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Bill Benzon
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thinker, writer, musician, artist, photographer
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Would you jump from an airplane at 25,000 feet without a parachute?
Luke Aikins, the first person to jump out of an airplane without a parachute from a 25,000 feet. Aikins eventually lands in a net. The daring stunt is now in The Guinness Book Of World Records as the first complete planned jump from an airplane without a p...
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Star struck and broken down: How did literary criticism come to this foul pass? [#AvitalRonell]
Over the weekend the humanities Twitterverse, at least the part of it that I frequent, broke out in a flurry of discussion concerning the Avatal Ronell case . Briefly, Ronell is a very distinguished literary scholar at NYU . In 2017 Nimrod Reitman, a former...
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Another photo of Met Life tower, plus link to my 3QD reflections of new York 2140
See that slender tower in the middle? That's the Met Life tower, which is one of the central actors – yes, that's clearly how KSR conceived it, following Latour – in Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140 . I'm standing at the northern end of Hoboken, NJ, acr...
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Sacrifice and sunk costs
Human sacrifice - a means to preserve society or an economic system by raising its sunk costs. — Peter Y Paik (@pypaik) August 20, 2018
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Computation, Semantics, and Meaning: Adding to an Argument by Michael Gavin [#DH]
I've completed a new working paper. Title above. You can download it here: Academic.edu: https://www.academia.edu/37261264/Computation_Semantics_and_Meaning_Adding_to_an_Argument_by_Michael_Gavin SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3235001 Abstract, table of co...
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Whoops! Where's my boat?
Whoops! Where's my boat?
Whoops! Where's my boat?
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The brain is driven by a difference between prediction and and actualtiy
New research bolsters a controversial theory of how the brain works — from how we see and hear, to how we remember and make decisions. https://t.co/NAftwdr5NL pic.twitter.com/9hTLCbZ4Iy — Quanta Magazine (@QuantaMagazine) August 17, 2018 Well of course. The...
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Strangers in a strange land – More on ‘useless’ philosophical arguments about brains and computers
I’ve been thinking about those philosophical arguments I find so useless and have an idea about what they might be up to. Let’s look at this statement early in a classic paper by Wilfrid Sellars, Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man (1963): For the ph...
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250 mile optical telegraph in the Byzantine Empire in the 9th century CE
The Byzantine Empire used a system of beacons (an optical telegraph) to transmit messages across Asia Minor to Constantinople. The main line of beacons stretched over some 450 miles (720 km). A message could be transmitted the entire length of the line with...
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It turns out there IS a quick way to find your nearest neighbor
I'm sure this mathematical result is important, I even suspect that it's important to me, that is, that it will be useful in some of the problems I look at. But, whatever my mathematical intuitions may be, my technical skills are weak. Someone will have to ...
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