Social Fairness?

A conversation on Quora.com: My Question: "I think that insisting on fairness is toxic in intimate relationships. Is it a safe foundation for societies?" One of the Answers, from Dave Davidson, Biologically founded Philosophy (Answered Oct 31, 2017): There is a large difference between an intimate relationship, like pair bonding, and the social structures that […]

Original Sin

Look, that was a long time ago.  I wasn't even there.  I've never rebelled against God.  What does all that have to do with me? Have you not benefitted from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge?  Well, yeah, of course.  But it would be stupid to just throw away knowledge, once it's learned.  Besides, […]

Premature Deaths

Ever notice how some phrases that have always seemed innocuous suddenly get really offensive when you stop to think about what they actually mean? (Look up "rule of thumb" sometime if you want to spoil that figure of speech for yourself.) The one that's started bothering me since I got old enough to be sensitive […]

Yes You Can!

You may not like this.  We live in an era of excuses, and everyone has lots of them.  I'm here to tell you that they are mostly illusory and are holding you back from a better life.  You will probably think I'm just lacking compassion.  I don't mind if you come to that conclusion after you've […]

The Experiment

The Physicist, a lovestruck knight comports himself with honour at the tournament Experiment in hope that Lady Nature, lovely, chaste, mysterious maiden, charmed by his heroic deeds, will twirl with delight and let her gown slip open briefly to reveal a glimpse of breast or flash of thigh. The Chemist is a rogue who cares […]

Success

I say, "If you do what you love with elan and determination, and don't worry about 'making a living at it', eventually you will 'succeed'." "Easy for you to say," says the spokesperson for all those in despair over their careers.  "You are the child of privilege, plus you got lucky." "This is true," I […]

Costs and Benefits

Warning: coarse language!  I just finished struggling with a triply-sealed container for the umpteenth time.  This time I was wise enough to get out my needle-nosed pliers before I broke a fingernail.  It made me wonder how many person-years of frustrating effort are wasted on this nonsense every minute.  (See below for my estimate.) "Wasted?  […]

Shells

Once upon a time there was a clam that grew a beautiful shell. The two halves of the shell were perfectly matched to each other and were very, very happy together. Most people don't realize that the clam's shell is the smart part. The clam itself is just a dumb mollusc. But to realize its […]

GOD & GUT

It all started like this: GOD (which stands for Good Ol' Deity, obviously an experimentalist) decided to do an experiment. "Bang!" He said, and there was a bang. A big one! However, since He had neglected to make a place for the big bang to go, it was hard to tell it had happened. That's […]

Transported

Pain! Searing, visceral, unendurable pain.  Terrifying pain, and then an end to endurance... I die.  And yet I am still here. What is "here"? Think.  What came before the pain?  I was testing the new Transporter... Oh my god, the Transporter must have malfunctioned!  But none of the birds and dogs showed the slightest discomfort […]

Identity

Your identity is your most valuable possession, in every sense of the word "valuable". At the crudest level, anyone who steals it (i.e. can successfully convince financial and/or governmental institutions that they are you) can empty your bank accounts, put you into unrecoverable debt, commit crimes for which you may be held responsible and trash […]