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How to Be Correct About Everything

How to Be Correct About Everything

(PG-13: Language) Modern day philosopher exurb1a offers a rambling, but still captivating essay that covers everything from the history of human civilization, how we’re not really as smart as we think, how not to win an argument, and how compassion is core to our very existence.

The Rememberer

The Rememberer

(PG-13: Language) exurb1a presents the deepest monologue he’s ever created, a poetic work of allegorical science fiction about a young man who searches for wisdom and insight while seeking to find his grandfather. But as he reaches his destination, the truth is revealed about his long, long journey.

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The Moon is a Door to Forever

The Moon is a Door to Forever

Amateur philosopher and space enthusiast exurb1a reminisces about the history of lunar exploration, from the Apollo missions through NASA’s plans to return to the moon in the 21st century. Along the way, you’ll learn a thing or two about the moon’s origins, its relationship to Earth, and more.

Pickle Time Machine

Pickle Time Machine

(PG-13: Language) “Science is just magic that works.” exurb1a talks us through the strange science that explains how two pickles placed apart from each other have actually traveled through time at infinitesimally different speeds. Stick around until the end and you might actually learn a thing or two about physics.

The Ants

The Ants

exurb1a shares a charming and mind-expanding tale of a tiny ant who finds his way onto the page of a book, and has some big questions about the meaning of life for the giant looking down on its pages.

You (Probably) Don’t Exist

You (Probably) Don’t Exist

(PG-13: Language) Exurb1a points out that most of the things we do, think and feel – from crucial activities like breathing, to walking and even our interests and fears – are subconscious or done automatically. But he argues that being self-aware is enough of a victory.

You Will Never Do Anything Remarkable

You Will Never Do Anything Remarkable

(PG-13: Language) “…the cynics will be forgotten just as readily as your failures will be too.” Exurb1a names a few famous and infamous people before warning us not to be afraid of failing or being ridiculed, but of not using our limited time to its fullest.

Misery was

Misery was

(PG-13: Language) Exurb1a rushes through evolution and genetics to share a thought: if mental illnesses can be genetically edited out of us, should we do it? It’s hard to say without knowing the consequences, but a world where misery is extinct certainly sounds wonderful.

The Mystery at the Bottom of Physics

The Mystery at the Bottom of Physics

(PG-13: Language) “The universe is as mad as a bucket of coked-up ferrets.” Exurb1a looks at universal constants and laws of physics which provide us with context for everything, and help us make sense out of the seemingly random nature of things.

Unlimited Rice Pudding

Unlimited Rice Pudding

(PG-13: Language) Even though he believes time travel will kill anyone who attempts it, exurb1a created a guide on how you can use it to rule over humanity. Here’s what you should pack, what you should do, and the two ways that you can go about it.

We’re the Last Humans Left

We’re the Last Humans Left

(PG-13: Language) There were human species before us, each of which is now extinct. Evolution led to us homo sapiens, who have managed to hang on largely because of our ability to communicate. exurb1a provides his cynical take on the state of the human race.

The Bridge Tongues

The Bridge Tongues

(PG-13: Language) “Because it’s better to be right than to be nice.” Exurb1a sarcastically imagines a not so improbable dystopia where humans can speak only to those with whom they agree, isolated from everyone else with a differing opinion or thought.

More Years of the Scientific Method

More Years of the Scientific Method

(PG-13: Language) “Technology’s just nature we taught to do cool tricks.” Exurb1a reminds us that the technology we use everyday isn’t unfathomable – by breaking down some of the gadgets we use everyday, such as watches, airplanes and computers.

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Hymn for Goldilocks

Hymn for Goldilocks

(PG-13: Language) Exurb1a goes on another Exurb1an soliloquy about existence, and how our planet is in that rare sweet spot. And we who are lucky, who have never known anything else, have a song we like to sing.

A Dictionary for Your Twenties

A Dictionary for Your Twenties

(PG-13: Language) The Awesomer’s writing team has long since said farewell to their twenties, but we definitely could have used some of the words from exurb1a’s reference guide, which includes terms which could come in handy to describe the trauma of that youthful decade.

Why Good Stories Are Good

Why Good Stories Are Good

(PG-13: Language) “Because this is our condition – balancing between animals and gods.” Exurb1a presents his theory about the key to making a good story (particularly a movie). It’s a mix of feelings, pictures, and ideas.

Bear and Goose at the End of Everything

Bear and Goose at the End of Everything

(PG-13: Language) “Sometimes, only sometimes. All the time would be too much. Never would be too little.” Near the end of the universe, a bear and a goose – both nigh-omnipotent – ponder what a better universe would be like, and decide to act on their ideas.

Problems with Mind Uploading

Problems with Mind Uploading

(PG-13: Language) exurb1a performs a grand thought experiment in order to argue that said situation should remain theoretical. He considers the ethical, medical, technological, social and existential consequences if we were able to create digital copies of ourselves.

Regret in Heaven

Regret in Heaven

(PG-13: Language) “So what happens now? Do I get wings, or what?” exurb1a considers what might lie before us when we reach the end of the road of life. We’ll just say this – it’s not exactly what you might have learned in Sunday school.

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