(Originally written 12/25/2017)

2017 was a year of reckoning for the music community. Chuck Klosterman has always noted that there is a distinct point within each musical generation where rock and roll music is declared dead. Although rock music and rock and roll music are not synonymous (rock is to rectangle as rock and roll is to square) I will be picking up the mantle for my generation and declaring rock music dead in the year 2018. While the is obviously not true as subgenres of rock are alive and well, it is worth noting that 2017 was the first…


(Originally written 6/24/2018)

The perception that the media is somehow now “fake” or is peddling untruths and alternate realities may or may not be true, however it is most likely not specific to just this era. People concerned with the mainstream media’s coverage should not so much question the motivations of these companies, but rather assess the loyalties found in the interplay of media and politics. At one point, media was an outlet for politics to disseminate its information to the populous. It was an arguably symbiotic, or at least commensal relationship that had functionality and could be explained. …


(Originally written 6/25/2018)

Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychology professor at the University of Toronto. He made his way into the public eye nearly 20 years ago with his book “Maps of Meaning” in a moment that would serve as a lynchpin for much of his remaining academic career. While Peterson had previously studied psychopharmacology and addiction, he found a foothold in the psychological study of meaning and belief with “Maps of Meaning”. Peterson ardently uses archetypes to explain human interaction and purpose, many times ceding to Jungian thought to make his claims. Carl Jung was a precedent psychoanalyst…


Global warming is arguably the most preeminent threat to modern civilization for anyone who is not wholly convinced that DNC staffers are being murdered in cold blood to protect the identities of an elite ring of pedophiles who meet in D.C. pizzeria basements and conduct spirit-cooking rituals all while insidiously allowing immigrants to implement Sharia law in small towns across America. Many are wondering when, if ever, the U.S. will attempt to even begin to address these sweeping issues that put the most vulnerable members of society at risk. While we can hope that some day the threat will be…


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Culturally, science has us in a tough spot right now. Dissemination of information and mistrust in the government has put us at a scientific crossroads. Science is mainstream enough now to have developed an opposing culture and these opponents have the power to impact progress and global healthcare. With issues such as antibiotic resistance and fossil fuel scarcity in the near future, the last thing science needs is unnecessary hurtles.

As much as the academic scientist in me despises “IFL Science” or /r/science, due to their being fraught with inaccuracies and “pop sci,” I must take a step a step…

Blake Rust

PhD immunologist and failed philosopher.

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