Thinking Tools: Weather and Will

Some of what you work out -- hopefully, anyway -- as you go about your daily life, are what I call "thinking tools." These aren't just facts, they're ways of viewing or understanding the world around you  in a way that allows you to deal with life in a more productive, or less painful, way.I wrote about something I call "Nailing" quite some time back, and that concept is one of my own thinking tools, something that helps me understand a bit of seemingly irrational human behavior. (Such as … [Read more...]

When We All Grow Up

Every major change in life -- and probably a lot of the minor ones -- is accompanied by something I call Turbulence.New job, turbulence. New baby, turbulence. Loss of a loved one, MAJOR turbulence.It's that period of discomfort and confusion that happens between one steady life state and another. Eventually you get used to new conditions of life -- the new job is as familiar and comfortable as the old one -- but meanwhile, you suffer the bumpy ride of the necessary transition.I bring … [Read more...]

Lefty Pet Peeve

This picture was shared on Facebook with the caption, "Americas (sic) largest mass hanging of Indians."Hey, I'm in. I'm on board. The LEAST you can say about the alleged incident is that it deserves to echo through history as one of our most shameful moments. It deserves to be remembered, reflected upon, regretted.As a compassionate, reasoning being -- or so I like to think of myself -- my first impulse is to find out more. This is something that needs to be a part of my thinking, … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Legacy

[I'm afraid I'm not going to explain this very well. I have the idea in my head in a way that makes sense to me, but this post runs long because I'm having a problem getting the concept into words. I'm hoping readers can help me refine the idea into some simpler form that will be more easily understandable. Collaborative comments are welcome!]As I think I've said here in the past, I believe atheism is, in some ways, rather fragile. Give us one good civilization-wide scare and I fear we'd … [Read more...]

Gender Asymmetry, Again

I had a post a bit more than a year ago titled A Third Approach to Gender Equality.The heart of the post was the assertion that male and female humans have certain distinct characteristics separate from each other, and that taking those differences into account -- through an overview that admits of something I call "gender asymmetry" -- is necessary to develop approaches to equality.Men have advantages over women. For instance, men's naturally greater strength and athletic ability. Which … [Read more...]

Annoying Thoughts on the Verge of Christmas

The world around us – through holiday stories, songs, animated movies, TV shows, sweet little homilies delivered to us daily in every medium -- teaches us about automatic happy endings, happily-ever-afters, free gifts delivered for the price of being “good,” all sorts of magical happy inevitabilities, all of which will come to us as we relax and live our lives.But it never teaches us those things AREN’T automatically true. We’re left to figure out on our own that there’s no Santa, no Care Bea … [Read more...]