My Academic Geneology
I received my Ph.D. in philosophy in 1992, completing my dissertation under the direction of Richard J. Blackwell, who at the time held the Danforth Chair in Humanities at Saint Louis University. He is currently Professor Emeritus.
Professor Blackwell (1929 -) was educated at MIT, (where he studied history and physics) and St. Louis University, where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1954. Later he did graduate work in physics. Continue reading Academic Geneology
The Thinker – Rodin
It is almost fifty years since my higher education began, and in that time there have been hundreds who have influenced me—most notably Plato and Aristotle, Shankara and Buddha, Epictetus and Aurelius, Hobbes and Descartes, Schopenhauer, Orwell, Piaget. But a few have had a special impact on my thought, and for whom I feel the greatest affinity. All are from the Western philosophical or scientific tradition, the only tradition about which I’m qualified to make good judgments. I list them in the order I encountered their thought. Continue reading Intellectual Heroes
This is a list of some good books on astronomy and physics that I have read and recommend. For more information click on one of the links below. Continue reading Good Books on Astronomy and Physics
This is a list of some good books on artificial intelligence and robotics that I recommend. For more information click on one of the links below. Continue reading Good Books on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Here is a reply from a computer scientist to my recent post about Ray Kurzweil‘s book. My brief reply is at the bottom.
There is a limit to computer intelligence arising from its database. Human beings require at least 18 years of experiences in order to learn the minimal requirements of an adult Homo sapiens. Continue reading What Computers Will Never Do