Category Archives: signifyin

Myhrvold’s Terrorism Paper

Nathan Myrhvold released a lengthy paper analyzing the technological nature of terrorism and critiquing the American strategy of counterterrorism thus far. I particularly liked his Richter-scale for ranking potential threats. In his paper, Myrvhold suggests a far more proactive policy of investment in counterterrorism R&D. He concludes by stating that, in the likely event that […]

Reverse Solipsism

In the previous post, you were challenged to convince yourself that real people are imaginary. But most people would rather do the opposite. Most people spend a lot of time convincing themselves that imaginary people are real. The imaginer mistakenly imagines that his imagination is fully under his control, so he assumes that imaginary people […]

Puzzling About Solipsism

I’m not sure how to frame this. Imagine that you’re talking to someone about imagination, and you exclaim, “I’m not even convinced that you are not a figment of my imagination!”. Now, it is easy to imagine saying something like this. But can you imagine saying it convincingly? The best way to sound convincing is […]


One of my favorite poems about the intersection of memory, identity, and death is “Remember” by Christina Rossetti: Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no […]

Kathy Griffin is Right

Kathy Griffin has ascended as a professional idol/actress, and has finally earned enough praise and worship to get a little graven image of her own.  Upon accepting her statue, she said “nobody had less to do with this than Jesus”. “Christians” are outraged.  Outraged, I tell you!!! I am sure that she probably intended to say, “nobody had less […]

Vote for Fiddy!

In an Alec Baldwin-esque move, 50 cent has declared that he’ll quit the rap game if Kanye West outsells him.  Kanye West is a no-talent ass-clown poser with no real poetry, so I’m going to pre-order Fiddy’s new album now!

Gore’s Cult of Reason

Al Gore’s latest book is called “The Assault on Reason“, and he makes the case that “Reason” alone is worthy of our praise and adulation, and furthermore is under assault by bad people who worship foreign Jewish gods.  Amazon sells it in a bundle with “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”. This kind […]

New Favorite Hacker Quote

Alec Baldwin, talking to an answering machine: “You have humiliated me for the last time with this phone”. There certainly is humiliation and a phone involved, but I think that statement was just the start.  Alec Baldwin, didn’t you promise to leave the country?  There is no reason for an answering machine to put up […]

Are You Vice Neutral?

Although the former Vice President uses more energy at home in a month than the average American household uses in a year — and more than the average village in the developing world uses in a year, his handlers want us to know that he “walks the walk” and “practices what he preaches” about energy […]

Revenge of the Tidols

Titles of nobility were tools created by powerful families to keep wealth concentrated within a genetic line.  The precise mathematical formula for optimal inbreeding was embodied in the descending hierarchy of rank.  For a thousand or more years, wealth and genetic ambition have fed the golem of nobility, and at last the golem has broken free […]