Everyone is a philosopher, some of us are just more verbose than others. Responses are welcome.
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.
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.
Mar 2014 — A response to a New York Times article
Aug 2013 — A statement of personal philosophy
Computer Technology and the Future
Apr 2001 — The near future will knock your socks off, the far future will be incomprehensible
Apr 2001 — Hollywood's impending death
Apr 2001 — Why aren't people using this stuff yet?
Dec 2003 — Photography is an extraordinary example of the pace of modern technological change
Apr 2005 — Civilization is about to evolve a step
Oct 2005 — A facetious, yet gripping, notion
May 2008 — I posit that it might be impossible to be smarter than a human
Oct 2008 — Computers are super-swell - algorithms, not so much
Sep 2011 — Humans will never travel beyond the solar system...well, sorta.
Jun 2014 — I am undecided whether this is a poem or an essay. Choose for yourself.
Nov 2014 — A response to a Slate article.
Aug 2015 — A counterargument to Roko's Basilisk
Apr 2001 — People don't have a clue
Apr 2001 — Hippies and new-agers don't always make the right call
Science and Exploration
Apr 2001 — A complete and total waste of time guaranteed to utter failure
Apr 2001 — Where should we be looking for life
Sep 2011 — Humans will never travel beyond the solar system...well, sorta
Feb 2016 — A article I wrote immediately following the announcement that the Brain Preservation Foundation's small mammal brain preservation prize had been won.
Apr 2001 — I'm against it, but you better read why before drawing any conclusions
Apr 2001 — Vehemently pro-choice, but with some side-thoughts about men's reproductive rights
Apr 2005 — Pro-choice, with an explanation you probably haven't heard before
Apr 2001 — I'm adamently agnostic, but have an interesting thought experiment
Apr 2001 — How it helps, how it hurts
Apr 2001 — Good for all sides
Apr 2001 — The truest evil
Oct 2005 — Most forms of religion will be completely dead within a hundred years
Oct 2005 — Why religious people who think they are so right are so wrong
Sep 2008 — A journey of self-analyzation
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.
Jun 2012 — Data analysis of the pledges made to the Oatmeal's Indiegogo charity drive.