May 26 2012

An image of a mouth, showing the tongue and teethOur physical sensory systems lie to us in all sorts of routine ways, and I like to occasionally share some examples of that.

What’s the big difference between popular chicken-flavoured potato crisps, and unpopular garlic-and-onion flavoured potato crisps?

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Mar 15 2012

A number of games feature multiple endings to their narratives. Right off the top of my head, I’ll name four: All three of the Deus Ex games, and Mass Effect 3. These come particularly to mind for a singular gaming conceit: The magic pick-an-ending button.

Regardless of what you’ve done, how you’ve developed and defined your character’s personality, who has lived and died, who you’ve befriended or opposed, you’re presented with three choices right at the end. Press the button (so to speak) and get the ending.

In narrative terms, that’s a cop-out. That isn’t even phoning it in.

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There’s a simple, fundamental idea at the heart of the right to freedom of religion. It’s so simple that it is often forgotten.

It is the right to freedom from religion.

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Feb 20 2012

You’ve seen the phrase. Perhaps you’ve seen it often.

Haters gonna hate.”

It’s a simple truism – tautological, in fact – but most times you see the phrase, it’s a sign that the person writing it has switched their brain off, just when they should be making sure that it is on.

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