The Death of Eccentricity

Recently, I was reading Jonathan Haidt’s dissertation from 1992 entitled “Should you eat your dog?” A paper that covers an issue very important to many people on the spectrum. It focuses on the morality of harmless offenses that are considered offensive. Now, I will avoid using the term harmless in favor of the word eccentricContinue reading “The Death of Eccentricity”

The Science of Credulity

Malcolm Gladwell’s most recent book was Talking to Strangers. Given the content, I disagree with the title. So long as it’s daylight and there is no fear of danger, strangers should be talked to as that makes people more multicultural, worldly, and empathetic to people of diverse backgrounds. Without question, as long as it’s safe,Continue reading “The Science of Credulity”

Will Sex Return?

                One of the great less broadcast questions infecting the minds of sociologists is whether the decline in romantic relationships and sexuality is temporary or not. It seems that the decline will never fully reverse and human sexuality will seldom return to late-twentieth century levels. Some of the reasons are more physical than sociological, theContinue reading “Will Sex Return?”

Urban Planning in Space Colonies

In the next few years our species is going to build its first cities in space and one of my great fears is that when they do, the cities will grow organically based on the utilitarian needs of the first settlers. Building cities from scratch comes with the wonderful opportunity to create something beautiful andContinue reading “Urban Planning in Space Colonies”

Reticence: The Anglo-American Suppression of Emotion

One of the sad facts of our culture is that expressions of emotion are likely to viewed with derision or fear or, when not dangerous, get the cops called or HR involved. Sorrow, laughter, anger, joy, longing, and many more are feared when manifested outside the confines of a therapist’s office. Last time I criedContinue reading “Reticence: The Anglo-American Suppression of Emotion”

Adult Proms: A Way to Increase Dating Rates and More Fun Things

It has been reacted to as a crisis in the media that dating rates are down. It’s not a crisis. Yet, the pundits react to any change as a crisis. When the birth rates were going up, there was a panic about overpopulation and when the birth rates began to reverse the pundits, again, panickedContinue reading “Adult Proms: A Way to Increase Dating Rates and More Fun Things”

My City: A Charlestonian on the 5th Anniversary of the Emmanuel Nine

                As a Charlestonian, I consider the Emmanuel Nine to be unfair to my fair city since Dylann Roof was not from Charleston, he was from Columbia. It sends the message that Charleston is a right-leaning city when Charleston is a left-leaning city. It combined with Southern Charm and Reckless and other items of mediaContinue reading “My City: A Charlestonian on the 5th Anniversary of the Emmanuel Nine”

Should We Bring Period Fashion Back? Yes! And Other Things.

As an adult, I am saddened by the fact that preschoolers can dress like princesses and not be judged for it and even wear it to school but adults invariably wear normal clothing almost every day. I am not saying that people dress in Halloween-type costumes where they are a character but I am sayingContinue reading “Should We Bring Period Fashion Back? Yes! And Other Things.”

Tribes of the Wasteland: The Atomization of the Culture

I have written often about Robert Moses’ style design and the balkanization of the culture and the effects of those things on society. One of the effects I have not emphasized is the creation of disparate subcultures and the effects that has, not only on people being unable to empathize with each other on anContinue reading “Tribes of the Wasteland: The Atomization of the Culture”