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Recent Themes

Going Mental

Why People Confuse Models and Theories

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over 1 year ago

It’s interesting to think about why people confuse models with theories.  I think probably there are two reasons. One is the incredible effectiveness of mathematical theories in the physical and natural sciences and how well they behave, how well they work.   The second reason is that as a ...

21st Century Living

Do We Need a Bill of Rights for Robots?

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over 1 year ago

I didn’t know if a robot could ever actually get to the point of having rights under the Constitution. The Constitution has a number of different nouns that it uses to describe who it applies to.  Some of the rights are only for citizens.  A lot of the rights are for persons.  And I think to start ...

New World Order

Is the Best Yet to Come?

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over 1 year ago

Just how healthy is the American economy? There’s little doubt that it’s healthier than the euro zone, which seems to spawn a new fiscal or banking crisis every week. But with unemployment still above 7 percent, nobody in the United States is celebrating a revival yet. Could one still be on the way ...

21st Century Living

Villains Have the Most Fun

Jonathan
over 1 year ago

The bad guy is often the easiest role to play, because they are often the best written. The screenwriter can have fun and indulge while the good guys react most of the time to that.  It’s become a kind of historical fact now that British actors, on the whole, play the bad guys. I don't know why ...

21st Century Living

Profiles in Adultery

Adult
over 1 year ago

I'm in the communication business.  I help you self-publish who you are, what brought you to an affair and then I give you the communication tools to communicate with other people who have done the same.  You can chat with them in real time.  You can have a fantasy date with them on our service ...