Ugliness & Moral Perception

Long in the history of our culture have our monsters been ugly and the heroes who slay them been handsome. While it is a cliched point of ethics that one’s character is mostly separate from one’s exterior, the great question remains to what extent does the average cognitive bias judge, not social acceptability, but moralContinue reading “Ugliness & Moral Perception”

Populism & Civil Liberties

While civil liberties are associated with democracy, the public doesn’t like their existence. Civil liberties are based on a universal love that people are quite averse to. The natural rights posited by enlightenment individualism may not include among them the right to be loved or some minimal agape everyone is duty-bound to have for everyoneContinue reading “Populism & Civil Liberties”

The Science of Forgiveness

Why is it so difficult for people to forgive or makeup with others over fairly asinine and petty causes? One of the major reasons, it seems, is a cognitive bias known as the “End of History” bias which has that people, mostly, see their current selves as the epitome of their lives and that theirContinue reading “The Science of Forgiveness”

Metaphorical Cocaine: The Social Effects of Dopamine’s Zombies

Almost everyone who went to my high school hated it and I have written repeatedly as to my own experiences and why I came to hate it. I have analyzed the cognitive biases and insularity of cliques and ingroup/outgroup biases. Yet, possibly, on the most fundamental level the reason why people were so cruel andContinue reading “Metaphorical Cocaine: The Social Effects of Dopamine’s Zombies”

The Consequences of Perpetual Revolution

There are many reasons for the mistrust of institutions in recent years, one in particular that I’ll focus on for this piece is that of authority being the villains in every social struggle in the past few centuries. Social analysis tends to be more restricted in the timescales it considers yet I think we haveContinue reading “The Consequences of Perpetual Revolution”

Tipper Gore Versus Burning Man

I spend my life on the political left and usually find myself on the libertarian side of it. One of the first articles I posted on this website was The Death of the Libertarian Left. There is a huge divide on the left between the libertarians and the not. Those who want Woodstock and TheContinue reading “Tipper Gore Versus Burning Man”

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”

Dalliances in Marxist Analysis: The Religions of Young Idealists

I often deride postmodernism but as much as I deride it, I am very grateful for it. In terms of social deconstructionism, of course, I have absolutely no use for its approach to hard science or morality and ethics. I may no longer be the nascent adolescent I was marching with Occupy Wall Street, readingContinue reading “Dalliances in Marxist Analysis: The Religions of Young Idealists”

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”

The Religious Left: Christian versus Buddhist Socialism

                Religion and politics are inseparable because religion is the underlying foundation behind everyone’s ethical philosophy and within the definition of religion I include secular religions like secular humanism which is often practiced through Unitarian or Quaker services. For this piece, I will focus on two religions as they are the two theistic religions withContinue reading “The Religious Left: Christian versus Buddhist Socialism”