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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Which Beliefs?

    by , 03-06-2016 at 10:40 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I just made the mistake of clicking on a suggested video on YouTube; it is about strange religions. Just before that I watched one about secret societies. These were very inspiring. Most of the secret societies arenít secret; although a few were interesting in times past, especially the Knights Templar.

    The Templars have certainly created a long lasting stir. They were controversial eight hundred years ago, and they still are, but they were dissolved, and in many cases killed. The ...

    Updated 03-06-2016 at 10:42 PM by PeterL

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  2. Are They Slaves?

    by , 02-26-2016 at 05:11 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I am working on rewriting a novel, so I picked up a known good novel to determine whether my novel is any good. The comparison is with Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. I read Player Piano a fair number of years ago, but I couldnít remember much detail about it; in general it is about technological displacement of workers. It was published in 1952, so some people might think it is out of date, but the same issues are still current. People are still being required to be over-trained for all positions, ...
  3. Fact Versus Opinion, What's the difference?

    by , 02-15-2016 at 09:47 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I wonder whether one needs the same level of confidence for speculations, opinions, beliefs, prejudices, etc. as for facts. It has been my understanding for as long as I remember that it was fine to opine as one wanted to, regardless of actual fact, but when one wants to assert something as fact, then one must have evidence and logic.

    For example, several months ago I opined that there was a good chance that the 2016 presidential election might come out like the 1860 election in ...

    Updated 02-18-2016 at 05:26 PM by PeterL

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  4. Settled Science

    by , 02-03-2016 at 09:05 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    In the course of reciting the dogmas of AGW, someone used the phrase "settled science" in regard to the theory that global warming has been caused by human activity. I foolishly started wondering what science is settled. There are matters that nearly everyone agrees on that might be called "settled", but when you scratch the surface there are questions.

    There aren't many people who don't believe the theory of gravity. Newton's law of universal gravitation states ...
  5. The New Semiosis

    by , 02-01-2016 at 08:23 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Recently I have noticed that some words have peculiar meanings. Actually there's nothing new in that, but the word "free" used to seem quite straightforward. Languages often change as results of abuses of the language, and that might be going on, but it might also be that some people have trouble understanding what "free" means. I don't recall the exact mater that got me interested, because there are many things for which no direct payment is taken, and some people erroneously ...

    Updated 02-01-2016 at 10:05 PM by PeterL

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