This is a good article about the Sorites Paradox. This paradox is about what happens to a heap of sand when grains of sand are removed one at a time. At what point is it no longer a heap?
Two closed boxes, A and B, are on a table in front of you. A contains $1,000. B contains either nothing or $1 million. You don’t know which. You have two options:
- Take both boxes.
- Take box B only.
You keep the contents of the box/boxes you take, and your aim is to get the most money.
But here’s the thing. The test was set by a Super-Intelligent Being, who has already made a prediction about what you will do. If Her prediction was that you would take both boxes, She left B empty. If Her prediction was that you would take B only, She put a ₤1 million cheque in it.
Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights by Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka
A very interesting article that discusses the history of competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia since 1979. This article gives a much-needed perspective on the nature of the various conflicts in the Middle East and the future of US involvement in the region. Click on the photo to get to the article.
Shouldn’t the fact that the father committed a crime to create the child lead to a rejection of his parental rights? This situation seems like blatant injustice.
This article discusses an attempt to understand consciousness through brain research. The idea is that attempting to explain biological mechanisms involved in consciousness will make the mystery of consciousness less mysterious. This remind me of Marvin Minskly’s approach later approach to artificial intelligence: http://web.media.mit.edu/~minsky/papers/Internal%20Grounding.html
This website http://users.ox.ac.uk/~worc0337/modal.realism.html discusses the modal realism of David Lewis. Lewis proposed that all possible worlds exist because their existence was the only way that he could make sense of counterfactual statements such as:
If Hitler had died as a child in a car accident, then the Holocaust would not have happened.
In other words, Lewis is claiming that the world where Hitler died as a child in a car accident and the Holocaust did not happen is an actual world, just not this world. On this view, there are a lot of possible worlds (infinitely many?), and they all exist. The existence of these worlds makes our true counterfactual statements true.