Monthly Archives: September 2015

Edible Art

Some people have misunderstood my What Are Birds Really? blog post. They have thought that because I wanted less analysis of the concept of art, that I was against creativity and exploration in art itself. But no, that’s not what … Continue reading

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Reflections on Cultural Appropriation

Responses to criticisms of appropriation: 1. You are mocking my culture. Some critics argue that cultural appropriation is wrong because it mocks other cultures. However, this can’t be the whole story. A person wearing a sari or kimono because they … Continue reading

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Burning Man and Stoicism

When you think Stoicism you don’t think “wild sexy party”, but Burning Man has an ethos of Stoicism that goes deeper than their talk of radical self reliance. It’s not just that you have to rely on yourself at Burning … Continue reading

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Sin Shame and Inferiority Shame

If you feel uncomfortable being naked and your discomfort stems from an unendorsed feeling that nudity is immoral, then attending Burning Man would be great for you. (“Woo! Self-Expression! Nakedness!”) However, if you feel uncomfortable being naked and your discomfort … Continue reading

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Soft vs. Sharp Culture

There’s been a lot of discussion of ask vs guess vs tell culture. I propose an orthogonal social axis: soft vs sharp culture. In soft culture, people are polite; they don’t make rude jokes about each other or about outsiders. … Continue reading

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