Friday, September 23, 2005

AUDIO: Fiber Optics, new connectors, and cryptography

A new connector was invented by one Mr. French (now living in Maine), but the government says he can't get paid for his idea because it threatens national security.


Thursday, September 22, 2005

THOUGHT: Anti-War argument

~ The following argument was suggested to me by a remark that my son, five years old at the time, made concerning being an "Army man." Though an avid computer military game player, he had NO interest in becoming a soldier when I asked him about it.
~ "Dad!" He exclaimed. "Army men die ALL THE TIME!!!" He deduced, after many hours of sending them into virtual battle against various computer enemies.
~ This suggests the following argument, which seems not so crazy to me:

1. Any event where lots of death occurs is very bad.
2. War is an event where lots off death occurs.
3. .:. War is very bad. [1,2]

4. Very bad things should be avoided.
5. War should be avoided. [3,4]

Friday, September 16, 2005

AUDIO: The A- Student

The 'A-' student is compared against the 'A' student, and the typical 'A' student is found generally wanting in comparision.


Thursday, September 15, 2005

AUDIO: Choices and consequences

A short observation about the ambiguity of decison making.


Why am I doing a blog?

I don't maintain a personal web page, because they seem more work than they are worth. But blogging software seems to do all the tedious work for me. I want to have some information in the public arena. So it looks like this site is the best way to accomplish that goal. I also think it's a fine thing to put forward some personal thoughts for people who might want to know a bit more about what makes me tick. I have plenty of students who think I'm a bit, uh, "out there." I'm a human. No really. Really! I am!

I've also become interested in doing some popularized philosophy voice blogging, so part of this is an experiment to see if that can happen easily.