But What If The Moment Sucks? (2017/08/09 08:00)
On the problems inherent in "living in the moment".
Original Formula Dept. (2017/06/26 08:00)
It's important to deliver original things in the way that matter; it's not important to be original everywhere and always.
It Takes A Worried Man Dept. (2017/06/03 08:00)
On taming my inner fussbudget.
Engines Of Empathy Dept. (2017/05/16 08:00)
Does reading make us more empathic, or do more empathic people just make better readers?
The Sweet And Sour Crew Dept. (2017/04/29 05:00)
On creating an internally complementary cast of characters.
Do You Mind? Dept. (2017/04/19 08:00)
On the idea that we can use technology to amplify human intelligence.
Not Everything Is About You, Not Even You Dept. (2017/03/28 08:00)
Would you believe me if I said the universe wasn't out to get you?
Self Esteemed Dept. (2017/02/28 08:00)
Take yourself seriously even when no one else does.
The Happy Life Of The Mind Dept. (2017/02/19 08:00)
"Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."
Change Their Minds Dept. (2017/02/18 08:00)
Let's waste less time trying to argue people out of something they were never argued into to begin with.
Truthiness-ness Dept. (2017/01/11 08:00)
Being a skeptic or a freethinker is more than just about a label.
Coltrane Vs. Vonnegut III Dept. (2016/11/17 08:00)
To exist is to be misunderstood.
Coltrane Vs. Vonnegut II Dept. (2016/11/16 05:00)
On why being your "true" self is not a matter of acting out things that you normally repress.
Ow My Brains! Dept. (2016/11/14 08:00)
"Pain is not punishment. Pleasure is not a reward."
Mind: Your Own Business Dept. (2016/10/31 08:00)
On not letting my brain lie to me.
I Don't Know Much About Art, But I Know Who I Like Dept. (2016/10/23 11:00)
A portrait of the artist as an insufferable jerk.
Better People For Better Worlds Dept. (2016/08/06 06:00)
Most people do not want to use their minds, but don't hold that against them. Rise to it instead.
Be Ye Not As Jerks Dept. (2016/07/20 08:00)
Belief or nonbelief isn't absolutely correlated with good behavior; it's all in how you use it.
My New Brain Dept. (2016/07/07 08:00)
On life without Facebook. (It's pretty good.)
You Are Not Your F***ing Khakis Dept. (2016/05/10 10:00)
And you're not your desires, either.
Green In The Face Dept. (2016/04/29 07:42)
It is hard not to be jealous of other people's successes, and maybe it ought to be hard, because that teaches us something.
Mind Your Manners (And Manner Your Mind) Dept. (2016/02/21 10:00)
When people talk about "civilization falling apart" or "the death of manners" I can't help but think they are either looking for those things in the wrong place (like, say, a prison or a stockyard), or just sensitizing themselves to...
The Goalless Goal Dept. (2016/02/20 10:00)
"You can only find things by not looking for them."
Hollow Men Dept. (2016/02/12 05:00)
"Who goes Nazi?" The hollow men, that's who.
This Thing You're Not Dept. (2015/11/16 10:00)
It's tempting to blame someone else for your creative failure, and also wrong.
Science fiction, rebooted.
Other Lives Of The Mind