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The Illusion of Self

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

I’ve never really found any definition or account of the “self” to be satisfactory.  To me, it’s the single most important question to answer, but I never seemed to make any progress.  The self is something unique, the set of all essential qualities making someone distinct from everyone else.  I’ve never been able to find […]

Artificial Evolution

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Tonight I want to briefly discuss artificial evolution using computer simulations.  This is one of the coolest things ever.  I wish I had time to actually write programs which do these things. This first video is rather ancient but I chose to include it because of how well it communicates the ideas.  A computer programmer […]

Frozen Planet Is Finally Here!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I’ve been waiting for this series to come out for the past six months or more!  It’s the latest nature series by David Attenborough.  He’s covering the Arctic and Antarctica.  Seven one hour programs in gorgeous HD.  These have always been my favorite TV programs to watch.  Here’s a preview. Poor little guy.

Where Am I? A Thought Experiment

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Many years ago the philosopher Daniel Dennett wrote an ingenious essay entitled Where Am I?  It is a fictional story where the pentagon asks the professor to go on a top-secret mission deep within the Earth, but in order to complete the task, they need to remove his brain from his body due to extreme […]

My Personality Type: INTJ

Monday, November 21st, 2011

I took several long Myers-Briggs personality tests and the result was always the same:  I am definitely an INTJ.  However, on one exam I came awfully close to an INTP.  They gave a percentage indicator for each letter, and on that particular exam I was like 60% Judgement, 40% Perceptual.   Apparently we’re the most […]

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