What is Dungeons and Dragons?

Everyone seems to know the name “Dungeons and Dragons” and picture something in mind at its mention, but few people seem to know what the game actually is. “Math geeks dress up to play a Medieval board game that makes them forget about how crappy their lives are” is usually what I hear.

Well, just as Luke Skywalker said: “Impressive…every word in that sentence was wrong.” … More What is Dungeons and Dragons?

How can fiction be more useful than reality?

“How can fiction be more real than reality? It makes no sense. Nothing is more real than reality.” —random commenter on Reddit.

I don’t take issue with this statement. I take issue what the implication behind it. 

Fiction that takes place in alternative societies or worlds, likewise, show us things about our own reality that we normally take for granted. … More How can fiction be more useful than reality?