Impact Without Agency: On the Peculiar Character of a Year

Originally published on December 28, 2016, but remarkably relevant again.

The skeptic in me — the one whose rationality was inspired by Carl Sagan, the one that must force himself to be politic when talk of God, psychic abililities, or superstitions come up, the one whose actual job is to be the voice of an entire skeptics’ organization — knows, for certain, that there is no curse attached to the calendar year 2016. There is nothing special about this particular trip around the Sun…