Category Archive: #theories

the importance of surviving 40 more years

October 6, 2013 #theories

Everyone knows they’re supposed to have healthy habits so they can live a long life, but for everyone alive right now something far greater is on the line- something much bigger than a few extra years of old age. Thanks to the dramatic growth curve of science and technology, within 40 years I predict our […]

sexuality

May 2, 2013 #theories

We may think about sex all the time, but on a theoretical level, human sexuality is poorly understood. Heterosexual behavior is decently described at a high level by the basic demands of evolution, meaning organisms must reproduce to perpetuate themselves and allow for adaptation. For example, it makes perfect sense that visual cues like large […]

suicide

March 19, 2013 #theories

The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a […]

procrastination

March 15, 2013 #theories

Wow this article on procrastination just blew my mind… It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth. You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for […]

rewired

March 11, 2013 #theories

Really interesting article written a few years ago on what the internet is doing to our brains. Is Google Making Us Stupid? It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages […]

laughing

March 7, 2013 #theories

There’s probably nothing less funny than a theory about laughing, but hey, I’m not here for the chicks. My theory is that laughter is a mechanism for the release of anxiety, or as I put it more poetically on twitter: laughter is the sound of fear leaving the body It’s counter-intuitive because we tend to […]

sleep

January 12, 2013 #theories

Sleep is such an interesting behavior. We spend almost half our lives doing it and yet nobody really knows why*. We just know we feel awful when we don’t. What’s more, at first glance sleep makes absolutely no sense from an evolutionary perspective. How could spending long stretches of time completely unconscious and prostrate be […]

advertising

December 27, 2012 #theories

Despite dramatic changes in our technology, the basic advertising model hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years: we wanna inject our crap in your brain and we’ll trade you content for it. For example, we’ll trade you some baseball on the radio for commercials between innings. Or we’ll trade you 20 minutes of Seinfeld […]

incompetence

December 20, 2012 #symptoms, #theories

If an ordinary person messes up the square root of 64, one might give it a pass. But if a mathematician does it, you should think twice about what they stand to gain by being wrong. This is a common case in politics, where people blame politicians for being stupid or incompetent instead of correctly […]

teaching history

December 10, 2012 #pictures, #theories

This style of artwork/photography gets me every time. I can’t remember where I got this one but there’s some here also with a different style. This reminds me of a theory I have about teaching history. To begin, history is currently taught very poorly in young adult academia. Right now they start way the fuck […]

voting

November 19, 2012 #inventions, #symptoms, #theories

In 2004, the computer responsible for counting Ohio’s votes was mysteriously re-routed to a different server for 60 seconds, and when it came back, the votes had flipped in favor of Bush. Much was made of this, however the story was hugely censored, and one guy set to testify “accidentally” died in a plane crash. […]

consciousness

October 12, 2012 #theories

My take has always been that consciousness is a consequence of the ability to create an abstract model of the world in your mind. To the extent that your neural pathways (particularly the cerebral cortex) can create a map of the external world, that map must also include you. That abstract map is the point […]