Monthly Archives: January 2018

Summary of Ray Kurzweil’s: “The Age of Spiritual Machines:  When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence”

The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

(I first read this book almost 20 years ago and it profoundly affected my thinking. Here is my summary of the book that I used in my classes in the CS department at UT-Austin.) Continue reading Summary of Ray Kurzweil’s: “The Age of Spiritual Machines:  When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence”

Philosophical Star Trek Episodes

About 20 years ago, I taught a college course titled: “Philosophy and Star Trek.” I also remember the original Star Trek series premiering on TV in 1966 and I’ve seen all of the original episodes multiple times.

Here are some particularly philosophical episodes from the original series, with the caveat that such lists are subjective and I’m probably omitting some classics. (Episodes in bold are particular favorites.) Continue reading Philosophical Star Trek Episodes

My Biography

My Biography

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CHILDHOOD AND PARENTS

My earliest memories are vivid and illicit nostalgia: the aroma of baked goods from my mother’s kitchen, a large cottonwood tree in our backyard, the smell of burning leaves in the fall, the glow of a real fireplace, sledding down the hills at the golf course up the street in the winter, and spring … when one could play baseball again. Continue reading My Biography

Poem from Groundhog Day

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Groundhog Day has long been one of my very favorite movies. On one level it is a very funny movie; on another, it is a particular take on Nietzsche’s doctrine of eternal recurrence. It is definitely a film that rewards rewatching. In fact, the legendary film critic Roger Ebert reviewed it twice and included it in his list of great movies. Continue reading Poem from Groundhog Day