Author Archives: robertpkruger

About robertpkruger

Writer, editor, and software developer. Former president of ElectricStory.com.

Shying Away from Meaning

I promised my best friend a couple weeks ago that I’d stop posting on Facebook and get back to writing fiction. And then something happened, and I felt I had to write about it, but I just couldn’t, and instead … Continue reading

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Lies, Prevarication, and Modes of Discourse

“That’s a lie!” Have you ever heard that in a serious science debate? If you have, the debate has crossed over from objective discussion to inference of intent. In the logical mode, there is no such thing as a lie, … Continue reading

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All Us Zombies

Lucius and I had a disagreement about zombies. I thought they had become popular for some deep psychological reason. He thought zombies were just a fad perpetuated by unimaginative hacks. Granted that there are many valid ways to look at … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! Today, I don’t narrowly celebrate the liberation of the US colonies from Britain; I celebrate freedom itself. I celebrate you who manage to find education in school, and God in the Church or the Temple, despite those … Continue reading

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Epistemological Modes and the Dialectical Process

“An enlightened person seeks convergence in their thinking, not compartmentalization. They’re always looking toward the next synthesis.” So this seems to be the argument people are making against recognizing that science, politics, and art are separate modes — or attitudes … Continue reading

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A Covid False Dichotomy

I wrote this on Facebook on May 17th, but it’s still mostly relevant six weeks later. — I’m more interested in suggesting how we think about this pandemic than what we should think. I see a lot of people sharing … Continue reading

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Education Is the Job

When I was young, I had this idea of education preparing me for a career with established parameters, a kind of ready-made slot, and I really didn’t want to be slotted. “Writer” seemed like a good career, because it fit … Continue reading

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Our Viral Moment

When will we get back to normal? Never. We’ll achieve a new normal, but it won’t be the old one. This is our Red Pill viral moment. In 1999, The Matrix explored our condition metaphorically: the machines would have given … Continue reading

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The VR Diaspora

I spend a lot of my time envisioning the future. I’ve been literally invested in it for a long time. Almost exactly twenty years ago, I started an ebook company, a project based more on speculation than on hard evidence. … Continue reading

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Perfectionism and Internalized Expectations

To generate some grist for exploring the prison-maze of the mind, I’ll relate a few key issues in my life, starting with my ambivalent relationship to self-challenge. From my teens through my early twenties, I suffered intermittently from depression and, … Continue reading

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