Soft Tyranny

I remember when George W. Bush talked about “the soft bigotry of low expectations”. I think we should consider the applicability of a similar spirit to a new category.  I think America might have a problem with soft tyranny.  We don’t get dragged out of our homes in the middle of the night by theContinue reading “Soft Tyranny”

The Gods Return

An original poem. we see it first from afarthe shadow on Saturnsliding across smooth rings a glimpseof a puck on ice eyes and telescopespeer, strain, squint, probeto bring the Distantclose as thought on every screenthe explainersdispel the mystery no, it can’t be naturalthe shape is too regulartoo perfect, and Natureworks in fractals it must knowContinue reading “The Gods Return”

Certain Death

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the US election, 2020 has given us a lot of food for thought. I think it has shown us the power of certainty, and maybe even moreso the power of the need for certainty, as a force in our lives. We’re not living in an era with a high toleranceContinue reading “Certain Death”

What We Think About When We Think About Thinking

In my philosophy classes in college, I was particularly intrigued by the philosophy of mind, especially the mind-body problem and the qualia problem (the latter also known as “the hard problem of consciousness”). Recognizing that the brain is a physical organ that is implicated in what we observe to be mental processes, the mind-body problemContinue reading “What We Think About When We Think About Thinking”


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I’m Rob. I have a lot of interests: the Welsh language, poetry, speculative fiction, translation, hiking, travel, architecture, economics, sustainability, science, philosophy. This blog is where I think out loud.

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