New words and phrases enter our lexicon regularly, often in response to new and highly specific inventions and behaviors, such as ‘social media’ or ‘sexting.’ The big picture still tends to be summarized by the older concepts that capture unchanging basic human impulses, words and phrases like ‘animal spirits’ or ‘ennui.’ The new phrase that … More Affluence Disorders; What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Weaker
There is a saying that the best predictor of the future is the past, which is true enough most of the time. Tomorrow is likely to be very much like today and even yesterday and then it isn’t. Change can come fast or slow; either so slowly you don’t notice it or so quickly that … More The Cruise Index
Our traditional understanding of human twins would not allow for what Mark Kelly recently released via a tweet about his living twin: “I used to have an identical twin brother.” The twin he is referring to, Scott Kelly, spent a full year on the International Space Station, and upon his return to earth, his gene … More What If Adaptation Is The Dominant and Universal Fact of Life?
Fortunately for me, my kids have taken it upon themselves to direct me to cool, new music, TV shows and YouTube videos. Both are ardent fans of “Stranger Things,” a recent Netflix series that is set in the 80s and stars Winona Ryder. We recent watched “Friday Night Lights” again, which is also set in … More Atrophy of the Relational Muscles
Next year, the Oscar winning film for 1999 will be 20 years from release date. “American Beauty”, the suburban opus directed by Sam Mendes, swept many of the big categories that year including Best Picture, Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Actress (Annette Benning), Best Screenplay (Alan Ball), and a couple of others. At the time, … More Rethinking “American Beauty”
The proper response that many young men have to a society with no need for them is rage. … More The Hole At The Heart Of American Men
Given the number of oft-repeated clichés about the benefits of exercise and sound nutrition, one would think that adherence to even the most basic and agreed upon principals of self-maintenance would be universal. Here are a few mantras that come to mind: “If you have your health, you have everything.” “An apple a day keeps … More Fitness As Competitive Advantage
No fate but what you make… … More Is The Future A Utopia Or Dystopia?
Famous people aren’t special.. … More Who The Hell Is Billy Bush?