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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Are They Lying?

    by , Yesterday at 07:12 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I was thinking about writing about the misfortune that people are acting up about racism, but I was listening to TV coverage of an electrical storm that has produced a tornado, when the reporters said many things that were false. It was clear that they didn't know much about weather and probably never studied meteorology, and they certainly never bothered reading the National Weather Service information about warnings and watches. They tried to make the thunderstorm sound like something exciting ...
  2. Is it All a Simulation?

    by , 07-25-2020 at 10:13 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    The concept of reality being a computer simulation has been popular for some time, and I understand that is the hook in The Matrix, which I have never seen. One of the earliest serious consideration of the concept was Bostromís paper in 2001 (link below).

    Bostromís concept runs into trouble with Occamís Razor; it introduces a complication that is unnecessary. I have never seen the point of creating a huge simulation, when it would be easier to simply go and take a look. Bostrom ...
  3. Food Trend

    by , 07-13-2020 at 07:27 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I donít espouse conspiracy theories, but something along those lines is the best explanation that I can find for the trend in recent decades away from high quality foods and toward foods that are minimally nutritious and sometimes toxic. When I was younger, beans were eaten seldom and always properly cooked, but in the last few decades there has been a trend toward eating more beans that are poorly cooked beans and various bean derivatives, even though it is well known that beans contain toxins ...

    Updated 07-13-2020 at 07:33 AM by PeterL

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  4. The Next Great Flood of the Mississippi

    by , 07-04-2020 at 08:34 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    A number of years ago, I read about the relocation of the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Old River Control Structure, and related matters, and I concluded that the Mississippi would relocate someday, and it would have huge economic effects on the U.S.A., especially the great Plains and agriculture commodities. It hasn't happened, yet, but it is inevitable. With a huge amount of money could be invested in constructions that would minimize the dislocations and economic problems, but that investment ...
  5. End of History

    by , 06-27-2020 at 08:27 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I don't like the term ďnihilismĒ, but recently I have found myself using that on a few occasions; although it may have been misplaced. I have used it in reference to people who use their own set of pseudo-facts in place of history. People like the ones who tore down the statue of U.S. Grant, ostensibly because he owned a slave for a time. In that case, they were also ignoring the matter of him leading the North to victory over the Confederate States of America. Grant wasn't the nicest person around, ...
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