The Intersection of Technology and Philosophy

You Don't Understand The World

That would be literally impossible

Our senses are limited. Our memory is lossy. Our understandings are flawed. “Infinite Worlds” by Rodney Campbell is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Our biases are heavily slanted in favor of ourselves, in a world with billions of individuals. Our bodies exist in shared physical space. Our minds exist in places where taking the last slice of pizza could be unforgivable. Over a lifetime, people learn how the “world works” based upon their own personal experiences. [Read More]

A Country Torn Apart By Distrust

It’s coming to pass, my country’s coming apart The whole thing’s becoming such a bumbling farce Was that a pivotal historical moment we just went stumbling past? Well, here we are, dancing in the rumbling dark So come a little closer, give me something to grasp Give me your beautiful, crumbling heart Another disaster, catharsis Another half-discarded mirage Another mask slips I face off with the physical My head’s ringing from the love of the stars [Read More]

We did it! We left Tyranny as a choice

We did it! We left Tyranny as a choice. Let’s see how badly it blows up in our faces. Is Fascism an acceptable choice in America? I believe that depends on if we accept it or not. We accepted it. “Facepalm” by Fettlaus is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Copy So what now? Well, we wasted the Mueller Report, and the crimes it contains. Attempting to impeach on a report that came out in 2019 will come across hollow, and will bring up the obvious question of “Why didn’t the Democrats do anything with this at the time? [Read More]

Paying monthly costs for a simple website is unnecessary

Do you have a website for your small business? How much do you pay for it a month? If you have a fairly simple website, then there’s a good chance you don’t need to pay monthly charges at all. Let’s look at some of your potential existing costs. Hosting Your website is likely hosted on someone else’s computer, using their bandwidth. These days it’s usually a virtual server, meaning that you’re using a slice of physical hardware. [Read More]

The Stock Market Is Not The Economy

The Stock Market Is Not The Economy Europe is lost, America lost, London lost Still we are clamouring victory All that is meaningless rules We have learned nothing from history The people are dead in their lifetimes Dazed in the shine of the streets But look how the traffic’s still moving System’s too slick to stop working Business is good, and there’s bands every night in the pubs And there’s two for one drinks in the clubs [Read More]

Memes Flow Through Time

So a biologist, engineer and physicist are called to help make a dairy farm more efficient… The biologist tells the farmer that he should feed the cows hormones to make it lactate more. The farmer asked how much it’ll cost and it was far too expensive. The engineer proposes to make a better milking machine to get more milk per cow. The farmer asks how much it’ll cost and it was far too expensive. [Read More]

Reality

Reality is fixed, but too complex to be understood in its entirety. Myths on the other hand are are malleable, fluid, Struggling to make a whole out of fragments. We glimpse the truth tinted by the lens of our own personal experience, Judging each other based upon averages and anecdotes. Hunting monsters in the noise. Myths as beasts and beasts as saviors, We beg for protection from the killers in our midst. [Read More]

Toxic Memes of Modern Culture

Toxic Memes of Modern Culture The new soup is the soup of human culture. We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. ‘Mimeme’ comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like ‘gene’. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme. [Read More]

My Understanding of How People Work

Some of this is based on my understanding of scientific research. Some of this is based on my understanding of various philosophers. Some of this is based upon my personal observations. I’m certain it is flawed. I am also certain that it has been a useful model for me in trying to understand other people. We are a species in the Great Ape family who have developed the ability to understand and internalize an untold number of concepts, and to use them as tools to improve decision making. [Read More]

This is my Answer, please consider it.

Our way of life is clearly unsustainable. Full stop. But that’s daunting, so we ignore it. Painting by Marie We pretend we’re not buying mansions in flood plains right before the ocean rises. It’s a culture of limited liability. You cannot shift liability on a global scale. It doesn’t go away, it merely moves. When the rich make risky bets, enabled by government, home owners pay the cost when it inevitably bursts. [Read More]