5-Star Review: Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg

Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg My rating: 5 of 5 Stars If you are a writer, there is a sadness in completing a masterful work. It is that surety, the cold knowledge that you will never write anything so important, or so simply. That is my unfiltered reaction to having completed Dying Inside. Silverberg filled…

Op Ed: Finding My Reading Style

What if you read one of the “best ever” books in your favorite genre, and you don’t like it? Does it make you a bad person? Perhaps there is that small, dim voice whispering that you are a crass peon who has no aesthetic sense. That could be true, of course, but it likely is…

Garnering Distinguishment

Men, particularly successful ones, have had the advantage over the years of having been able to gain distinguishment as they age, while women merely age. Now, I know that your immediate reaction might have been for you to be stumble over the word distinguishment rather than note what I said. Let me assure you; I…

Neanderthals, Modern Humans, & Natural Selection

Researchers at the Center for Population Biology, University of California, Davis, published a research paper on 8 November 2016, that sheds new light on the hybridization between modern humans and Neanderthals. Entitled “The Strength of Selection against Neanderthal Introgression,” the study acknowledges the sexual mixing of human and Neanderthal populations but notes that “on average,…