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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Rational Explanation for Apple's Irrational behavior

Fear is directly proportional to the size of the coward.

Xenocrates
What does a giant like Apple have to fear from two bit competitors?

Are you frightened by crawling creatures? Does the sudden sight of a scurrying mouse startle you? Does the wayward flight of a random cockroach make you duck? Would the sight of a black spider resting on the wall across the room fill you with terror just after you turn on the light in your bedroom? If so, have you ever asked yourself why? Why would you, a human, the most fearsome animal on the planet be terrified of such tiny crawling creatures? Interestingly, I have found the same behaviour in giants of religion (Christianity fears Atheism) politics (GOP vs. Democrats) and even technology (Apple Inc. vs Samsung et al). Why do giants fear dwarves? This post will explore the psychology of giants. Apple fan boys will not be amused.

Friday, August 3, 2012

What's the point of it all?

God is the correct answer to a silly question.

Xenocrates

This fantastic sight wasn't created. It evolved that way. The NGC 1672 Spiral Galaxy © Hubble Telescope.
A young woman confronted me recently about my last post. She was angry at me because it made sense. All her life, even though she doesn't subscribe to any particular religion, she still wanted to believe that somewhere out there, there was something more than the life that we have. Apparently she was dissatisfied with how her life turned out and hoped that there was something more. So I conceded that yes, there is something more, but it is probably not spiritual. She was furious: "Why not?" She prodded. "How else can we explain our existence if there isn't some grand purpose to it?" This post is my answer to her very poignant question. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Higgs Boson: Why the 'God' Particle won't quell Religion

Now that we've found the creator in a laboratory, can we stop believing in this religious nonsense?

Xenocrates

Unless you were living under a rock for the last 72 hours, it is inescapable that you've heard the news. Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have finally discovered the particle that for the last 38 years has been theorized as being responsible for conferring mass to subatomic particles. In layman's terms, it is the particle that is responsible for the creation of the universe. So that ultimately begs a very crucial question: Now that we've found the creator of the universe in a laboratory, can we stop believing in this religious nonsense?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Imminent Death of The BlackBerry

Simple minds are amused by simple things.

Xenocrates

Umm.. aren't these all basically the same device?

While I always understood the appeal of having a smart phone, I never understood the appeal of having a BlackBerry when smarter smartphones exist. While I totally understood why RIM's BlackBerry devices got so popular, I never quite got why RIM's BlackBerry devices stayed so popular for so long. It should come as no surprise that the most overrated things are enjoyed by the most underwhelming people. Yet, now that RIM's demise is imminent, I can't help but be genuinely surprised that anyone is actually surprised that RIM is about to die.

No, really; you didn't see that coming?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Humanity is still a Primitive Species

For all our technological advancement, we are still little more than apes with tools.


Xenocrates
This is what we would look like to an advanced extra-terrestrial civilization.

You may have looked around yourself lately and thought how magnificent it is to be alive during the time that you are, especially with all of our technological advancements. And yet, if there exists a civilization advanced enough to cross the galaxy to meet us, all of this would be worthless. Why? Because we are still quite a primitive species and I'm about to tell you how.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

10 Stupid Things You Do Everyday

Common sense is an oxymoron.

Xenocrates

How smart do you think you really are? If I asked you if you had common sense, what would your answer be? Some of you might think that you're pretty intelligent. I wouldn't be surprised if there are even some of you who think that you have above average intelligence. If you have ever thought this to yourself, then I'm going to prove to you that this is probably not accurate.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Incredible Avengers

Marvel's Avengers is what every summer blockbuster aspires to be — the perfect popcorn epic.


Xenocrates

This is, by all means, the new gold standard in summer blockbuster entertainment.

If you've read my blog, you know I don't stop to review movies unless they have some kind of cultural significance. The last time I did that was to expose why people instinctively gravitate towards an obnoxious waste of film such as Transformers 3 that does away with story telling for big, loud, expensive, set pieces. However, Avengers is not such a movie. It is a genre defining epic that does the impossible: tell an outlandish, implausible tale with spectacular cohesion and believability. This is the movie Transformers 3 should have been and here's why:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Debunking Conspiracy Theories

For conspiracy theorists, truth is less about fact and more about what they want to believe.


Xenocrates

I believe that extra terrestrials probably exist. I just don't believe any of them have ever been here. I believe that 9/11 was an inside job — inside Al Quaeda, that is. I believe the global warming hoax is... well... a hoax. I believe J.F.K. was assassinated by an American — just not one working for the CIA. I believe NASA's moon landings were faked for the HBO specials in 2001, but not in 1969. I believe that the world will end in 2012 for somebody, but the rest of us will be fine. Conspiracy Theories are utter nonsense, and I am about to demonstrate why.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Anatomy of Racism (Part 4 of 4)

While every racist is a fool, not every fool is racist.


