The Passionate Skeptic
Introduction to The Passionate Skeptic

The Passionate Skeptic website is hosted by Thor May. The site contains many sections and hundreds of entries. The sections reflect Thor's wide interests in how the world works, as well as his professional training in teaching and linguistics. A few of the sections are active while some others date back to the 1990s. Thor hopes to gradually update the pages to be smart phone friendly, but many of the sections for a long while will be hard to read on small screens.
Features on this home page will usually reflect a changing selection of Thor's current activities.

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Index of recent topics from Thor's Active Thinkers meetup. Follow the link for any topic to see a list of focus questions + links for further reading. Various versions of this meetup have been running since 2011. (Note - most of these links are in older html, so not small screen friendly).

[See also the
meetup.com address of this group].



Active Thinking Topic 14 -13 September 2021 -
When Does Free Mean Selfish?

Active Thinking Topic 13 -30 August 2021 -
Will Big Data Eat You For Breakfast?

Active Thinking Topic 12 -6 August 2021 -
Woman Trouble. Man Trouble. Is a Truce in Sight?

Active Thinking Topic 11 -2 August 2021 -
Effective Democracy With Stupid Voters

Active Thinking Topic 10 -19 July 2021 -
Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face

Active Thinking Topic 09 - 5 July 2021
-Who Should Pay Tax? Who Does Not Pay Tax?

Active Thinking Topic 08 - 21 June 2021 -
A Sense of Proportion

Active Thinking Topic 07 - 7 June 2021 -
Inventions We Need - Real & Imaginary

Active Thinking Topic 06 - 24 May 2021 -
Best Ways to Herd the Human Herd?

Active Thinking Topic 05 - 10 May 2021 -
Truth & Propaganda in Public & Private Life

Active Thinking Topic 04 - 26 April 2021 -
Life Lessons?

Active Thinking Topic 03 - 12 April 2021 -
So What Is Your Culture Anyway?

Active Thinking Topic 02 - 22 March 2021 -
Imagine That!-Is Imagination a Friend or Enemy?

Active Thinking Topic 01 - 8 March 2021
Dilemma - The Politics of Climate Change

DiscussionX8 Topic 17 - 22 February 2021
How Does Science Differ from Religions and Ideologies?

DiscussionX8 Topic 16 8 February 2021 -
Life is Unfair. So What?

DiscussionX8 Topic 15 Date: 25 January 2021 -
The Human Spirit - Inspiration, Perspiration or Lucky Gamble?

DiscussionX8 Topic 14 Date: 11 January 2021 -
Risk and Original Thinking

DiscussionX8 Topic 13 Date: 28 December 2020 -
How independent should Australians and Australia be?

DiscussionX8 Topic 12 Date: 14 December 2020 -
Food Wars - Vegan or Carnivore?

DiscussionX8 Topic 11 Date: 30 November 2020 -
So What is Creativity Anyway?

DiscussionX8 Topic 10 Date: 9 November 2020 -
What Level of Social Control is OK ?

DiscussionX8 Topic 9 Date: 26 October 2020 -
Smart Phones Changed Us

DiscussionX8 Topic 8 Date: 10 October 2020 -
Too Big to Care

DiscussionX4 Topic 7 Date: 26 September 2020 -
Is There Life After Food, Drink and Sex?

DiscussionX4 Topic 6 Date: 12 September 2020 -
Conspiracy Beliefs & Cults - What's the Overlap?

DiscussionX4 Topic 5 Date: 29 August 2020 -
The Average Quality of Leadership Never Improves - Why?

DiscussionX4 Topic 4 Date: 15 August 2020 -
Do you get what you pay for in life?

DiscussionX4 Topic 3 Date: 1 August 2020 -
Everything You Believe About #?@$ Is Wrong [macro economics]

DiscussionX4 Topic 2 Date: 18 July 2020 -
No Escape - You sink or swim with friends & enemies - Australia too

DiscussionX4 Topic 1 Date: 4 July 2020 -
The Disaster of Knowing Too Much

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Articles


Emergent Systems - an Overview ; Mandarin Chinese translation: 新兴系统 -- 概述

An emergent system is one where a) the final system has properties and effects which exceed the properties and effects of its component parts, and b) whose final properties and effects cannot be predicted from merely examining the component parts. The prediction issue becomes critical in dynamic systems where human judgements have to be made but the true emergent form of the system to come is not known. This paper is just a point list of issues to introduce some ideas about emergent systems for further discussion.











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