“Social media is a tool. Guns are a tool. We are on the verge of discovering some very interesting parallels between the first and second amendments.”

–Mike Rowe

Rowe continues: “People who would never associate a firearm with goodness are ironically using speech as a real cudgel Continue reading ““Social media is a tool. Guns are a tool. We are on the verge of discovering some very interesting parallels between the first and second amendments.””

When honestly seeking self improvement, know that some parts of yourself will not want to die. It will scream in agony while you are burning it off.

–Jordan Peterson

JP: The Hero confronts horrible chaotic potential and then makes something of it. You have to face what you don’t want to face in order to fix it. So you look at all the things about yourself that need to be burned off and dispensed with. At the beginning, especially if you are screwed up, that will be 95% of you. It just has to go up in flames. It’s painful. Some of that stuff that you need to burn off doesn’t want to die. It will scream in agony while you’re burning it off. Continue reading “When honestly seeking self improvement, know that some parts of yourself will not want to die. It will scream in agony while you are burning it off.”

“The Oxford Manner is the ability to play with ideas gracefully”

–Stephen Fry

I chose the featured image is because I started out looking for a graceful dancer, but then stumbled on fire dancers. What better way to depict playing with ideas gracefully than with fire? Potentially dangerous, and those that can do this without burning themselves are artists. Click “more” to see the video source for the quote. Continue reading ““The Oxford Manner is the ability to play with ideas gracefully””

A minority can be LOUD and they’re instantly covered by the media. Beware of pluralistic ignorance or the “spiral of silence” where a minority or toxic ideology can take over.

—Michael Shermer

Continue reading “A minority can be LOUD and they’re instantly covered by the media. Beware of pluralistic ignorance or the “spiral of silence” where a minority or toxic ideology can take over.”

“I’m bad at math.”

Answer: There’s no Substitution for Practice.

Today, I was listening to a panel of well-known science communicators and towards the end during the Q&A session, someone asked “I’ve always wanted to be an astronautical engineer, but I’m horrible at math. I’ve got lots of passion. Can this dream ever be a reality, and where do I start?” Continue reading ““I’m bad at math.””

“…We want the same things…”

—Susanne Barakat

“If we were to peel away all of our layers of fear and hatred, and peel them back until we’re able to see eye-to-eye, and recognize that we’re actually all the same. We want the same things; we want to be loved, we want to belong, we want to live our lives and provide for our children. The only things that actually matter are kindness, compassion and love. If we could peel away our layers, and just get down to the one where we see eye-to-eye—then I think we’d have a very different world.” Continue reading ““…We want the same things…””

“Ideologies are Low-Resolution Representations”

— Jordan Peterson

I just listened to a really wonderful podcast conversation between Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson. I really liked Peterson’s metaphor for how ideologies are like low-resolution ideas, and this concept made an impression on me because of my background in graphic design. More importantly, it gave me a better understanding of what I’m attempting to do in this blog, which is to take a broad brush, paint some quick strokes, and then start filling in the details as best I can in order to make a high-resolution picture of an issue. Continue reading ““Ideologies are Low-Resolution Representations””