Progress Not Guaranteed, Pt. 2 (2019/01/31 08:00)
More on Steven Pinker.
The Uncertainty Principle (2018/07/16 08:00)
What did Bertrand Russell mean when he said, "Do not feel absolutely certain of anything"?
The Life Of The Mind (2018/04/12 05:00)
An influencer seems more interested in being well-known, being "influential", than in being motivated by a thirst for the truth.
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 Unthinkable Lightness Of Being (2018/03/20 05:00)
On how Zen and Buddhism are not anti-intellectual, but non-intellectual. Big diff there.
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.
Outside Lookin' Inside Dept. (2017/04/27 08:00)
If past, present, and future are all unknowable, what's left? (And why frame things that way?)
The Big(ger) Picture Dept. (2016/08/01 07:00)
On why the problem is not belief or the absence of same.
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.
Bigger Fish To Fry Dept. (2016/05/19 10:00)
"My problems are bigger than yours" is always a bad argument.
Not The Smartest Guys In The Room Dept. (2016/02/10 10:00)
I don't think SF authors have an obligation to be scientific authorities, but I do think they have an obligation to be scientifically literate.
The Smartest Guys In The Medium Dept. (2015/09/10 10:00)
"...the doctrine that the genius must be in advance of his time is almost wholly false and vicious..."
Unthink For Yourself Dept. (2015/07/14 10:00)
Sure, maybe Zen is "irrational", but who's complaining?
Holy Fools Dept. (2015/06/24 11:20)
I'll tell me what to really think.
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...
Many Legs And Too Many Brains Dept. (2015/06/11 10:00)
"...smart people, lacking any sort of compelling real world data, are great at debating and rationalizing bad decisions."
Don't Dream It, Be It (2014/12/17 04:00)
You could be the change, or you could just hold your breath and wait for it.
Fictioned Science Dept. (2014/10/27 10:00)
On creative work presenting itself as science for the sake of legitimacy.
The Snore Of Reason Dept. (2014/08/20 12:00)
Breeding monsters, and all that.
Guns And Butter Dept. (2014/08/20 10:00)
Why does it always come down to having to choose between science and art, between Shakespeare or the bomb?
My Water Cooler Runneth Over Dept. (2014/06/02 07:00)
On the communal enjoyment of entertainment and the 'paradox of choice'.
Squinting Into The Future Dept. (2014/04/26 10:00)
If looking to SF for a vision of the future is a bad idea, can we at least say which SF we're talking about?
Artificial Stupidity Dept. (2014/02/08 10:00)
The smarter the machine, the more likely we are to cozzen up to it.
Futurism-ism Dept. (2013/12/17 10:00)
The mysticism of the future by way of technology is no improvement over the mysticisms of the past.
Great Minds Think Differently Dept. (2013/11/20 10:00)
Why am I, the atheist, reading a book of religious philosophy? Homework, but some other things too.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind