The Science Religion & the Rise of the Truism.

Last year, I was tasked, by-proxy, with the joyous assignment of conjuring a user interface; thanks in part to my stint at a regional technology start-up. The product was new, the website was new; and the “users” yet to be manifest. It had all the makings of an intellectual playground. I was chomping at the bit; eager to bestow my insights on human behavior; humbly, of course. In the room…

THEEEEENKS!

“Blessed are the trending; for they shall inherit engagement”       – Me HBO’s Game of Thrones, I’ve decided, owes part of it’s widespread popularity to sheer voyeurism. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read four of the books and am up to date with the very latest episodes. But the thing is, I don’t watch it as a work of art or read it as any great feat of storytelling.…

Circumstance & “Fact” : The Brian Williams Phenomena.

P.T. Barnum, or, rather, his unfortunate competitor famously uttered There’s a sucker born every minute It was a double-irony that induced such words. For David Hannum was outwitted by Barnum; who had countered his “million-dollar” hoax with one of his own; attracting even greater crowds to his allegedly ancient relic and rendering any legal course against him untenable. Needless to say, Hannum was short $37,000 and an intact ego. It’s often said that there’s “no…

Normal Personality Disorder

So I was asked in my “Abnormal Psychology” class: “Which personality disorder do you feel is the most challenging?” You’ll find my answer below. Enjoy.. “Normal personality disorder” is characterized by a high degree of egocentrism; symptomatically it may include symbolic fixation, social dependency, low levels of baseline emotional and sensory arousal, and compulsive tendencies towards material attachment. Typically, NPD consists of a distinctly antisocial individualistic impulse sublimated into various…

Don’t Sound Off; Resonate!

We live in an age where the lines between art, entertainment, and “accomplishment” are being inexorably blurred by the minute; by the #hashtag initiative, and by the latest “Which Sexy Venture Capitalist are You?” Facebook meme. Everyone is anyone and everything is indistinguishable. Reincarnations of van Goh and second-comings of Steve Jobs are popping up daily; with every new startup, every new Ted Talks and every rip-off thereof. Artistry and…

Ritual & Technology: 5 Habits of Highly Crappy Start Up Cultures.

Start-ups and smaller, emerging tech firms are an interesting beast; their attraction being the promise of autonomy, higher salaries, and, to the delight of creatives, the chance to exercise stream of consciousness; all in a synergistic effort to fulfill a decidedly less ”corporate” vision. But is the concept truly, by default, any less restrictive than the mega corp? My experience has taught me; No.. And here, for satire’s sake, and…

Individuation: Getting Fired and Loving It

I was ‘let go’ today. It was shitty. It hurt. It had all the trappings of a ritual human sacrifice. Yet, somehow, in the macabre of it all, there remained a stabilizing wisdom; people are just people.. Jesus said “Forgive them, they know not what they do.” Voltaire, slightly more jaded, proclaimed ” it is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” Haters gonna terminate We revere soft…

Individuation: Doing ‘Nothing’ and Loving it.

Doing Nothing.. Seems absurd, right? On some level, I have to believe, ‘multiple-choice’ has become the collective experience for; nay the single driving spirit behind, what I’m loosely terming The Posit. The Posit (or the problem) is simply what every culture or society has ever confronted and so articulated, to one degree or another; preceding the most generous of bestowals on their citizenry. Stripped of grandeur, it simply asks “What…

Social Engineering and Opportunity Cost

Ubuntu (Southern African tradition) “I need you in order to be me, and you need me in order to be you.” Extroverted Schema If introversion and extroversion can be likened to respiration, one might think the gremlin overlords running society died of asphyxiation long ago. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown…

Where did the artisan go?

I can barely peruse Facebook for one (max two) mouse scrolls without seeing someone’s artfully prepared, pecan-crusted, gluten-free, tofu-based, caramel-drizzled Brazilian corn pastry on exhibition. It seems that food preparation underwent an unprecedented Renaissance of ideation in a relatively short amount of time; seemingly, at an uncannily similar pace to the introduction and consumption of social media and the ‘insta-snap’. Nude selfies notwithstanding, capturing one’s culinary adventures and sharing them…