Cynical Theories: Review

When you come of age, you start to encounter deep and challenging philosophical questions; ones that don’t necessarily admit of simple straightforward answers. How do I prove I’m not in The Matrix or a Boltzmann Brain? How do I prove the Earth is round or that the moon landing wasn’t faked? If a tomato is […]

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Two Plus Two, Still

Earlier I recorded my take on the 2+2=5 controversy swirling around James Lindsay on Twitter. But aside from people who may be engaged in creative wordplay to remake math curricula in the Critical Social Justice image, some of their goofy suggestions provide legitimately interesting conversation so I recorded a video about it on another channel […]

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Feeling Conflicted

Recently the President of the United States tweeted the following: We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favourite President! @RealDonaldTrump … and I don’t […]

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Understanding J.K. Rowling

Update: Partway through writing this, I realized the length was getting out of hand. So this will be split into (at least three posts. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I have spent the last two weeks watching the world come together denouncing J.K. Rowling for transphobia. My first impression was that this […]

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The origin of consciousness explained

Once you strip away the essentialist veneer from consciousness it becomes fairly easy to imagine a gradual natural process giving rise to it, particularly in a competitive environment like our biosphere where organisms needs to work harder than their neighbour to get food.

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