I hate to break it you, but you’re not real…

You know how you take things really seriously, how you strive and struggle in your life, how you get really hung up on all your important thoughts and feelings? Well, I hate to break it to you, but none of that is real. Even worse, Read More …

Why ties are evil: The dangers of tradition and social conditioning…

These days I keep a bank of blog ideas (hopefully at least five at any given time) so that when I sit down on a Monday morning, one of the ideas will present itself. I came up with this idea a while back and have Read More …

You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter…

I started this blog post a while back when I first heard the expression “you can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter”. It got me thinking about all the ways (as human beings) we delude ourselves and others, so much so Read More …

Why I don’t respect your faith…

OK – I’m probably going to piss a lot of people off with this post, even if they can make it past the title. I’m not trying to be deliberately inflammatory (nor am I trying to be a dick), but I think this is important stuff – Read More …

Why striving for happiness is fucking you up…

So Christmas and New Year’s are over again – little orgies of excess that they are. Did they make you happy? In fact, how much of what we think will make us happy ends up being either stressful or disappointing (or both)? Our quest for Read More …

Human values: Delusional but worth it…

So, last week I wrote about how we can protect ourselves from the consequences of memetic hacking (if not the hack itself) by learning to distrust the consistency of the self, and being suspicious of our urges – rule of thumb: if it feels “right” Read More …