Delusion. Conspiracy Theory. Mental illness. Tinfoil hat. Where does sanity end and crazy begin? by O Society September 25, 2019 I do not know. I believe the US government narratives about many things are fabricated lies. From Russiagate recently to JFK before my time to the sinking of the Spanish Maine way back before … Continue reading Skeptics’R’Us

Trump, Biden, and the New Normal

The thing about democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. by O Society September 22, 2019 What I mean is if you ask yourself, "What's so great about democracy?" One answer is "it includes a peaceful transfer of power." Why does this matter? Well, if we look 'round the world, what we see is a … Continue reading Trump, Biden, and the New Normal

Who Really Controls the Message: Trumpets, Emotions, and Does Morgan Freeman Narrate Your Life?

To get everyone up to speed on how we got here, the first three boxcars on this train of thought (or non-thought, as the case may be): Trump Controls the Message Because We Enable Him Who Really Controls the Message? Who Really Controls the Message: Bottlenecks & Amplifiers by O Society August 9, 2019 Our … Continue reading Who Really Controls the Message: Trumpets, Emotions, and Does Morgan Freeman Narrate Your Life?

Cultural Hegemony of Antonio Gramsci Antonio Gramsci edited by O Society July 9, 2019 The idea of a ‘third face of power’ or an ‘invisible power’ is rooted partly in Marxist thinking about the pervasive power of ideology, values, and beliefs to reproduce class relations and conceal contradictions (Heywood, 1994: 100).  Marx recognized economic exploitation is not the only driver … Continue reading Cultural Hegemony of Antonio Gramsci

American Exceptionalism and American Innocence by David Pear edited by O Society July 9, 2019 Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong explore the albatross of myths, legends, lies and damn lies around America’s neck in their book  American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.  They look into America’s closet … Continue reading American Exceptionalism and American Innocence

Taming the Quantum Spooks

Can retrocausality solve the puzzle of spooky action at a distance? Reconciling Einstein with quantum mechanics may require abandoning the notion that cause always precedes effect by Huw Price edited by O Society July 8, 2019 Isaac Newton had a problem with the concept of action-at-a-distance. On one hand, like other 17th-century mechanist philosophers, he was … Continue reading Taming the Quantum Spooks

I Am a Carbon Abolitionist

The future of our species and planet depends on creating a mass social movement motivated by moral arguments, not statistics. by Eric Beinhocker edited by O Society June 29, 2019 Humankind is in a race between two tipping points. The first is when the Earth’s ecosystems and the life they contain tip into irreversible collapse … Continue reading I Am a Carbon Abolitionist