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Does it still make sense to read science-philosophy classics?

This question arguably bears an assumption: that reading philosophy classics has been useful to science before, whereas now reading them for use is dubious. Granted, many first-rate physicists dismiss philosophy. An assumption that philosophy has no value to offer ‘actual’ science today is common. Stephen Hawking said, “Philosophy is dead”. And Richard Feynman and Lawrence… [Read more]

Does Tech Worsen Inequality or Solve Inequality?

I have been asked to write on how tech influences inequality. The online feeds give the impression tech is good, whereas similar talk of the 1% suggest tech is bad. To much chagrin, I think neither is correct. The picture is more complex than that, as I write below: This headline’s question bears assumptions. It… [Read more]

Will Self Driving Cars Solve Road Safety?

This question implies safety can be solved, that safety instead of danger is what needs to be solved or diminished. When in fact, the increase of safety means merely mitigating danger to a workable minimum. Because in a chaotic, open, largely unpredictable world, driverless cars will never be 100% safe, they cannot ‘solve’ the road… [Read more]

Carbon Tax Will Help Markets

Climate change kills 200 species every day. Contrary to voices like Naomi Klein calling for complex solutions to a complex problem, a carbon tax is the most effective and parsimonious solution to global warming. All the democratic and widespread media talk does is induce a bystander effect whereby no worldwide solution is enacted. When the… [Read more]

Everyone Should Sing

Sing, sing, sing all you want. We each grow up patterned by circumstance: each of us learned, not at one point but, at successive subtle points that there are singers and then there are listeners. Most of us are the listeners. Yet this listener and singer arrangement is abnormal, rare with all societies ever taken… [Read more]

Will World Development End?

The term ‘development’ implies betterment through change. Some aspects of development – like clean drinking water and reduced child mortality – are inarguable. The tasks of mitigating poverty and reducing violent corruption in developing countries are also admirable. The implication of betterment, however, becomes problematic when basic necessitates are met and pains relieved. When the… [Read more]

The Best Books For Writers

Oscar Wilde said a banal tragedy of life is how much is spent in friction. People like Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf who never had to work in retail for a living, had the time to become great writers. Instead of managing writing between night-shifts and scuppering together dinner Wilde read Robert Browning and Ovid… [Read more]

Why Watch Star Trek?

Star Trek fans have higher IQs than most. This false fact seemed believable to my younger and stupider teenage self, because the show boasts fascinating discussions and thought experiments. I am a fan, too, which gives me embarrassing bias.  Yet if you asked me to name which series episode X is in, or how I… [Read more]

The Best Science Fiction Short Story

Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. It is lighted neither by window nor by lamp, yet it is filled with a soft radiance. There are no apertures for ventilation, yet the air is fresh. There are no musical instruments, and yet, at the moment that… [Read more]

How To Write Good Enough Essays

Breaking down the process of writing an essay can streamline the process. Here I write out my own algorithm for writing a humanities essay, including my editing list of what-to-correct. This may be facile to you, but everything at one time has to be learned. Pointing out the obvious can make it obvious again, and… [Read more]

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