Kid Stuff (2018/10/11 08:00)
On how we've outgrown outgrowing things.
Ray And The Great Unpluggening (2018/10/05 05:00)
How Ray Bradbury saw a cellphone-addicted future. No, not in that book about book-burning.
On The Other Hand, Insects Are A Pretty Efficient Lot (2018/10/03 05:00)
"Specialization is for insects", revisited.
Revenge Of The Big Lie (2018/08/01 05:00)
I don't see any of this ending well, but I'd rather be on whatever side of history valued verifiable truths over comfortable lies.
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."
This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (2018/04/18 08:00)
"No man demands what he desires; each man demands what he fancies he can get."
Getting Better All The Time (2018/03/06 08:00)
Why Steven Pinker's encomium to an improving world falls so flat.
Paranoia The Destroyer (2018/03/04 08:00)
On how the conspiracy theory mindset stems from emotional torment.
The Attention Thieves (2018/02/12 08:00)
Boredom's not a burden anyone should bear.
Don't Techno For An Answer (2017/12/07 08:00)
"The computer has almost since its beginning been a solution looking for a problem."
Arrested Development (2017/12/01 08:00)
Comics and video games are low-hanging fruit that anyone can use for cheap shots about maturity.
If You Really Cared About This ... (2017/10/16 08:00)
Why the morality-play view of personal responsibility is bogus.
Uncomfortable Vs. Annoying (2017/09/13 08:00)
Or, challenging vs. merely irritating.
Face Down In The Cesspool (2017/08/23 07:00)
A year and change ago, I mostly quit social media. I don't think that's likely to change.
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.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind