Category Archives: Zeitgeist

SMBC: Fixing social media

via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (click through for red button caption) These days, I usually share these on Twitter, but this one seemed more relevant for this venue. Despite using Twitter to share interesting articles and sites, I’ve never found … Continue reading

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We entered the reputation age a long time ago

Aeon is currently highlighting articles from throughout 2018 that are editor favorites.  This morning, they highlighted one by Gloria Origgi, Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now: There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a … Continue reading

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Sean Carroll on the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics

Related to the post last week on quantum mechanics, here is a talk that got mentioned in the discussion thread.  Warning: Carroll is a passionate advocate for the Many Worlds Interpretation, so don’t expect a fair and balanced discussion.  The … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

As some of you know, the last year was a tough one for me.  My blogging frequency crashed to virtual nonexistence in late 2017 and early 2018, a result of switching to a new job and dealing with the fallout … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Still alive.  As I mentioned in the previous post back in October, the new job and family issues have been keeping me busy.  Hopefully I’ll get more time in the new year for blogging.  A couple of people have suggested … Continue reading

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Why I haven’t been posting lately

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  It’s probably fair to say that my posting frequency has plummeted to the lowest level since I started this blog in 2013.  I feel obliged to offer an explanation. First, we’ve been undergoing … Continue reading

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Steven Pinker: From neurons to consciousness

This lecture from Steven Pinker has been around for a while, but it seems to get at a question a few people have asked me recently: how does the information processing of neurons and synapses lead to conscious perception?  Pinker doesn’t answer this … Continue reading

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Why fears of an AI apocalypse are misguided

In this Big Think video, Steven Pinker makes a point I’ve made before, that fear of artificial intelligence comes with a deep misunderstanding about the relationship between intelligence and motivation.  Human minds come with survival instincts, programmatic goals hammered out … Continue reading

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Kindle Oasis: a quick review

I read a lot of books, and as I’ve posted about before, the lion share of those books these days are Kindle e-books. E-books aren’t for everyone, but for the last several years they’ve been my preferred way to consume a book. … Continue reading

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Split brain does not lead to split consciousness – University of Amsterdam

I’ve talked before about Roger Perry’s famous split-brain patient experiments.  Patients with severe epileptic seizures used to undergo a collosotomy, a procedure to cut the connections between the left and right hemispheres of their cerebrum.  It often helped alleviate their symptoms … Continue reading

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