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Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel's Essays Make It Fun to Ponder, 'Am I a Jerk?

Eric Schwitzgebel's excellent and accessible philosophy in A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures would be great at parties—just open up to any random three-page essay, read it aloud, and let the conversation flow.

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Don't Google It! How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Algorithms of Oppression addresses the growing concern about the consequences of commercial control over information and the harm it does to communities.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Experiences 'Event 0'

This week we explore Event [0] and its experiment with language as a form of gameplay.

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Learning from Weak AI

Unlike players, AIs don't have to internalize rules. They are the rules.

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A Public Service Announcement From Your Future AI Overlords

Perhaps what worries Stephen Hawking and his fear mongering colleagues is not some hostile Other like Agent Smith from The Matrix, but the more pedestrian Other that is other people.

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'Ex Machina' and the Moral and Intellectual Facets of AI Development

Ex Machina treats its audience with reverence and care, and as a result, it's a film that can be dissected and appreciated by both humans and sentient robots alike.

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We Can Rebuild Him: David Dufty's Exploration into Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection

Dufty could take most tech writers to school with his lucid prose that maintains an even tone while reducing hopelessly intricate subjects to their core concepts.

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The Encroachment of the Public

As privacy fades, so do intimacy, personal safety, and self-esteem (mental health) and with them social cohesion.

Sam Vaknin
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The Pathology of Love

Behavior changes are reminiscent of psychosis and, biochemically speaking, passionate love closely imitates substance abuse.

Sam Vaknin
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The Basic Dilemma of the Artist

We are prisoners in the universe of our emotions; our weapons of language are useless.

Sam Vaknin
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The Columnist in the Mousetrap

Agatha Christie's opus is a portrait of our age as it emerged, all bloodied and repellent, from the womb of the dying Victorian era.

Sam Vaknin
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Morality as Collateral Damage

The universal imperative 'thou shall not kill (another human being)' is easily over-ruled by the moral obligation to kill for one's country. The imperative 'though shall not steal' is superseded by one's moral obligation to spy for one's nation.

Sam Vaknin
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The Folly of Parenthood

Many (children) continue to live with their parents into their thirties and consume the family's savings in college tuition, sumptuous weddings, expensive divorces, and parasitic habits.

Sam Vaknin
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Just War or a Just War

What is legal is not always moral and what is legitimate is not invariably legal.

Sam Vaknin
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The Ecology of Environmentalism

Arguably, bacteria and insects exert on Nature far more influence with farther reaching consequences than Man has ever done.

Sam Vaknin
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Hitler and the Invention of the West

The idea of the West is merely the last phase and manifestation of the clash of titans between Germany on the one hand, and Russia on the other.

Sam Vaknin
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The Demise of the West

No official version of the events can survive the onslaught of blogs and multiple news reporting.

Sam Vaknin
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Why America is Hated

I firmly believe that it is better to face a forthright villain than a masquerading saint.

Sam Vaknin
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Serial Killers as a Cultural Construct

Such killers are convinced that they are more honest and open about their desires and, thus, morally superior.

Sam Vaknin
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Sex or Gender

Are gender identity and sexual preferences immutable lifelong features or dynamically evolving frames of self-reference?

Sam Vaknin
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The Merits of Stereotypes

(Discrimination) has little to do with stereotypes and a lot to do with societal and economic power matrices.

Sam Vaknin
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A Case for Legalizing Some Crime

Millions of professionals derive their livelihood, parasitically, from crime.

Sam Vaknin
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Ethical Relativism and Absolute Taboos

(Taboos) disappear or are transformed when no longer useful.

Sam Vaknin
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Racing Down: Eugenics and the Future of the Human Species

If society is to bear the costs of over-population -- social welfare, medical care, daycare centers -- then society has the right to regulate procreation.

Sam Vaknin
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The Myth of the Right to Life

Public hospitals, state pension schemes, and police forces may be needed in order to fulfill society's obligations to prolong, maintain, and improve our lives, but fulfill them they must.

Sam Vaknin
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And Then There Were Too Many: The Population Bomb

No one can vouchsafe for a 'critical mass' of humans, a threshold beyond which the species will implode and vanish.

Sam Vaknin

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