Many of you have heard that there is only one story, and it keeps being retold in different forms. Is this real, and should we even care?
The side you take in this debate boils down to your definition of a “story”. Of course every combination of letters in the alphabet is different. But the “one story” theory states that every story ever told asks the question, “Who am I?” or “What is man?” or something along those lines. In a way, this is true. Every human wants to find herself, and every society wants to know its place in the world.
But in the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t entirely matter.
Today, we’re talking about the implications of “cliches”, and how many people believe that it’s impossible to have an entirely original story. … More Is there only one story?
Originally published 8/20/2016. Minor grammatical edits. Lead image via Pexels. Scifi Question: “Would we be at the mercy of any aliens advanced enough to travel to earth? Could aliens invade successfully?” I know most of my insomnia posts aren’t about random science fiction questions, but I would just like to set the record straight on … More 6 Real Problems with an Alien Invasion
Originally posted 1/3/2016. Lead images from Amazon. 5 STARS and 3 STARS (respectively) So the full titles of the books are: Epigenetics: How the Environment Shapes Our Genes by a professor named Richard Francis and Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life by Len Fisher. These are both non-fiction books, so I won’t exactly be focusing … More Epigenetics (2012) and Game Theory (2008)
1. If you have not reproduced, you are not alive
2. If you are asleep, you are not alive
3. If you don’t learn from your experiences, you are not alive
4. If you’re disorganized, you are not alive
5. If you’re environmentally-friendly, you are less alive
6. If you are composed of cells, are you alive? … More The Definition of Life
Moneyball is not what I expected it to be. I expected it to be a depressing account of how math and machines are slowly going to stamp out our individuality, but the narrative I read was quite different. It was about merit triumphing over appearance, about strategy outdoing wealth, about brain beating brawn, about overlooked young rookies finally being given a chance. It’s one of those untold, hope-inspiring stories of a quiet revolution happening right under our noses. … More MoneyBall: The Art of Winning and Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2003)
Whoever has the gold makes the rules. -Various attributions Last Friday, I went to see Marvel’s latest masterpiece, Black Panther. In the Marvel universe, one of the strongest and most versatile metals of all is made from vibranium. This element can absorb incredible amounts of shock with its vibrational properties, and it is one of the … More Black Panther by Ryan Coogler (2018)
When I was in the sixth grade, my English teacher told us a story about the best persuasive essay she’d ever read from one of her students. The argument of the essay? Everything we do in life is motivated by fear.
Why do we go to work? To get money. Why money? So we can buy food. So we don’t starve. Fear of death = motivation of everything.
I accepted this as fact for a while, listing different examples in my mind. Students taking extracurricular for fear of not getting into college, giving into peer pressure for fear of being an outsider, dieting for fear of ridicule or health problems…
And then I got to roller coasters. Why do we ride roller coasters? For fear of…not having fun? … More Motivation: Fun vs. Fear
Worm isn’t perfect. But it’s going to have a special place in my mind and my heart for a long, long time. … More My Final Review of Worm by Wildbow
Years ago, I decided to compile a document of cool things I learned. From glowing wounds to farming snails to a word common to nearly every language on the planet… … More Real Life Cool Stuff