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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Character Abduction

    by , 11-01-2018 at 09:03 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Recently I was writing a story about Harry visiting Atlantis, and Plato entered into the story for obvious reasons, and that got me to thinking about using people and characters as characters. That was especially true, when I was trying to use Socrates as a character also, but that didn't work out, because his execution came too early in Plato's career. But that didn't stop me from wondering what Socrates was actually like in the real world. That was after I realized that I didn't think much of ...
  2. Spotting the Lies

    by , 10-26-2018 at 01:51 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I was working on a work of fiction, when I realized that what I had one character complain about was a major problem in today's world. The character was talking about setting up a school that would teach the basics of Rhetoric and Logic, so that the graduates would later be able to make better arguments and to detect fallacious arguments. The problem is that most people never learn the basics of argumentation and logic, so they can't tell when someone is using a logical fallacy, and much of the ...
  3. Sustainability

    by , 10-21-2018 at 04:48 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    After somewhat unproductive and unpleasant day, my mood was lifted a bit by an exchange the owner of a convenience store and his son, who usually runs it. It started when the older man asked me how I was, and in my normal fashion, I replied, "I donít know, either."

    "Oh, I have that problem, too. Sometimes I can't remember my name, who I am, anything."

    "Oh no, I can remember just fine, I just don't know." (Actually, I hate those absurd ...
  4. Miracle Miles

    by , 10-14-2018 at 02:35 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    There I was, walking down the Miracle Mile in Tucson, AZ; I'd already found out that the people I was in Tucson to see had escaped the city, So I was heading back toward I-10 to hitch hike home. I had spent the previous night in a Motel 6 near Phoenix and had breakfast nearby before going to Tucson. After I found out they weren't there, there was nothing to do except follow their example.

    Apparently, I looked like a mark, because when I walked past a bar that had its door open in ...

    Updated 10-23-2018 at 04:03 PM by PeterL

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  5. Monarchy

    by , 10-07-2018 at 04:04 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I Have lived my life so far in a federal republic, and I have seen how poorly that works. Republics try to give a voice to everyone that can be involved. Democracy is even worse, because everyone has a voice and a vote, even the insane, drunk, or mentally defective, and results often show the influence of such people. Aristocracy all too often deteriorates into plutocracy or oligarchy. If we are talking about governing a major country, then we are more interested in results than in process. ...