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The Transporter Problem

October 1, 2017

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There’s no assurance that by copying every last thing in your brain, you’re going to wake up and say, ‘Here I am!’ You wouldn’t wake up inside the computer — you’d just be dead. — Michael Shermer The Star Trek transporter doesn’t move you around; it kills you and replaces you with a perfect copy. […]

Brain Replacement Surgery — a short story

September 24, 2017

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I would be glad to know . . . whether, when my brain has lost its original structure, and when some hundred years after the same materials are fabricated so curiously as to become an intelligent being, whether I say that being will be me . . . — Thomas Reid Since you asked, the real […]

Stray Quippy

May 14, 2017

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It’s easy to tell that our old friend Quippy has something important to say: he’ll show up at The JimBlog’s editorial offices, commandeer a computer, and start typing away, talons clicking furiously. We don’t object, partly on account of those talons and partly because Quippy always has interesting and pithy things to say about life […]

Side Effects

May 7, 2017

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The best laid plans of mice and men / Gang aft agley. — Robert Burns You never know what’ll happen. You start one thing and that sets off something else you didn’t expect, and pretty soon you’re in a whole different situation. For instance, not long ago I had oral surgery and ended up with […]

Ford or Tesla? — a short story

April 30, 2017

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“There’s a Ford and a Tesla available.” “How much is the Ford?” “About sixty cents a mile.” “And the Tesla?” “Maybe a buck.” “A dollar?!? Forget it. The Ford’s cheaper. And it’s a perfectly good car.” “Sure, but the Tesla has that terrific sound system. And the seats are super-comfy. Besides, this is our anniversary. […]

What Are Friends For? — a short story

April 2, 2017

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“We need to talk.” “Uh, okay.” “I’m leaving.” “What, you’re moving?” “No. I’m leaving you.” “You’re leav— what? What do you mean? What did I do?” “Nothing. You’re fine. But I have to leave. I’ve … I’ve fallen in love with someone else.” “Someone else? Wait, don’t do this. Let’s talk about it.” “It’s over. […]

Einstein Said It

March 19, 2017

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                                                      Some people think that Albert Einstein’s name is magical. If they want to convince you of something or sell you something they invoke his revered name to prove that […]