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Three Reasons to Have Friends Who Are Closer to Death Than You

Death is mostly entertainment fodder in this culture. We don’t think about it if we don’t have to, and some might consider me rude for titling this post as I have. I think about death a lot. I experienced something akin to death once before and at one point welcomed and wished for it, but these […]

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Destroy Children for Life by Giving Them Unearned Awards

Pampered Chefs Wanted “Punctual, reliable, and hardworking…” I was visiting a delicious breakfast and lunch spot, Toast, in Montclair, New Jersey with some friends last week, where a “help wanted” sign was taped to the door. The above traits appeared first in the list of requirements. How sad that any manager would have to type those […]

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In Defense of Learning and Doing Lots of Stuff as a Generalist

Conventional wisdom recommends finding a specialty and sticking with it. Maybe you and conventional wisdom have had your issues in the past. Part of the reason I switched majors twice in college – and once afterward – is that my interests always threaten to burst from whichever box I choose, just as your musical restraints […]

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Jesus Christ, Doctor Strange, and the Correct Perspective of Kaecilius

Sometimes the villain in a story has a better grasp on reality than the heroes (to say nothing of cooler eye makeup). Observe the bad guy from the recent Doctor Strange: Kaecilius: This world doesn’t have to die, Doctor. This world can take its rightful place alongside so many others as part of the One. The great and […]

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Quality Rep: That Thor, Though

Whether or not you are personally into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can probably agree that Marvel Studios has accomplished a remarkable feat this past decade, fleshing out popular heroes and villains, building stunning, interconnected worlds, and turning no-name characters into household names. This company has also milked enough box office money to keep Stan […]

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Robots Are Our Slaves: Kids, Don’t Relate to Gadgets as Inferiors

Have you seen the video, “Humans Need Not Apply”? Its main idea is that the advent of highly functional robots and artificial intelligence is unlike any other development in the history of the world: “This video isn’t about how automation is bad – rather, that automation is inevitable. It’s a tool to produce abundance for […]

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Creating Breeds Creating: A Refreshing Surprise After a Month of Blog Deadlines

A recurring fear crops up every couple of days. “What if I’ve already produced my best stuff?” “I can’t maintain at this level.” “Have I run dry?” I assume some mutational form of this fear is what keeps lots of people from starting or continuing the project they’ve been kicking around in their idea globes. […]

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The Future of Work: Hidden Figures and the Threat of Machines

Are humans about to be replaced? By now you have probably heard of the movie Hidden Figures, an Academy Award Best Picture nominee released during the holidays that explores the stories of three black women working at NASA in the sixties. While the story focuses largely on Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), I loved the […]

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