Intelligence: Artificial & Otherwise

To speak sanguinely about Artificial intelligence (AI) – real and speculative – one must first ask the question: Is AI possible? Before that question can even be rendered answerable, however, one must define one's terms, especially given the proclivity for intelligence-as-such, that is, as a material process, to be conflated and constrained wholly to sapience… Continue reading Intelligence: Artificial & Otherwise

Persuasion Fixation and Optics Obsession

There is a recent Dilbert comic written by Scott Adams wherein the titular character speaks with his boss who says: Boss: I don't like the optics of your plan. Dilbert: Its the only plan that can work. Should I change it to something that looks good but won't work? Boss: Excellent idea, you might have… Continue reading Persuasion Fixation and Optics Obsession

Refuting Chomsky: Distortions, Omissions and Lies

[Originally published via West Coast Reactionaries.] There is an old adage (which is generally attributed to Sun Tzu) which has always resonated powerfully with me, “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” This is something up-right thinking individuals of all stripes would do well to remember for one’s enemy does not always come bearing… Continue reading Refuting Chomsky: Distortions, Omissions and Lies