This is a thread created to house arguments against (or for, I guess I have to be fair) all those pseudo-intellectual notions which people spout without much thought.
A pseud would say "There is no such thing as luck," or "I make my own luck."
The degree to which a person is "lucky" is dependent upon how much those things that are out of his direct control bring him beneficial results. For instance, a man born of great wealth may be considered luckier than a man born in poverty, who contracts HIV from his mother in utero. This notion does not speak about fate or divine intervention, but is a mere gauge of the facts surrounding one's existence. People cannot make their own luck, since any conscious action on their part would cause the beneficial consequences to be not luck, but a consequence of action. Luck does exist, and one can gauge how lucky someone else is (although this is dependent upon what one desires, and requires clear definitions about what is favorable and unfavorable).
A pseud would say "Everything everyone does is selfish," and "There is no such thing as a selfless action."
The degree to which a person is considered "selfless" or "selfish" is dependent upon his consideration of others, and his actions towards others. Yes, both the selfish and the selfless do what makes them happy, but this is immaterial. One gains happiness with less regard for the feelings of others, and one gains happiness from bringing happiness to others. This is an important distinction to make in life, as an individual who is colloquially considered to be selfish is substantively different than an individual who is considered selfless. By saying that everyone is ultimately governed by their own motivations is self evident; you needn't bastardize useful words in your pursuit to be seen as "clever."
How about y'all? Anything similar that bothers you? Questions, concerns about my statements?