Pathology or Pseudo-Pathology?  What do racism, sexism, and obesity have in common?

Pathology or Pseudo-Pathology? What do racism, sexism, and obesity have in common?

One of my favorite concepts from my psychological training is the idea of a pseudopathology. A pseudopathology is any trait that was selected for through evolutionary pressures, that at one point was adaptive and due to rapid changes in environment…

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Human Behavior – Active vs Passive and the concept of a default state

Human Behavior – Active vs Passive and the concept of a default state

Before I get into this article too deeply, I want to make a comment on the distinction between an excuse and an explanation. As I fumble around with the ideas for this post in my head I realize that there…

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Based on proven oil reserve and oil consumption statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration we could run out of oil in less than 40 years

Based on proven oil reserve and oil consumption statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration we could run out of oil in less than 40 years

I have been interested in energy consumption and sustainability for a while now, in large part due to this amazing conservationist. There always seem to be so much noise in the discussions about oil. Specifically in regard to sustainability and…

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Maryland candidate posts early vote count to twitter: Why early voting is subversive to the democratic process and helps big money more than the average Joe

Maryland candidate posts early vote count to twitter: Why early voting is subversive to the democratic process and helps big money more than the average Joe

  The other day I was checking my twitter feed and was shocked to see a party break down of voters who have turned up to early voting at my local civic building.  After some digging around I realized that…

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Rather Than Effective Tax Rate, Lets Talk About Effective Income.

Rather Than Effective Tax Rate, Lets Talk About Effective Income.

I have been trying to pay more attention to discussions about the economy, government, and taxes. My problem with how these discussions typically go is that using a tax rate alone to discuss taxes is deceptive. This becomes even more true…

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Government as a business - It should be run at a loss

Government as a business – It should be run at a loss

I have been noticing over the past few years that there seems to be increasing talk about about the need for government to be run like a business. By and large those who want to see the government run like…

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You are not being effectively represented in Congress by your elected official - We need to increase our representatives to historically proportionate levels

You are not being effectively represented in Congress by your elected official – We need to increase our representatives to historically proportionate levels

You are not being effectively represented in Congress by your elected official. Even assuming a best case scenario in terms of integrity and effectiveness, no matter how hard your congressional representative there is simply no way. If we break down…

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The Death Penalty - There Is Nothing Even Remotely Close To A Reasonable Argument In Favor Of The Death Penalty

The Death Penalty – There Is Nothing Even Remotely Close To A Reasonable Argument In Favor Of The Death Penalty

    People are scary as hell. No, I am not talking about death row inmates. I am talking about you, the average everyday human.  Seriously, many of you people you people are mind-bogglingly scary. Today a discussion broke on…

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Minimum Wage Workers vs. Low Income Earners – Approximately 25% of US Workers Make Less Than $10.50/Hour

Any discussion about the minimum wage is surely going to include speculation about the impact increasing minimum wage would have on the economy. It is likely that at least one person is going to point out that only 1.7 million individuals, or…

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2013 State of the Union Live Blog

2013 State of the Union Live Blog

Hello everyone, I am going to attempt live blogging for the first time ever during tonight’s state of the union. I am currently watching the fox coverage because that is what is coming in the best over our antenna at the moment….

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Gate Keepers and Publishers: Out with the old and in with the new

Old models of media distribution are going to collapse.  There is an ever decreasing need for the “middle man” as means of production and distribution continue to be streamlined and available to the public.  One example of this is book…

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My thoughts on copyright

Read about my thoughts on emerging technology in the book publishing industry and what that might mean for content creators: http://bit.ly/UhXGCR I am going to attempt to lay out what I currently know regarding U.S. Copyright law and how I…

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The Conflation of Culture and Race; Also Some Thoughts On Multi-Culturalism And Cultural Relativism

The Conflation of Culture and Race; Also Some Thoughts On Multi-Culturalism And Cultural Relativism

I think part of what causes a lot of our trouble in dealing with social issues in this country (USA) and also around the world is rooted in the widespread acceptance of cultural relativism and our general conflation of race…

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Urbanization And Dense Population Centers – A Good Idea?

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2008 was the first year in human history that more than half of the worlds population was living some kind of urban center (towns or cities). This trend of increasing urbanization is…

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Limits: We Cannot Grow Forever

Limits: We Cannot Grow Forever

Growth Growth Growth. Everywhere you look in the media today everything is all about growth.  Job growth. Economic growth.  Energy growth. Very rarely do I see anyone responsibly talking about limits and what those limits necessarily mean. We live on…

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Where are all the jobs? And why those jobs are not coming back

Where are all the jobs? And why those jobs are not coming back

I have been thinking a lot about our economic situation as a country, as well as the issues going on worldwide, and have begun to think our problem may be more fundamental than people realize. What if continued advancements in…

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Anonymity and The Web

According to The Verge, Google has begun a new policy that will append the users real (Google+) name to their Play store. Users over at reddit have begun debating the issue and while there are voices on both sides the community appears…

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