SUFFERING FOR SOMETHING

August 25th, 2014 §

The most “viral” suffering-for-charity stunt since the Middle Ages…  but no one wants to acknowledge its spiritual roots.

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CONSERVATISM’S UNCLOSEABLE GENDER GAP

July 29th, 2014 §

The political divide corresponds increasingly to a gender divide

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MOTHERLAND

June 16th, 2014 §

Why has America changed so dramatically over the past fifty years?

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WHEN DEMOCRACY FAILS

May 25th, 2014 §

Western pieties, Eastern realities

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EMPATHY UNHINGED

May 18th, 2014 §

A kind of motherhood …

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BOKO LOCO

May 8th, 2014 §

How far will the Obama White House go to pander to women?

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NO STONE UNTURNED

May 3rd, 2014 §

No witch unburned…

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GENDERED SPEECH

April 24th, 2014 §

Feeeeeeelings

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LIAR LIAR

April 19th, 2014 §

Revealing?

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COMMENTS IN RED

April 18th, 2014 §

Putin’s trolls

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PAYING TILL IT HURTS

April 15th, 2014 §

Though predictable I suppose, it still seems a shame that the Pulitzers this year passed over science journalist (and physician) Elisabeth Rosenthal. Her series on America’s utterly insane health care system has been excellent and ought to have won something. The story also wasn’t handed to her on a platter (or a DVD) as the NSA stuff was handed to the Post and Guardian.

The $2.7 trillion medical bill.

American way of birth, costliest in the world.

In need of a new hip, but priced out of the US.

The soaring cost of a simple breath.

As hospital costs soar, a single stitch tops $500.

Patients’ costs skyrocket, specialist incomes soar.

Even small medical advances can mean big jumps in bills.

The series is ongoing so maybe next year it’ll win. On the other hand, it might be one of those stories that a lot of people just ignore. Someone else—their employer, or the government—pays for their medical insurance, so why should they care?

THE ROOTS OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

April 13th, 2014 §

What women want?

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ANOMALY AND HUMILITY

March 13th, 2014 §

The virtues of agnosticism

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BONFIRE OF THE ANOMALIES

January 12th, 2014 §

From little sparks, bewildering conflagrations

mothman

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FEMTHINK RISING, SCIENCE FALLING?

January 5th, 2014 §

Are Western societies losing the capacity for rational debate?

antitoxins

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MY SWEAT FOR YOUR SINS (again)

July 17th, 2013 §

Woman dies during charity swim — donations pour in

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DID SNOWDEN REALLY SAY ANYTHING NEW?

June 10th, 2013 §

What did we learn from the “leak” that we didn’t already know?

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ABOUT THOSE FLOWERS AND CANDLES

December 20th, 2012 §

The stubborn power of ancient symbols…

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THOUGHTS ON THE MEANING OF LIFE

December 15th, 2012 §

Meaning is function, meaning is relative, meaning is often inhumane

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SO FAST IT’S INVISIBLE

November 19th, 2012 §

If a UFO is moving too fast for your eyes to notice it, your video camera probably won’t catch it either.

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THE PROBLEM WITH DOCTORS

July 30th, 2012 §

Overtrained, overpaid, and overrated.

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BAD NEWS BOSON?

July 4th, 2012 §

A good day for Peter Higgs — but for the rest of us, maybe not so much.

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THE COGNITIVE SEPARATION – III

May 30th, 2012 §

Reposting this, after a related NYT piece appeared today

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MEDIA WHORES

May 28th, 2012 §

Beware the popularizers of modern cosmology

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DO WE REALLY NEED SUPERSTITIONS?

April 6th, 2012 §

Some delusions we can do without.

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EXOCULTURE SHOCK

March 29th, 2012 §

Do we really want to know what’s out there?

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AUTHORITECH VS. LIBERTECH

March 25th, 2012 §

Smart weapons for civil conflicts

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THE COMFORTS OF OUTRAGE

March 23rd, 2012 §

Why has media-driven offense-taking over minor, off-color remarks  become epidemic?

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CAMERA ARTIFACT-OLOGY?

March 17th, 2012 §

An intriguing new case, from Chile

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THE DEEP LESSON OF THE GOLDMAN SACHS LETTER

March 16th, 2012 §

It’s about much more than Wall Street — it’s about the hazards of cultural evolution.


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HEALTHY SKEPTICISM

March 14th, 2012 §

A paper in PLoS One reports “three unsuccessful attempts to replicate” Daryl Bem’s “Feeling the future” experiment.

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THOUGHTS ON THE NEXT PERSIAN WAR

March 2nd, 2012 §

US policy towards countries such as Iran treats war as a “last resort” — but in so doing makes war almost inevitable

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PART MAN PART MONKEY

February 9th, 2012 §

Our funny little atavisms.


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HOW TO END THE CULTURE WARS

February 8th, 2012 §

Let a thousand cultures bloom.


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THE COGNITIVE SEPARATION (rerun)

January 31st, 2012 §

The MSM is starting to pay attention to the idea of an accelerating cognitive separation in society

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TAXATION WITHOUT COGNIZATION

January 27th, 2012 §

Do you even know your net income tax rate?

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AVERAGE IS OVER?

January 26th, 2012 §

Then why does the New York Times still employ the mediocrity Thomas L. Friedman?

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ROOM WITH A VIRTUAL VIEW

January 10th, 2012 §

Don’t pay up for a view — bring the view to you.

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WHY GET MARRIED?

January 1st, 2012 §

The deep social justifications for marriage no longer exist

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THE COMING NON-PROFIT REVOLUTION

December 31st, 2011 §

What if consumers decide not to buy stuff from corporations that make profits?

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THE DEMISE OF GUYTHINK

December 27th, 2011 §

Empathy, political correctness and the feminization of Western culture — and why we should worry

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SUBLIMINAL SINS

December 20th, 2011 §

The dubious moral packaging of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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THE SEDUCTRESS WITH A THOUSAND FACES

December 4th, 2011 §

The patient on the couch …

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THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN: OUR MOST WATCHABLE REALITY SHOW

December 2nd, 2011 §

What else explains the Herman Cain phenomenon?

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NO SOUP FOR YOU

November 22nd, 2011 §

…if it’s made by a big corporation…

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THE EMU AND THE SUPERCOMMITTEE

November 22nd, 2011 §

Two big failures, one big reason

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ACKROYD’S GHOSTS

October 31st, 2011 §

I’m looking forward to reading Peter Ackroyd’s book ‘The English Ghost

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HOW WE HAVE CHANGED

September 11th, 2011 §

In a secular age, public grief has become more religious.

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HOW TO FIND A CASTAWAY

August 26th, 2011 §

Never be lost again.

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AGAINST STEVE JOBS

August 24th, 2011 §

Steve Jobs goes.  The reality distortion field stays.


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