Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.

Mar 262015

A golden age is the creation of a few, but we can all contribute to a degenerate one.

Mar 032015

The hard sciences killed God, natural selection buried Him, variance drove a silver stake through His heart, and yet He will not die.

Feb 092015

Data and science have become our garlic and wolfsbane.

Jan 222015

Good art does not ennoble, it merely refines; and bad art does not degrade, it merely coarsens.

Jan 072015

The artist-provocateur does more damage than he knows: he immunizes his audience against shock, and who cannot be shocked cannot be moved.

Jan 022015

You call a man a cynic when you can’t call him wrong, and an idealist when you don’t want to.

Dec 192014

If you wish to change a man’s beliefs, you have to give him something to replace them.

Nov 272014

Any sufficiently naive use of the word “science” is indistinguishable from the word “magic.”

Nov 062014

Beauty that does not in some way modify your standards for beauty is kitsch.