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Pew pew pewHow can we create frameworks of practical moral reasoning in the absence of free will? Can neuroscience research shed light on how we make moral judgements? What are the general implications of neuroscience research itself? How can we differentiate between the study of the mind or the brain to begin with? In the … Continue reading Neuroethics: the delicate balance of neuroscience and morality
Memory storage in the language learning process shows how we make inferences about language in our communication. If our brains were like computers, we could process information like a machine would. It takes about 1.5 megabytes of memory to learn a language, enough for a computer to save an image, according to researchers Francisca Mollica … Continue reading The brain uses about 1.5 megabytes to learn a language
Truth is elusive, nowhere to be found. Footprint and forecast, through reason and verse, through scars and marks that style the ground. Memory and reason, fade to the bland. Glimpse of light, the sight of truth. We converse scratched in concrete or scribbled in sand. From birthmark or gravestone, the discourse abound, of dialogue, debating, … Continue reading "The pursuit of truth," a villanelle
Reflect, examine, as though we were fish behind a glass wall for all to observe, to think, to ruminate on why we exist. For feeling, for living in pure isolation, encounter life’s form would leave us unnerved, and beauty we choose for pure decoration. Sublime, surrender to logic of bliss, of wonder and meaning through … Continue reading "A mathematician’s lament," a villanelle
"Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things." - Denis Diderot, Pensées PhilosophiquesI believe the ways we become better researchers only come through self-reflection and meditating upon the arguments and principles behind what we do - not the simple acts of doing those things themselves. What makes good work that we find satisfying, … Continue reading On becoming a better researcher
Voltaire When I attended the 2019 meeting of the American Association of Advancement of Science, I couldn’t help but feel déjà vu. At my second AAAS conference, I found familiar faces among scientists and journalists. I also felt the conference’s theme “Science Transcending Boundaries” resonating with centuries-old writing that has remained relevant to this day. … Continue reading History transcending science’s boundaries
By Carolyn HaythornIt’s hard for me to remember the time before the internet became such a pervasive part of daily life. I work online to earn money, watch Netflix to relax, scroll YouTube for advice on anything from personal finance to cooking, and read push notifications from my favorite news outlets to keep up-to-date. I’m … Continue reading Guest post – "Aristotle and Fake News: Why understanding rhetoric illuminates credible arguments"
It overwhelms me. It is everything. Waking up, walking outside, working in this world, waiting for time to pass, Everything launches a flurry of questions and thoughts through my head, "Who am I?" "What is my purpose?" "What can I achieve?" They taunt me, vex me, take form of darkness, "What is this world?" "What … Continue reading "Governed by darkness," a poem about fear
Is this strong AI? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a human mind. No escape from reality.When the Cold War brought the world's attention to revolutions in scientific research, artificial intelligence would shake our understanding of what separates a human from the rest of the world. Scientists and philosophers would draw from theories of mind … Continue reading Artificial intelligence re-defines reality and the self