Author Archives: Jim Langcuster

About Jim Langcuster

A Southern late-Baby Boomer whose post-retirement focus is on building a post-racial, post-Confederate Southern regional identity. If the election of 2016 underscored one thing, it is that this country is intractably divided and that radical devolution of power to localities and states is the only way to save the American Union.

The Origin and Nature of the Networked Human Exoskeleton

Fumbling in the dark. That is what we have done for eons as a species to cope with the uncertainty and randomness of existence. That is what all species do. To be sure, we humans are special in terms of … Continue reading

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Babylonian Lessons for Modern-Day Humans

British author and preeminent evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins weighed in recently with another one of his thoughtful tweets, which prompted some ruminating on my part about humanity and our discursive, rather convoluted history as a species. Did someone invent the … Continue reading

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Zero-Sum Federalism

Our federal bonds are fraying. We Americans increasingly are conditioned to view federalism and, along with it, national unity, in zero-sum terms. And why should we be surprised? The century-old cookie-cutter-style federalism imposed on this country via Wilsonian progressivism has … Continue reading

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Reassembling Humpty-Dumpty

There’s been a long-stated conviction among conservative Christians, particularly evangelicals, that the path out of the West’s current predicament requires their active re-engagement with culture with the ultimate aim of restoring Christianity to some preeminent place in American and Western … Continue reading

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The Freedom Afforded by Our Exoskeleton

I’ve pointed out in earlier essays how the dense network that we humans have constructed over ages — a contrivance I’ve come to call the Networked Human Exoskeleton (NHE) — has conferred on our species immense, almost unfathomable intellectual, technological … Continue reading

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A Remarkable Generational Dialogue

The title that renowned filmmaker Peter Jackson’s chose for his new World War I documentary is quite appropriate — spot on, in fact. Indeed, I’m convinced that “They Shall Not Grow Old” is the most apt title he possibly could … Continue reading

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A Fate Worse than the Talosians?

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you’ve likely concluded from my writing, that I am a huge Star Trek fan. I’ve posted below one of the most iconic scenes from the entire Star Trek genre, when Picard … Continue reading

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