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Climate change, faith… and the Golden Rule.

Generally speaking, our successive thoughts are connected, rather than disjoint; hence, metaphors such as “train of thought” and “stream of consciousness.” So it shouldn’t be surprising that while writing the previous LOTRW post, which dipped a toe into the sea … Continue reading

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Remedial reading: AI and faith.

My dad, the statistician, used to lecture my brother and me on the importance of population size. He would say “in a town of 800 people, serious crime is a rare thing, almost unheard of. But in a population of … Continue reading

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Problem formulation techniques applied to climate change.

Happy Earth Day 2024. Ask people worldwide “is climate change a problem?” and the answer is usually a clear “yes.”  But ask a follow-up, “what is the real nature of that problem?” and the picture is murkier. Answers might range … Continue reading

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AI prompting? Not to worry. The horse is learning to whisper to us.

As discussed in the previous LOTRW post, university computer science curricula nationwide are offering courses in AI-prompting – a new discipline, mixing the science and art required to harness the full power of artificial intelligence. A new subject for human … Continue reading

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The future belongs to the AI-whisperers – it’s time to be disciplined about your “prompting”!

Animal whisperers are said to: …practice the art of telepathic animal communication. They also use other intuitive gifts to find out what is really going on with an animal at very deep energetic levels, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This … Continue reading

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Daniel Kahneman – and the rest of us: a perspective informed by Ecclesiasticus.

A final postscript on Daniel Kahneman. Last week I had lunch with my economist friend of more than half a century (he of the  LOTRW previous post’s footnote in reference to Milton Friedman). We were discussing Kahneman and – in … Continue reading

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End notes on Daniel Kahneman (and a connection to March Madness).  

“I criticize; therefore I am.” – (what Descartes might have said if had lived today?) Daniel Kahneman’s brilliant critiques of human reasoning – exposing so many of our species’ cognitive limitations – might tempt the fainthearted to clam up. In … Continue reading

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What’s a thinker to think? What’s a thinker to do?

“Je pense, donc je suis…irrationnel” – (with apologies to both Rene Descartes and Daniel Kahneman) According to Psychology Today, …dreams are about events from our waking lives, including real events and modified ones. About 70% of dream content is based on events … Continue reading

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Thinking, fast and slow – about Daniel Kahneman.

With the passing of Daniel Kahneman on March 27, the world lost a distinguished intellect. A Nobel prizewinner, his impact on economics and the social sciences more broadly has proved enduring and profound. Case in point: his ideas underlie and … Continue reading

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A hidden gem at the AMS 2024 Annual Meeting? Rising Voices.

 “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”  – Mark Twain? (No, not really[1].) The AMS 2024 Annual Meeting reflected two major trends. The first is the rapid … Continue reading

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