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Helped GF clean out her basement. Damn, she had a lot of crap down there.
(In which I talk about my personal life; if you don’t know me, you probably won’t be interested.) [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?q=docs:%2F%2F0B8UgPT-5KBymZG5hXzV0MEZXNk0&output=embed&w=425&h=350] I just got back from a trip to Colorado. J’s friend M got married on Friday, and we were invited to Silverthorne, Colorado for the ceremony. We were (rightly, I think) concerned about the flooding… Continue reading Colorado Trip
Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Intuition Pump So the other day, I found myself inside a philosophical intuition pump. But first, a bit of background: Qualia (singular quale), in philosophy, are basically the sense of perceiving something. If you’ve ever had that discussion about “how do I know that what… Continue reading I Am Chase and/or Sanborn
I recently participated in a coversation—or maybe I’m conflating two or more conversations, but no matter—in which my interlocutor said that she prefers alt-med natural remedies because mainstream drugs all have a long list of scary potential side effects. But when I asked whether alt-med drugs actually lower cholesterol or help prevent heart attacks or… Continue reading I’d Rather Have a Long List of Scary Warnings than Nothing at All
For those who may have forgotten, Gussie Fink-Nottle is a character in the Jeeves stories by P.G. Wodehouse. He is the series’s stereotypical nerd: socially inept, a teetotaler, and physically unimpressive. His most memorable trait, however, is his fascination with newts. buy kamagra cheap Clearly Wodehouse tried to find the least interesting subject he could… Continue reading In Defense of Gussie Fink-Nottle
The Aug. 29, 2011 episode of 60-Second Science talks about a finding that drawing helps scientists develop their ideas. I can’t say I’m terribly surprised at this. Drawing seems to me to be more concrete than speech (or raw thought). Just as a simple example, I can say “two circles”, or I can draw two… Continue reading Learning to Learn
The other week, J. and I were talking about Harold Camping and his amusing predictions of imminent doom, and she said that while he is, of course, a loon, she admires his faith and how it allows him to persist in the face of adversity and ridicule. This isn’t the first time I’ve run across… Continue reading Faith and Confidence
This was originally posted at Secular Perspectives. Here’s something that occurred to me recently. It’s nearly-trivial, but I found it interesting. The reason a subjective statement, like “Beethoven’s ninth is his best symphony” is subjective is that a) it refers mental state, and b) that mental state can vary from person to person. But it… Continue reading Subjective/Objective
Yeah. The UMD Society of Inquiry has a radio show on WMUC (5 watts, broadcasting to the greater South Campus Commons Area. But it’s not owned by ClearChannel, which counts for something). One of the guys who was supposed to do the show today had to bail, so I got pulled in as an emergency… Continue reading Me? On the Radio?