Scott Adams, cartoonist and author and creator of "Dilbert", poses for a portrait in his home office on Monday, January 6, 2014 in Pleasanton, Calif. (Photo By Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)</p>
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Discover the enigmatic mind of Scott Adams, the brilliant creator behind the iconic Dilbert, as you delve into the recent controversial comments that sparked a massive outcry. Gain valuable insights into what prompted Adams to make these statements and potentially jeopardize his remarkable accomplishments. Uncover the truth behind these remarks and understand the unique perspective of Charles Adams. Though the circumstances differ, Adams’s words have caused a similar uproar comparable to Don Imus’s infamous comments about the Rutgers team. Immerse yourself in the details of these incidents to gain a deeper understanding of the minds behind the humor and explore the investigation. By watching the revealing Hotep Jesus interview with Charles Adams, you’ll unlock the intention behind his racially charged comments while finding clarity and healing for those affected by perceived insensitivity. Dive deeper into this intriguing artist’s story and unravel the truth, uncovering the true essence of his work.

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Charles M. Blow

New York Times Opinion columnist since 2008. His column appears on Monday and Thursday.

So what was in the poll? Adams referred to the responses to one question: “Do you agree or disagree with this statement: ‘It’s OK to be white.’” Fifty-three percent of Black people agreed, 26 percent disagreed, and 21 percent said they weren’t sure. Most Black people, in other words, innocuously said there’s nothing wrong with being white.

But before we go further, we should establish how odd, problematic, and confusing the question is. What does “OK to be white” mean? What does “OK” mean in this context? Also: Why single out Black people? Forty-one percent of respondents who were neither white nor Black also didn’t answer in the affirmative. Furthermore, 20 percent of white people didn’t answer in the affirmative.

Are these people also part of a hate group?

Of course not. Adams was simply being lazy in his analysis and bigoted in his assessment. During his diatribe, he said that for years, he’s been “identifying as Black” because he likes to be on the “winning team” and he likes to “help.”

As he put it, “I always thought, ‘Well, if you help the Black community, that’s sort of the biggest lever, you can find the biggest benefit.’ So I thought, ‘Well, that’s the hardest thing and the biggest benefit, so I’d like to focus a lot of my life resources in helping Black Americans.’”

Dilbert works so well because the titular character can say whatever he wants to his oblivious boss without consequences. The hilarious strip shows how easily Dilbert is able to intellectually out-maneuver his superior, and it is quite empowering to the downtrodden office worker.

Dilbert works well because the titular character can say whatever he wants to his oblivious boss without consequences. The hilarious strip shows how easily Dilbert can intellectually out-maneuver his superior, and it is quite empowering to the downtrodden office worker.

Dalton Norman

Freelance Writer


Though comic strips like Calvin & Hobbes are known for being heartwarming, the humor of Dilbert comes from how soul-crushingly true the jokes often are. In his meeting with the pointy-haired boss, Dilbert exposes the problematic lack of trust in many work environments.

The use of space in the panels also reveals Adams’ cleverness as a visual storyteller, as the silence is just as funny as any words written on the page. Dilbert has always gone somewhat dark with humor, but the employee surveys strip gets more sinister the longer it stays with the reader.

Dalton Norman

Freelance Writer


Understanding Memory: Explaining the Psychology of Memory through Movies

Welcome to Understanding Memory. Someone once said that memory is fascinating because sometimes we forget what we want to remember, and sometimes we remember what we want to forget. Sometimes we remember events that never happened or never happened the way we remember them. I want to show you how memory works, why it sometimes fails, and what we can do to enhance it. Based on my recent book – Memory and Movies: What Films Can Teach Us About Memory (MIT Press, 2015) – I will introduce the scientific study of human memory by focusing on a select group of topics with widespread appeal.

To facilitate your understanding, I will use clips from numerous films to illustrate different aspects of memory – describing what has been learned about memory in a nontechnical way for people with no prior background in psychology. Many of us love watching movies because they offer an unparalleled opportunity for entertainment, even if entertaining films are not always scientifically accurate. Still, I believe we can learn much about memory from popular films if we watch them with an educated eye. Welcome once more.
I look forward to showing you what movies can teach us about memory.

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Is the world real, or is it just an Illusion? This talk addresses a common misconception about the nature of reality: Many classic Advaita texts say that the world is an illusion, but does that mean that it is not real?

Rupert says that the only reason we have problems with this is that, in our culture, we believe that reality means physical things. The question is not whether the world is real or not. It is absolutely real. The war in Ukraine is real. The Caribbean beach we dream of is real. The suffering we feel is real. The question is, what is its reality? What does that question mean? It means not how it appears to be — it means what is it really, despite the way it appears?

Yes, the world is an illusion — that is, it is not what it appears to be. But all illusions have a reality, and that reality is absolutely real. Moreover, there is nothing to an illusion other than its reality. All there is to the world is an infinite being.

As the Sufis say: Wherever you look, there is only the face of God.

This clip is from Rupert’s retreat at the Mercy Center (March 18-25, 2022).