Alpha Living

  • Why Bullshit Matters

    The prevalence of bullshit is one of the most salient features of contemporary society. It is not a stretch to say that the election of Trump or someone like him was inevitable. The endless promotion and celebration...

    • Posted March 23, 2017
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  • Brexit Revisited—Again

    Well, they’ve done it. The Scottish government, led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has called for a second referendum on Scottish independence. The move came two days ago just as British Prime Minister Theresa May was set...

    • Posted March 16, 2017
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  • Drawing The Lines On Parental Interference

    Of all the relationships we form in our lives, the one with our parents is the most complex. It is the longest, and it can be at various times easy, joyful, difficult, or infuriating. The great problem...

    • Posted March 10, 2017
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  • What Being Political Means

    I talk politics—a lot. When in the company of family and friends and occasionally even strangers, I do not shy from raising objections to a hack, crushing some fool, or fulminating against a stupid, ill-considered, or unjust...

    • Posted February 23, 2017
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  • Coping With The Current Madness

    Brexit, Trump, a resurgent Russia, a collapsing Syria, mass murder in Paris, mass murder in Orlando—these are signs of a world going mad, or so they seem. The order of things, the comfortable familiarity of how the...

    • Posted February 16, 2017
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  • Why Language Matters

    Criticizing the diction, speech, syntax, and style of others is generally seen as an act of snobbery. But the state of language, especially in politics, is so alarming that anyone who cares about carrying on civilization itself...

    • Posted February 3, 2017
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  • Taking Sides In The Coming War On Science

    The Trump administration’s ordering of the EPA to remove all references to climate change from its website is only the first volley in the coming war on science. We can expect further efforts to undermine the teaching...

    • Posted January 27, 2017
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  • Why You Should Embrace An Ambiguous Sexuality

    You like women. There is no doubt about that. The effect of puberty on your mind, body, and emotions was exceedingly decisive. You went, seemingly overnight, from teasing the girls to lusting after their lengthening legs, blossoming...

    • Posted January 13, 2017
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  • How To Make 2017 A Year Of Style

    It is a new year; with it comes new hopes and new aspirations. Of all the resolutions you’ve made for the coming year, acquiring a sense of style—that is, an idea, a conception, a definitive taste in...

    • Posted January 5, 2017
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  • An Atheist’s Guide To Enjoying Christmas

    December twenty-fifth is not the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth. The early Christians chose this date because Winter Solstice and the ancient pagan Roman festival called Satunalia took place around this time. The fact that people were...

    • Posted December 23, 2016
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  • Are You An Iconoclast?

    If you refuse to echo conventional wisdom, if you delight in criticizing and undermining cherished beliefs, if you revel in taking down the puritanical, the sentimental, and the sanctimonious, then you are an iconoclast. An iconoclast is...

    • Posted December 16, 2016
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