Conditions Are Never Ideal, Pt. One Thousand And Six (2019/09/03 03:00)
There's no sense in delaying life because things aren't quite right yet. (A redux.)
Constructive Loafing (2019/07/23 05:00)
On Zen as the "do-nothing" philosophy (which it isn't).
Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death (2019/05/10 08:00)
"...what we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument."
Freedom Yeah Right (2019/03/04 08:00)
"... from where I sit, freedom isn't choice. Freedom is agency. Indeed, choice - by limiting agency - is often the opposite of freedom."
Sneaking Up On The Generalities (2019/02/22 08:00)
Instead of attacking them head-on.
The Passive Type (2019/02/20 08:00)
Zen as nonintellectual, rather than anti-intellectual. But also non-passive.
Forest, Trees, Fox, Hedgehog (2019/02/16 01:00)
On the difference between foxes and hedgehogs.
An Infinitely Receding Horizon (2019/01/01 05:00)
"...while surely there will be a time to rest, it is not now."
Do(ing) The Right Thing (2018/11/02 08:00)
"moral action is also, inevitably, practical action, and immoral action is inevitably impractical..."
Nowhere Are We Commanded To Be Doormats (2018/09/07 08:00)
Kevin Drum dropped an aphorism worth repeating: "When you write, pretend you’re writing for people you respect."
Too Smart For Your Own Good (2018/09/03 08:00)
"Beginner's mind" is not something we can impose on others.
The Uncertainty Principle (2018/07/16 08:00)
What did Bertrand Russell mean when he said, "Do not feel absolutely certain of anything"?
Obzacktivism (2018/05/29 06:00)
"The other, of course, involves orcs."
Moral Men And Immoral Societies (2018/05/17 08:00)
"The very ordinariness of human life seemed a kind of original sin, the sin of not being extraordinary enough to recognize and resist evil."
From The Shoulders Of Giants, The View Is Lovely Indeed (2018/03/23 05:00)
"The negation of a [scientific] theory is not a new theory."
The Reason They Export Molson Is Because Canadians Are Too Smart To Drink That Bilge (2018/03/21 08:00)
I was going to say something about Jordan Peterson, but this article beat me to it.
The Royal We And The Singular I (2018/02/26 08:00)
On what we do with the discovery that we're not things, but processes.
Things I Have Learned, 2018 Edition (2018/01/17 05:00)
Words from the wise.
Uncomfortable Vs. Annoying (2017/09/13 08:00)
Or, challenging vs. merely irritating.
Self Control Dept. (2017/06/14 08:00)
When you assume full and total responsibility for everything that happens to you, even the things you think you can't control, you have a change of perspective.
The Mess-Age Dept. (2017/06/13 08:00)
On the themes I keep coming back to in my work, and how I try to not let that trap me.
Artitude Dept. (2017/03/04 08:00)
"I cannot serve like a waiter, because that's not what this job is about."
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."
Guidance Is Internal Dept. (2017/01/13 05:00)
My thoughts have become less in the vein of, "What is the wisdom to be sought?" and more in the vein of, "How is this wisdom to be germinated in each of us?" (Warning: Late-night blather-y.)
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind