Simplified Research

My research organization has gotten a little too byzantine over the years. Navigating to an active research project is now six levels deep on my computer. If I want to get to my book manuscript, e.g., I have to do the following: Dropbox/AcademicWork/Projects/Inprogress/mssBook Then, I still have to navigate within that folder between my archival material, grant reporting, the book proposal, and the manuscript. It’s a mess.

Secular Religious Morality

Antonio Garcia-Martinez, at his Substack, The Pull Request: The point isn’t the predictive power of the scientific hypothesis, but how it gets actionably internalized as religious doctrine: It’s possible to speak of objective empirical realities religiously and mythically, and that’s mostly what we do. Note how many climate-change discussions fixate on the flooding aspect of global warming (among the last of the effects we’ll actually see), flooding being a near-universal myth seen everywhere from Native American origin stories to the Greeks, the Hindus, numerous Mesopotamian traditions, and (of course) Genesis.

Pandemic Dialogues

It seems like everyone has new projects during the pandemic. I certainly do. A colleague and I are reading Albert Camus', The Plague, and posting our thoughts as a series of podcast. The first is up now on Podbean, and of course, you can easily find them on your favorite podcast app. Additionally, you can find links to the episodes as they are published, here.


Things are getting interesting. As it happens, I assigned students in my course on Grand Strategy broad regions of the globe for which they are responsible: South East Asia, Europe, Latin America, etc. One of their big assignments is a Marshall brief on the region. But they have to give up dates during the term. So we’ve all been watching this pandemic unfold in more or less real time as it spreads from China to Asia to Europe and the like.


Well, how do you like that. I got a tenure track job. Moving to Tempe in the fall.