There are two types of artificial intelligence (AI). Strong AI is a research program to get computers to to think like humans (some include consciousness as the goal), and weak AI is to get computers to act smart, doing some tasks that humans perform. Some weak AI programs are called expert systems. Others include making mathematical proofs, … More Is Strong AI Possible?
Aristotle had a theory of ethics that focused on what is called virtues. His virtues included courage, benevolence, and temperance. Within this theory was a theory of the mean. The basic idea is that each virtue is a mean (or halfway point) on a continuum. One example is bravery. It is situated between cowardice and … More What Did Aristotle Mean?
Baxter, my cat, not having books written about his life, means I will have to suffice. This blog is an ethical critique and answer to the question—what would Jesus Do?—much beloved by some Christians. Can Baxter do any better? Maybe not, but I will give it a try. Disclaimer number one. Be prepared for cherry … More What Would Baxter Do?
What cherries am I talking about? I am talking about cherry picking written texts, most often heard in reference to the Bible. So, I will discuss cherry picking in general, and its use in sacred texts like the Bible and the Koran. Cherry picking could even be applied to non-textual experiences. For one we cannot … More Do You Want to Pick Some Cherries?
As a bit of background, I have bipolar disorder with almost all of my issues concerning the depression side. I also have suffered from general anxiety. Fortunately, I am doing quite well, well enough to consider myself as mentally well. About five years or so ago I started on the path to this state of … More Is Life a Financial Transaction?
Nope. “Ignorance is bliss.” “A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Not exactly, these aphorisms both depend on context. Ignorance might be bliss if you do not know about the child next door that is very sick. This bit of ignorance would save one a little emotional upset. Ignorance would not be bliss … More Are You Sure?
The answer to what? Deism is given as an answer to how the universe was created. Of course, this supposes that the universe needed to be created, or more properly needed a cause. I claim that the universe need not have been created, or that the universe need not have had a cause. In addition, if the deist … More Why Deism Is Not the Answer?
“The significance, purpose, underlying truth, etc., of something.” – Meaning number one from the Oxford English Dictionary I think that the world or universe does not have any intrinsic meaning attached to it. As a corollary, I think that it is us (humans) that give meaning to our world. In my view the world does … More What Do You Mean?
This piece is part logical and part fantasy. The logical part covers existence proofs for Santa Claus. The fantasy part explores how Santa Claus might do some of the things he is said to do. I will say right from the start that I believe in Santa Claus (sometimes I will refer to him as … More Does Santa Claus Exists?
This is my brain. I ask this question because I often find that people seem to be afraid to be operated by a deterministic brain. Most people act as if their brain does not really belong to them. I just can’t understand this attitude. After all, most people have no complaints about their heart or … More Why Are People Afraid of Their Brain?