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Combat Epistemologist
Interests: literature, bourbon, vintage electronics, big data, hapkido, game theory, theology, political & analytic philosophy, computer augmented decision support, spycraft, creole cuisine, asian jazz fusion, bbq, electronica, historical fiction, beef cattle, fast cars, and anything that fits into a 19 inch rack.
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It's an interesting observation. I've been thinking about re-titling my autobiography 'The Crossover Kid', and I'll think a bit more about that as I go to my 40th high school reunion. But it was a very big deal in the... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Cobb
God is the professor who left the universe as an exercise for you to figure out on your own. We know he introduced quantum mechanics to make it unpredictable. So there is a chance that He doesn't know all the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cobb
Meritocracy does exist. You’re just not in that league. It is a non-trivial matter to get there. First of all, as any parent should understand, you don’t have to have a perfect house and a perfect kid to have an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cobb
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Toggle Commented 7 days ago on So That's What Happened at Cobb
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About 10 years ago, I purchased Meg Meeker's 'Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters'. It was one of the few times in my life I found a sense of purpose from an expert writer that I could immediately use in my life.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Cobb
This is one of those rare situations in which a very good book is about equally good to a very good movie. So here's my movie review. I give it 4.5 stars. I read the book first about two years... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Cobb
I'll wait to hear Roland Fryer. Frazier certainly couldn't have the last word. Either way the question is not whether or not blacks by and large can get rich, but whether nor not those who do are different. Of course they are.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2018 on High and Low at Cobb
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So I'm beginning to get a vague picture of evolutionary psychology and the first thing that struck me as totally new was the idea that all of evolution happens on this planet at once. Sex is not just what humans... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Cobb
Q: What turned you from liberal to conservative? Seeds were planted all through my life. I noticed contradictions and lapses in Left politics. Having grown up with both my parents as cultural Marxists and social workers, I was right in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Cobb
Q: Is it true that there's a huge difference between rich black Americans and poor black Americans with regard to their politics, tolerance, character, etc.? A: It is absolutely true. One of the saddest aspects of the lame mainstream media... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Cobb
I do agree at a very deep level that Hollywood is destructive of all authentic and accountable representations of black Americans, but also of every culture in human history. This goes back to the Marxist roots of the Frankfurt School and the understanding some people have of how this is working, chiefly among them David Mamet and the late Andrew Breitbart himself. So in that regard I have very little respect for the genre of film in general and these cartoony films in particular. This is Hollywood saying that the human being is a blank slate and whatever we write into the script is an adequate reality for the masses. The antidote to that is what Jordan B Peterson is writing and speaking about with regard to Marxism and Postmodernism. That is the root of the problem. Within my current writing, especially as I finish reading Peterson, I will continue on under the theme of 'Failure of the Humanities' to reinforce what's necessary at a psychological level. But here's the thing that I think gets to the meat of your complaint. Millions of Americans are dependent on the media and entertainment industry for their reckoning with self-worth. That is a pathetic state that needs to be remedied. But it will have to be remedied for those millions by literally keeping it real. That means they have to pay attention to the truth in their own lives and deal with it. This is the message of Drylongso which understands that no vanguard is necessary, and none will come to the rescue of any group. They will have to think their own way out of their own boxes and stop believing that their dignity can be negotiated by third parties. (more later)
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2018 on A Former Afrofuturist Look at Wakanda at Cobb
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I am rethinking my entire life as a writer. It is because I have come to understand too much of what I once knew nothing about, the Chatting Class. I just read the other day that British erudition is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Cobb
Cobb is now following Asher Abrams
Mar 24, 2018
In the news is a story of a driverless fatality in Tempe, Arizona. In the dark of night, a woman walking a bicycle across two lanes of traffic was struck and killed by one of Uber's new autonomous vehicles. Behind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Cubegeek
Everybody who thinks about it knows it to be true. Social media isn't working the way we thought it would. There are a lot of reasons. Some are simple and some are rather complex. But let's look at the simplest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Cobb
Q: Has America already done the "What would it be like for everyone to be armed?" experiment? Wasn't that Dodge City in the late 1800's? What did we find out from that? A: Well, without going into the details of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Cobb
Last week I was in Bogota again. It was less interesting than IAH. In Houston's new terminal I was accosted by the 'Stacked' business model. Stacked is a restaurant chain that got started here in Southern California several years ago.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Cubegeek
Jordan B Peterson has been on my radar about six months. Now I'm reading his book. The first time I saw him was when I was regularly watching Joe Rogan's Experience program and he was on with the professor who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Cobb
(from the archives July 2014) Q: Is it offensive to refer to black people as "black" and/or "African American"? White people seem like they're walking on eggshells, and they say "African American" a lot (when people might be neither African... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Cobb
Dapla: Hey Farn, what are you doing? You left your status off. Farn: Oh. I'm doing homework. American Studies. Click this. Dapla: Hold on, my great uncle just deplaned I have to send him a car. Farn: What? Doesn't he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Cobb
T'Challa cares about Black American existential suffering from the perspective of an Afrofuturist, of which I was a weak one. This wasn't a movie written by Africans but by Americans. It's not about me at all, and I don't see anything so particularly African about T'Challa that is specific to anything but pop culture interpretations of Africa. I mean exactly what kind of accent was Boseman using anyway? He can't get that right so I hardly expected him to be authentically African in any significant way. I challenge you to show me any African reviewing this movie that gives it props for getting any part of Africa right at any level other than pop culture, or Korea for that matter. This wasn't Killmonger's film. He was the foil to T'Challa representing, as I said, the poor fatherless ghetto child wanting revenge against the world. If this bad Malcolm were to win or even get respect from T'Challa, then the black man venting would be the winner, but in fact T'Challa killed him. This was completely and clearly Nelson Mandela killing Malcolm X. Felt sorry for him, but killed him dead. This was the biggest and most clear allegory of the whole story - that the whole environment that nurtured T'Challa into being a true hero was denied those shipped off to live in soulless ghetto America. So he took all America had to offer, special forces training, ghetto swagger, and criminal connections and used it all to try to usurp the throne and steal the vibranium. Killmonger is exactly the angry black man who has sold his soul and given in to the kind of villainy he believes rules the world. Of course he prefers to die than to be heroic. Of course he wants to be a self-important agent of revenge. He gave zero fucks about Wakanda's traditions or even his own father's peaceful desires and the first thing he did was burn the sacred flowers of Wakanda's tradition to the ground. What kind of bullshit is that? It's the kind of bullshit you expect from someone who thinks his hard time justifies every evil. In short, a villain. The kind of dog that needs putting down, and so he was. I can't see it any other way. I don't expect brilliance out of this movie or any superhero movie, but I don't think you and I even agree who was the bad guy.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2018 on A Former Afrofuturist Look at Wakanda at Cobb
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To the extent that I spent a lot of time writing from a black cultural nationalist position, there are some things I haven't said about the Black Panther film that still may be of some interest. This morning some thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Cobb
So there are 90 odd million gun owners in the US with something on the order of 300 million firearms in their possession. It occurred to me that with all the symbols and empty gestures flying around, maybe one ought... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Cobb
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Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Cobb
I have had the unique opportunity to be involved in shepherding members of my family through a maze of healthcare delivery systems. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to Amazon to gain a presence in this industry.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at Cubegeek