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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Forgiveness

forgive (v.)Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; remit (a debt), pardon (an offense)," also "give up" and "give in marriage" (past tense forgeaf, past participle forgifen); from for-, here probably "completely," + giefan "to give" (from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive").The sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" (late Old …

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All and Nothing

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you have to start with the big bang."Carl Sagan Objectivity We may or may not begin with time, the big bang, matter from nothing, or from within countless other stories shared among us. We may take the root sense of being for granted because the …

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Love and Betrayal

For we must be clear that to live or love only where one can trust, where there is security and containment, where one cannot be hurt or let down, where what is pledged in words is forever binding, means really to be out of harm’s way and so to be out of real life. And …

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