Beta Culture: The Story Behind the Stories

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Every culture has stories. I don't mean the entertaining fictions of story books or novels or other popular entertainment. I mean this other kind, something out in plain sight, but also sort of hidden.Stories about how things fit together. Stories about relationships, about the duties children owe to parents, and parents to children. Stories about how man and woman relate, and the ways to create family. Stories about the regard each person owes to neighbors. Stories about how to do everyday … [Read more...]

The Other Side of ‘Poor Robin Williams’

Robin Williams

Some part of this is probably gonna make you uncomfortable, but I'm gonna just toss it out here anyway:Robin Williams died today, of an apparent suicide. It’s strange how much it affects me. Years back when I was on vacation and Stephen Jay Gould died, I called home crying. That guy MATTERED to me. He was one of my people, a smart man and a scientist. The world was a colder, dumber, less interesting place when he died.And now Robin Williams is gone.On Facebook, a lot of people are p … [Read more...]

Short Stack # 22

The less-intelligent students never made it to ninja status, and were relegated to the ranks of the ninny-ja.They were complete idiots, but damn, they could really sneak up on you.-----------------------Canadians: If you come take back Ted Cruz and Justin Bieber, we'll give you Detroit.-----------------------On Alternate Earth, you were born to be a powerful wizard. That's why you feel so out of place here, and why nothing seems to work.-----------------------On the … [Read more...]

#DeathTweets (repost)

#DeathTweets: Just chugged about a quart of Diet Coke. Now for the Mentos!____________________#DeathTweets: me and my posse up at the old sanders mansion spoze to be a vampire lives here. yes or no, im bringin back PROOF!____________________#DeathTweets: whoo boys nite out no idea howw mny driks ive had time to go tho wherz my keys____________________#DeathTweets: Makin my own fireworks for the 4th this year! Sulfur, saltpeter, charcoal, yeah! Ima grind this shit down to … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Standing in Line

Too harsh? Anything you'd add? The General Rule It all comes down to fairness. It’s fair that the guy who got there first deserves to be waited on first. If there are people behind you in line, NOTICE THEM, and remember you’re taking their time too. Do the deed and move along.If you were in traffic and the light turned green, other drivers would expect you to move off immediately, not sit there texting or talking or dithering. And so would you. They’ve got 30 minutes for lunch, they’re late … [Read more...]

Reimagining the Conceptual Foundation of Atheism

The_Thinker

Inevitably, in any discussion with those critical of atheism, you'll hear "You can't prove there's no God, therefore atheism is not logically supportable."Here's the counter: There's this thought experiment we've been conducting for the past three centuries or so, the thought experiment of "What if everything works by completely natural laws and forces, with no capricious supernatural superbeings involved?"It doesn't matter whether or not the supernatural superbeings exist! We just … [Read more...]


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