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Meritocracy is the new Aristocracy April 13th, 2010 It used to be that kings actually were better than everyone else. This was because of their diet; a prince or dauphin growing up would receive a lot more meat than a peasant child, not to mention how much more varied their diet was. So when they finally got to be king, they ...

What I Believe: Part 2 April 08th, 2010 Continued from Part 1. Spirituality The evidence for the existence of a god is weak. To me, of course, the question is one of proof. I think that’s almost the antithesis of what most religions would teach, which is faith. I’m not saying that religious people have “God exists” as a simple axiomatic statement ...

What I Believe: Part 1 April 08th, 2010 Okay, so I figured it’s time that I set about on a new project, besides the 652 project. The title should be pretty self-explanatory, but here are the reasons that I’m embarking on it. First, this serves as a sort of time capsule for me. In five to ten years, I’ll be ...

Videogame Meta-narratives April 06th, 2010 Alright, so I just got done with Assassin’s Creed, and while jumping across the rooftops of Damascus and stabbing people in the throat is great fun, what I found really interesting is the story. Spoilers Follow for Assassin’s Creed and Bioshock The story in Assassin’s Creed is about a guy wandering through the 12th century holy land ...

Cannibalism March 23rd, 2010 I’ve always said that one of the great and terrifying things about the internet is that it allows all of the niche people to find each other. This means chat rooms and message boards that 99% of the population can’t relate to, and online stores where you can buy pretty much anything. Cannibalism, for one ...

Are people digital or analog? March 19th, 2010 So I was watching the latest episode of Caprica, which features a digitized person trapped inside of a computer chip. The computer scientists were talking about why they were unable to make a copy of the chip, and the reason that they come up with is that the chip encodes something analog instead of ...

Will Google Fiber really help? March 12th, 2010 If you’re the sort of person who reads this blog, you probably know that Duluth is in the running to become a test city for Google’s proposed ultrahighspeed bandwidth test. At first, I really liked the idea of living in a city with 1 gigabit connection speed, aside from the fact that Google has ...

Free Will March 05th, 2010 So free will doesn’t exist; it’s just a convincing illusion. Here’s why. Scientists have been writing down sets of rules to describe the workings of the universe for as long as there have been scientists. These rules help us extrapolate what will happen next in a given situation, and if those extrapolations turn out ...

Political Ideology and Free Will March 05th, 2010 So the more I think about it, the more I think that one of the basic differences between liberals and conservatives is a belief in free will. (Disclaimer: liberal and conservative are two labels which don’t really map properly as a spectrum of belief, but I’ll be talking about two general viewpoints on a ...

Digital Natives March 02nd, 2010 So there’s this theory that people of my generation have some huge advantage with technology because we were born into it; the buzzword is “digital native”. The idea is that because we were exposed to digital technology while growing up, our brains have been wired differently, our neural networks better able to respond to ...

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