Maybe Q is normal
Re-reading the Name of the Rose recently, a substantial subplot involves the heretic movements that often wracked Christendom. It seems, looking at medieval and ancient history, that this sort of thing happened all the time! People would get swept up in an ideological craze, usually spearheaded by some charismatic preacher or figurehead, but often these […]
A thought experiment Imagine if you were Josef Mengele, or someone like him (But competent, Mengele was probably a sadistic twit. You are Mengele but smart). You are entirely without any moral limitations in your search for your scientific goals. Now imagine you are highly favoured by your regime, a triumphant Nazi-like empire that has […]
Are we missing out on something by not eating each other’s ticks?
A couple of days ago I had to remove a couple of ticks off a pet (The trick is you twist ’em round and round until they let go rather than popping them off with brute force and risking the head coming off in the skin) I was not even slightly tempted to stick ’em […]
Throw them to the wolves
A conservation story made possible by low grade corruption.
Cat lady AI
Friendly AI could be compared to a cat lady.
Does the Fermi Paradox hint that the singularity is unlikely?
What ever happened with the singularity?
The Quantum Curse
Here’s a fun game you can play if you happen to live in an Everett-style branching multiverse.
We will all die on the slopes of the Himalayas
CONTENT WARNING: After reading this text you will gouge your own eyes out.
How many flavours of Multiverse are there?
(Some of these may be equivalent or the same thing!)
In defense of homeopathy for dogs.