Existence

A Thought Experiment ~ Existence & Utility

How often have you seen a horror movie with an alien race that attacks and devours humans without any shred of emotion? The the idea is chilling. What are we … Continue Reading →


Heart Tree

A Brief Thought Experiment ~ Theories of Consciousness

Is it theoretically possible to create consciousnesses in software that is comparable (or better) to our human capacities? Are we going to eventfully write enough code that the code itself … Continue Reading →


objective Data

A Brief Thought Experiment ~ The Paradox of Objective Data

The Oxford English Dictionary defines objectivity as the quality of not being influenced by personal feelings or opinions. This seems as good a definition as any. But is there a … Continue Reading →


Freedom

The Semantics of Free Will

When people talk of individual freedom, many things come to mind. Of primary importance is the question of whether you are free to do what you want to do. Someone … Continue Reading →


Chains of Hbit

A Brief Thought Experiment ~ The Paradox of Control

How much do you value being in control? It seems sensible that we want to retain as much control as possible. From an evolutionary standpoint, being in control of our … Continue Reading →


Humanity

The Accumulation of Humanity

Two centuries ago, Sam Smiles made the observation that we would have “remained uncivilized but for the savings and accumulations made by our forefathers – the savings of skill, or … Continue Reading →


Who Are You

A Brief Thought Experiment ~ Who are You?

When you look at your arms and legs, clearly they are yours, or at least part of what makes up “you”. But you are more than just a body. You … Continue Reading →


Brains

A Brief Thought Experiment ~ Simulating Consciousness

A look through history at the metaphors we’ve used to describe the brain prove to be embarrassingly shortsighted. Descartes thought the brain operated like a hydraulic pump. Freud explained it … Continue Reading →


Mind Games

10 Reasons Everyone Should Read Thought Experiments

thought experiment / NOUN / 1 –  A test in which one imagines the practical outcome of a hypothesis 2 – An idea or scenario that explores the consequences of … Continue Reading →


Forest

A Brief Thought Experiment – The Illusion of Subjective Experience

Every enthusiast of philosophy has likely contemplated the question of whether there exists more to life than pure matter. The “Tree Falling in the Forest” thought experiment is perhaps the … Continue Reading →


Matrix

A Thought Experiment – The Folly of Absolute Certainty

Axioms Mathematics is based on axioms – which by nature are not provable. They are merely a starting premise that we can build on to reach mathematical conclusions. As Richard … Continue Reading →


Don't do this

The Value of Focusing on the Negative

In a world where optimism is the rage and focusing on the bright side of things is the backbone of self help, negativity is often viewed as a character flaw. … Continue Reading →


Numbers

A Thought Provoking Paradox about Numbers

Paraphrased from the work of Douglas Hofstadler (“I am a Strange Loop”) There are people who focus on finding ways to express numbers using the least amount of syllables possible. … Continue Reading →


Success

The Science Behind Reading Inspirational Material

The biggest criticism of inspirational material is that its mostly a collection of hollow buzzwords serving to boost the ego of wishful thinkers. But what if there was scientific evidence … Continue Reading →


Positive Ideas

How To Improve Your Life in 60 Seconds

You just had great idea! It’s beautiful. It’s sensible, Why hadn’t you thought of it before? Ideas The above is an experience everyone has had. However it happens, that new … Continue Reading →