Hmmm. We don’t often see serious skepticism of Cool ideas like string theory except from brave souls like Sabine Hossenfelder. With luck, if this pans out to be a serious discussion, it will begin a trend.Note: Some of us would be okay with “Why String Theory Is Right,” provided it is a response to skepticism taken seriously and the theory is treated as a theory with serious problems—not a sort of foregone conclusion, upholding a multiverse.
From the 2018 AI Hype Countdown at Mind Matters #9: AI help, not hype, with Robert J. Marks: What would it take for a robot to be self-aware?The Army Times headline would jolt your morning coffee:Army researchers are developing a self-aware squid-like robot you can 3D print in the fieldReporter
With the government in a shutdown, Defense Secretary James Mattis resigning because he doesn’t see eye to eye with an erratic Donald Trump, and the stock market plunging, GOP lawmakers are losing their tempers with the president who has thrown the country into chaos just before Christmas.
This morning I phoned my friend, the former Republican member of Congress.ME: So, what are you hearing?HE: Trump is in deep sh*t. ME: Tell me more. HE: When it looked like he was backing down on the wall, Rush and the crazies on Fox went ballistic. So he has to do the shutdown to keep the base happy. They’re his insurance policy. They stand between him and impeachment.ME: Impeachment? No chance. Senate Republicans would never go along.
I have tried to hedge with Sanders but nonetheless tried to be critical of his framing of ‘revolution’ around the at best FDR-New Dealism, if that much. The result I predict will be a bust, but since I can’t quite figure his strategy (for all I know his fake talk of ‘revolution’ could trigger the real thing) I can only warn that if you use the term ‘revolution’ a note comes due at some point to deliver or else you are fart gas out of the backside of the Edouard Bernsteins. Continue reading What the blazes is Sanders’ position on anything… ??Our Revolution