Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

A Scientific Explanation

A few days ago, I offered for conflicted Christians a saner interpretation of biblical passages on homosexuality. Rather than argue from outside the religion and just demand change, I took a step inside and showed how rules against homosexuality can be more easily lumped in with biblical-era procreation and survival rules than with the rules of ethics and morality. Today, I want to look at rational scientific explanations for what I believe to be a quite common and normal phenomenon. This explanation is not meant merely for those who do…

Bouncing Balls, a Rocking Horse, and Sentences that Begin with “Americans.”

A decade ago, renowned linguist Steven Pinker wrote one of the most important popular science books of modern times. Entitled, THE BLANK SLATE, it outlined the all too common fallacy most humans operate under: namely that they are born as empty canvases on which experience and environment sketch their fates. The Nature vs. Nurture argument, it turns out, has been settled to the satisfaction of most scientists.* Meanwhile, laypersons and those in the social scientists persist in thinking we are what our surroundings make of us. This would be a…

Movie Trailer Premise Review: AVATAR

Welcome to my first ever Movie Trailer Premise Review. Due to a confluence of recent events (ticket prices are going up/banks are no longer lending) I can no longer afford to review actual films. So, I’ve decided to watch TV trailers for upcoming titles and review the premise of these movies instead. Today we’ll be taking a look at James Cameron’s AVATAR. What I’ll attempt to do here in a few thousand words is live up to the concise genius of Southpark, which was able to sum up everything I…

Another Science-Fiction Reminder

Don’t forget: these are future fiction stories. I’ve watched the video several times now, and the movement is so uniquely human that I find myself empathizing with the robot. How weird is that? Watch it one more time and tell me if you don’t feel a tinge of emotion when the unit is shoved, and regains its balance. Or if there isn’t something in you that says “enough” when showing the max speed it can attain. It’ll probably be within my lifetime that we have a walking, talking robot that…

A Fan of Freedom

I’ve had an interesting series of conversations recently with people that are coming down hard on capitalism. The argument was that this evil system of economics is directly responsible for the current global economic downturn.* There’s two things interesting about this argument. First, none of the people I spoke with seemed to understand what the word “capitalism” means. Second, it is the very features of our system that defy capitalism that led to this mild mess we’re in. What is capitalism? Simple. It’s the economic freedom of all people. Seriously.…