Tag Archives: Philosophy

Man as Chinese Room

Wrapping up this series on the so-called strong artificial intelligence with a closer look at Prof. Searle’s arguments. Continue reading

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Minds as Machine Intelligence

Is Turing Test enough of a test to detect consciousness in machines? Prof. Searle proves that it is not. I beg to differ. Continue reading

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Problem of Other Minds

How do you know other people have minds as you do? It is an unsolved problem in philosophy – the Problem of Other Minds. Before asking the question whether computers could have minds, we have to address this problem. Otherwise, how would we know even if computers actually had minds? Continue reading

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Brains and Computers

Could our brains be computer hardware and minds be software running on them? Could computers have consciousness and intelligence? Could they have minds? If they had minds, how would we know? Continue reading

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Seeing and Believing

How do you bend a spoon? You can, if you realize that there is no spoon. That there is no space and time. Continue reading

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Deferred Satisfaction

In a world gone hedonistic on us, is it wise to defer your satisfaction? What is the difference between pleasure and happiness? Continue reading

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My Life, My Way

Early retirement — wisdom or foolhardiness? You be the judge! Continue reading

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Everything and Nothing

If somebody asks you what you are, here is one way to answer. Continue reading

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Bye Bye Einstein

This last post in the series explains why I believe it is time to say goodbye to Einstein, and why I look forward to how our worldview develops in the light of this CERN discovery of material superluminality. Continue reading

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Why not Discard Special Relativity?

This second post in my series on the superluminality observed (or suspected) at CERN looks at why we cannot accept it.

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Faster than Light

When they discovered particles going faster than light at CERN, they didn’t want to believe themselves. They were practically begging the rest of the community to find a mistake in this discovery. Why would they do that? This post and its follow ups will try to shed some light on this strange lack of faith.

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What is Unreal Blog?

This post is an expanded version of a Web interview regarding my blog. It attempts to answer the question why I blog. And why one should take philosophy seriously. Seriously!

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Dualism

Dualism is a misunderstood concept. At least, I didn’t understand it too well. This post is a more refined view on it, which may not still be complete or accurate. Since everything in philosophy (and life) is interconnected, this short post brings together a lot of what I think of life, the universe and everything.

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Top Philosophy Blog

Unreal Blog has been chosen as one of the top 50 philosophy blogs in the world!

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How to be a Good Parent

Practical advice to my younger readers. Continue reading

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The Unreal Universe

I recently made my first book available on Amazon. I thought I would post this article, which is a good summary of the book. This article was published in a magazine in Singapore. Continue reading

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Death — Last Words

The sixth and last post on the philosophy of death looks at the paradox or the absurdity of living at all, given that there is a death looming, and tries to find a sliver lining. Continue reading

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Does the World Go on?

The fifth post on the philosophy of death looks at another notion of continuity. Even for those who believe in no soul or god of any kind, the physical world is real and continuous. No sane person would think the world comes to an end with his death. Then again, nobody has accused me of sanity. Continue reading

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Primal Soul

What is soul, and why do we need one? Philosophy of death is surely incomplete without a discussion of this matter. Here is the fourth post in this series. Continue reading

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From Here to Eternity

The severity of a pain is not merely its intensity, but its duration as well. Given that death puts a definitive end to our worldly durations, how does it affect our notion of punishment commensurate with crime? Here is the third post on the philosophy of death.
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