Actually, that’s a loaded question, but it caught your attention, eh? I suppose that technically nothing is “wrong” with modern sci-fi. On average, SF writers today are much better writers than ever before. Their sentences flow. Their characters are round and fully realized. Action crackles off the page. And yet it’s hard for me to […]Read more "What’s wrong with modern sci-fi?"
Recently, I decided that a discussion that started in the comments section of the Why is philosophy important? article merited its own spotlight. Specifically, I will highlight the perceived advantages of philofiction over philosophy and philosophical science fiction (sci-phi or philoscifi).Read more "Philofiction vs. philoscifi"
A friend referred me to Kirby Ferguson’s “Everything is a Remix” web video series, and I found it to be well thought out and produced. Its byline is “nothing is original,” and it focuses on the concept that creative ideas are repeatedly borrowed from previous generations of artists. If that sounds interesting to you, have […]Read more "Everything is a remix"
What do free will, determinism, and Malcolm Gladwell have in common? Let’s find out, shall we?Read more "Free will, determinism, and Malcolm Gladwell"
As this article points out, all sports would benefit greatly if a distinction could ever be made between performance enhancement and quick healing. Such a discussion could eventually lead to other debates with far greater impact and importance to society.Read more "How sports medicine debate can help society"
I’m generally a pretty easygoing guy, but one thing that always burns me up is the twisting of words to mislead and to misinform. Take for example the recent attempts to have Intelligent Design (ID) taught as a viable alternative to evolution in science classrooms. Proponents argue that if evolution is merely a “theory,” then […]Read more "Intelligent Design is not science"
This guy is the virtual Bernie Madoff. I suppose it was only a matter of time before this happened…What’s next: applying real criminal law to such virtual crimes? The best parts are the virtual bank run and the “ironically” segments toward the end of the excerpt.Read more "Gamer steals from virtual world to pay real debts"
Here is an interesting article about how and why Star Trek and Star Wars attract different kinds of fans and why their fans act so differently, even though the works are both ‘sci-fi.’Read more "Star Trek vs. Star Wars"
I’m not referring to the content that is transmitted but the speed in which it is transmitted. As technology gets faster and faster, will there come a point when it begins to unravel what makes us human? Have we already reached this point?Read more "Is technology eroding morality?"
I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying. – Woody Allen Humans have always been obsessed with immortality. From the Fountain of Youth to the latest cryogenics, people have always sought ways to extend their physical presence in the world indefinitely. They are going about it […]Read more "Immortality"