Critical Thinking: The Natural History Of Nonsense

When something is capable of changing the way I see the world I pay attention.  I have to, things that affect me on that level are rare and they contain a special power, the power of persuasion.  This time it was a book (link below to a free pdf).  In this book the author takes common misconceptions that many people have and shows how that idea is obviously wrong.  In other words it is an entertaining way to learn about critical thinking, skepticism and the scientific method.  This may not appear to be survival, self-reliant or preparedness related, but try to think about it this way.  How useful is to be able to spot the B.S. for what it is and throw it away and focus one truly effective ideas?  That sounds like a self-reliant corner stone to me.  Have a read and let me know if you agree.  The book was written in 1946, and you may be shocked at how relevant it is today.

The Natural History of Nonsense

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Change of Plans: Evaluating Emergencies in the Momment

Preparedness is by definition a lot of planning. There is tons of action in there as well, but even the actions taken to prepare as based on plans of some kind. I have plans for disaster readiness, my bug out plan, my get home plan and I have more day to day plans, my financial plan comes to mind. A self-reliant lifestyle also needs planning, failing to predict what will be necessary leads to being caught off guard, being caught off guard leads to dependence.

Today I made a lot of plans. I had my whole day planned out. I knew what order I was going to do everything and it was going to work out great. Then one of Murphy’s Laws kicked in, Continue reading

The Decline Is Happening Now

There is always something to worry about looming on the horizon. Many disasters are easy to see the start and end points of. Natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes or man made disasters like wars, all have clear start and end points. These things are easily dealt with the predict, prepare, respond, repair/rebuild model of disaster management.

Not all disasters are so clear cut. Some disasters build up so slowly that we fail to notice them in time. It is human nature to become accustomed to a norm. If the norm changes slowly enough we won’t ever notice. Continue reading

Don’t Be Afraid To Say I Don’t Know

One of the best phrases I have ever learned is “I don’t know”. Not so I can avoid people and appear dumb, but so I can get out of my own way and actually learn something new. In this article I am exploring how to learn from the people around you and get a useful education from everyday experts you may not be aware of. Learn what other people do best. Not only when you need help you will know who to call, but it may just save your life. Let me tell you a story. Continue reading

The Economics of Fear

Fear can be a powerful motivator. Marketers are well aware of this. Even flower shops around valentines day hint at what will happen if you forget to buy SOMETHING. People will do almost anything when afraid, this includes buying something. This is sometimes a very subtle form of manipulation that is hard spot. I don’t know about you, but I dislike being manipulated, especially if I have to be afraid at the same time.

I made a decision a long time ago to Continue reading