Barrett Brown

I am the founder of the distributed think-tank Project PM and a regular inactive to Vanity Fair and Skeptical Inquirer. My work has also appeared in The Onion, National Lampoon, New York Press, D Magazine, Skeptic, McSweeney's, American Atheist, and a couple of newspapers in the U.S. and Mexico as well as a few policy journals. I'm the author of two books and serve as a consultant to various political entities and private clients.

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  1. Rufus F. says:

    Wow- six degrees of esoterica! Actually less than six. I just recently bought a cheap gas station DVD of the Dennis Hopper movie ‘Night Tide’ solely because it’s one of three movies to feature the striking Marjorie Cameron. The really great movie that she’s in, of course, is Kenneth Anger’s ‘Innauguration of the Pleasure Dome’, where she plays The Scarlet Woman and Kali. Cameron was also the wife of Jack Parsons, with whom she tried to produce that magical child.

    Surely, as my wife would say, this all means something!Report

  2. How could we hope to avoid (or mitigate) the sort of madness that seems endemic to the human condition?Report

    • Barrett Brown in reply to Christopher Carr says:


      • Actually, B.B., there was a period in my life where I thought “they should just go smoke some weed.” was a good answer to a lot of questions. Why don’t social conservatives get it? They should just go smoke some weed. Why do people panic and hurry for no good reason? They should just go smoke some weed. Why do people feel the need to control the every activity of every other person? They should just go smoke some weed. Incidentally, one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, a dude I lived with in New Zealand espoused the same philosophy. And he was a lot smarter than me (granted he was older).

        I still don’t have any good reasons why this is a bad answer, but I still don’t have any good reasons why this is a good answer either, so, for now, I guess my conclusion is that they should not bother me and then smoke or not smoke weed according to their own preferences. But, I suspect there may be something to the smoking weed as good for civil society trope, and I’m wondering if there is or if there ever will be any research along those lines.Report