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.
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.
A World Awaited And A World Attained Dept. (2016/12/31 11:55)
To ring out the old (and busted) and ring in the new, I share with you a note penned just after WWII. I think you will find it as fitting as I did....
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.
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.
Gimlet Eyes Dept. (2016/07/22 08:00)
Artists can be politically outspoken, but are not automatically astute for being so.
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.)
Bigger Fish To Fry Dept. (2016/05/19 10:00)
"My problems are bigger than yours" is always a bad argument.
I Dunno LOL Dept. (2016/04/19 10:00)
On the freedom to say "I don't know" and not be punished for it.
Innovate Or Degenerate Dept. (2016/04/02 10:00)
Doug Rushkoff Says Companies Should Stop Growing | FiveThirtyEight ... as you act more according to your type, and as the marketplace becomes more and more predetermined and predictable, you actually don’t get growth, you don’t get innovation. ... Because...
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...
Hollow Men Dept. (2016/02/12 05:00)
"Who goes Nazi?" The hollow men, that's who.
Them's Fighting Words Dept. (2016/01/19 06:00)
On "pretentious" and "elitist".
Eat The Rich Or Soak Them? Dept. (2016/01/08 07:00)
Why we aren't "questioning the legitimacy of a system that confers so much value on to stupid things".
From The Top Down Dept. (2015/12/30 05:00)
"I did it, why can't you?" dissected.
Someone Who Cares Dept. (2015/09/17 10:00)
Here’s a Quarter | Whatever ... after a certain point, it may become obvious that some people just want to complain, or to be angry, or to be an asshole, or whatever, and that nothing a reasonable person can do...
That's Entertain(t)ment! Dept. (2015/06/29 10:00)
"Entertainment" isn't a cover for dispensing lies and misinformation.
Killing In The Name Of Me Dept. (2015/06/12 10:00)
Anders Breivik’s Inexplicable Crime - The New Yorker I do not believe that Breivik himself has anything to teach us. I believe that his life is a coincidence of unfortunate circumstances, and what he did was such an anomaly that...
Rebel Without A Pause Dept. (2015/06/02 10:00)
The fellow in the mirror needs your criticism the most.
Angry And Lazy Dept. (2015/06/01 10:00)
When charges of hypocrisy are laid.
Yeah, But Isn't That Somebody Else's Problem? Dept. (2015/05/30 04:00)
The real cost of "free" is right under our noses.
Seriously? Dept. (2015/05/19 10:00)
People are watching SF and reading comics! And taking them seriously! The horror!
Windowbreaker Dept. (2015/05/16 03:00)
On contagious norms-breaking.
Science fiction, rebooted.
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