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Optics

Hi, it’s Eric with this episode’s audio essay. The subject today is “Optics”. I want to try to use this essay to formulate a simple law for social media, but to do so, I would like to put it within a context of other such laws to which it is akin. In the first place, […]

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The Coming U.S. Election

This essay appears in audio format at the beginning of The Portal Podcast, Episode 37. Hello, it’s Eric with a few thoughts this week on the coming US election before we introduce this episode’s main conversation. Now, I should say upfront that this audio essay is not actually focused on the 2020 election, which is […]

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The Death and the Afterlife of the Blues

This essay appears in audio format at the beginning of The Portal Podcast, Episode 36. Hello, it’s Eric. I wanted to talk about the death and the afterlife of the blues. Now, the difficulty in talking about the blues is that people do not have a common picture of what I mean. Some will hear […]

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Superposition

This essay appears in audio format at the beginning of The Portal Podcast, Episode 35. Hi, it’s Eric with some thoughts for this week’s audio essay on the topic of superposition. Now, to those of you in the know, superposition is an odd word, in that it is the scientific concept we reach for when […]

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The Importance of Taste

This essay appears in audio format at the beginning of The Portal Podcast, Episode 34. Hello, it’s Eric with a few thoughts for this week. I want to talk about a topic that is surprisingly dangerous: taste. Now, taste doesn’t sound like a dangerous topic, at least to my ears. When I hear the word, […]