Monthly Archives: March 2014

Irrational Exuberance, New Space, and Jaime Holding a Bucket of Cold Water

So as you know, I really like space. And I am as excited as anyone to think about new developments in space exploration. However, I am in a minority of the international space community when I admit that I’m not at all sanguine … Continue reading

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The New Cultural Bogeyman

Feeling a touch masochistic, I scrolled down and read some of the comments in that article about which I just posted. One in particular, by a fellow named “weylguy” caught my eye: I’ve lived in small and medium-sized towns in … Continue reading

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Condescension and Resentment

A few minutes ago, a former professor of mine directed my attention to this New Republic article on the subject of condescending coastal attitudes towards the American midwest. I cannot speak for the Americans, but we have something similar here in … Continue reading

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The Efficient-World Hypothesis

I have many vices, but a belief in the Just-World Hypothesis is not one of them. I do not personally believe that there is any moral order to either nature of history*, and indeed, I am of the impression that … Continue reading

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Why the Culture War was over before it began

I am not a supporter of “Whig history;” I do not, by any means, believe that time naturally progresses towards greater human liberty, and whenever I hear some well-meaning liberal making this argument, I assume that they are probably looking … Continue reading

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2312

Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel 2312 has inspired in me an interesting and potent mixture of reactions. On the one hand, I love the concept for this book: a scientifically plausible and ultimately optimistic look at a possible future world which addresses such … Continue reading

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Of Respect

I fear that my previous post may have left the reader with an unfairly negative view of my present circumstance. While it is true that I feel like I’ve been stuck in a sort of “teenage stasis” for the past … Continue reading

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