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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. On Predicting the Future

    by , 04-03-2013 at 10:43 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I am not sure whether the universe is deterministic, but it seems to be mostly determined by cause and effect, and I have never seen anything that did not appear to have a cause. If everything does have a cause, and we can determine all of the causes that are having effects on a time and place, then it should be possible to predict what will happen. In theory it is quite simple, but in practice it isn’t quite so easy.

    I have read a fair amount of literature, both fiction and non-fiction, ...

    Updated 04-07-2013 at 03:30 PM by PeterL

  2. Creating a New World Order

    by , 03-27-2013 at 09:42 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    It probably was a mistake to read it at all, but I just finished reading “The World Set Free” by H. G. Wells. It is about the nuclear war in the mid 1950’s and the aftermath of the war. The book was written a hundred years ago, before anyone actually knew what a runaway nuclear reaction would be like. He got that wrong, thinking that the chain reaction would continue for years, rather than creating a real explosion of large size. The novel was about the results, rather than the action. He pointed ...

    Updated 03-27-2013 at 07:41 PM by PeterL

  3. Grammar, Ignorance, Logic, and the Illuminati

    by , 03-24-2013 at 01:24 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Formal logic was developed from natural language and reasoning, but not all people understand language in the same way, and many people are careless in their use of natural language. For example, there are people who only use the present tense, even though there was a past, and there will be a future. And there are a few deficiencies in natural language. For example, there is nothing that directly shows whether something is intended as an opinion or as fact, and this can lead to significant problems. ...
  4. Conspiracy Theories and Pseudo-science – How-to

    by , 03-18-2013 at 09:27 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    There is big business in creating and maintaining conspiracy theories, pseudo-science, and similar things, but it isn’t hard to start such things off. The first thing is a single item that is factual or generally regarded as fact. If you decide to use something traditional, then there need not be as much of a relationship with the real world. From that item you spin a yarn. Make it bigger and bigger; the more that you include the better. Don’t tell penny lies when you can tell thousand dollar lies. ...

    Updated 03-21-2013 at 10:16 AM by PeterL

  5. The Illuminati and Christian End Times

    by , 03-11-2013 at 07:57 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Organized religion seeks to include everyone in the same organization, but the degree to which they try to inflict their beliefs on people who are not their co-religionists varies tremendously from Unitarians and Universal Life Church people who would just as soon you followed your own spirit to fundamentalists of various types, from Christian to Islam, who believe it is their responsibility to make you live their kind of proper life, or they will torture you until you change (or they think about ...