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Many Wormholes to Cross

If there’s one thing Interstellar taught us, it’s that the right wormhole can bridge solar systems. If that’s the case, certainly the proper wormhole can also serve as a bridge between interstitial ideas, tropes, attitudes, entire systems of thought? In the case of Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan builds several such cognitive bridges and asks us to accept them as wisely joined. Are they? Or are parts of Interstellar more like a bridge too far? Let’s grade four such wormholes: The
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Autism

Dar’s Weekly Speech Therapy

Dar has been up since 5, mostly tee-tee-tee-ing. That means he stops and starts, walking around the house saying “tee-tee-teeeeee.” Nowadays, he’ll find the iPad, unplug it from its charger, and watch Sesame Street videos for hours. I get up, change myself, change him. Half the time, he rebels against being changed like I’ve got pliers in his teeth. The other half, he laughs about it as though I’m tickling him, even if I’m not. I walk him to the
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Populism

Coke, Pepsi, Dems, Repubs, and The “Illusion of Choice”

On the hard left, it’s axiomatic that corporate America has created an “illusion of choice” that isn’t really much of a choice at all. Probably the easiest way to understand this axiom is by looking at this chart: Yes, this concentration of power amongst these few companies is somewhat disturbing. These represent oligopolies, or what President Theodore Roosevelt would have called “trusts” while he was legislating to break them up. However, I’m here to tell you that in relative terms,
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