No Time for a Christmas Post

I should really write something about Christmas. I mean, I have written something the last couple of years, whether it be just a simple joke post containing YouTube links to songs about Jesus, talking about the true story of Christmas at the hands of evangelicals, or even just posting Tim Minchin’s song about drinking white wine in the sun, but I really just have no time this year. I am so busy getting together the feast I need to serve...

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Future Improbable

  It’s difficult to say with any kind of certainty what the future holds. There are just so many variables, so many interconnected pieces, that come together to build what we call “the present”. Given that all events which occur are the result of things which came before, one would think that, given enough data, we could successfully predict the future. And in theory, this is possible, but with our current technology and...

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VIDEO: “Oliver Sacks on Humans and Myth-making”

Below is a great interview via Big Think with Dr Oliver Sacks, about the predisposition of the human brain toward storytelling and mythology. His answers in this video mirror closely many of my own on the subject. The complete transcript is below the video. Transcript Question: Is the human brain predisposed to create myths? Oliver Sacks:  Yeah. First I would say that the human brain or the human mind is disposed to create stories or...

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A Quick Psychology of the Zombie Genre

Picture from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Zombie movies and other zombie related paraphernalia have, over the past decade seen, a resurgence in popularity among people of the West. From AMC’s “The Walking Dead“, to the BBC’s “Dead Set” on TV, and “World War Z“, “A Cabin In The Woods” and “La Horde” in the movies, we have seen the zombie genre go from a specialised interest...

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A Curmudgeonly Christmas

I love Christmas. For me it signifies a time when I get to visit with those I love and haven’t seen¬† in a while, a time when we can forget our troubles, if only for a day, and celebrate the fact that we are all alive and together. It has nothing to do with a God, or lack thereof, and I only call it Christmas for lack of a better name. It has nothing to do with the pagan roots of the winter or summer solstice either, although most...

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