SOCIETAL ESSAYS

Musings about technology, Society, Politics, and life.

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Pareto's Principle

Who Wins the majority of the world's marbles and why.

Pareto studied the 19th century socialist's economic ideas, and found them flawed. His legacy as an economist was profound, creating the modern field of data intensive scientific research and mathematical equations.

     He was the first to formulate the power law probability distribution that was eventually named after him.

     Before you advocate for government to forcibly intervene in economic affairs, you should first study what Pareto had to say on the matter.

Whither Privacy

Have we lost our fundamental right to privacy in the modern world?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

This essay takes a closer look at what it means to have privacy in today's connected world.

Changing Attire

The Changing Role of Clothing and How We Dress

Prudishness about the human body has always fascinated me, particularly the fluidity with which viewpoints differ between cultures, and how culture changes over time.

     There have been many such changes, even in our recent past. We do not need to look back to the time of Henry VIII and discuss codpieces to see that clothing trends are on the move.

     This essay takes a critical look at the changes in attitude, in modesty, dress codes and societal prudishness that have transpired, and wonders what the future offers.

Five Points of the Intelligence Star

Late night thoughts on the nature of intelligence

It has been said that humans are tool-using animals.  That is certainly true, but I think it over-simplifies a larger reality.  I argue that tools are an outgrowth of our ability to see analogies and relationships in the things we wish to influence.

 

Hence, I believe it is more complete to consider humans as analogy using animals. 
 

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Love, Sex, and Family Values

Idle thoughts on the nature of love

Sex is a simple act that requires mere moments. When successful, it initiates a process intended by nature to consume much of the physical resources of two adult humans for decades.

     Given the profundity of sex’s consequences, it is perhaps not surprising that tremendous resources, time, and energy are spent on it, and a great deal of mythology has grown up around it.

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Childhood Memories

Childhood Memories, Coincidences and a Dog named for a Monkee

Shortly after the passing of Davy Jones, I was chatting with an old friend. I shared the news of Jones' passing, as he had not heard of the Monkee's Lead Singer's death.

     Then our conversation turned to other shows we had watched when young. As usual, we found ourselves in a bit of a “bidding contest” to see who could remember the oldest, most obscure shows.