Category Archive: Computers and the Internet

Dec 05 2016

Command Prompting

The soul of your computer lies under it’s flesh. Nay, not the bones beneath the windows and icons–for those are just the scaffolding of the Graphical User Interface. Nor is it the circulatory system of wires and drives pumping data about. Nor even the CPU and memory making up the brain and nervous system. I’m …

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Jun 27 2015

Publishing, Copyright, and the Economics of Abundance

If you love books you should read this long article on publishing by Richard Nash: ‘What is the Business of Literature’. In it, Nash postulates that publishing was the first industry in the world to confront the realities of post-scarcity economics, due to advances in printing presses lowering the cost of entry. Nash says: “Advances in printing …

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Nov 30 2013

The Simulation Hypothesis and Religion: Part 4 – The Nature of God

In Part 1 (Animism) of my series on the Simulation Hypotheses and Religion I explored some means by which a simulated world, containing Artificial Intelligences called ‘humans’, might exhibit the characteristics of Animist belief; including ‘spirits’ and ‘supernatural connections’ between things. In Part 2 (The God Module) I looked at the role of and enabling factors for faith, especially faith when …

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Nov 24 2013

The Simulation Hypothesis and Religion: Part 3 – The Spirit and the Soul

In Part 1 (Animism) of my series on the Simulation Hypotheses and Religion I explored some means by which a simulated world, containing Artificial Intelligences called ‘humans’, might exhibit the characteristics of Animist belief; including ‘spirits’ and ‘supernatural connections’ between things. In Part 2 (The God Module) I looked at the role of and enabling factors for faith, especially …

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Oct 27 2013

Gallery: Stop Watching Us Rally

I have a new image gallery up of pictures I took at the Stop Watching Us rally yesterday.    

Oct 20 2013

Rally in Dee Cee for Pri-va-cy

Next Saturday, Oct 26 2013, there is going to be a rally in Washington D.C. against Domestic Spying and the NSA. I don’t know how many people are going to be there, but one of them will be me. Yes, rather apolitical me. Never before have I been confronted with something I feel strongly enough …

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Oct 13 2013

The Simulation Hypothesis and Religion: Part 2 – The God Module

In Part 1 (Animism) of my series on the Simulation Hypotheses and Religion I explored some means by which a simulated world, containing Artificial Intelligences called ‘humans’, might exhibit the characteristics of Animist belief; including ‘spirits’ and ‘supernatural connections’ between things. (If you haven’t read part 1 yet, go and read it now. If you haven’t also read …

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Oct 06 2013

The Simulation Hypothesis and Religion: Part 1 – Animism

Earlier I explored some of the consequences of The Simulation Hypothesis. In that essay I quickly glossed over the possibility that our world’s religions might exist because we live in a simulation designed as a ‘God Game‘: Think about it, much of mythology makes all of us out as NPCs (Non Player Characters) in a great …

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Sep 21 2013

The Consequences of The Simulation Hypothesis

The Wikipedia article for the Simulation Hypothesis is crisp and to the point: The simulation hypothesis (simulation argument or simulism) proposes that reality is a simulation and those affected are generally unaware of this. The concept is reminiscent of René Descartes‘ Evil Genius but posits a more futuristic simulated reality. Later, the article describes a number of types of reality simulation, focusing on the mechanics – things like …

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Sep 15 2013

Taking back the Internet by going back to basics

Bruce Schnier, all around security guru and hero of the revolution, says we should ‘Take back the Internet‘. If you haven’t read that link, follow it and read it now. Go ahead, I’ll wait… Now, let’s laser-in on one of Bruce’s points: Dismantling the surveillance state won’t be easy. Has any country that engaged in …

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