A Two-Minute Allegory

You’re at a restaurant, stacking up the last of your dirty dishes, secretly hoping the bill isn’t as high as your mental estimation tells you it is. You were famished. But your wallet is getting very slim (although you’re likely not), and now that you begin to consider the situation, you realize you don’t actually […]

The Illusion of Autonomy

Why are we so quick to enslave ourselves? We say we desire freedom and independence. Yet the moment we encounter something that catches our fancy, we eagerly hand it the power to dictate our thoughts. We sacrifice our productivity to it, letting it carry our minds wherever it pleases. We bind ourselves to its rules of […]

The Devil You Know

A winsome face, a wily foe he beckons, smiling, then vanishes and is gone and whispers behind me as he goes, to where none knows.   Again in the distance he appears, nearer every step, now slipping away with a piece of me spectral fingers snitch days and years, his soft breath whispers fears.   […]

Strings for Brains

I once heard an analogy which painted the brain as a piano and the mind as a pianist playing on its keys. Unfortunately, I am not quite sure to whom to attribute this idea, but I find it insightful and sometimes useful. If I may carry the analogy one step further, I might say that […]

Energy and Force

The energy in a system can change forms. But if the system is isolated, no overall change can occur on that energy. Depending on the system’s position, its energy can be positive, negative, or a sum of both. This sum will never vary save by the influence of an outside force. We all have some […]