Category Archives: Knowledge

Simulacron-3

My previous post (Are we living in a simulation?) reminded me of a book that I read as a youth: the science fiction novel Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye. So, subsequent to writing that post, I pulled out my copy … Continue reading

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Are we living in a simulation?

Are we living in a computer simulation? This post is prompted by a column in the New York Times: Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? Let’s Not Find Out. The column is by Preston Greene: Ph.D., Philosophy, Rutgers University; … Continue reading

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A Wikipedia Story

Wikipedia is a marvelous resource. This online encyclopedia contains vast amounts of information. It is free and it is available without leaving home. By comparison, the encyclopedias of my youth contained puny amounts of information. They were expensive, and therefore … Continue reading

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Thinking About Libraries

Libraries are wonderful places. I enjoy spending time in libraries, and they are essential to a free people. Libraries contain our thoughts, our histories, our creative works of literature and often art as well, and our dreams. Libraries are changing … Continue reading

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Science vs. Philosophy

What is the difference between science and philosophy? My last two posts (here and here) touched on themes involving both science and philosophy. And that got me thinking about the relationship between science and philosophy. I don’t hold myself out … Continue reading

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Illusion of Explanatory Depth

Zac Mayo introduced me to the concept of the “illusion of explanatory depth” (IOED): Most people feel they understand the world with far greater detail, coherence, and depth than they really do. For example, how well do you feel you … Continue reading

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Thoughts about the Farm Credit System

One of the themes of this blog is that I sometimes think about public life in terms of three sectors: Government For-profit Not-for-profit I worked for the Farm Credit System for 32 years, retiring at the end of 2016. How … Continue reading

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