Exact Thinking In Demented Times, And Other Delights (2020/05/01 05:00)
On Sir Popper's beautiful mind as an antidote for this terrible moment.
Cold World Blues (2020/04/11 05:00)
"The universe doesn't care about our feelings" isn't an excuse to be mean. No condition of life is an excuse.
Everyone Knows Utopia Is Nowhere (2020/03/21 05:00)
On those who believe in incremental solutions -- progressive and conservative alike -- and those who believe in burning the whole house down and starting over.
Havel's Optimism, December 2019 Edition (2019/12/12 05:00)
Stories aren't about happy or sad endings. They're about making sense of what happens.
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.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind