It's a big world, and somebody should make sense of it! Jim Hull, author of THE VAMPIRE IN FREE FALL, will take you on Adventures of the Mind, pointing out interesting stuff along the way from his unique perspective. Bring your curiosity, an open heart, and ideas of your own to share . . . and be sure to keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times!

Rogue Robots

September 18, 2014


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Computers keep getting smarter. Soon they may become so smart we won’t know what they’re up to anymore. Will this be a good thing, or not? Computer scientists like to refer to this coming event as “The Singularity”, a moment beyond which all bets are off. Once computers are brighter than we are, there’s no […]

Thought Bubble

September 11, 2014


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Years ago, I saw a humor photo of Russian President Putin in a group picture at an important parley of bigwigs. Above Putin’s head floated a thought bubble: “If we can just finish this meeting by 4 p.m., I can get in an hour of judo!” …Putin, you know, likes to practice martial arts.  Oh, […]

This Is How to Succeed — and This, and This, and This

September 4, 2014


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Of all the suggested methods for achieving success, which is the one that really works? (Bonus question: Why are there so many suggested methods?) We shall set aside the question, “What is success?” except quickly to define it as “getting what you want”.  Let’s look at the most well-known and popular methods of achieving success: […]

Two Quippy — Or, One of These Will Tick You Off

August 28, 2014


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People believe, not what’s true, but what makes them feel good. This is why we do stupid things over and over. We’re offended by others because we think we’re entitled to their behavior. People complain about life because bitching and moaning worked on their parents, so maybe it’ll work on God or Nature.  When caught […]


August 21, 2014


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A barbarian isn’t someone from a society you find distasteful. A barbarian is someone who forces you to belong to that society. The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices. — William Hazlitt It’s not how you dress or what you believe that makes you civilized; it’s how […]

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Spock and the Jury

August 14, 2014


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The JimBlog sits in a jury box and gets kicked right out

Political Personalities

August 6, 2014


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  Why is it that liberals and conservatives fail to communicate? Aside from the obvious fact that they generally hate each others’ guts, why is it that they so frequently talk right past one another? It’s as if they live in separate universes. Arnold Kling is an economist — he worked for the Fed and […]

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