I write from my disparate obsessions and don’t expect anyone to find all of it interesting except me.

Hence, a tool to sort the wheat from the chaff.

The links are to Medium Lists.

Tribes — our evolutionary heritage will save us or sink us
Free Will and Consciousness — thoughts…


An examination of the twin roots of empathy and genocidal warfare

We’re going to need a bigger boat.

Love and Hate

We are hard-wired for deep empathy with our ‘brothers and sisters’…even brothers and sisters well outside narrow family connections.

We are hard-wired to hate and even kill anyone we feel threatens us and our people. Empathy freezes. Antipathy switches on.

The same neurotransmitter…


Looking at the emotional dynamics and types of political exploitation that have created our political divide

The New Series

*** Political Manipulation ***

Emotional Truths, Political Lies #01 — political lies are expensive but can be a profit center.

*** Identity Formation ***

*** Cultural Fraction Lines ***

*** Gender ***

American Ecstasy: Emotional Truth, Political Lies #02 — violence and cosplay revolution.

Earlier Exploration

*** Political Manipulation ***

Russian manipulation of our cultural fracture…


Emotional Truth, Political Lies #02

Images — Wikipedia

Fascism sees its salvation in giving people not their rights, but instead a chance to express themselves.
— Walter Benjamin

Richard Boone is one bad hombre

As a kid, I loved Westerns.

When I stayed with my grandparents, the big treat was being allowed to stay up and watch them. They featured exciting heroes doing manly…


How can people be so stupid?

I hear that question all the time. Well, how did we get so stupid? It wasn’t easy.

PRRI: Crazy Like a Fox

Image from Baptist News Global, screengrab from Fox

I try to maintain a varied information diet. …


We rely daily on science and its models to guide everything from what we eat, to the medicines we take, to the construction of the machines we use to get to work and back.

But are the models 100% certain? Are they True with a capital T?

That question misunderstands…


…Ray Charles was shot down / But he got up…
-Van Morrison

What family stories do your kids know?
What stories do you remember from your grandparents?
Which grandparent stories do you think your grandchildren should know?

These are important questions simply because knowing the family narrative is a key…


Bliss, Disquiet, Enlightenment, and False Satoris

Image from Wikimedia

The apparent religiosity of James and Jung can obscure their fundamental scientific rigor.
-J. Allan Hobson, The Dreaming Brain

Life is not a matter of holding good cards but of playing a poor hand well.
- Robert Lewis Stevenson

This article started as a…


Science and Religion. You can apply one, the other, or both to guide action. But as views of the universe, they contradict.

Someone created the universe. Or Someone didn’t.

How to resolve the contradiction?

I don’t.

Science and Religion. You can apply one, the other, or both to guide action…

Alan Tabor

Berkeley Backpacking Biz Lifer, System Builder, Coder, Community Organizer, Music and Evolutionary Biology Geek. Sign up and my projects at http://altabor.org/

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