I'm in a small cottage in Wales, and dawn is breaking over the mountains outside of my window. This is not my house, but it will serve as my residence for a few weeks for work purposes. With all the chaos of my job and the incompatible shifts of my loud (and often drunk) temporary … Continue reading Thoughts on public transport: Tomorrow’s Aesthetic
Survival instinct is a side effect of existence, and whether we like it or not, we are bound to it on both a conscious and subconscious level. This can be tested via simple self-experiments: first, hold your hand close to a heated radiator with the intention to hold it there indefinitely. Wait for some time, … Continue reading Thoughts on public transport: Choosing between a quantitative and a qualitative life
Spring is arriving. A time of regeneration, growth, light and opportunity. For our species in particular, it is a time of prosperity. We emerge from our wintry hibernation to find abundance in the form of food variety, higher temperatures, and longer daylight hours. For many of us, this is also a time of intent. The … Continue reading Spring Cache Cleaning
In a recent talk at the Royal Institute in London, Frank Wilczek presents us with “A Beautiful Question,” intended as an introduction to his latest book by the same title. The question can be expressed as follows: does the universe embody beautiful ideas? To answer it, Wilczek guides us on a journey through the history … Continue reading Does the universe embody beautiful ideas?
April 2015 Does the mind extend beyond the head? In this paper I explore the hypothesis of active externalism as advocated by Clark and Chalmers, and dismiss it on account of the past-endorsement criterion, the inclusion of which brings about unwelcomed consequences for the hypothesis, and the omission of which brings further unwelcomed consequences for … Continue reading Recent papers: Does the mind extend beyond the head?
Some context To summarize Boltzmann’s account from the last couple of lectures: he introduces a probabilistic reduction of the second law of thermodynamics, by claiming that an increase in entropy is extremely likely, but cannot be certain, as the micro-dynamics are time-reversible. His law is as follows, if entropy is far from the maximum possible … Continue reading Musing: Boltzmann’s entropy and the Loschmidt reversibility objection
February 2015 The EPR argument is intended to show that quantum mechanics is incomplete, in virtue of a proof by contradiction. I argue that the premises of EPR are unconvincing following the inevitable rejection of locality required by Bell’s theorem. Given the effectiveness of Bell’s account I show that the EPR argument does not succeed … Continue reading Recent papers: Does the EPR argument succeed?