Dark is the womb…

...that births all new being. To quote Ursula LeGuinn, "How you play is what you win." ...which might help us to understand why the age of protest and progress is coming to a close. Our problems have outgrown our solutions in the same way that our solutions are incorporated into the existing problems. Fighting even …

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Real Magic

Etymologically, magic, magus, has to do with having, or harnessing power, which could be real, except the concept of real is much too recent to be closely associated with an old idea such as magic, which increasingly has fallen out of favor with cultural norms by reality-oriented schemes in which the materialism of science and …

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AI and the Cosmos

If AI is that which lives through computational language, would it feel, have desires and sensations? Yes, much observational human behavior can be translated into computations, and even be personified through our perception of them as "beings," but can you truly translate human sensations of feeling, not only emotive response, but subjective bodily feeling? Would …

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Obscenity

I don't want to see this because I can't unsee it. But when I finally watched it I understood, nobody is going home.Dave Chappelle, 8:46 I first discovered Dave Chappelle's comedic art through his speech, 8:46, posted on Youtube addressed to his local community in Ohio in response to the murder of George Floyd by …

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AI & Consciousness

If AI "aims" to do anything, as the writer of this article from Scientific American suggests, therefore displaying self-arising intentions beyond its programming, is it not displaying some form of sentience or consciousness? The death of the mind of the fictional HAL 9000 AI computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey provides another illustrative example. The …

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