Long Reads: The last of the Zoroastrians. Raven Leilani – Turning my back on the faith that saved me. Experts know that they don’t know everything. George Orwell and the struggle against inevitable bias.
This week I am reading this book: Twilight of Democracy.
“We, the people, far more alike than different, bring our many unique talents and skills together for the good of all. Tonight, I call for peace and understanding. Yes, I’m an atheist. I’m white. I’m a parent. I’m originally from Illinois. I’m a transgender woman. We are all different in many ways. If we have prejudged each other already upon these differences, I fear we have lost before we ever began. Instead, may we seek out that which we have in common, and recognize that much of what makes us different separately, makes us stronger together.”
Secular invocation given by Sarah Ray of the Atheist Community of Polk County to the City Commission.
This is a really interesting experiment to do with the objective reality (bird’s eye view) of a cooperative situation. I think it applies as perspective-taking in a cooperative situation, but not when we’re trying to guess what someone is thinking.
Apparently it is very hard to ascertain someone else’s internal world. Can we ever know what someone else is thinking or feeling? Perhaps we can only know their goals, perceptions, and circumstances.