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Certainty

It's Okay To Know (Or Not Know) How You Want To Shape Your Life

Isabel Song | Posted 12.20.2014 | Teen
Isabel Song

Even with all those unknowns, I'm not letting them -- or anyone else -- keep me from chasing after my dreams, my wants. Just because there's a possibility I'll change my mind one day isn't justification for not pursuing my current dreams at all.

Ladies, You Must 'Doubt Your Doubts'

Crystal Ung | Posted 09.21.2014 | Women
Crystal Ung

The next time you're faced with a tough decision think critically, but also consider what your gut is saying. As you get older and acquire more life experience, you begin to realize the importance of the broader picture. How will the decisions you make affect your mind, body and spirit?

A Case Against Certainty

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We've become intolerant of doubt, especially self-doubt: we don't know how to live with the notion that we might be mistaken while continuing to strive to be reasonable.

The Obsessive-Compulsive Style in American Politics

Matt Bieber | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Our politics depends on a profound desire for certainty, and an equally profound pessimism. We have to be right; our guys have to get elected. If they don't, the world will fall apart. Watch the faces of the TV talking heads; behind their anger, you'll see terror.

3 Ways To Overcome Ambivalence -- And Make Better Decisions

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Regardless of which area of your life where you find yourself most ambivalent, you won't move forward until you allow yourself to take charge and make the best decision you can with the information you have available to you.

The Case For Certainty

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

My hope is for a new spirituality that is based equally on the attainment of existential certainty and the ability to embrace complexity, subtlety and nuance.

Friday Talking Points -- Phony Vacation Outrage

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama is on vacation. This fact is being subject to ridicule from Republicans, and their enablers in the media. Which has prompted me to -- in the fashion of Bill Maher -- come up with a New Rule.

For the GOP, a Certain Inconsistency

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Taxes. They don't like 'em. (Who does?) They've never liked 'em. But this time around, they've found a new reason not to like 'em. They breed uncertainty. Or so the Republicans keep telling us.

WYSIWYC

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

The picture of the universe shifts from tongue to tongue. (Stuart Chase) Consider a soap bubble on a sunny day: what color is it? It depends, right?...

How Vulnerability Leads to Courage

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

There is a secret in the air, one of those secrets that most people ignore but still feel: Each and every one of us is vulnerable, scared, and even more so when that part of our inner being goes denied.

Gravity & Levity of Uncertainty

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

As of this writing moment, the Earth's human population is estimated to be 6,841,451,100. All of these 6.8 billion people are in the same exact "now....

Monday Morning Koan

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

A Koan is not a question of informational inquiry but a question of whether you are open to whatever is. With that in mind, here's a monday morning k...

Lo Fi, Bang & Olufsen, and All That Cheating Jazz (Part 1)

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Informed consent: I've got this blog on my mind. I think it can explain some things about our culture of Low Fidelity and all that Tiger Woods/Jesse...

How to Be Certain Your Religion Is True and Still Get Along with Others

Andrew Pessin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andrew Pessin

You may believe, with certainty, in the truths in question, and that they are absolute truths. But you do it with the form of humility appropriate to the recognition that your belief might be false.

Tentativeness Made Simple

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Syadvada is a practice of tentativeness in expression that is associated with the ancient Jain tradition of India (Radhakrishnan & Moore, 1957). In S...

Reclaiming America's Leadership Role: Barack Obama and Democratic Culture

Dr. Robert Aziz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert Aziz

Antithetical to the way of power inclusivity and process, which is to say, the equanimity to see and gather to oneself problems in their actuality and complexity, which Obama has embodied.

Democracy Unbound: The Freeing of Democratic Process from the Tyranny of False Absolutes and False Certainties

Dr. Robert Aziz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Robert Aziz

The human need for certainty and the human need for meaning are not unrelated. It is unfortunately the case, however, that certainty, unlike genuine meaning, can be cheaply acquired.