I think it's a work environment issue. Whatever you think of how your coworkers spent their time, you still have to work with them, and lengthy rants on what you think of them isn't going to make for a pleasant or productive workplace. » 1/29/15 1:37pm Thursday 1:37pm

The more I think about how advanced civilizations might develop, I keep coming back to the idea of neoteny, that organism tend to evolve toward a more juvenile form. Even in Western civilization, we've seen the point at which adulthood is considered to begin grow steadily older. A truly advanced species might have the… » 1/27/15 11:55am Tuesday 11:55am

I totally agree that American cars would not be nearly as flambouyant. They would be subdued, with a strong German influence, so if anything, your typical American car might look like this Studebaker Lark. Mercedes-Benz shared dealers with Studebaker at the time, so the Mercedes like grille was intentional. » 1/27/15 2:19pm Tuesday 2:19pm

Obviously there's that whole power relationship between males and females in our society that complicates things, but I'm not so sure it doesn't come from a similar place. We're attracted to the opposite sex, and being attracted to that sex feels right and normal, regardless of whether it actually is. Our own feelings… » 1/18/15 2:45pm 1/18/15 2:45pm