Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Magic (II)

For L.O. The Talmud relates: אמר רבא אי בעו צדיקי ברו עלמא שנאמר כי עונותיכם היו מבדילים וגו’ Rava says: If the righteous wish to do so, they can create a world, as it is stated: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your G-d.” In other words, there is no distinction between G-d […]

A Man Hath No Preeminence Above A Beast

Rav Aharon Lichtenstein relates: Before leaving for summer vacation, members of the [Harvard] department of philosophy once selected Protagoras’ “Man is the measure of all things” as the inscription for a new building. Upon their return, they discovered that President Eliot had substituted “What is man that Thou art mindful of him?”1 I recently encountered […]

Conning StarCon and Cartesian Dualism

Ever since being presented with the opportunity to cheat on the StarCon Aptitude Test by copying the answers of a fellow cadet with a remarkably large “brain pan”, I have been curious about the relationship of brain size and intelligence. The traditionally assumed positive correlation has apparently stood the test of time: a major recent […]