Choosing a President for Alderaan Reasons: Modern Mythmaking & the “Dark Side” of Presidential Politics

Myth matters. Gilgamesh slayed the great beast Humbaba. Persephone was abducted by Hades. Anubis weighs hearts at the threshold of eternity. There is great meaning to be gleaned from each of these mythological still shots, a meaning that does not depend on historical veracity, on whether they actually happened, or happen.   Oh, and here’s […]

Humanity, Not Quite Ready for Civilization: Enemy-Making, Resistance is Everything

Part IV in a series that explores whether humanity is ready for Civilization. Click these links to read Part I, Part II and Part III.   Enemies. Imagine a world without them. Yeah, that’s usually how most genocides start. … Have you ever noticed that humans seem to need enemies? How, even in relatively peaceful […]

Beam Me Up: Obamacare in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

I love Dick. Don’t worry, this article is not a Rick Warren-inspired cry for help for gay conversion therapy.  The reference is to Philip K. Dick, quite possibly the greatest science fiction author of all-time. If you are not familiar with Dick, you probably have seen a movie or two inspired by his brilliantly warped […]