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10% of my Brain!

Let me tell you something about the human brain that may just astound you.

Well, my brain anyway.

There are times in my life when I am only using 10% of my brain.

I am only using 10% of my brain...

...when I am only including 10% of what my brain does.

The other 90% of my brain is doin...

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The Bright Line

Insofar as a god is transcendental, it does not meddle in or care overmuch about the affairs of the microcosmic – that is to say mankind. In fact, it’s highly doubtful a physical mind, constructed of meat and a bit of electricity, could accurately grasp – much less convey – even the grossest per...

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To Shuck the Chains

The dismissal of gods is an act of profound humility and an acceptance of an astounding perspective.

To a mind conditioned and trained to requiring a superior being, dismissing gods is an act of arrogance, because to such a mind, there must be a superior being and such a dismissal leaves a power...

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A “Gilligan’s Island” Kind of Life

When I was a kid, and on those rare occasions when the TV worked, I liked watching Gilligan’s Island.

(If you haven’t seen it, then honestly, you need to watch a few episodes. In fact, watch a lot of episodes. Gilligan’s Island is a brilliant metaphor for society. It’s okay, I’ll wait unti...

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When a Miracle isn’t Actually a Miracle

I’m going to tell you about a miracle.

An ordinary person flips an ordinary coin a hundred times in a row and the coin lands on heads each time.

No trick person, no trick coin, no trick situation.

One hundred heads.

Is that a miracle? A lot of people would think so.

Aaaaaaaand, I would hav...

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The Simple Guide to Relationships… or Why Love is Simpler Than You Think

Introduction

Welcome to my half-assed manifesto. It’s a bit of a map of how I got to where I am, which is a place I happen to like. There’s an extremely slim chance you might find something interesting in here, which is one of the reasons I’m posting it online.

The other reason is that when I be...

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Not the Sum of the Parts

There’s this sense that people are composed of discrete emotional elements that can be easily separated and encapsulated if need be.

When I write it that way, it seems pretty idiotic, but I see it time and time again.

Perhaps if I offered an example, it will become more recognizeable.

“I rea...

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Loss-Boosting

Remember that thing you missed out on, years ago, and how really awesome it was and what a bummer it is that you missed out on it? I suspect it wasn’t quite as sparkly as you remember.

We have a tendency to look at things in really weird ways. Some of them seem bizarrely contradictory. One of t...

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