The Day I Met Leonard Nimoy

I was never a Trekkie – never religiously followed the series, never went to Star Trek conventions – but I watched my share of the original shows. There was no question which character was my favorite. The very rational, understated … Continue reading

Theory of Dreaming: Do Dreams Occur in Slow Motion?

In a BBC Future article, David Robson wonders “Do dreams occur in slow motion?” “When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. … Continue reading

Let’s Digitize Our Minds and Live Forever! Or… Maybe Not.

“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” – Susan Ertz “The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.” – Herb Caen Some futurists and … Continue reading

Win Wenger: Toward a General Theory of Systems

After I posted about Jeremy England’s theory of the origin of life, a friend pointed me to the writings of Win Wenger, specifically a 1979 monograph titled “Toward a General Theory of Systems: One Man’s Window on Our Universe.” England’s … Continue reading