Greg Stevens with Mickey Mouse at Disney World
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Greg Stevens, Joe Riggs and Jason Hanna at the TurnItUpForChange event at the W Hotels for Marriage Equality 2015

Your self help book is problematic

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
This is how conservatives avoid taking good advice: "You can't tell me what to do! Muh freedom!" This is how liberals avoid taking good advice: "How dare you degrade me by implying that I'm not perfect the way I am! Oppressor!" Knee-jerk reactions only get in the way of your own growth, but they are something we all do from time to time. What are some of the things you do that keep yourself from considering good advice?

A day in the life of an anxiety sponge

A crowd at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort
On New Years Eve, I looked out at the crowds at Disney World and saw molecules of a high-energy gas compressed into a small space. Compressed gas molecules move quickly but have nowhere to go, so they ferociously slam into each other, transferring their kinetic energy to their neighbors and causing a broiling heat. The same kinetic energy gets recycled around and around and amplifies as it goes. The same thing happens with human crowds, except instead of kinetic energy they exchange anxiety.

Why is racism bad?

A "race map" from the 1920's.
Recently a young man on Twitter ask me: Why is racism bad? It might seem like a troll question, but he went on to explain what he meant. He wasn't talking about hating people or restricting rights based on race. He wasn't talking about using racial slurs or promoting racial segregation. He was using "racist" in that dry, emotionless statistical way that people do when they are making a case for profiling...

Guys and Females

A photo of a guy and a female
My friend Mike is a personal trainer. We were discussing client personalities, and the fact that different clients like different approaches, different techniques, different attitudes from the person training them. At one point Mike remarked that while everyone is an individual, and people vary widely, he has noticed a pattern of differences "between guys and females". I interrupted: "Why do you say it that way?"

Drowning in a drop of water

Drowning in a drop of water
Once upon a time, a man drowned in a river, so they put the river on trial. "It is clear from the evidence," Outraged Prosecutor declared, "That this river caused the death of this poor man!" But Clever Defense Attorney was clever. He twirled his black mustache and made direct eye contact with the jury as he smiled, and said: "Let's approach this rationally and scientifically, shall we?" The heads of the jury members bobbed in unison: it's always good to approach things rationally and scientifically! "I have in my hand a drop of water from that river....."

On Christmas and Stupid People

A Christmas Fool
Friend of mine, who happens to be a successful writer and online personality, recently told me: "I don't write for stupid people, and neither should you." As I've been spending the winter holiday season reflecting back on the year, and contemplating life, love and happiness, I've also spent time reflecting on this bit of advice. And I've decided I disagree. So in the spirit of the holidays, I'm going to share with you 12 random bite-sized little thoughts -- little meditations, if you will -- on why I disagree: one for each of the twelve days of Christmas.

The simplest proof that free will is an illusion that you’ll ever see

A web of causes
Do you have reasons for making the choices that you make? If you do, then you don't have "free will". If you don't, then you also don't have "free will". It's really just that simple.

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I’m an ex-academic and research scientist who still writes about sciencey things for Second Nexus and The Daily Dot. My writing has also appeared in, Inside, The Week, The Good Men Project, and Real Clear Technology. I get involved in a lot of projects through Greg Stevens Holdings, LLC.

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