- The Anthologist
Pluck the day.
- How We Decide
The brain is an argument.
- Guns, Germs, and Steel
Europe's conquest of much of the world was due not to any innate superiority, but rather the region's disproportionate share of the world's grain and domesticable animal species, which supported a larger non-farming class of soldiers and engineers and turned the people themselves into biological weapons.
- True Enough
Due to flaws in our perception and the money to be made by exploiting them, you have to work really hard to live in the real world nowadays, so most of us don't.
- The Consolations of Philosophy
Philosophy can be practical and philosophers can be badasses.
Life is a supermarket.
- Idiot America
America has always had a healthy anti-intellectual streak, but making that fringe mainstream is proving disastrous.
- Amusing Ourselves to Death
To *muse* is to think, and just as to be amoral is to be not moral, to be amused is to be not thinking. Of the media we consume, how much of it is designed to get us thinking, and how much is designed to amuse us?
The mark of the badass is relentless determination in the face of menacing odds.