Jul 072017

Problem, n.  In mathematics: A problem. In social science: A state of affairs with which one is unhappy.

Jul 062017

The end of civilization will likely not be preceded by general alarm over civilization’s impending end.

Jul 052017

Problematic, against all odds, has become a useful word, as a sign to stop reading.

Jul 042017

Reasonable, adj.  Good at thinking of reasons.

Jul 032017

Democracy and war are the most efficient mechanisms for becoming angry at large groups of people one has never met.

Jun 302017

A belief, we are told, is a thought you keep thinking; in fact you stopped thinking it some time ago, if it was ever a thought at all.

Jun 292017

It is possible, indeed common, to be both boring and weird.

Jun 282017

Cultural epochs used to last for centuries, then generations, then decades, now a year or two, and soon it will be fifteen minutes.

Jun 272017

Gross intolerance of unpopular opinion may do for literature what the Hays Code did for movies: one must be clever when one cannot be frank.