Monday, October 17, 2016

New Dark Age

The great forces today are nihilism and fundamentalism. Reason is no longer a contender.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Twilight of Ecosystems

Evolution is usually a slow process, but in the current twilight of ecosystems we knew a mere half-century previous, the biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment are changing faster than our collective comprehension. This turbulent change is disturbing to our psyche in ways we cannot imagine, yet display through pathological behavior. Mental disorders are thus proliferating at a rate that precludes the understanding required for any chance at reasonable adaptation. Medicating these disorders only masks the problem.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Green Party Delusions

The irony of Kevin Gosztola's satire on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is that it isn't. He may very well think so, but the reality is that Stein--like former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader--is running a campaign that benefits the Republican candidate. Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, despite her serious flaws, because he understands the consequences of putting a white nationalist supporter in the Oval Office. Gosztola apparently doesn't.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mayan Glyphs

Mayan art and architecture are well-known. Lesser known is Mayan math and astronomy. Largely due to the burning of Mayan libraries by the Catholics.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Vive la Difference

There is a difference between the possible and the probable.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lost Causes

Lost causes are fascinating human endeavors focused on addressing problems that were perhaps surmountable in the past, but certainly not in the future. Climate change and genetically-modified organisms are perfect examples of social obsession, oriented toward getting the horses back in the barn, after they've galloped over the horizon. We can conceivably preserve a slim chance at slowing the pace of these life-altering changes through new public policies, but that's about it.

While these dramas capture vast attention, the problems we should address in the present, because we have a realistic chance of success, remain off the table. Which leads me to ask if the human species itself is a lost cause.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Food for Thought

Identity in America is similar to diet; pick one from each of the food groups. The result, however, is not a healthy one. Combining ideas from liberalism, conservatism, fascism, and fundamentalism is, instead, insane.

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