POIGNANT

1. a. Arousing deep emotion, especially pity or sorrow; touching

b. Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

c. Physically painful

2. Piercing; incisive: poignant criticism.

3. Agreeably intense or stimulating

OPULENCE

January 13, 2020

"Tacky, as a concept, refers to the lack of cultivation or the resistance to taste, and more often than not refers to tastes that are not suitably conservative. Furthermore, tacky is more likely to be feminine, ethnic, queer, deviant; not manly, not practical, not businesslike, not serious."

FIGHT CLUB AND TOXIC MASCULINITY

January 01, 2020

"Toxic masculinity is a social script, that tells men and boys that the right way to be a man is to be violent, emotionally unavailable, and sexually agressive. It is a narrow, confining definition of a man that shuts off a vast range of human experiences. It tells them what pursuits are worthy, what styles are acceptable."

DAVID LYNCH: THE TREACHERY OF LANGUAGE

March 29, 2018

"Would you like to expand on that a little?"

"No."

HOW FREEDOM DIES

December 29, 2017

Sensory pleasure and endless consumption

PERSPECTIVE AS THE STORY IN FLEABAG

June 07, 2018

Fleabag: [to her dad] Oh fuck it, I have a horrible feeling that I'm a greedy perverted, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally bankrupt woman who can't even call herself a feminist.

WHY ARE MILLENIALS SO STRESSED?

June 22, 2017

Why do we need more than 24 hours in a day?

HOW WE ENSLAVE OURSELVES

March 20, 2018

Since the birth of civilization, tyrannical rulers have plagued mankind. Driven by an insatiable appetite for power such individuals have done their best to control both the minds and bodies of their subjects. Seen in this light, the history of civilization is very much a history of varying degrees of human enslavement.

ARE 'YOU' JUST INSIDE YOUR SKIN OR IS YOUR SMARTPHONE PART OF YOU?

February 25, 2018

Given the role they play in our lives, do our devices deserve the same protections as our brains and bodies?

HOW THE MICROBIOME CHALLENGES OUR CONCEPT OF SELF

February 08, 2018

The realization that humans are not individual, discrete entities but rather the outcome of ever-changing interactions with microorganisms has consequences beyond the biological disciplines. In particular, it calls into question the assumption that distinctive human traits set us apart from all other animals––and therefore also the traditional disciplinary divisions between the arts and the sciences.

HOW TO AVOID EMBARRASSING YOURSELF IN AN ARGUMENT - JORDAN PETERSON

January 21, 2018

We've all found ourselves in conversation and felt attacked like we started off talking about one thing and then the other person twisted our words and before we knew it, we lost our cool, lost respect in their eyes, and maybe even acted like a jerk.

THE KINDLED BRAIN

October 02, 2017

When I got depressed for the first time, at age 27, what surprised me most was the sheer physicality of it. My arms and legs, numb and pendulous as dumbbells, resisted my half-hearted attempts to animate them, and my perception was equally leaden. Taking in the world felt like gazing through a stained-glass pane, trying to make out the wavy shapes on the other side.

PROBLEMS WITH YOUTUBE & THE INTERNET CREATORS GUILD: TECHNOLOGY & POLITICS

February 02, 2017

The Internet Creators Guild, invented by Hank Green and Laura Chernikoff, looks cool, but it symbolises some problems that I have with YouTube, “the YouTube community,” and Silicon Valley more generally – it’s a kind of bourgeois technocratic liberalism.

THE PLEASURES OF PESSIMISM

May 24, 2017

For essayists and philosophers, what we cannot forgive is, first, the suspicion that our writer has a personal axe to grind, and second, perhaps even worse, dullness, a lack of panache. The slightest feeling that facts are being manipulated in order to support a position in which, for some spoilsport reason, the author has a personal investment, is fatal. The reader, that is, must recognize that a genuine truth is being acknowledged. 

CHANGE BECOMES YOU

September 18, 2017

This is a puzzling idea, for someone to become ‘not the same person any more’. The phrase smacks of philosophy – perhaps even obscurity. Yet it is simultaneously apt, capturing the emotive sense of no longer recognising someone whom we once knew. Many have witnessed someone they loved change so profoundly that the person remaining seems an entirely different one.

THE VAMPIRE PROBLEM

September 12, 2017

And so, if you want to make the decision by thinking about what your lived experience would be like if you decided to undergo the experience, you have a problem… You find yourself facing a decision where you lack the information you need to make the decision the way you naturally want to make it — by assessing what the different possibilities would be like and choosing between them. 

"BUT YOU CAN'T DO THAT!"

September 28, 2017

When you see someone run through a red light, it’s natural to think: ‘Wait, you can’t do that!’ And, by this, I don’t just mean that it was wrong to do that. If I did, I’d have said: ‘Wait, you shouldn’t do that!’ Instead, there’s a way in which we really meant that they can’t do that.

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