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What do I say if I can’t say “black people”?

What to call black people instead of black people
Yesterday's episode of the Chris Krok radio show, a local Dallas conservative talk show, was entirely dedicated to the extreme anguish that Texans apparently feel when confronted with the question, "What do I call someone instead of 'black guy'?" Chris Krok spent a good 30+ minutes talking about this issue, and spoke with many listeners who called in to opine on the subject. And in that entire time, not a single person addressed the actual issue involved, or the way to solve it.
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My dramatic reading of The Sentry by Fredric Brown

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This is one of my favorite "micro-fiction" short stories from Fredric Brown. He went through a phase in 1954 where all he wrote was science fiction short stories that were less than a page in length. Generally they just contained a single joke, a single cool or thoughtful idea, and that's it. Of the many, many short stories he published in that year, this is my favorite. It's shorter than any of my other readings, so you should be able to make it through to the end! And make sure you do: the entire point of the story is the "twist" in the very last line.
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Faith in religion versus faith in science, versus faith in yourself

Greg Stevens and Josiah Jennings discuss belief, faith, science, and optimism
In this week's "Unscripted Chit-Chat" video, I chat with Josiah Jennings about opinions, evidence, science, faith and optimism. This chat was motivated by the many conversations we've had about the article "No, you're not entitled to your opinion" by Patrick Stokes. It's an article we both agree with, but it is a great jumping off point for asking some questions about the difference between trusting scientific data and having "faith" in religion, what it means to have "faith in science", the fact that the word "believe" means different things depending on how people use it, and when it makes sense to "believe" in yourself or in an optimistic future.
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Why I am not “spiritual but not religious”

Woo Woo Mystical Energy
When I was in college and did a lot of LSD (that's ok to admit these days, right? I mean, it was more than 20 years ago), I gained a real appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the world around me. I was a cognitive science major, and already had a deep appreciation for computational complexity and the profound nature of systems theory. But while on LSD, that intellectual understanding was transformed into a strong emotional sense--a feeling of awe. And that feeling had a strong influence on how I view both the physical world, and spirituality.
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My dramatic reading of Legend of the Wolf-Cat

Greg Stevens reads Legend of the Wolf Cat
For this installment of my science fiction reading project, I wanted to share with everyone a chapter out of one of my favorite "fantasy-like" science fiction novels: The Celestial Steam Locomotive Volume I of The Song of Earth. I found this novel quite randomly when I was 15. I was wandering around the school library in the science fiction section, and the cover and title of the book caught my eye. So, I picked it up and started reading. This chapter stands on its own as a fable that teaches a lesson about jealousy, explains continental drift, and explains the name of a particular animal....
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Why are women so _________________?

Why are women so....?
From despondent hand-wringing teen boys in their basements to angry unshaven men drinking their lives away a the corner bar, you can hear the eternal refrain, "Why are women so.......?" It is reflected on the internet, as well, with the lonely and the heartbroken howling the question into the void: Why are women so mean? Why are women so needy? Why are women so dishonest? Why are women so immature? Why are women so confusing? Why are women so difficult to figure out? Well, I hate to tell you this: but you are all asking the wrong question.
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College bodybuilder tips: video chat with Koby

Greg Stevens talks to Koby Sterling about bodybuilding, weightlifting, diet and exercise.
My newest “Unscripted Chit-Chat” video is up on my Youtube Channel. If you follow this blog you’ve seen that in the Fitness Section I had an entire series of articles called “College Bodybuilder Tips” that were in the format of letters to a mysterious “K”, who I was giving diet and workout advice to. Well, in this video I talk to “K”–his name is Koby–and we chat about some of the advice I’ve given him over the years and about his success in going from 135 to 180 of lean muscle.
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I’m an ex-academic and research scientist who still writes about sciencey things for The Kernel, The Daily Dot and Me, Myself, and Robot. My writing has also appeared in Inside, The Week, The Good Men Project, Real Clear Technology, and Salon.com. I get involved in a lot of projects through Greg Stevens Holdings, LLC.

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