Vonnegut and the Mistake Machines

Vonnegut probably would have said that people are Mistake Machines. We all make mistakes, and we are as prolific and proficient at making them as we are at making anything else we have ever made. He also may have said that the best Mistake Machines of all are also fantastic Apology Machines because, while we [...]

Id Disguised as Ego

Any simpleton can lie. It used to require a great deal of intelligence to be convincing to much more than half of any population.  There was once a required understanding, at least one would hope in society’s idealistic infancy, of several considerations which might allow lies to be so widely believed: the subtlety and nuance [...]

The Advancing Retreat

With each passing age, the shift in life’s necessities prompt the specialization of strength in different areas, different muscle groups, different ways. First, it was the legs, then, the back. The hands and mind followed shortly thereafter. The latter, the ever-evolving intellect, it would prove to be sufficient enough to change the world a way [...]

The Future, Speaking of the Past

(The Fourth Industrial Revolution) Everything was automatic, so efficient that people were forced by an excess of spare time and the resulting boredom to interact with one another. This should have been the best possible outcome, but it seemed to them a most torturous situation. They were terminally advanced, inexorably detached. They went on about [...]