Gun Control: The Paralyzing Price of American Freedom

May 13, 2013 Leave a comment

America’s biggest problem is that it fatally overvalues its freedom.

Xenocrates

Guns. Guns! Everywhere. The news feed coming out of the freest country in the world is starting to read like a play by play for the war in Afghanistan. Why is there so much gun violence in America? At this point, there is no point arguing against the right for law abiding citizens to own guns. Doing so would be pointless. Rather, this post seeks to highlight that America’s biggest problem is not its guns. Guns are only a symptom of the actual problem.

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The Problem with Online Social Networking

March 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Give humanity anonymity and see the true potential of its depravity.

Xenocrates

We are repeatedly trying to simulate human behaviour online, with dramatic results.

Social networking has changed humanity forever. I began to realize this when I discovered a frightening trend in the news about how kids were killing themselves over things done online. Why would someone do that? I thought. That is when I decided to embark upon an ambitious social experiment two years ago to see the true depth of how social networking has changed the human animal. This post documents my findings in grave detail. Note well: you may find the contents of this post either deeply upsetting or deeply disturbing. You have been warned.

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The Problem with falling in Love

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Our parents were incredibly naive about love.

Xenocrates

How it typically begins always makes the inevitability of how it ends so much more perplexing and painful. Image ­© Copyright 2012 Tomasz Wagner, Mananetwork Wedding Photography. Used with permission.

There was once a person you would have moved heaven and earth for. He or she was all sorts of amazing.  Your only problem with this person is that all of the wonderful things that you once loved about them have inexplicably evaporated. You want to know something interesting? The factors that caused the evaporation were always there when you first met. It’s just as you got to know them better, they became harder to ignore. It’s like the intensity of the good things you loved about them have swapped places with the bad things. Familiar?

Then we need to talk.

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Top Anticipated Films, 2013 Edition

January 3, 2013 Leave a comment

The geek has inherited the earth.

Xenocrates

2013-MoviesThis is going to be yet another bumper year for blockbuster comic book / science fiction films.

In 2012, I thought we were going to have an incredibly bumper year for tent pole pictures. As it turns out, my excitement was relatively short lived. Only two films truly delivered last year in my opinion. First was the under rated Chronicle (found footage drama of teens accidentally attaining super powers and learning to deal with it responsibly) and Marvel’s The Avengers. The latter was a comic book blockbuster that went on to become the third highest grossing film of all time. It signals a trend in blockbusters over the last decade that continues for 2013.

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Everything Is Nothing

December 26, 2012 1 comment

If perception is truth, then there’s no such thing as truth.

Xenocrates

Shades-of-grey-illusionThe squares labeled A and B are the same shade. Click here to see proof.

Rene Descartes once posited that the only proof that we exist is the fact that we are conscious of ourselves thinking. His famous quote, “Cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am) has a great deal of meaning for those of us who are constantly in search of the meaning of life. I have already posited that life has no intrinsic meaning outside of what you choose to give it. In this post, I’ll go a step further to demonstrate why there is no such thing as truth.

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Humanity’s Obsession with its Destruction

December 23, 2012 1 comment

Fear is the most compelling form of folly.

Xenocrates

What is it about the complete and utter destruction of mankind that causes most of us to react with such a uniform sense of paranoia? Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many people around the world were in full on, weaponized panic over the past week, because they were compelled the world was going to end on December 21, 2012. Well it didn’t happen—as I had predicted in an earlier post about a similar prophecy that failed to materialize. However, our fear of our destruction has captured our imagination for decades. Just look at the video montage above taken from no less than seven different movies. Why?

Well, it has to do with our programming.

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A Rational Explanation for Apple’s Irrational behavior

September 18, 2012 1 comment

Fear is directly proportional to the size of the coward.

Xenocrates

Are you frightened by crawling creatures? Does the sudden sight of a scurrying mouse startle you? Does the wayward flight of a random cockroach make you duck? Would the sight of a black spider resting on the wall across the room fill you with terror just after you turn on the light in your bedroom? If so, have you ever asked yourself why? Why would you, a human, the most fearsome animal on the planet be terrified of such tiny crawling creatures? Curiously, the same behavior exists in giants of religion (Christianity fears Atheism) politics (GOP vs. Democrats) and even technology (Apple Inc. vs Samsung et al). Why do giants fear dwarves? This post explores the psychology of giants like Apple Inc. Apple fan boys won’t be amused.

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■ Special Thanks to Stewart Panton (Twitter: @Stewpert) and Alex Albert Sim (Twitter: @bertzzie) for contributions to this article.
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