A cognitive eugenics born of genetic testing (and selection) for intelligence is almost upon us. Except - intelligence is not only a matter of genetics. Environmental influences, opportunities, sociological feedback mechanisms, the creatively adaptive development of unique cognitive methods - these are all factors in human intelligence. Cognitive eugenics - let's call it what it…
More cosmological enigmas are upon us. The statement that "disparate observed properties of the Universe appear to be mutually inconsistent" is awesome. It is endlessly entertaining that we are all so constantly surprised to discover that these discontinuities and (apparent) logical enigmas arise. When they do emerge as artefacts of observation, it suggests that radical…
Don't be fooled into a false sense of security by the fact that a worst-case climate apocalypse is intimately terrifying on a scale exceeding any story that humanity ever told itself and is so far beyond our limited experience that we more readily characterise it as myth or fiction. At the scale of disaster we…
Complexity is a lot smarter than we are - all of our ratiobal interdictions into behavioural and sociological problems tend to amplify by displacement those problems.
It is only an immature psychological and cultural status which seeks certainty and completion in all things and in so doing, generates endless entropy and confusion. Science has no logical endpoint.
There is no "best" theory, there are only progressively "better" ones.
The great enigma of scientific and technological progress: for every great leap forwards there exists a concurrent potential for even greater (catastrophic) leaps backwards.
Does the social (and psychological) context of science and technology fundamentally inhibit the free exploration and development of new modes of thought ?
The unfolding patterns, exploratory revelations and emergent complexity of Artificial Intelligence may not ultimately reveal itself to be as useful to us as we (and all our aspirations) turn out to be to it.
A (perceived) ethical void in the bare-metal mechanisms of pure mathematical and statistical Reason generates that ideological and cultural reflex we see all around us as intransigent denial of demonstrable and provable facts.
What we require most critically is insight and effective methods for sharing valuable information with other minds. This is quite probably the most difficult communication task with which to successfully engage.
It is staggering (and blissfully unacknowledged) the extent to which this world of ours and all of its many anthropomorphic catastrophes are all quite simply occurring within and emanating from these brains between our ears.