Category Culture

Bad science, great propaganda

I have fond memories of my college sociology courses they were free-form and thought provoking, and a natural bullshit artist like me could pass without doing a lot of research. Two landmark studies we reviewed in that class and which stand out in my mind were the Stanford Prison Experiment and the Milgram experiment. The […]

You lack empathy, I hope you die a horrible death.

I’ve always argued that empathy does not work for determining ethical behavior because it is 1) selective and 2) it provides no direction for how to act.  A new study suggests that people with high levels of empathy also have high levels of schadenfreude. That is, the more they empathetic they are, the more they […]

New trend: vegans becoming butchers

From the NYT, former vegans who became ethical butchers: “As soon as I started eating meat, my health improved,” she said. “My mental acuity stepped up, I lost weight, my acne cleared up, my hair got better. I felt like a fog lifted.” All of the meat was from healthy, grass-fed animals reared on the […]

Local rube who hates Patriarchy lives pathetic life, easily dominated by women

In 2016 a Harvard Law Professor named Bruce Hay wrote of the recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: First the nice stuff: He was erudite and frighteningly smart. He said what he thought, not what was expedient. He was generous to friends and family. He loved his clerks and helped them get dream jobs. […]

I don’t use the word “hero” often, but this man is a hero.

From the Washington Times: Laurel Hubbard won two gold medals and a silver in the three heavyweight categories, for women weighing more than 87 kilograms, or 192 pounds, finishing first in the snatch-lift and combined categories and second in the clean-and-jerk. The 41-year-old weightlifter was born as Gavin Hubbard and reportedly transitioned while in the […]

Deconstructing Gender

Gender is a twofold reality: on the one hand it is biological, on the other it is cultural. The biologocal aspects are undeniable: humans come in two sexes, male and female. On a physical level females have some minor advantages in terms of resiliency to stress and disease, but males have every other advantage of […]

Michael Jackson: Officially the Worst Person Ever?

Back in the ’80s, as a small boy I found Michael Jackson creepy: he dressed strangely, he had undergone needless plastic surgery, and he was effeminate. Even back then, before the formal accusations made against him in 1993, there rumors about his predilections; the joke running around the playground went like this: Kid 1: Hey, […]