Old European Culture in Indo-European Language

I'm not asserting any claims here, just considering possible associations. Easily the most perplexing word to me in the Proto-Indo-European language is *népōts - Indo-European for grandson, sister's son, or other descendant. The meaning "nephew" is confined to the west and center of the IE world. Distinguishing between fraternal and sororal niblings, and treating sororal … Continue reading Old European Culture in Indo-European Language

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Why I Am an Atheist

I am an atheist as regards the Judeo-Christian God, meaning I believe such an entity as that described in the Bible and Koran does not exist and has never existed. Not only am I an atheist, I am also an antitheist. This means I do not take a relativist viewpoint on the Judeo-Christian religions: besides … Continue reading Why I Am an Atheist

My Experience of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

I have Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS). "Syndrome" is the term doctors use for conditions where they don't know what the heck is happening. AIWS is a neurological trait that affects my perception occasionally for periods of time, most obviously by making things around me look out of proportion. In the personal accounts I've read … Continue reading My Experience of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

Anthology of Misogyny on YouTube No. 2

Warning: language, disturbing content. Reader discretion is advised. I'd hoped it would be awhile longer until I had enough material for another one of these, but such is life. I hadn't realized just how pervasive this stuff is until I started collecting it instead of just trying to ignore it. Even cat videos aren't exempt … Continue reading Anthology of Misogyny on YouTube No. 2

Men in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Midwifery

Warning: language This is a subject that has been bothering me for about a year now, ever since this conversation in the Men's Lib subreddit. At the time the conversation came up, I was just starting to participate in the sub and was too shy to voice a dissenting opinion, but the issue has persisted … Continue reading Men in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Midwifery

Why I Do Not Support Zero Population Growth

Zero Population Growth (ZPG) is a philosophical and ethical viewpoint that advocates that people have fewer children, because of the exponential increase in global human population and the social and environmental pressures 8 billion humans are putting on the planet. Specifically, according to ZPG, couples should have at most two children, one to replace each … Continue reading Why I Do Not Support Zero Population Growth

What Our Media Says About What Relationships Our Society Values

I looked at how many titles there are on IMDB (a database of every film and TV show ever made) that include various family relationships. The relationships portrayed in our media are a reflection of what relationships our society values, and, as it turns out, which sex our society values. Father and son are the … Continue reading What Our Media Says About What Relationships Our Society Values