“Can I talk to a real computer please?”
Culturally, the watershed moment will be when people begin to prefer AI over other people. Only if and when that happens, will there be something like a 4th industrial revolution - a revolution that ultimately overcomes homo sapiens itself. From: Kamiel Choi, our last century.
It's not about what you do. It's about what you don't do because of it.
whatever can be explained by inertia shouldn't be explained by a conspiracy
Is literary writing the art of making cultivated loneliness feel like engaging conversation?
"A value debased and an illusion unmasked have the same pitiful form; they resemble each other and there is nothing easier than to mistake one for the other." From: The Joke by Milan Kundera
Rage Against The Water Closet
I want to relate an experience I had today and that has exhausted my battery of expletives. It is as banal as it can be: The flushing mechanism of the toilet in my apartment broke. At first, I scoffed at it, remembering that a friend once told me, "if it's yellow let it mellow, if ...
There are more things between foreplay and orgasm, fellatio, than dreamt of in your philosophies.
All that energy that could be used to work together to improve the human condition, goes to competing for hungry eyeballs.
How I avoided Depression
The original title of this article was “How I Overcame Depression” because it sounds more spectacular and is more likely to propel me into the realm of fickle yet immensely enjoyable Internet fame. But I didn’t want to lie. I don’t believe my symptoms, burdensome and debilitating as they were, warranted the diagnosis of clinical ...
Review: Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Seven years after his The Better Angels of our Nature, the book in which he presented abundant statistics and reasons why violence has declined, Steven Pinker has published an even more ambitious tome defending the idea and ideals of Enlightenment. The controversy that arose from the 'cautiously optimist' view he presented in 2011 might have ...
Don't underestimate the power of pretty scientific models! On the catwalk of the universe they are all we have.
the I is a by-light a grievance by a wild fire the grammar of layered time
Be particularly careful about the following four words: sacrifice, eternity, purity, redemption. If you hear any of these, sound the alarm. And if you happen to live in a country whose leader routinely says things like 'Their sacrifice will redeem the purity of our eternal nation' – know that you are in deep trouble. – Yuval Noah Harari, 21 lessons
Don’t ask what Putin can do for you, ask what you can do for Putin – D. Trump
Welcome back professor Trompsky, how was your month, I think it has been a month since we have seen each other? - How was yours? [chuckles and murmurs] To be honest with you, sir, it has been terrible. I was terrified by all the suspicious packages addressed to the president's opponents, the horrendous rhetoric of ...
Professor Trompsky #3
Professor Trompsky, welcome. I guess you are a regular on our show now. - Yes you could say that [chuckles] Just before this interview, you said you had a mediocre ephiphany. Care to elaborate? - Yes. Consider thissimple question. Would you increase your happiness at the cost of another's happiness? I guess not. - But isn't ...
Meditation on Persons
The question: What is a person? is more complex than it appears. Indeed, when we recognize the complexity of the question, and forget our assumption that a person should be a human being. We can no longer thing of a picture of homo sapiens, Vitruvian Man or his slightly obese contemporary counterpart, so the concept ...
I seek the company of others not to celebrate my narcissism, but to suppress it.
In a radio interview with a Dutch correspondent living in Rio, she expressed horror. The most likely president elect of Brazil this coming Sunday, the army captain Jair Bolsonaro, is worse than Duterte, Putin, Erdogan, Orbán and Trump combined. He will usher in a whole new level of autoritarianism. This piece of garbage is against ...
Professor Trompsky #2
Welcome back professor Trompsky, glad you took your time to talk about the controversial Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. - Thank you. These are very serious matters yes. I think he is the least capable person in America today to become a Supreme Court Justice. Every which way you look at it, this nomination ...
Objet trouvé: modesty
A great man is always willing to be little. - Ralph Waldo Emerson A modest little person, with much to be modest about. - Winston Churchill I want to stretch out my tentacles to tackle the idea of modesty. Sound the clarions, hoist the flags, this self-proclaimed writer marches in to lecture about a virtue ...
Professor Trompsky #3
Professor Trompsky, what do you think of the intellectual climate of today? There is a worrying decline of what I call the culture of wisdom. More often than not, people engaging in debates are more concerned with cementing their own argumentation, making their own narrative waterproof as it were. Instead of trying to integrate the ...