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Newsletters are Walling Off Your Freedom

by Michael Szul on

I often forget a lot of tech pundits come from the finance sector and it's not so much an expertise in technology as it is an expertise...

The Good and Bad of Instagram

by Michael Szul on

I mentioned recently that I took the time to remove applications like Twitter and LinkedIn from my phone in order...

Communicate with People Instead of Networks

by Michael Szul on

Email. We used email. I slowly came to the realization that I hadn't done this much recently, feeling like email was a burden of communication instead...

Shallow Minds on Deep Work

by Michael Szul on

Cal Newport, unfortunately, slots right in with the rest of them. I was recommended Deep Work by several people that I highly...

What Does Quantum Computing Say about Free Will?

by Michael Szul on

This isn't going to be a hard science piece, so turn off your computer if you had high expectations. This is more a philosophical debate...

The True Cost of Bitcoin

by Michael Szul on

A few weeks ago I divested myself of all my Bitcoin and used a fraction of the proceeds to buy a computer. You can watch me unbox the new computer on YouTube...

Ultralearning How to Sell Snake Oil

by Michael Szul on

I read a lot of book about a variety of subjects, but as someone who studied clinical psychology and philosophy in college, I also like to read about the metaphysical layer on top of some of these subjects...

Understanding Pace Layers

by Michael Szul on

According to Brand and futurist Paul Saffo, pace layers are a framework for thinking about the health of society and how it functions. The idea originated in the Clock of the Long Now book published over two decades ago.

Is the City Dead?

by Michael Szul on

As expected, the number of think-pieces on the end of cities (or the mega city in particular) have increased exponentially. Prior to the pandemic, all trend lines pointed to the continued migration to cities...

Are We in a VR Winter?

by Michael Szul on

It wasn't that long ago that people believed Virtual Reality and VR headsets were dead in the water. The popularity of the Oculus—and the emergence of the Oculus Quest as a wireless—option seems to have quelled that talking point...

A Short History of Alternate Reality Games

by Michael Szul on

I used to review a decent amount of books on Amazon a few decades back. For a while there, my ranking was pretty high. As a result, I would often get researched and emailed by authors looking to give...

🤖 + 🍺 Bots and Beer 0x02 - Death to Captcha

by Michael Szul on

Image recognition simply becomes exponentially more powerful with machine learning. It follows that we use powerful tools to deal with our most aggravating challenges, and CAPTCHA represents a solution to a problem that passes the frustration onto the user when attempting to fix automated form population.

🤖 + 🍺 Bots and Beer 0x01 - The Ethics of Chatbots

by Michael Szul on

As robots become more humanoid in behavior and appearance, will we be heading towards a robot civil rights movement? What will ultimately determine 'life' and 'consciousness' in thinking machines, and what rights will they have?

Ego Likeness is Cool but DRM is Terrible

by Michael Szul on

DRM is terrible. Yesterday I started up my Zune software to listen to some music. I was in the mood for something a little on the New Age electronica side. Enigma. Deep Forest. Delerium. Bands like that.

Truth and Lies about Terrorism on the Home Front

by Michael Szul on

I remember watching the towers burn from afar. I had a consulting contract at the time with a technology division of AIG, and made the hour and a half to two hour drive to Livingston, New Jersey four times a week.

Rudolf Steiner, Consciousness, and Spiritual Experience

by Michael Szul on

People from greatly different backgrounds and from different eras have had similar spiritual experiences, making it possible to hypothesize that many of these experiences are grounded in reality and result from a biochemical process that expands consciousness and perception, allowing the mind to receive data not normally available to it.

5 Dollar Gas is Good for the World

by Michael Szul on

Last year, as I was complaining about the price of oil and gas, I came across an optimistic and well written article on Wired.com, telling us about how $5.00 gas was good for America. With a title like Why $5 Gas is Good for America, I'll admit I was very skeptical.

James Carse and the Infinite Game

by Michael Szul on

An ouroboros is an ancient Egyptian symbol depicting a snake eating its own tale. It can signify many things in both the ancient and the modern world. One of the significant things that it symbolizes is the circular revolution of life, such as birth and renewal.

Concepts of Karma

by Michael Szul on

For the longest time—despite my spiralling consumption by the occult world, and subsequent engulfing of Eastern philosophies—I always had a problem with the concept of karma in relation to our cultural bias and hustling worldview.

Warning We Now Control Your Television Set

by Michael Szul on

Honestly, I don't even know how it all occurred. It's a blur, really; a twist of psychedelic schism. The intent always seemed to be there, but the activity leading up to the conclusion/beginning you see before you was less controlled by forcible action...

Interview with Richard Metzger

by Michael Szul on

When the dot com bubble burst, there were a lot of crying eyes from executives wishing they had invested their money in safer projects and better prospects. Ironically, one of the most successful businesses to come out of the Internet boom, was one that nobody actually wanted after they discovered just what it was all about.

Quantum Immortality

by Michael Szul on

Quantum physics has become a gem among sciences for every philosopher, whether contemporary or esoteric. The oddities of quantum physics have bent perceived reality into a new direction formerly only occupied by science fiction.

The Ontology of God

by Michael Szul on

Philosophy can be disbursed into many subdivisions of scrutiny (logic, epistemology, socio-political philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, rhetoric), but no such category reposes so much substratum for contention and controversy as that of ontology.

The Morality of Ecology

by Michael Szul on

Nature has a tendency to heal. She heals both physical wounds and those wounds that deliberately eat away at our hearts and minds. She even heals herself. But when you have an open wound and you continually poke and prod at it, it will not heal.

The Socratic Irony with Continual Reference to Kierkegaard

by Michael Szul on

Euthyphro—a tale of epistemology, a tale of dialectic regard for piety and impiety, a direct and sudden tale to bring a stunning point across. On the surface, this may be one's first impression of Plato's short play.

Meister Eckhart, God, and the Perils of Atheism

by Michael Szul on

What problem could a religious philosopher possibly solve? What contemporary philosophical problem could Meister Eckhart possibly contribute to the solution of?

The Mystical Paths of Kabbalah and Gnosticism

by Michael Szul on

I was always taught that the greatest of religious thinkers (especially when dealing with Christianity) were the mystics. If you weren't brought up on charges of heresy, then you didn't have anything interesting and innovative to contribute.

Gender Selection in Genetics

by Michael Szul on

Humanity is far from deserving the use of the word perfection in its vocabulary. We know not the meaning behind this word, but most certainly we succeed in our attempts to transform it into a twisted, broken visage of whatever truth about it that we were aware.

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