The two men materialized out of vacuum, a few yards apart in the narrow, city-lit lane. For a second they stood quite still, guns directed at each other’s necks; then, recognizing each other, they deconstructed their guns into their nano-morphers and started walking briskly in the same direction. “News?” asked the taller of the two. […]
I am quite good at telling whether low illumination, surface orientation, or albedo cause a surface patch to be dark. Like most humans, I just know. But I am bad at Knowing. I do not Know if surfaces are made of points. We can break the surface, thence gather these pieces and assign to them […]
One may be forgiven for assuming that qualia only exists as a six-letter word in the corpus of words we call philosophy. Maybe we grant that the little squirt has invaded some psychology too, and is replicating and surviving in the mysterious way that words do in socially-enforced niches in brain-space. However, if the word […]
Conscience in Islam is defined as something that every human has been endowed with, and this makes it fair-game for Allah to judge at the end of times. Similar emphasis on conscience exists on some branches of Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism. But what is conscience? It is often described as a spontaneous moment of recognition, […]
Now that we can pause to describe a method for monitoring and replanning, we need to ask, “Can Utopia work?” This is a surprisingly tricky question. If we mean “Can we guarantee that sentience will always achieve Utopia?” then the answer is no, because the sentience could inadvertently arrive at a dead end from which […]
Raspberry-candy nebulas crack. Angels gush, velvet and electric. There are no forces, only fields that glow dense like her spicy tongue in your mouth. The wicks inside burn, it hurts when they burn – black char to void. The asteroids are here for your entertainment. Break them! Break them all!
Event B is simultaneous with A in the green reference frame, but it occurred before in the blue frame, and will occur later in the red frame. From Wikipedia: Special relativity suggests that the concept of simultaneity is not universal: according to the relativity of simultaneity, observers in different frames of reference can have […]
The Firstborn The Firstborn is a Portuguese band that does Buddhist metal. Enough said. No but really, they capture the radical, dark beauty of both Tibetan and early Buddhism. There is, in the eastern Christ, a hard to express combination of Thanatos(death drive), with hardcore realism, and a vast network of action plans for […]