A few years back I went to a lecture intended for professors and graduate students in philosophy. It was open to the public, even minimally publicized, but the second I entered the classroom I realized no other 'outsiders' had attended. The lecture turned out to be very technical, chock full of scholarly jargon. But after … Continue reading The Will to Believe
I'm in Pebble Beach looking out over the Pacific—peaceful & conciliatory—and I don't have much to complain about, especially when I think of the triple digit temps back home in Tucson. I don't mind that I'm in the June gloom, as natives call it. I love the moodiness, the East Coast-ness. It's cold and damp, … Continue reading June Gloom in California
In my last post I described the rule-breaking writing exercises I'm working on with my writing group. I promised to post an example: Don’t write a tight plot. Sounds easy, right? But here we want to focus on how to write a story with multiple trajectories that don’t quite add up. How might this work? … Continue reading Going Plotless
I'm in a writing group that's been going on for years now. Normally we follow a certain schedule (if you're interested in how our Garden Group operates, see this), but recently I've decided to shake things up a bit. I asked everyone in the group to tell me a rule he or she generally abides … Continue reading Rule-Breaking Writing Exercises
To understand this post, you might have to read part I and part II on phenomenology and artificial intelligence. The question I'm asking is not: Can computers think? Or: Can AI have consciousness? But: Can meaning "run ahead" for AI the way it does for us? Can we program intentionality, the "about-ness" or "directed-ness" toward … Continue reading Eidos and AI: What is a Thingamajig?