Nuclear Clique Breaking: The Second Installment on Oxytocin (Oxytocin Blockers)

As I’ve noted in earlier articles, punitive anti-bullying policies have serious limitations since counter-tattling is an available tactic, especially in vigilante bullying, and some forms of bullying are consensual (e.g. circus monkey bullying) and tied to social inclusion and stopping it would have collateral damage. My suggestions were using peer allies to intervene in incidentsContinue reading “Nuclear Clique Breaking: The Second Installment on Oxytocin (Oxytocin Blockers)”

Should You Get a Face Tattoo? Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Nature of Beauty

                Aesthetics has been a long debated sector of philosophy, yet, it is a difficult one to debate. For one, there is a common belief that beauty is subjective. How can one establish normative rules for something so fluid? Partially, this is a problem about philosophers not doing science. The contemporary philosopher Derek Parfit arguedContinue reading “Should You Get a Face Tattoo? Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Nature of Beauty”

The Oxytocin Deficit: One of My Best Autistic Traits

One of the primary specific neurochemical symptoms of my Asperger’s seems to be a deficit of oxytocin. Ironically, it is the presence of oxytocin that has caused significant problems for my people. As I study cognitive biases and social psychology, oxytocin is one of the primary neurochemicals responsible for social conformity. When it comes toContinue reading “The Oxytocin Deficit: One of My Best Autistic Traits”

Social Distancing: What We’ve Learned

In watching the riots of the past week, it is clear that since this has not happened at this scale since the Rodney King Riots, and many police killings have happened since, that the changed variable was the pandemic and the psychological strain of social distancing. These riots are as much a lashing out ofContinue reading “Social Distancing: What We’ve Learned”

The Literati: They Fought Happy Endings, Won, and Got Retardation

If there is any group on the left I disdain, it would be the elites of the avant—garde. The pseudo-intellectuals whose membership on the political left is a source of snobbish pride over the less educated and less culturally literate. A snobbish pride is merited on deeper ethical issues, members of the left should laudContinue reading “The Literati: They Fought Happy Endings, Won, and Got Retardation”

If it Bleeds It Leads: The Anatomy of Click-Bait

Of the trends of the past decade, one of the more noticeable is the public having access to everything they have ever wanted in terms of media consumption. The typical person is not more mature at media selection than the typical eight-year-old is at snack selection. I haven’t touched Cheetos since I hit puberty but,Continue reading “If it Bleeds It Leads: The Anatomy of Click-Bait”

Extroverted on the Spectrum: A Long Saga of Cosmopolitan Friendliness

So far, I’ve written a lot about being Asperger’s and being among the various neurological minorities that claim me as a member.  For this article, I will write about what it feels like to be interested in humans when one is unlike them. Most people are interested in their kin group, their friends, and fewContinue reading “Extroverted on the Spectrum: A Long Saga of Cosmopolitan Friendliness”

The Miracle of Birth: How Abusers Can Literally Make Victims Anytime They Want

The place where people without degrees in education, psychology, or anything like that are entrusted with the care of children is in parenting. Understandably, criticizing parenting, itself, will come as offensive to many parents. Yet, there are pandemic levels of mental conditions resulting from various types and degrees of abuse and one of the mostContinue reading “The Miracle of Birth: How Abusers Can Literally Make Victims Anytime They Want”

Morality 101: What do Modern People Believe?

Of the spheres to examine in contemporary culture, one of the more fascinating is from where ethics are derived and what those ethics are. In the bio section of my website, I succinctly spell out that I am first a virtue ethicist, second, a deontologist, and third, a utilitarian. Aristotle, then Kant, then Mill. IfContinue reading “Morality 101: What do Modern People Believe?”

The Internet is Suburbia, Except Worse

As a social scientist, one of my focusses of study has been social and physical infrastructure and how those affect human psychology and sociology. Specifically, one of my greater fixations is on the many facets of urban planning and how the design of the systems and topography within a human environment affects the people withinContinue reading “The Internet is Suburbia, Except Worse”