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Ben Hsu

Just a human being doing human being things.

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Blog · Essay · Nonfiction
A Quick Guide to Critical Thinking OR How to Spot Bullshit

I recently had a couple of conversations that greatly disturbed me. One was with my former illustrator, Elaine Tipping, who mentioned that they'd never been formally taught qualitative reasoning, or the scientific method, and the other with my girlfriend, who seemed both impressed and surprised by the fact that I research and link to various…

Blog · Essay · Nonfiction
VOTE GODDAMN IT!

I'd like to talk to my more conservative/centrist friends. Namely: what does it mean to be a conservative and specifically a Republican. I've been doing a bit of hunting and fact gathering, as well as searching my memory for the good ole fashion values my school system taught while I was growing up, and I…

Blog · Essay · Nonfiction
Pick Your Side

"You're either with US or against US," has been a popular phrase for longer than most of us care to remember. And why not? It's short, catchy, and readily fools you into thinking the speaker has completely summed up the issues at hand. I first encountered the above variant of the phrase (with the word…

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Dubious Company · Fantasy · Script
Dubious Company Scripts 10-13

Comic 10: Wings Vs Tail Walter and Tiren Speaking to each other on the deck of the airship.  Tiren should be incredulous for the most part while Walter just seems tired of explaining things over and over. Tiren: I’m sure you had wings when I first met you... Walter: Folded em in.  They be a…

Flash Fiction · Modern Fantasy
Taken Away

"Hey, so...this may be a weird question, but I've got something about "The Rapture" all over my newsfeed this morning and I have no idea what's going on. Do you know what they're talking about?" "Um...The Rapture occurred last night? Did you actually read any of those articles?" "Yes! Well, kind of...I read one. The…