Our search for alien life might not only be misguided and pointless but also completely narcissistic and egomaniacal (and therefore dumb).

In the intro to the ‘Alien Contact’ event at next month’s World Science Festival in Brisbane it says: Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life…NASA estimates we’ll find definitive evidence of aliens within 20 to 30 years. Which begs the question: And then what? But really? Are we? Firstly, why …

Missing the point? + A Deep Dive into: Time [pt.2] – Schopenhauer’s idea that the past, future NOR the present can be enjoyed assumes that the past, present and future actually exist.

Time is that by virtue of which everything becomes nothingness in our hands and loses all real value. Just because my dog Chunky gets excited when I come home doesn’t mean that he remembers me. Our view of nature is skewed in a way that if it must act in …

A Deep Dive into: Marriage – if everything changes and everything that begins must end, and it’s the natural order of things, is marriage also a selfish act?

Sidenote: Now this is another potentially flammable issue that contains that pesky thing known as emotion, but I’m going to attempt to address this issue in as dispassionate way as I can, for the purposes of a valid discussion. I’ve been married, and now I’m not. So, where I previously …

What is Last Thursdayism?

The past is not an indicator of (and definitely doesn’t prove) the future. But maybe the past doesn’t even prove the past. Our perceptions and memories all twist with time, but maybe the past get can totally twisted in ways it’s hard to imagine…  

If you fear a future might not be the one you want, don’t avoid the thought. Imagine it, picture it in great detail, you might find it’s not so bad or even actually much better than you think.

We often fear the unknown. In fact, maybe most of our fears are about things that might happen. Or maybe not. So if you’re tossing up a decision between one thing or another, especially when it’s between two things you value, imagine both of them (independently). Picture it in microscopic detail, what …

A Deep Dive into: AI [pt.8] The philosophy of Peter Haas: We need a healthy scepticism to make AI both benign and useful for humanity

Humanity hasn’t faced a serious threat to its existence since the plague ravished Europe, on a smaller scale, hundreds of thousands died of  cholera (which still do in underdeveloped countries), the two world wars, or anything like the environmental calamities such as the end of the dinosaurs or the ice …

‘Thanks for reminding me’ – How our emotions, past experiences, judgements, sentimentality and sense of attachment interfere with understanding and coming to conclusions about the things that matter most. (+ The philosophy of: Nick Bostrom & one of my students)

The problem with the things we don’t want to talk about is exactly that: we don’t want to talk about them. But often, and I would argue that always, the things we most consciously avoid talking about are the things we most need to, as they are the most important …

Hypothetical: If you could choose between dying peacefully (and unaware) during your sleep, or die FULLY AWARE, but have ONE SECOND after your heart stops (and before your brain shuts down) where you could see the universe’s entire past and future and understand every single thing in the universe ever (alas Lucy in yep ‘Lucy’), which would you choose? & The Philosophy of: Lucy [pt.4]

There’s one thing, just one, that is impossible to ever know about. One thing that no one can ever experience and tell us about, for us to know, for a fact, what it’s like. And yep, that is pretty much my favourite topic to talk about, (just behind this): death. …

‘Holy flying fuck, that thing took off.’ – The Philosophy of SpaceX & Elon Musk [SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy taking off, and its outer cores landing, is god damn incredible and could give you goosebumps (and why)

Why are things like seeing panoramic views of cities (say, from the top of skyscrapers or the Eiffel Tower for example) so appealing and so captivating? It’s possible that it’s because we attempt to process in our brains what we, as individuals and as humanity, has achieved, and are capable …