Prometheus’ Fire

Climate Change in a Time of Willful Ignorance by Evaggelos Vaillianatos edited by O Society Jan 26, 2020 Prologue Greek myths assert Prometheus, Titan god of foreknowledge, was grandfather of the Greeks. He defied Zeus and brought the fire of knowledge and civilization to his relatives. Zeus reacted with violence. He ordered the god of … Continue reading Prometheus’ Fire

The Compelling Story of the Smart Idiot

header image: Citgo criminal or Citgo employee? You decide! by Ben Steele edited by O Society Jan 25, 2020 "A year after this very popular novel came out, I read an article summarizing a study about this novel conducted by scholars at a well-known university. The study documents how the vast majority of people who buy … Continue reading The Compelling Story of the Smart Idiot

How the CIA Made Google (part 3)

Why Google Made the NSA by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society Jan 18, 2020 Enron and Pentagon war planning In February 2001, when Enron executives including Kenneth Lay began participating concertedly in the Cheney Energy Task Force, a classified National Security Council document instructed NSC staffers to work with the task force in “melding” previously separate … Continue reading How the CIA Made Google (part 3)

Depressive Realism

header image: 15-year-old Kayla Alford expelled from Kentucky Christian school for posting this photo of herself with rainbow birthday cake on Facebook by Julie Reshe  edited by O Society Jan 15, 2020 I remember being depressed. It was a frightening state of mind that seemed to go on indefinitely. The very idea of waking up … Continue reading Depressive Realism

Consciousness is Real

Consciousness is neither a spooky mystery nor an illusory belief. It’s a valid and causally efficacious biological reality by Massimo Pigliucci by O Society Jan 15, 2020 It is highly fashionable to label consciousness an ‘illusion’. This in turn fosters the impression, especially among the general public, that the way we normally think of our … Continue reading Consciousness is Real

Why do so many people who need the government hate it?   Sean Illing interviews Suzanne Mettler edited by O Society Dec 22, 2019 “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” President Ronald Reagan uttered those words in his 1981 inaugural address to the country. He was referring specifically to the government’s role in helping bring the US out of … Continue reading Why do so many people who need the government hate it?

A Unified Theory of the Trumps’ Creepy Aesthetic

The bloodless exorbitance of the White House's Christmas stagecraft reveals a deeper truth about the presidential couple. by David Roth edited by O Society From one day to the next, the Trump presidency unfolds more or less like a normal Republican presidency—that is, by committing one determined act of rote negligence or flamboyant cruelty at … Continue reading A Unified Theory of the Trumps’ Creepy Aesthetic