Okay, some would say, “I have lost my mind (literally) to even ask this question.” Or, when you hear my conclusion, “He has gone mad—mad as a hatter (Alice in Wonderland stuff). Why would I even question what seems so obvious—that do we have minds? For one, nobody has ever seen a mind. And two, … More Do We Have Minds?
The topic of this blog post is reductionism. Although I could currently lose some weight reducing, I am going to write about philosophical reductionism. One of the questions I will try to determine is could I be reduced to atomic and subatomic particles and the four fundamental forces of universe? Another is how to deal … More Could I Use a Little Reducing?
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?
“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 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?
Baxter type this the other day: “CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC . . . CCCCCCCCCVC” Well, not exactly computing, but it was incredibly cute. This blog isn’t really about whether or not Baxter, or any cat, uses a computer, but whether he, or any cat or any animal, including humans think. So, the question really is can animals think?vvgggg … More Does Baxter Compute?
I just heard that the average child asks 144 questions a day. It’s a good day when I ask a question. Have you asked a question today? My girlfriend, not to long ago, called me a question mark. It seems that I can’t help but ask questions. My Maxim – The Only Good Answer Is … More A Questioner’s Journey: My First Blog