In today’s signs of the impending apocalypse, selfies are more deadly than sharks: [A]t least 12 people have been killed in selfie-related incidents so far in 2015 and many more injured, while only eight have died as a result of shark attacks.
In the past week there’s been a flurry of notable speculative fiction releases that I intend to read. My only problem is deciding where to start. The list below is probably how I’ll proceed. These will all jump to close to the head of my queue: Ancillary Mercy is the final book in Ann Leckie’s … Read more →
I think a lot about systems; about how certain ones succeed, others fail, and most just have a series of tradeoffs. Canada’s health care system provides many opportunities for reflection, since we proudly have a single payer system where no citizen pays out of pocket for (most) health care expenses. We always have the ready … Read more →
The practice of eating together as a family feels like something that’s been happening forever, but that’s not the case. In The Wretched Table: How Dinner in America Became an Ordeal, Britt Peterson talks about the stresses of what’s a relatively recent cultural phenomenon: Modern dinner is stressful by design. Once a midday meal of … Read more →
Debates around the philosophy of science fascinate me, since science is so spectacularly useful, while scientists are often such bad philosophers. So, Roger Trigg’s Why Science Needs Metaphysics is right in my wheelhouse: Those who say that science can answer all questions are themselves standing outside science to make that claim. That is why naturalism—the … Read more →
One of the hardest things in writing is deciding who you’re writing for. A pat answer is to write for yourself, and that’s perfectly valid, but every writer wants to be read more broadly than that. But trying to write for a broad audience is probably always a trap. Andy Weir, the author of the … Read more →