Preparing good food for and with loved ones is a blessing. Image
Update #1: Zack reports that the onions are sad. Image
Update #2: Toby finds the lemons juicier than expected. Image
Update #3: after “no added sugar” October, I am particularly looking forward to pumpkin & spice chocolate chip cookies. Image
Update #4: Now that the cookies are in the oven, it’s time to focus on the chicken curry. Image
Update #5: Getting close. Image
Bon appétit, everyone.

Be good to one another, today and every day. Image

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2 Nov
A vote is not a valentine.

It seems that we differ, more publicly and more virulently, in our politics, than we ever have before. We are imagining the worst in each other. Fueled by anger and tribalism, we conflate disagreement with an idea, with dislike for a person. [1/11]
I didn’t vote for Trump, although to my surprise, I did consider it this year. I also didn’t vote for Biden. Both have disastrous potential. Many on the left see imminent threats from our own side. For having this opinion, we are called blind, racist, traitors, fascists, more. 2/
In 1992, riots erupted in Los Angeles, after Rodney King was beaten on camera by police officers, and a jury then acquitted the officers of assault. In the midst of those riots, Rodney King famously asked, “Can we all get along?” 3/
Read 11 tweets
6 Oct
On this day I am grateful. I am grateful for all the usual—love & partnership, home & hearth, the prospect of adventures to come.

Today I am also grateful for the moon, waning, high in the sky on a blue sky morning. And a grassy hill, with one tree, in whose shade I can sit. 1/4
I am grateful for a perfectly brewed cappuccino from a café that also sells art, the walls lined with beauty, the owner wondering how to proceed in these strange times, told that her efforts are noticed, appreciated. 2/4
I am grateful for the sounds of activity and connection, traveling up the air of this park where I sit: the scrape of a skateboard on concrete, the pop of tennis balls against racquets; the romping of dogs playing. 3/4
Read 4 tweets
30 Sep
Here are three conversations that brought me hope, laughter, and depth of understanding. Six outstanding humans sharing thoughts about childhood, language, society, what is coming and what to do now. The common theme: all six are unflinching.

What a gift.
From two of my favorite people: @FreeRangeKids talked with @meghan_daum on her terrific new podcast, @TheUnspeakPod (and I’m not just saying that because I was lucky to be Meghan’s first guest):…
The always surprising @JohnHMcWhorter in conversation with @SamHarrisOrg is something to behold. This conversation felt audacious, and audacity is exactly what we need now.…
Read 4 tweets
24 Jun
“Men menstruate. Some have even given birth.” If you disagree, you are “attacking trans lives,” and likely one of those deplorables who support Trump.

I’m no Trump supporter, just a biologist who knows that this “new trans reality” is a dangerous fiction.…
“The only difference between a trans woman and a cisgender woman is the sex assigned to her at birth.”

No. Really not.

Most people know this is flat out wrong.

Most people who hear this nod abjectly, eyes averted, hoping this will pass by and leave them intact.
Again, no.

The vast majority of us who call bullshit on reality-denial are not “anti-trans.”

Nature is not anarchic re: sex. We have 2 types of gametes, by which we sexually reproduce. Small and mobile -> sperm -> male. Large and sessile -> egg -> female. Where’s the anarchy? Image
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17 Jun
This is how it’s done.

Proclaim something to be true that is patently not. Do not mock those who disagree. Not yet. Instead, ask them, with sadness in your eyes, why you cannot just be generous and kind.

If they resist, shame them. (1/12)…
Most people will roll their eyes and move on. At first.

But after repeated exposure to the thing-that-is-proclaimed-to-be-true-that-patently-is-not, some will begin to question their understanding of reality. Now you make your next move. 2/
Most people have an inadequate knowledge of biology (and other manifestations of reality), and know this. When pushed to the limits of what they are sure of, they may entrench (“er, no, men and women are different…?”) or they may cede small points. 3/
Read 12 tweets
8 Jun
Totalitarianism always flies in on the wings of beautiful ideals.

It lands gently, flatters you and charms you, makes you feel smart for recognizing how beautiful it is.

Do not be fooled. It is dangerous. Those ideals? They are not what they seem. (1/23)
Democracy’s ability to reveal value depends on its members being able to freely decide what they think, and what they say. 2/
How do we assess truth, and how do we assess value?

The “naturalistic fallacy” reminds us that that which *is* true (e.g. in nature) is not inherently that which *ought* to be true. Truth and value are, therefore, distinct and unique. 3/
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