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Simulation Theology

The discussion around the idea that we exist in a computer simulation has been recently fueled by the publication of The Doomsday Calculation by William Poundstone and some remarks by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk. Although it is an … Continue reading

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War of the Worlds 2020

  H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds has become the apt metaphor for our times. In it the alien invaders from Mars, invincible to all of our traditional military power, are finally stopped by microscopic bacteria. That situation is not … Continue reading

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Antares Launch Report

Last November I watched a rocket launch from Wallops Island, Virginia. It was an Antares rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. This was my fourth attempt at seeing a rocket go into space. The first, on … Continue reading

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A Dictatorship DIY

A Dictatorship DIY or Totalitarianism for Dummies To initiate an American dictatorship, first you need a candidate to run for president who has popular appeal and name recognition. Preferably not a career politician but one who can claim outsider status … Continue reading

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Auto Autonomous

“A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men…our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” Herman Melville The introduction of self-driving cars may transfigure American culture in unsettling ways we have not seen in … Continue reading

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