john horgan’s resistance to buddhism

John Horgan has been writing about his resistance to Buddhism for a long time. I was reading his profile of Thomas Kuhn, and there was a link at the bottom to Buddhism, the Good and the Bad. The occasion for reflecting on Buddhism was that he’d recently gone to a Dzogchen retreat, which affected him…

donald trump is mark wahlberg’s fault

There’s been a tremendous amount of hand-wringing about Donald Trump and the so-called alt-right “normalizing racism.” That is in fact their goal, and they’re succeeding at it marvelously. But why? Why is it that the alt-right can recruit through humor? Video games and nerd culture –> 4chan –> racist memes for the lulz –> racism,…

yes, autism defines me

I recently saw a local paper cover a Temple Grandin talk. Temple Grandin is considered the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, having earned a doctoral degree in animal science, developing the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, and sharing about autism through writing and…

eye contact and the impossibility of respect

Aeon published an essay on equality and respect by Richard Reeves. It’s good philosophical writing, clarifying what exactly we mean by the terms. The part I want to comment on is the section on eye contact: Societies that are equal in terms of relations are those in which there is mutual respect, where – as…

emily cutler on autism and bpd

This is one of the best articles on BPD I’ve ever read.  In it, Emily Cutler notes some similarities with autism: I thought about my friends in the Autistic community, who share many of my experiences being seen as weird, awkward, and overly emotional. Most Autistic people spend their whole lives being told they need…

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