On Sapiosexuality

It may seem a mite unwholesome
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Last 5 posts by David Byron


  1. Eric says

    Christ, can we stop labeling preferences "sexualities"? It really cheapens actual GSM issues.

  2. Tom says

    Eric, you seem confused. First, David wrote this, not Christ. Second, the poem is about having sex with a brain. Perhaps you want "sapiophilia", Eric? Too bad, the word is already invented and you were too late.

  3. says


    "Sexuality" has better SEO.value than "Preference".

    "Wing free sex," I said.

    "What's that?"

    "Walter says it's the ultimate tabloid headline."

    — John Varley, Steel Beach

  4. Richard says

    Oooh! Brain poetry! May I join in?

    Some seek out perfection dental;
    Smiles, though, are ornamental.
    For attraction more essential,
    Seek ye out the beauty mental:
    Excellence of the grey matter,
    Tucked beneath the dura mater:
    For the cover of the librum
    Cannot show you the cerebrum.
    Therefore swap the lust that's venial
    With the love of all things cranial
    And within those hemispheres
    Find beauty that endures the years.

  5. Randall says

    Ken and Patrick I find to be informative and entertaining.

    Clark annoys me and I suspect he is just trolling on most of his posts.

    David however, always makes me feel like I'm not quite smart enough. I look forward to reading his posts, don't get me wrong. I just feel like a high-schooler hanging around college kids and trying to keep up.

    In any case, cool poem.

  6. says

    Ken and Patrick I find to be informative and entertaining.

    Clark annoys me and I suspect he is just trolling on most of his posts.

    Commenters who engage us and vigorously disagree with substance I find informative and entertaining.

    The increasing number of people who show up to say "I like Ken but I don't like Clark" or "I like the free speech posts but I hate the libertarian stuff" and the like make me regret the time I put into the blog, and contemplate whether we ought to have comments at all. I also wonder if they are non-neurotypical and if they wander around talking to people like that all the time, or if it's just an internet thing.

  7. Randall says

    I sincerely apologize for my previous comment.

    It was not my intention to follow along with the recent spate of comments about "ken good, clark bad" Rather, my intention was to say that David is sometimes above my head but that I find his writings and observation to be quite good. I am not as good a writer as many who post and comment here, so I was clumsy about it.

    I promise to refrain from such comments in the future.

  8. Malc. says


    I've noticed, over time, an increasing intolerance towards opposing viewpoints regardless of the presentation or the media. For example, you may remember Denis Miller's "Now I don't want to go off on a rant…" thing from the 1990s; regardless of whether you agreed or disagreed with his thesis, he delivered a good monologue. These days, I believe he'd be marginalized into whichever slot happened to match most of his viewpoints.

    I suspect this is, in part, due to the enormous growth in the quantity of delivery vehicles available: blogs, cable news, broadcast news, web news, and stuff printed on dead trees, etc. Previously, well written and nicely articulated "stuff" would float, like cream, to the top, and editors would fall upon those gems with cries of joy regardless of the subject matter (well, up to point, anyway). Nowadays, that cream is widely dispersed, so the consumer has developed a habit of expecting Balkanized content, and often simply fails to appreciate an articulate article _as an article_, just because they happen to dislike the raisins/pumpkins/ponies that form the substance of the message within the article.

    (Of course, this is nothing new: throughout history gems have been devalued because of the race/creed/hairstyle of the author/composer/creator).

  9. Austin says


    Clark gets under my skin at times as well, BUT that is, I feel, a strength of this blog. There are plenty of places out there that I can go to get some sycophant to regurgitate my own views back at me, but finding someone who can post intelligently on their views and force me to examine my own seems rare these days.
    I may not agree with all of Clark's views, but I always find them worth the time to examine thoughtfully.

  10. En Passant says

    Frontal lobe crenellations can gain us
    Much learning from teachers who train us.
    But wise teachers all know:
    For lobes' knowledge to grow,
    They must first be withdrawn from our anus.

  11. Justin Kittredge says

    Almost a year ago now I bought "New European Poets" as a christmas gift for an in-law. I never buy poetry myself, and even when searching to buy a poetry book year after year as a gift for her I never saw anything that I was sure anyone would enjoy.
    But anyway I thought this book stood out, not that I am a connoisseur. Almost all of it is translated as well, which frees it from a need to rhyme, which at times is a distraction, to me anyway.

    You ever read it? Heard of it? Own it?

    Also, incidentally, uh, Christmas is coming up again, Do You happen to have any strong firm recommendations? (laughed as I typed this)
    She originally was most drawn to female poets, I believe, but do not let this constrict any response you may wish to make.

    The other talk of books here got me thinking of asking if you had heard of "New European Poets." Only after I started typing it up, did I realize I might as well ask for a recommendation while I was at it. :)

  12. Justin Kittredge says

    Ugh. I didn't proofread for douche-y flavor. What I meant was, I enjoy poetry, I just don't often buy it. I said "never buy" originally, but this is not true. It was just easier to say then the truth, that I bought a copy of "New European Poets" for myself as well, but forgot to pack it, and currently it sits 2500 miles away from me. I also left out that the book has a great diversity of styles and has an exceptionally inordinate percentage of high quality, emotion invoking, beautiful poetry, anywhere from lighthearted to very dark in mood.