Science is a Myth

As an undergraduate, I took a political science class called "Ideas and Ideologies" that had a significant impact on me, and still does to this day. I was interested in politics then, much more so than I am now, so it was fascinating to see the raw material laid out in one huge schematic -- …

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An Awareness of What is Missing

 The other day I mentioned Isaac Asimov's (and my) agnosticism-qua-atheism and how it's different than a militant atheism (in The Proper Use of the Pitchfork). Whenever it comes up, I invariably get asked to join an atheist group. I never do. Atheists, I've found, are very poorly fraternal (although I'm sure there are exceptions). Like …

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Superpowers and Quantum Biology: Origins of The Minus Faction

According to Stan Lee, at least in one interview, he came up with the idea for Spider-man after seeing a fly on his wall. He knew that animals served as the inspiration for many superheroes -- Batman, anyone? -- but felt that insects were underrepresented, and eventually settled on our little eight-legged wonders. He wasn't …

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Zombies, Werewolves, and One Bad Apple: How societies reflect fear

Just as chefs innovate for a repetition-weary palate, so too I try to offer today's sophisticated readers something novel for their money. Turns out entertaining you all is hard when everything's been done. When inspiration fails -- which is most of the time (don't wait for it) -- my weapon of choice is INVERSION. I …

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