Xenocrates
We must learn to differentiate between actual acts of racism and otherwise acts of ignorance. They are not the same. Otherwise, cries for justice like this can be successfully undermined by racists as race baiting.
If you back track some 60 years into American history, it would be fair to say that most white folks were at the very least, racially prejudiced, if not outright racist. As the decades rolled by, their ignorance waned as all their collective consciousnesses were raised. As a result, the average white adult today does not think the same way. But because the hurt has penetrated several generations of American minorities, it has created a hypersensitive society that has forgotten what racism actually is, thereby spawning an endless generation of boys crying wolf.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Anatomy of Racism (Part 3 of 4)

Racism isn't dead — it is hiding in the open.


Xenocrates

Barack Obama's presidency has exposed just how racist white America really is.

In 2008, a black man was finally elected president of the most powerful country in the world. At the time, many people (myself included) naively asserted that this will finally put a nail in the coffin of all the negative stereotypes that have been held about black people for good. Boy, were we wrong. It's not for fault in Obama. No. Rather, his presence has exposed the raw, visceral, racist underbelly of white America that had been lurking in silence for so long. In this post, I will potently demonstrate the unpleasant reality that racism is by no means dead.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Anatomy of Racism (Part 2 of 4)

The history of Africa is the story of God's most cruel joke on mankind.


Xenocrates
Workers on a diamond field in Africa. These diamonds will go onto the fingers and around the necks of rich white Caucasians. So how exactly did the home of black people become the treasure vault of white people?

Racism affects everyone. However, there is probably no group that knows the sting of racism better than black Africans and their descendants living in the first world diaspora. Why does it seem that black people are targeted by other races? They have been enslaved at least five times in world history (more than any other human phenotype) and have been victims of the longest running human violation in history. Why is this the case? I discuss the answer to this rather tantalizing question in this post. It seems that nature is far more cruel than we know.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Anatomy of Racism (Part 1 of 4)

If racism was taught, then who taught the first child to be racist?

Xenocrates

We have come a long way since the civil rights uproar in the 1960's. Up until then, white folks were not afraid of openly and publicly denouncing black people as genetically inferior humans. It's intriguing to consider then that since the 1960's, the only thing that has changed is how society perceives racism. It seriously questions the notion that racism is taught. In this post, I will attempt to demonstrate that the propensity for racism is intrinsic to human nature. That is why even after society has successfully demonized this behaviour, it will never truly go away.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Why Women Should (but probably won't) rule the world (2 of 2)

The successful female is genetically hazardous to her own species.


Xenocrates
Here's an interesting question: Who runs the cameras that filmed this?
As we were discussing in the previous post, Sasha Fierce, aka Beyoncé Knowles seems to have some pretty misplaced conceptions about who runs the world. So we decided to ask the question (hypothetically), why can't women run the world? We covered the first five of what I believe to be the top ten of those reasons. In this post, I cover the top five. If you thought the previous post on this issue was a doozy, then hang on to your stockings. This one really bites.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Why Women Should (but probably won't) Rule The World (1 of 2)

Inequality is a necessity while equality is merely a pacifying concept.


Xenocrates

Beyoncé wishes.

I could tell you why men rule the world, but then I'd just be insulting your intelligence. A more intriguing question to ask is, why is it that women don't rule the world? No, really. With all the power that they wield over men, why is it that women don't already rule the world? Men have ruled the world from the dawn of civilization. With all the amazing things that are going on for women, (education, equality, etc.). It's not exactly impossible is it? Well, you may be surprised.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stop SOPA


UPDATE: After an unprecedented campaign across the internet, politicians have finally decided to withdraw the SOPA/PIPA bill. In what has got to be the most co-ordinated protest across the web (thanks in large part to social networking), a grand rally made by many large online websites (including Wikipedia among others), put so much pressure on congress that they didn't have a choice but to kill the bill. I have a pretty good idea of how software piracy on the internet can be defeated and it has nothing to do with punishing (or blocking) anyone.

More details in a future post.


E-mail: accordingtoxen[at]gmail[dot]com

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Impending Extinction of Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

Marriage is as relevant today as the horse drawn carriage.


Xenocrates

How convenient.
The biggest problem with the institution of marriage likely has very little to do with what we're doing wrong with marriage as opposed to marriage itself. If you're having marital problems, you may want to consider the fact that marriage is fairly antiquated. In this post, I will cover the remaining five of the top ten issues with the popular concept of marriage and why they are now a recurring cause of failure in marital relationships as our societies continue to evolve.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Impending Extinction of Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Everyone falls in love with wedding days, but few of us fall in love with marriage.


Xenocrates


Marriage is dying. Studies show that marriage is on the decline all over the world. More and more people are opting out of being married. The number of people who are married in the most developed societies around the world are at an all time low. But as you'll note from the above linked article, this is not a cyclical trend. Marriage has been on a steady decline since the 1950's. What gives? I explore this phenomenon in this post about the slow death of love.