The Advent of the Microprocessor, Philosophy and the Next Stage in Information Technology

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos recently expressed the view that a dominance position in technology is transient, adding that Amazon may not escape that fate. The pattern that includes AT&T, Xerox, DEC and IBM indicates that there is an intrinsic difficulty for a technological leader to identify the natural next stage in a given field. Functional overlap […]

Philosophy, Gene Editing and The Next Phase of Human Evolution

We can now control future human evolution. It is the most far-reaching technological development since humans branched from other primates some six million years ago. There does not exist at present a conceptual framework with which to address this (or any other) long-term global issue. Typically, any long-term global issue is a looming disaster. Consider […]

De-nuclearizing North Korea

What has prevented atomic conflict since the Second World War is the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Kim Jeong Il discovered that this formula is inapplicable to the potential atomic conflict between a superpower and a small country. Instead, the superpower, having more to lose, is in a military disadvantage. This fact confers negotiating […]

Some notes relating to the forthcoming publications of the revised The New Foundation of Knowledge (2017)

A. Philosophy A1. The current state of affairs. Philosophy is the most basic and most troubled field of knowledge. Present-day knowledge is still based on assumptions about human nature that are now known to be false, that were introduced some 300 years ago. These assumptions underlie normative disciplines, including ethics, law, politics and economics. As […]

The 1951 UN Refugee Convention is inconsistent with the US Constitution

Nations are sovereign: they have exclusive authority over a territory and its borders. A sovereign entity controls entry and stays within its borders. The 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of refugees, commonly known as the Refugee Convention undermines sovereignty by creating the legal right of persons to claim asylum in countries other […]

Why this century is unlike any other

T. Philosophy and survival T1. The state of the world. T1.1. Climate change. From the evolutionary perspective species come and go; Homo sapiens is still a work-in-progress. Climate change exemplifies the fact that long-term global consequences of technology are generally toxic, irreversible this century, and raises concerns about the challenge of surviving convergent natural disasters. […]

Philosophy: toward a dawn of a new day

A. Consciousness A1. The consciousness enigma. Being Conscious is the central fact of personal existence. Yet, to date, attempts to account for what consciousness is and what it does have failed. This issue is addressed below. A2. A criterion of physicality. The physical is publicly observable. Your dentist can see your aching tooth but not your toothache. The tooth, being […]