Mad Mondays readers are well aware of the pitfalls in America’s education system. Two years of remote learning have revealed many problems that were flying under the radar. Parents are more aware of what is going on inside their children’s classrooms and are more willing to fight for what they believe. But Progressives, especially in the academy, continue… Read More Arrows in the hand of a warrior
We found a fascinating article at New Atlantis about the “medicalization” of everything which Mad readers might find thought-provoking. Joseph E. Davis argues that medicine has pushed its way into daily life, creating “belief in the omnipresence of disorder.” This seems obvious during a pandemic, but he explains that we live in time when the medicalization juggernaut is claiming… Read More What ails you
If you’ve been listening to the Mad Christian lately, you might have heard the term “mass formation psychosis” mentioned more than once. Folks who promulgate the theory suggest that pandemic restrictions have created perfect conditions for people to fall under the spell of mass formation. The theory requires that a few things be present before mass formation… Read More Mass disinformation neurosis
A recent Pew survey found that religious affiliation in the USA took a hit once again, with three in ten Americans now identifying as “nones.” But, given that mankind was created to worship its Creator, abandoning true religion means you just end up embracing an idolatrous one. While the secularizing West has been steadily chipping away at anything… Read More None of the above
Henry Ford once famously said that folks could have the popular Model-T automobile in any color, “so long as it is black.” Ford cars did come in other colors but scaling up the newly-invented assembly line was easier with less variables. Fast forward to today and those with means can have any and all options. But even for… Read More Decisions! Decisions!
You may have heard the saying “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. British journalist Oliver Burkeman might agree. A recent blog post finds him pondering the nature of interruptions, and our modern obsession with productivity. He stumbled across a philosophical claim that made him think: “nothing obstructs the activity of anything else.” This… Read More Am I interrupting?
It seems there have been very few lulls in pandemic hysteria. After two years of wall-to-wall coverage, variants, and rumors of variants, it is clear who has benefitted from the “pandemic of fear.” As many are beginning to see however, stepping away from fear is key for beating back the totalitarianism that is riding in on the… Read More The evil ancient foe
John Hanke, the CEO of gaming company Niantic, recently tweeted that the idea of the “metaverse” is a “dystopian nightmare.” Niantic, the company behind Pokemon GO is mapping the world, making a database to help future developers of augmented reality (AR) technology. Hanke has an unease about the project, knowing that “bad actors” could abuse such information, but… Read More Reality Check
There are many stories told about daylight saving and faded curtains, but the origin story is a strange one. An older report from the BBC that resurfaced last week says that before alarm clocks were common in Britain, workers would pay “knocker uppers” to wake them up each morning by tapping on their windows. It’s not clear whether… Read More Time is a false god
An article from The Atlantic last week weighed in on the burning issue of social media and the menace it presents to civil society. While writer Ian Bogost spends most of his time trying to unpack ways to improve social media, his opening thoughts caught our attention: maybe we just talk too much. Bogost points out that social… Read More Silence is golden