Thoughts about the nature of intelligence

The modern era of machine learning, though, presents us an example where we can begin to suspect a separate level of intelligence, and one that feeds on our intelligence. As we sense this happening, we realize that we’ll get no sympathy from the machine for the exact same reason we don’t recognize naturally occurring intelligence in non-humans.

Cosmic teachers

Just like the fact that I can’t interest an advanced piano teacher doesn’t diminish the fact that such teachers exist, the fact that science can’t engage the immaterial teacher says nothing about the existence of such a teacher. The teacher is simply uninterested in engaging, and have every good reason to not engage.

Controversy over Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA): Separate laws for young and old

The point of this post is to observe there may be a valuable lesson to learn from the current controversy over the conflict of religious freedom and right to same-sex marriage. The controversy may be providing bright data about the population’s natural division by age groups. We may learn from this that the problem may be easier to solve if we can resolve the arguments in two separate groups segregated by age. Coincidentally, this provides a possible additional benefit from my earlier proposals of dividing government by age groups.

On taking History seriously

In an earlier post on my thoughts about medieval scholarship, I expressed my respect for the European thinkers in the time dominated by religious scholarship.   I acknowledge their exceptional intellectual training and discipline for studying documents that were largely relevant specific to their religion.   I am impressed by the seriousness they took their…

Thoughts on Medieval Scholarship

I enjoyed reading this article about the scholarship of the period of 1000-1500.  I’d slightly argue with the title in that I’m pretty sure my ancestors were not counted among the scholars at the time: most people were illiterate and too busy surviving than to have free time for studies. I admire the intelligence of…