There are a lot of references to the proverbial son when it comes to telling a good story, but it’s just a figure of speech. Nowadays the proverbial daughter has great opportunity to tell her story as well, and it’s exciting to see female protagonists and antagonists becoming even more popular than their male counterparts in many instances. With some prestigious learning institutions and accredited universities demanding the recognition of over seventy other gender distinctions, that adds up to a lot of versions of the proverbial offspring. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #020 – The Hero Always Gets Lost!”
If your life has always been and still is ideal in every way, you have no need for self-help books. You get to sit around and smile all day, or do whatever you want, because you were born a master of life. Since you already have everything anyone could ever possibly want, what more is there to strive for? If you are truly one of these people, then good for you. You have no reason to read this…or anything, really; so I’ll go ahead and address everyone else. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #019 – If I can do it, so can you! (Theoretically)”
You’ve heard the numbers, right? When the first computer came online, back before there was an online for it to come onto, a clock started ticking. Since then, that clock has ticked faster and faster with each successive year. One day, perhaps very soon, that countdown will come to an end. And when it does…if it hasn’t already…we will have a sentient being that is completely artificial, and it will be way smarter than any of us.
What do you mean, ‘if it hasn’t already’?
And what do you mean, in.ev.it.a.ble? That’s not a word! Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #018 – Artificial intelligence is in.ev.it.a.ble!”
There are times to be grateful for meteors, and there are times to wish they had just gone and chosen another planet to bash into. It’s hard to even get historians to agree on when the dark ages actually were, and evidence points to future generations lumping us right in there with the past ones once our time is over. Thanks to those icy invaders from space, we can all agree on two things at least.
First, nobody wants to see a giant meteor crash into the planet anytime soon. We might be glad for the ones that came before, since they made it impossible for giant reptiles to thrive and very easy for large mammals to; but nobody wants to see the Earth’s plant and animal life get decimated like it has so many times before. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #017 – The Dark Ages Were Actually Dark!”
There is a program that exists in the United States, whose roots go back about fifty or sixty years. New members join or rejoin nearly every day, in hopes of finding a cure for their condition. Instead they are enrolled in the program, and one addiction is replaced with another. It’s obvious to most of the people that have not been indoctrinated into the program that it doesn’t work, but it’s hard to convince the folks that buy in. When they fall off the wagon, it’s not the program’s fault; yet somehow when they stay on it, they give the program credit. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #016 -Addicted to the Club!”
The most strict definition I ever heard for ‘drug’ stated that any substance that you put in your body by any means is a drug. I argued then that food shouldn’t be considered a drug, and that air and water shouldn’t either. My argument was that a drug should be classified as something that alters your consciousness in some way, and that most people probably think of mind-altering substances when they think of drugs. I have since realized that both arguments were pretty much right and pretty much wrong all at the same time. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #015 – We’re All on Drugs!”
It was tempting to call this post ‘public schools create robots!’; but why go metaphorical when the literal sounds almost as bad? Just like the government clearly stated their intentions when they passed a law making all psychedelics illegal, they also clearly stated their intentions when they created schools. One was to make it easier to put minorities and subversives in prison, thus getting them out of the way and silencing them. The other was made to program children to be factory workers.
Don’t get mad at me; I think it’s a terrible way to treat kids too! Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #014 – Public Schools Produce Factory Workers!”
Sometimes the only way to be right about something is to start out being wrong about it, and work your way from there. So it was with the one percent, and me. I had heard people refer to the ultra-rich with that term before, and probably misused it a few times, before I gave it a little more thought and did a little actual research. What I found put things into perspective, and made me wonder if I had been the only one that didn’t know these things. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #013 – One Percent of What?”
Have you ever seen a professional hypnotist? They put people under, and make them cluck like chickens or bark like dogs or dance around like their favorite pop star. They make them see things that aren’t there, and experience events that aren’t happening, just by using the techniques they have been trained in.
If you go to the adult show, you might see more than clucking. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #012 – We’re All Masters of Hypnosis!”
Last week, I mentioned my dad and Katy Perry in the same breath. For those of you that missed it, let’s recap.
When I was a kid, my dad made it clear in many ways that being a broad-minded person has a lot of benefits. Mostly, it was by setting an example that I didn’t appreciate until I got older; but sometimes he made a real effort to hammer a lesson he had learned into my thick skull, and there’s really only one way to do that. You’ve got to remind a person, over and over, that certain things are not to be taken for granted…even if the person you are reminding is yourself.
My dad used to say it, whenever the occasion called for it; and over the years I’ve made it a practice to keep pointing it out to myself.
“You live in a bubble!” Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #011 – Everybody Lives in a Bubble! Bubble!”