Friday, January 8, 2072

The Point of Pointless Rituals

An idea doesn't need to make sense to be popular.

Xenocrates

Why do we torture ourselves each new year by making promises to ourselves we won't keep?

Now that my lengthy vacation is over (and I can continue updating this hallowed space as the fine purveyor of humanity's oddest propensities), I have a trick question to ask the lot of you: Have you ever wondered why we create so much excitement over days like Thanksgiving,  Christmas, New Years, and a myriad of others? Why do we make new year's resolutions we're going to break anyway? It's only ONE day right? So what exactly is the excitement for? I got asked this a LOT while on vacation. There is a point to all these rituals. Allow me to explain:

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gun Control: The Paralyzing Price of American Freedom

America's biggest problem is that it fatally overvalues its freedom.

Xenocrates

Guns. Guns! Everywhere. The news feed coming out of the freest country in the world is starting to read like a play by play for the war in Afghanistan. Why is there so much gun violence in America? At this point, there is no point in arguing against the right for law abiding citizens to own guns. Doing so would be pointless. Rather, this post seeks to highlight that America's biggest problem is not its guns. Guns are only a symptom of the actual problem.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Problem with Online Social Networking

Give humanity anonymity and see the true potential of its depravity.

Xenocrates

We are repeatedly trying to simulate human behaviour online, with dramatic results.
Social networking has changed humanity forever. I began to realize this when I discovered a frightening trend in the news about how kids were killing themselves over things done online. Why would someone do that? I thought. That is when I decided to embark upon an ambitious social experiment two years ago to see the true depth of how social networking has changed the human animal. This post documents my findings in grave detail. Note well: you may find the contents of this post either deeply upsetting or deeply disturbing. You have been warned.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Problem with falling in Love

Our parents were incredibly naive about love.

Xenocrates
How it typically begins always makes the inevitability of how it ends so much more perplexing and painful. Image ­© Copyright 2012 Tomasz Wagner, Mananetwork Wedding Photography. Used with permission.

There was once a person you would have moved heaven and earth for. He or she was all sorts of amazing.  Your only problem with this person is that all of the wonderful things that you once loved about them have inexplicably evaporated. You want to know something interesting? The factors that caused the evaporation were always there when you first met. It's just as you got to know them better, they became harder to ignore. It's like the intensity of the good things you loved about them have swapped places with the bad things. Familiar?

Then we need to talk.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Top Anticipated Films, 2013 Edition

The geek has inherited the earth.

Xenocrates
This is going to be yet another bumper year for blockbuster comic book / science fiction films.

In 2012, I thought we were going to have an incredibly bumper year for tent pole pictures. As it turns out, my excitement was relatively short lived. Only two films truly delivered last year in my opinion. First was the under rated Chronicle (found footage drama of teens accidentally attaining super powers and learning to deal with it responsibly) and Marvel's The Avengers. The latter was a comic book blockbuster that went on to become the third highest grossing film of all time. It signals a trend in blockbusters over the last decade that continues for 2013.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Humanity's Obsession with its Destruction

Fear is the most compelling form of folly.

Xenocrates
What is it about the complete and utter destruction of mankind that causes most of us to react with such a uniform sense of paranoia? Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many people around the world were in full on, weaponized panic over the past week, because they were compelled the world was going to end on December 21, 2012. Well it didn't happen—as I had predicted in an earlier post about a similar prophecy that failed to materialize. However, our fear of our destruction has captured our imagination for decades. Just look at the video montage above taken from no less than seven (count them) different movies. Why?

Well, it has to do with our programming.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Everything Is Nothing

If perception is truth, then there is no such thing as truth.

Xenocrates
The squares labeled A and B are the same shade. Don't believe me? Click here.

Rene Descartes once posited that the only proof that we exist is the fact that we are conscious of ourselves thinking. His famous quote, "Cogito, ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am) has a great deal of meaning for those of us who are constantly in search of the meaning of life. I have already posited that life has no intrinsic meaning outside of what you choose to give it. In this post, I'll go one step further to demonstrate why there is no such thing as truth.