Humans Will Continue to Evolve, Be Awful

  In his essay The Kekule Problem, the author Cormac McCarthy poses a question: what if language, instead of being the natural byproduct of evolution, is something more akin to a virus? What if nature didn’t put the human brain on an inexorable march toward the acquisition of language, but language suddenly infected our brain, … Continue reading Humans Will Continue to Evolve, Be Awful

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Sorry, But Your Heroes are Frauds

This happened during a small gathering at a friend’s house. One of the guests was a woman around sixty who, in the course of the conversation, began singing the praises of Mahatma Gandhi – a hagiography, if we’re being honest. And, me being me, I had to open my big mouth and set the record … Continue reading Sorry, But Your Heroes are Frauds