Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

The Myth of a Superhuman AI

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Kevin Kelly wrote an excellent article on the fundamental assumptions behind the myth of the superhuman AI, and why they’re either unsupported or contradicted by evidence. He does a good job on some points that I’ve thought through myself, and brings up some other points I hadn’t considered.

The Myth of a Superhuman AI

new stereo

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

I had my dead Kenwood stereo replaced by a new Kenwood. The installation labor cost almost as much as the hardware. They kept telling me how cool the bluetooth integration with my phone would be, but my phone doesn’t have bluetooth and I don’t use my phone in the car anyway. They were disappointed but amused that I’m such a relic.

Spectacular Cosmographic Maps Chart Galaxies and Superclusters in Local Universe | Wired Science | Wired.com

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Spectacular Cosmographic Maps Chart Galaxies and Superclusters in Local Universe | Wired Science | Wired.com.

I’ve been searching for this kind of map for years. I’d forgotten about it after so many frustrating failures. This is a wonderfully guided tour of the local galactic structures and their observed motions. Did you think the galaxies were just sitting still out there? Expanding uniformly, like raisins in bread? Nope!

The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn! | Neurobonkers | Big Think

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

This is what we’ve been saying for years! Oh, and we’ve got our own experiments to back it up, though we haven’t taken the time to test all the alternative study strategies used in this comparison. If only it were easier to develop targeted, computer-based tests for all needs. The computer could test you until you knew the material. It could present things you need more help learning, and slowly phase out the things you already know, giving you more time to master more material.

That’s what our software does!

The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn! | Neurobonkers | Big Think.

Huge Meteor Explodes Over Russia

Friday, February 15th, 2013

This just made my day exciting. It’s apparently coincidental that another huge asteroid is making a flyby tomorrow, since the approach will be from a different angle than was apparent in this encounter. The blaze lit up the sky like the sun, and the shockwave set off car alarms and shattered windows. Very exciting!

BREAKING: Huge Meteor Explodes Over Russia..

Flight From Death – The Quest For Immortality

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Flight From Death – The Quest For Immortality is a deep look at how apprehension about our own mortality motivates us as individuals and in our various human cultures.

Death ALWAYS Delivers – Jed McKenna Tribute

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

I’ve been listening to this video every morning for the last month. It’s a great wake-up call, reminding me to be grateful for every day, and to do my best to improve my life with the little time I have left.

Memento Mori – “Remember you will die”

Death ALWAYS Delivers – Jed McKenna Tribute 4 of 6 – YouTube.

Quantum Levitation – YouTube

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Michael Ham: Negative Irreproducible Tweets… for Science

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Michael Ham: Negative Irreproducible Tweets… for Science.

It seems like all my original ideas are now being independently reproduced by other people, so I’ll just start dumping a few others that I’ve heard recently.

  • “Placebo” brand pills – scientifically proven effective on many maladies
  • Idiot urine test – always comes up positive

Scratching an itch through the scalp to the brain : The New Yorker

Friday, November 25th, 2011

This: Scratching an itch through the scalp to the brain : The New Yorker.