How to improve your moral reasoning in the digital age

Chinese scientists recently created gene edited babies using the controversial CRISPR-Cas9 technique. Scholars have alarmed the world about the ethical questions raised by genetic engineering. Writers also grappled with the recent explosion of machine learning and its effects. This includes the science behind how computers make decisions. This way they can determine its effects on society. … Continue reading How to improve your moral reasoning in the digital age

How a 2001 video game warned us about the dangers of artificial intelligence and genetic engineering

More than just a game: the video game character Psycho Mantis broke the fourth wall by speaking to the player. This is like writer Kurt Vonnegut's addressing of the reader him/herself in Breakfast of Champions. It served to remind us the limits of video game technology in disseminating information: no matter what, we're still players … Continue reading How a 2001 video game warned us about the dangers of artificial intelligence and genetic engineering

Art meets science: the limits and ethics of neuroaesthetics

The aesthetic value of Umberto Boccioni's "Dynamism of a Cyclist" shaped the Futurist movement. It was an admiration of science and technology. The constant movement of the perceived world reveals how our minds conceive such speed and motion.Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know … Continue reading Art meets science: the limits and ethics of neuroaesthetics

The science, mathematics, and philosophy of rhythm

Zebra finches use a "critic" in the brain to differentiate between the rhythm of songs of other birds and, through this, learn songs.Like the ebb and flow of the ocean, A rhythm emerges from the pen,I capture it, imagine it,before it disappears. Appropriate rhythm in writing means making sense of the relation between words and phrases. Stress, … Continue reading The science, mathematics, and philosophy of rhythm

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close": Science, aesthetics, and ethics of trauma fiction

Picasso’s "Le coq saigné", painted in France in the mid-20th century could be seen as a response to the traumatic events of World War II.It's miraculous that after two world wars, a Holocaust, and a cold war, "trauma fiction" was only coined in the 1990's. Trauma is fascinating, whether it's sexual, verbal, physical, or another … Continue reading "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close": Science, aesthetics, and ethics of trauma fiction