An Awareness of What is Missing

┬áThe 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 an eternal opposition coalition, doomed forever to sit on the … Continue reading An Awareness of What is Missing

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 wrong, of course. Indeed, the first superhero ever, a character … Continue reading Superpowers and Quantum Biology: Origins of The Minus Faction

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 take something you know and turn it on its head. … Continue reading Zombies, Werewolves, and One Bad Apple: How societies reflect fear