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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. […]

The Scientists’ Superstition

June 25, 2015

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Mind and matter alike, I should say, are only convenient symbols in discourse, not actually existing things. — Bertrand Russell (Let’s take a jump down the rabbit hole. I promise I’ll have you back on the surface in just a few minutes. Until then, enjoy a short intellectual adventure.) Years ago, a magazine printed a […]

Science, Philosophy, and Woo-Woo — Part 2

March 13, 2014

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There’s no theology in science! There can’t be. Science is about finding the truth as it is, not as we wish it to be. Science is not about faith; it’s about facts. It’s the most powerful, objective, clear-headed means of discerning the facts that humans have yet invented.  Scientists are rightly proud of their achievements, […]

Don’t Read This — It’s Too Weird

April 6, 2011

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“No one knows they’re not dreaming. Not one of us. Not ever. Not for one single moment of our lives.” — Steven Moffat Well, okay, you can read this if you’ve wondered about the mysteries of reality and have been puzzled by how consciousness can exist in a physical universe. Otherwise, skip to the next […]