Right about what? Mark Twain once claimed: “If man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.” Sounds pretty outrageous, but is it? Not in my half insane mind. [Disclaimer – Twain only mentions man, but with a few differences, perhaps for the better by including woman, I think … More Was Mark Twain Right?
Is it pompous of me to give an answer to this question? Or, is it preposterous? Either way, what could I say, since so many have made the attempt before me, no one seemingly agreeing, at least not completely, with each other? So, allow me to babble on a bit. My first and foremost answer … More What Is Philosophy?
So, what weirdness am I talking about? Wee-ah-ooo—quantum weirdness. For anybody who knows just a little bit about quantum physics they should feel there is some strangeness going on down there in the quantum world. This world is the realm of the atom and below (particles and sub-particles). [Disclaimer: what I have to say in … More What Is All The Weirdness About?
Well, here is another blog on the philosophy of religion, but with a twist, or you could say twisted. I find it fascinating to contemplate a virtual infinity of gods. You may think that this is far out there in left field, but no more than a belief in any type of god or gods. … More What If There Were a Virtual Infinity of Gods?
Me in my apron The smart-alecky answer is I would starve. As with anything I write there are multiple reasons at play, and this is true of my cooking and baking. Some of the reasons are: it is an activity I enjoy very muchly; it is a challenge; it is a way to explore my creativity; … More Why Do I Cook and Bake?
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?