White Whine in the Sunset

I'm not liking the fact that the Trump candidacy has set off this sneering assault on White Men.Yeah, I get it that there are a certain number of Trump supporters -- "white" men -- out there who are making some bad decisions this election cycle.But there are a lot of OTHER white men -- I suspect a majority -- who are kind, decent, intelligent, diligent, respectful, generous and caring. I know a LOT of them. (This does not mean they will agree with you on every possible thing you believe, … [Read more...]

The Root of Transcendence

As an atheist, you hear it all the time – the in-your-face assertion that Humans are “wired for God.” We believe in gods, we’re told, because it’s natural to us. Because we have something in us that NEEDS a god or gods. Maybe because it carries some evolutionary advantage, so we evolved to have it.The conclusion, in the mind of any faith-professing Christian, is that we’re this way because there really is a god, or at least some sort of “something bigger out there somewhere” that makes it so. … [Read more...]

Donald Trump & The Adaptive Limit

I've recently been toying with the idea that each of us has an "adaptive limit."The adaptive limit is that point at which growth and change becomes impossible.Some people are flexible and adaptable for almost their entire lives. They're the ones who can take on new ideas, new thoughts, new viewpoints, and not get bent out of shape by them. They can hear arguments that don't agree with their own and calmly consider them. They can be creative, they can change and grow.Others have a … [Read more...]

Yew Cain’t Trust Yore Lyin’ Eyes

Watch this video:I've been seeing optical illusions like this for something like 60 years, and the never-fail tagline is always "You can't trust your eyes!" The thing is always presented as a profound scientific lesson in human perception.But it's SLANTED science, science with a somewhat false editorial built into it, the whole aimed at achieving a little funhouse-type prank on the viewer. When I figured this out 30 or so years back, when I understood the REAL lesson, I stopped being … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Transcendence

I was thinking about the concept of transcendence today as I worked on my roof. To give you some idea what I think about it, I have to tell you a couple of stories. The Heifer Who Almost Killed Me I grew up with rodeo cowboys, as I've said here more than once. There are cowboys who ride and cowboys who rope (this is drastically oversimplified), and my people were that second type. The riders ride either bulls or broncs or both, and are widely known to be right on the edge of crazy. Ropers are … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Culture Itself

In pursuit of my Beta Culture concept, I've been thinking a lot about Culture over the past couple of years, and I've recently been making some interesting connections. I like to think I'm getting close to understanding the meat of it. Here's a recent thought:Your culture offers you Values, Ways, and Place.VALUES are obvious: Honesty is the best policy. People are suckers and deserve what they get. Hard work is the stuff of life. Honor your mother and father. Family above all. Never stop … [Read more...]