Life Through a Pain of Glass

History shows us over and over that atrocity doesn't come solely from a single malevolent entity, unregenerate in their inhumanity, but also from ordinary people making imperfect choices in the face of an imperfect world. And so perhaps the path to a less imperfect world is to accept that those who oppose what we think … Continue reading Life Through a Pain of Glass

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The Black Sea of Experience

Proving once more that psychogeographers and chaos magicians might be onto something, the chance collision of pedestrian-crossing etiquette and computer gaming has summoned forth before me a dread irony: the human mind inconsistently correlates the meaning Lovecraft's work, and that results in a lack of mercy. A couple of days ago, a friend shared an … Continue reading The Black Sea of Experience

People Are Complex, So Their Issues Are Too

An interesting argument that seeking gender equality, racial equality, &c. can ironically - if the underlying aim of human equality is lost - obscure the issues facing those in more than one disadvantaged group. The same inefficiency of labels applies to privileged groups: a social structure that privileges men doesn't mean all men are fine; … Continue reading People Are Complex, So Their Issues Are Too

We Don’t Mind the Language, It’s the Logical Dissonance We Don’t Need

Just trod in a post about the election of Sadiq Khan meaning Britain no longer exists; which I suppose would be why my socks are damper than usual. Of course, they didn't mean that: they helpfully defined Britain as the bastion of a white morality stretching back to Classical civilisation and Jesus. Which is of … Continue reading We Don’t Mind the Language, It’s the Logical Dissonance We Don’t Need

One-in-a-Fifty-Five-ian

I already knew the differences between different people's DNA were tiny, but this comparison gave me a better feeling for what the numbers mean: There is more genetic diversity in 55 chimps than in 7 billion human beings. - Juan Enriquez, We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely. Humans are genetically almost identical: … Continue reading One-in-a-Fifty-Five-ian

Turn-About Isn’t Fair Play

Someone pointed me at this video as a great demonstration that minorities can't be racist. Unsurprisingly, I find it instead supports a middle ground: minorities can be racist, but have fewer opportunities both to be unregenerately prejudiced and to be prejudiced at all. https://youtu.be/dw_mRaIHb-M Rahman's satire of Western history is both accurate and amusing; and … Continue reading Turn-About Isn’t Fair Play

It’s a Man’s Life in the WAAF

For more years than I can count, I have (as I previously blogged) believed that - barring certain biological factors such as a womb - there is nothing about a particular group that makes them more fitted to do a specific task, that fitness is best judged on the individual's capabilities. However, over the last … Continue reading It’s a Man’s Life in the WAAF

Voyeurs of Destruction as Beauty

I watched Afghan, Pardis Parker's award-winning film, this morning. I found it an excellent example of how violence need not be met with violence. I also saw many similarities to my creative process. Husayn does see the insult but he also sees an idea seed, and for him the creative process takes precedence over cleaning … Continue reading Voyeurs of Destruction as Beauty