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27 comes slowly
like a street sign I creep up to
in the traffic home from work.
27 seems terribly old to the 12 year old inside my heart: 562 more words

Thought Experiments

The Ship of Theseus

It’s commonly thought that it is easy to tell that something at one time is the same as something at another time. For example, you’re given a computer for your birthday and have it all through school. 801 more words

Identity Over Time

Political Polls and The Right to Bear Arms

All those for or against political polls, might I remind you that the United States is not a pure democracy (one person, one vote)? If we wanted to be a pure democracy, we’d have to do away with our tricameral governance: the US Senate does not represent individuals but individual states.  435 more words

Point Of View

The 4D Refugee Conundrum

Let’s assume for a second that time travel is possible and that, one day, we will have figured out how to move our physical bodies through time in a controllable and repeatable manner. 813 more words

Thought Experiments

Cheating at thought experiments

Thought experiments are important throughout the sciences. For example, it appears to be that a thought experiment played an important role in Einstein’s discovery of special relativity. 1,006 more words

Hedonistic Utilitarianism

How to be a Superhuman

I was first introduced to the concept of Superhumanism when I was at university, way back in the mists of time (or in the late nineties for those of you who aren’t twelve). 911 more words


The Simulated Reality Problem

Feel the ground under your feet. Does it feel real? Assuming that the answer is yes, then why does it feel real? The brain is an information processing unit; it receives input, interprets it and then is able to respond through output. 614 more words