Four classes of forces shape our selves, which do we think of as the most important? It varies, and if we miss this we have a hard time properly understanding what others are saying. Read more (11 min, 2800 words).
The Political Is Personal
People experience the nature of their wants, needs and desires very differently, and when they generalize the specifics of their own psychology onto everyone else it has a profound effect on their political beliefs. Read more (13 min, 3200 words).
It’s a Book!
In which I announce that I'm going to write a book. Read more (3 min, 700 words).
We often say things we don't really mean, which is fine as long as what we say doesn't make its way to where it looks like we do mean it. Avoiding that is getting more and more difficult and the consequences are quite serious.
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The Woke-up Call: A Review of Cynical Theories
A long review, with further musings, of "Cynical Theories". Read more (30 min, 7600 words).
Political Capital Flow Management and the Importance of Yutting
I discuss how you can dismiss, acknowledge, or generalize from the particular to the general, and how this matters for the way political capital is created and accumulated. Read more (11 min, 2800 words).
Cat Couplings Revisited
I folliow up on "Cat Couplings" from 2019 with a bunch of new examples and further thinking on how and why cat couplings work. Read more (13 min, 3300 words).
Fantasia for Two Voices
A dialog on how everything is. Read more (6 min, 1600 words).
Turnabout Trash: An Exercise in Lowbrow Cryptonormativism
I roleplay being a culture warrior in response to something unusually irritating, and decide not to do it again. Read more (15 min, 3800 words).
Picking Apart Eugenics
A quick-and-dirty piece on what the hell people mean by "eugenics", promted by the fallout from a tweet by Richard Dawkins.
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