone must acquiesce to the use of complex machines — from the baker to the washing machine to computers, we are familiar with all these sophisticated machines, something no other animal in this planet can possibly do. How could we be ignorant?

How Much Do You Know About A Pen?

We don’t have to go too far to demonstrate our overconfidence in…


Perception Vs Logic

What Affects Our Decisions?

Every day, we make hundreds of decisions determining what future we will live in — something that affects us the most. But what affects how the decisions are made? There are two: perception and logic.

Making Decision With Perception

Many people will deny it, but perception is by far the most imperative factor affecting most people’s decision-making. We all know that facts are important, but we are often controlled by what we perceive and how we feel.

That is why advertisement works — even though the quality and price of clothes in a store are more attractive, we may still prefer another store that…


What to Believe?

Right or Wrong?

We encounter a lot of arguments every day, they can be as simple as an invitation to attend a party, or persuasion to quit bad habits. Arguments are something that can affect our attitudes and actions, which means that we better handle them carefully.

An imperative component of arguments is logic: we avoid being affected by illogical fallacies and consider adopting logical ones. But a problem is that most people don’t have a systematic way to examine logic, which leaves them wide open for fallacies to attack.

The Logical Form, And Refutation by Counterexample

Before deciding whether to believe an argument or not, we should first lay…


The Most Misused Words

The word logic is one of the most misused words ever: people like referring to every kind of thinking as logical thinking. The goal of logical thinking is to find something to believe in for good reasons; people like this idea, but often overlook what it takes to make the reasons ‘good’.

Put simply, to make an argument (a backed conclusion or statement) logical, you need to start with the right material and work with it correctly.

Premises — The Raw Material

Should I go out?

There has to be some raw material to start with if we want to make a conclusion; the raw material in logic is…


More Catastrophes!

In the article 6 minutes of logical catastrophes, a series of pseudo-reasoning is broken down and analyzed. However, 6 minutes is far from enough to introduce all kinds of flawed reasoning we may encounter, and that’s why this article is written — to help you spot and shatter deluding arguments.

The Logical Catastrophes

False Hypocrisy

If vitamin spplements are really beneficial for us, why don’t the doctor takes them himself?

This kind of argument manipulates the emotion of the listener. The doctor looks hypocritical all in a sudden — why would he recommend something that he doesn’t use?

The assumption behind the doubt…

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