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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

History of Humanity

The history of humanity is one fuck-up after another. I see no reason to think the future will be any different.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Incongruous Identities

What perplexes and amuses the vast audience in the arena of ideas is that modern social conflict primarily consists of sociopathic philosophers, psycopathic nihilists, and delusional do-gooders. The apparently inescapable paradox of the modern human condition (as a consequence of the accumulated traumas, grievances, and ideological baggage of human history) that is inexorably leading humanity to an increasingly discordant future.

Acknowledging the reality of this situation is the first step in contemplating initiatives consistent with the rule of reason in a distinctly unreasonable world.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Digital News Cycle

Hysteria
Euphoria
Depression

alternating between flattery and disappointment

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