To Those Concerned About “Real Men”

There have been a lot of articles written lately, I have noticed, on the subject of manhood—specifically, the dearth of what the writers fondly call “real men.” A few days ago someone I know shared an article citing Ray Romano as the embodiment of what’s wrong with modern men. Just this morning I was linkedContinue reading “To Those Concerned About “Real Men””

Facebook Privacy and Mind-Reading

I have always believed that, as a culture, mind-reading was the solution to all of our problems. This sounds like a joke, but I prefer to think of it as a thought experiment.  Imagine, if you will, that everyone in the world could read minds. Think of the changes and the effect that would haveContinue reading “Facebook Privacy and Mind-Reading”

Hot Topic #2: Violence in Video Games

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Modern Warfare 2 has just come out.  In honor of the release of a brand new video game in which people kill eachother with assault weapons, we’ve had the usual celebratory round of news stories about how the violence found in video games isContinue reading “Hot Topic #2: Violence in Video Games”

Fairness vs. Justice

My aunt, Ann Monroe, is a writer who focuses on sustainable agriculture and ecology, especially how they relate to economics and to food (her website is at  I follow her on Twitter, and I noticed a post she put up today: RT @gfriend: Is Dobbs losing it? RT @grist: RT @huffingtonpost Lou Dobbs freaksContinue reading “Fairness vs. Justice”