Is Language Genetic?

A lot of smart people claim that language is genetic. Noam Chomsky, the linguist and political activist, famously theorized that humans have an innate, evolved grammar structure. A “language gene” was discovered in 2001 called FOXP2, and apparently, since then, others associated with it have been identified. But does this mean that language is...

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Radical Feminists Think the Same Way as Misogynists

Extremism in any form seems to be attached to the same thinking patterns. People most opposed to each other often have more similarities than differences. This sounds ridiculous because fundamentalists on opposite sides of issues spew hate in opposite directions. People who hate Donald Trump rarely hate Bernie Sanders. Those who despise religion rarely feel the...

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The Memory Palace: A Mixed Mental Artist’s Secret Weapon

A good memory is a superpower because the more knowledge you possess, the more easily you can navigate the mental arts, and the world in general. Many people seem to think that a good memory is genetic, and that you can’t improve your natural ability. However, as with any cognitive or physical skill, the more you train it, the better it becomes. I learned...

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The Cold Darkness of the Night: Chapter 5

Chapter 5 Bill pulled his car onto the side of the road as soon as the BMW stopped flipping. “Let’s go make sure those motherfuckers are dead,” He suggested to Brian with cool conviction in his voice as he exited his Chevelle. He had done this sort of thing many times before. That was shown in his speech, body language, and the cold and determined expression on...

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Slavery: The Perils of Mass Delusion and Conformity

History is fascinating. I’m not an expert on the subject, but endless mind-boggling information can be learned from it. There are mountains of immersive, counter-intuitive accounts of topics like the brutality of war, connections between leaders, and their psychology. The best historians illuminate ample factors involved with global conflicts that no one else...

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From Delusional Believer to Delusional Believer

We all have unwarranted certainty about innumerable things. Critical thinking can help reduce ignorance, and make us less certain, but even learning and pondering can lead us to replace one ideology with another. This is what happened to me. I was raised as a Christian, and made an unwitting participant in that cult. I accepted this worldview until I was a...

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The Last Question, by Isaac Asimov: Did an A. I. Create the Universe?

I listened to the audio version of an awesome short story by Isaac Asimov the other day, called The Last Question. Asimov was one of the most prolific and creative science fiction authors of all time. He wrote over 300 books, including the famous Foundation and Robot series. I, Robot, the first of those novels, got made into a movie with Will Smith. I thought...

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