the poor questioner might infer that I was judging him

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WHEN  I WAKE IN THE MORNING, the first thing I do is make a mug of Cafe Bustelo coffee. I don’t wake up with my brain/mind func­tioning at 95 per­cent as I used to—more like 75 per­cent. As I sip my coffee, I warm up the ol’ ra­ti­o­ci­nator for the day’s writing by pe­rusing Quora and an­swering a few ques­tions. [Continue reading]

can we call trump’s tweeted temper tantrums “tweetrums”?

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RESPONDING TO A QUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the basis for a short ar­ticle that I ti­tled, “Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Problem.” I was ad­dressing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vidual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives “aren’t ex­actly en­thralled” with Trumps’ presidency. [Continue reading]

conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

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THIS ONE IS A DOOZY! The ques­tion on Quora was, “Would lib­erals be sur­prised to learn that con­ser­v­a­tives aren’t ex­actly en­thralled with Donald Trump ei­ther?” One must make some as­sump­tions when en­gaging other In­ter­ne­tally, so I as­sume that the person who posted this ques­tion is po­lit­i­cally con­ser­v­a­tive. [Continue reading]

the hydra of hate bubbling beneath america’s surface

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I SKIPPED “MONSTER TALK” with Blake Smith as he pre­pared for Cryp­tidCon in the latest Skeptic newsletter. The ques­tion “What does sci­ence have to tell us about mon­sters” didn’t at­tract my in­terest. Nor did common mis­con­cep­tions about the ori­gins and de­vel­op­ment of iden­tical and fra­ternal twins. [Continue reading]

barbara lee and the boundless consequences of war

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SO YOU THINK YOU’RE RIGHT and every­body else is wrong?” I heard those words from my fa­ther many times while growing up. Of course, the ra­tio­nale be­hind those words is sound: most of the times we hold an opinion that dif­fers with that of 99% of every­body else, then 99% of the time we will prob­ably be wrong. [Continue reading]