Robert Ringer Archives

Asking the Right Questions

Posted on March 14, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (10)

Though every death is equally important and painful to the deceased person’s family, perhaps the most difficult death for the average person to comprehend is that of Dana Reeve, who died on March 6.  Not only was she young (forty-four), she was one of a growing number of nonsmoking women who have been afflicted with […]

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Lists, Websites, and Regrets

Posted on March 7, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (1)

A friend of mine related a different kind of sad tale to me last week. He had built an opt-in list of more than 60,000 people, which was being managed by an outside vendor. Recently, he had been having problems with the list manager, and finally told him that he had decided to bring his […]

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More on A Priori Arguments

Posted on March 7, 2006 by Robert Ringer No Comments

In my article Inferring with Caution, I discussed the dangers inherent in basing one’s premises and assumptions on a priori arguments. An a priori argument is one in which a person’s conclusion is masked as a premise. In finer circles, it has come to be known as an argument that doesn’t pass the kosher test. […]

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The Passing of a Giant

Posted on March 7, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (3)

March 1, 2006 was a sad day for the cause of liberty.  Sad because a true ethical giant of our time, Harry Browne, passed away.  Browne was the Libertarian Party candidate in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.  His calm, logical way of expressing libertarian beliefs earned him the respect of many big-name interviewers on […]

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Being Happy with What You Have

Posted on February 21, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (5)

In his book Before the Sabbath, Eric Hoffer offered his usual fascinating insights into what he referred to as a priori logic (the logic upon which a priori arguments are based).  Among other things, Hoffer wrote: “A priori logic assumes that people will be happier when they have more.  The logic of events shows that […]

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The Ultimate Shafting Machine

Posted on January 14, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (2)

Like the real estate brokerage business, the form of the stock market continues to change.  But the human factors that drive the market — such as greed, self-delusion, and emotion — remain the same from century to century. One of the most dramatic changes in form is scheduled to be finalized about the time you’ll […]

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Aging the Weil Way

Posted on November 12, 2005 by Robert Ringer Comments (4)

Dr. Andrew Weil is back with another bestseller — Healthy Aging.  Weil has probably done more than anyone else to bring so-called conventional medicine and holistic medicine together.  Before him, most doctors and the American Medical Association pretty much looked down on the notion of “alternative” approaches to medicine. Time magazine recently did an excerpt […]

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A Matter of Image

Posted on September 3, 2005 by Robert Ringer Comments (1)

I’ve had a surprising number of people tell me over the years that they don’t carry an American Express card, because there are too many businesses that won’t accept it.  The reason, of course, is that Amex charges retail establishments an average fee of 2.5 percent of the total purchase for the privilege of accepting […]

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Andy Rooney on Junk Mail

Posted on July 23, 2005 by Robert Ringer No Comments

Following are some words that Andy Rooney says cause him to toss envelopes in the wastebasket without opening them: Important.  Rooney says that if an envelope contains the word important, you can be sure it isn’t. Urgent.  Not! Do Not Discard.  Intimidating ploy. Open Immediately.  This tells you that you need not be in a […]

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Keeping Your Eye on Your Burger

Posted on June 11, 2005 by Robert Ringer Comments (1)

Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s, never grew tired of preaching to his executives that McDonald’s was, first and foremost, in the hamburger business.  While it was somewhat of a necessity for the company to expand its menu to include non-hamburger sandwiches and other items such as salads and ice cream, Kroc intuitively understood that a […]

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