Some thoughts about the “expectation of privacy”

It's a weaselly little phrase.

Using biology to understand polling data

...even when the results don't seem to make sense.

What happened when I called conservatives vermin

Spoiler: They missed the point entirely.

Motivation and control

How do we cope with things about ourselves that we can't change?

Self-censorship and the society of mind

The idea of self-censorship is rooted in a tangled mess of assumptions.

“They have their statue, why can’t we have ours?”

A look at how policy shapes culture.

This is how feudalism starts

The conditions that produced feudalism in the middle ages are eerily familiar.

Some things you didn’t know about New Year’s Day

Adding winter months to the calendar was a big mistake.

Why do you always correct me?

A story about personalities and miscommunication.

This is what physics taught me about gender

Quantum mechanics really can change how you see the world.

Words, violence, and the mind-body problem

Our discussions of free speech could be much more interesting.

A practical guide to being offended

You're offended. Now what?

Mathematics, music, and effing the ineffable

Is it possible to describe aesthetic experiences?

Killing the myth that taxes are anti-democratic

If you think taxes are infringing on your rights, you don't understand democracy.

Everyday socialism

You're a socialist and you don't even realize it.

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