Disclaimer

Many of my essays are quite old. They were, in effect, written by a person who longer exists in that my views, beliefs, and overall philosophy have grown and evolved over the years. Consequently, if I were to write on the same topics again, the resulting essays might differ significantly from their current versions. Rather than edit my essays to remain contemporary with my views, I have chosen to preserve them as a record of my past inclinations and writing style. Thank you for understanding.

Everyone is a philosopher, some of us are just more verbose than others. Responses are welcome.

Philosophy

The Obligatory Mind Uploading Blockchain Crossover Article

Sep 2017 — An exploration of popular philosophies of personal identity, and a new proposed identity model based on blockchains. Also available at IEET.

Mind Uploading and the Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything

Long version currently under peer-review as of late 2015 — There is also a shorter and slightly reorganized version of this paper available at IEET.

The Fallacy of Favoring Gradual Replacement Mind Uploading Over Scan-and-Copy

Accepted for print 2016 — Very early draft versions are available on Philica, SSRN, and Cogprints. The latest draft prior to copyright restriction can be obtained from arXiv. There is also a shorter and slightly reorganized version of this paper available at IEET. It more closely resembles the earlier drafts mentioned above. I encourage readers to go for the latest possible draft frankly, preferably the to-print version once it is available.

Response to Susan Schneider's The Philosophy of 'Her'

Mar 2014 — A response to a New York Times article
This is an op-ed article published by H+ Magazine.

Cosmic Futurism

Aug 2013 — A statement of personal philosophy

Computer Technology and the Future

Robots and Mind Uploading

Apr 2001 — The near future will knock your socks off, the far future will be incomprehensible

Synthesized Voices

Apr 2001 — Hollywood's impending death

Unbreakable Encryption

Apr 2001 — Why aren't people using this stuff yet?

Digital Photography

Dec 2003 — Photography is an extraordinary example of the pace of modern technological change

The Carbon Age

Apr 2005 — Civilization is about to evolve a step

My Religion

Oct 2005 — A facetious, yet gripping, notion

Superhuman Intelligence, Super Absurd?

May 2008 — I posit that it might be impossible to be smarter than a human

How Smart Can an Apple IIe Be?

Oct 2008 — Computers are super-swell - algorithms, not so much

Implications of Computerized Intelligence on Interstellar Travel

Sep 2011 — Humans will never travel beyond the solar system...well, sorta.
This is an op-ed article published by H+ Magazine.
This essay is cross-listed under Science and Exploration.

What Do I Think About Lying Awake at Night?

Jun 2014 — I am undecided whether this is a poem or an essay. Choose for yourself.

'Interstellar' Might Depict AI Slavery

Nov 2014 — A response to a Slate article.
This is an op-ed article published by H+ Magazine.

Roko's Basilisk Meets Okor's Basilisk

Aug 2015 — A counterargument to Roko's Basilisk

Genetic Technology

Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research

Apr 2001 — People don't have a clue

Genetically Modified Foods (not completed yet)

Apr 2001 — Hippies and new-agers don't always make the right call

Science and Exploration

Aliens, UFOs, and SETI

Apr 2001 — A complete and total waste of time guaranteed to utter failure

Mars vs. Europa (not completed yet)

Apr 2001 — Where should we be looking for life

Implications of Computerized Intelligence on Interstellar Travel

Sep 2011 — Humans will never travel beyond the solar system...well, sorta
This is an op-ed article published by H+ Magazine.
This essay is cross-listed under Computer Technology and the Future

The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes,
and the Interstellar Transportation Bandwidth

Nov 2011 — Submitted to Icarus, available on arXiv and later republished by H+ Magazine (also available in PDF locally on this site).

Implications of the BPF small mammal brain preservation prize, from the prosaic to the profound

Feb 2016 — A article I wrote immediately following the announcement that the Brain Preservation Foundation's small mammal brain preservation prize had been won.
This article is also available at CarbonCopies.org, MindUploading.org, and The Brain Preservation Foundation.

Politics

Death Penalty

Apr 2001 — I'm against it, but you better read why before drawing any conclusions

Abortion and Men's Reproductive Rights

Apr 2001 — Vehemently pro-choice, but with some side-thoughts about men's reproductive rights

The Abortion Debate

Apr 2005 — Pro-choice, with an explanation you probably haven't heard before

Religion

God's Existence

Apr 2001 — I'm adamently agnostic, but have an interesting thought experiment

Organized Religion (not completed yet)

Apr 2001 — How it helps, how it hurts

Separation of Church and State (not completed yet)

Apr 2001 — Good for all sides

Evangelism (not completed yet)

Apr 2001 — The truest evil

Religion's Impending Death

Oct 2005 — Most forms of religion will be completely dead within a hundred years

Secular Morality and Dreams

Oct 2005 — Why religious people who think they are so right are so wrong

Why Creationism (and Intelligent Design, ugh) Bug the Hell Outta Me

Sep 2008 — A journey of self-analyzation

Miscellaneous

Ruminations of an Insomniac

Sep 2004 — I am an insomniac, through and through. This essay is an analysis of its effects on my life for better and worse, my theories on its causes in my case, and experiences battling and/or embracing it.

Oatmeal Indiegogo Charity Drive Pledge Analysis

Jun 2012 — Data analysis of the pledges made to the Oatmeal's Indiegogo charity drive.