Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Mad Postman, The Invisible Schooner, and The Greater Cause, in Meat-based Parallel Processing 1

“When you’re a… Scientist…” as Bowie didn’t actually say, you pass your exams, get set up somewhere, but then just behave however you like, because science is, by definition, what scientists do. Hence, whatever you do will be science. I … Continue reading

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The Mad Postman, The Invisible Schooner, and The Greater Cause, in Meat-based Parallel Processing 2: Razib Khan

Razib Khan has a pretty high opinion of his scientific abilities. He’s repeatedly had the opportunity, when discussing the origin of dogs, to present the significant alternative to his own view. Instead though, he forgot that science is principally about … Continue reading

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The Mad Postman, The Invisible Schooner, and The Greater Cause, in Meat-based Parallel Processing 3: Joanna Bryson

I recently attended a talk by Joanna Bryson, more “to the public” rather than in an academic setting, though it was to an educated public. The first half was an overview of mentality in robots, and touched (obviously briefly) on … Continue reading

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The Mad Postman, The Invisible Schooner, and The Greater Cause, in Meat-based Parallel Processing 4: Anti-cladists

As mentioned in section 1, innovators in science (as everywhere) take most of the risk, but as independent thinkers, they’re at risk of sacrificing the weapon of unity. Yet this isn’t political rocket science. Even those of us who find … Continue reading

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The Mad Postman, The Invisible Schooner, and The Greater Cause, in Meat-based Parallel Processing 5: Steve Hunter

The final exhibit in this series is someone called Steve Hunter, with an anti-cladist website, holding a list of suitable literature and a line in corresponding T-shirts. I wrote him a very pleasant and reasonably amusing email to re-established contact … Continue reading

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NCSCE – Cladistic Existentialism

[John Jackson: I’d been in touch with Steve Hunter in 2008, when we discussed the NCSCE site which he’d set up on the troublesome nature of cladism. He also told me all about his belated but enjoyable brush with science … Continue reading

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NCSCE – Background

[John Jackson: I’d been in touch with Steve Hunter in 2008, when we discussed the NCSCE site which he’d set up on the troublesome nature of cladism. He also told me all about his belated but enjoyable brush with science … Continue reading

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