The Letter from Douglas Hofstadter: A Mystery of My Own Mind

Recently I was going through a box of some old correspondence and came across a handwritten letter from Douglas Hofstadter, dated September 1, 1983. If that name sounds familiar, there’s a good reason. Hofstadter is a well-known professor of cognitive … Continue reading →

How does it feel to be you?

During a press conference at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, Bill Murray was asked “How does it feel to be you?” Here’s his answer: … 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 →

The Dark Side of Free Will

Gregg Caruso calls himself a free will skeptic. In his words, he believes that “who we are and what we do are ultimately the result of factors beyond our control.” As for myself, free will is one of those things … Continue reading →