Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tough Questions Christians Fear

One who has tough questions should never ask them of those who fear the answers.

Xenocrates
Taking my elders to task on tough Bible questions.
Have you ever had one of those moments growing up when you were presented with an idea that you immediately accepted, but deep in the recesses of your mind, something didn't add up? That was my entire childhood really. That's basically how I grew up with religion. This post is for all the younger folks out there who have questions they are either afraid to ask or were given circular, useless answers. Read on to see what all your church elders were so afraid of.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to ruin your life with Facebook

The key difference between fools and sages is restraint not intellect.

Xenocrates
Do you have a Facebook account? Well congratulations. You're one step closer to being a public asset. Facebook is the single most popular social networking online portal in the world. Now with over 500 million subscribers, it has probably enumerated the large majority of the world's computer literate population and that is precisely why it is so incredibly dangerous.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Underrated Black Woman

...a beautiful woman is often a happy woman, even though happy women are rarely beautiful.

Xenocrates


You’re pretty – for a black girl”. This is back handed a compliment I hear all too often in the black community. Apparently it’s not good enough to just be a pretty girl, since being black seems to make the whole idea an oxymoron. The expression automatically implies that black girls do not carry the genetic capacity to be pretty. It suggests that in the hierarchy of beauty, black women rank dead last. Is this even remotely true? Are black women intrinsically ugly? There is hypocrisy at work here, and not surprisingly, it isn't being largely propagated by men.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Science of Beauty (Part 2 of 2)

Nature is not exactly modest about playing favourites.

Xenocrates


There are a lot of misconceptions about beauty. Many were propagated by people who are not beautiful, which is not surprising. The human mind is such that it is hard wired to develop the propensity to level the playing field — if only in one's mind. This function of the mind is the same function that would cause a drowning man to cling to a straw. As such, the following misconceptions were all produced by people who misunderstand beauty and (in most cases) come up with misconceptions that allow them to feel less cheated by randomness of nature:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Science of Beauty (Part 1 of 2)

While beauty may be skin deep, 'pretty' is still a very compelling argument.

Xenocrates
What is beauty? How do we know when someone is beautiful? Is beauty really in the eyes of the beholder? Is it specific to individual preference? Is beauty something culturally indigenous? Is one race naturally more beautiful than another? Are beautiful people better than the rest of us? Are beautiful people naturally shallow? Is there a scientific basis for determining beauty?

These are all valid questions that most people tend to make incorrect assumptions about. The answers may surprise you (as they did me). As actually it turns out, a lot of the things that are commonly associated with beauty are largely based on bias and a lack of understanding of the factors that can make someone beautiful. In this post, I explore all of these in great detail. So whether you are beautiful or aesthetically challenged, you may find this post of great interest.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Do Black Men Prefer White Women?

While everyone is entitled to their preferences, true love has no colour.

Xenocrates

In the film Obsessed (2009), a deranged white woman (played by Ali Larter) comes on rather strongly to a powerful black executive (played by Idris Elba). Thereafter, the film becomes a setup for the ultimate cat fight between the white woman and the black man's wife (played by Beyoncé Knowles). The plot is a reverse of the "black man pursues white woman" stereotype.

While it is obvious that the film's ludicrous plot is nothing more than a visualization of the revenge fantasy of every black woman who has ever lost a lover to a white woman, it does beg the question: Do black men prefer white women? Is there any truth to this stereotype? I explore this, and other related issues in this thought provoking piece on sex and racial politics.