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Our mistake with intelligence was to consider it as possession rather than a skillset.


How Can You Say You Know Me When I Don't Even Know Myself?

It's impossible to control what happens when people pay attention to you in numbers. Just respond as gracefully as you can.

Let's Blow This Popsicle Stand

When you are faced with a world this chaotic and nasty, is the only sane response to reject it wholesale?

The Fault In Our Stars, And The Responsibilities Engendered Thereof

"I keep thinking," my friend said, "that if only I'd done more, we wouldn't be in this mess we're in now." Were they right?


Fearful Asymmetry

If I could sum up the problem of modern politics in only a few words, it would be this: the asymmetry of the motivations of the participants.

Where They All Went

On losing touch with friends, and the difficulty of making new ones.

Cold World Blues

"The universe doesn't care about our feelings" isn't an excuse to be mean. No condition of life is an excuse.

From Inside Out, Pt. 3,276

Spiritual advice don't mean a thing if it don't come from within.


No Hands On The Wheel

The problem of power, and why discarding power isn't a solution to it.

Why Nelson The Miscreant Was Right

"...the wretched of the earth might not be wholly responsible for their wretchedness."

Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death

"...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."

Out Of Touch

The number of things we need to have an opinion about right this second is not as large as it might seem.

Freedom Yeah Right

"... from where I sit, freedom isn't choice. Freedom is agency. Indeed, choice - by limiting agency - is often the opposite of freedom."

Nowhere To Go Drinking

People need a place to go that's just a place to gather.


What We Put Into Our Heads

Most of us simply don't care what we stuff in there. It's a moral failing.

Kid Stuff

On how we've outgrown outgrowing things.

On The Other Hand, Insects Are A Pretty Efficient Lot

"Specialization is for insects", revisited.

No Humans Allowed

Once again: Whatever it is we're designing our world for, it isn't the human being.


With Facebook out of my life, it's all the easier to spot unproductive discourse of all kinds, because of what else it reminds me of.


Outside of the social media bubble, the void.

Getting Better All The Time

Why Steven Pinker's encomium to an improving world falls so flat.

Paranoia The Destroyer

On how the conspiracy theory mindset stems from emotional torment.

Typing With Both Fists

On blogging while angry.

Doomed To Repeat It

In re Parkland.


Don't Techno For An Answer

"The computer has almost since its beginning been a solution looking for a problem."

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