# Funny story from O’Hare airport

Funny story time! I was going through airport security and after the usual feel-up by security, I saw my bag had set off the alert system and was about to be torn apart. I wondered what might had set it off. Maybe the bag of malic acid? I think I heard something about taking chargers out but was in a hurry and had other things … Continue reading Funny story from O’Hare airport

# The Collatz Trolley Problem

I enjoy a good trolley problem (meme). I came across this one and it presents an odd problem:   All initial values of n thus far tested end up looping with 4, 2, 1, so if it’s any of those, I’m not sure how many people are sucked into the black hole. (Though it’s fewer than 5, so if the goal is minimization of deaths, … Continue reading The Collatz Trolley Problem

# WP: Time Freezing feat. Naps

Today I have another writing prompt to respond to with philosophy instead of fiction. This time it’s about time. (Conveniently, time is another one of my favorite topics.)  Once again it originates from tumblr.     Time travel is a surprisingly well-explored area in philosophy. Freezing time is similar to time travel in some ways, though I’ve yet to come across any papers involving time … Continue reading WP: Time Freezing feat. Naps

# Quote of the Day 2016-12-06: Bertrand Russell

“By the law of excluded middle, either “A is B” or “A is not B ” must be true. Hence either “the present King of France is bald” or “the present King of France is not bald” must be true. Yet if we enumerated the things that are bald, and then the things that are not bald, we should not find the present King of … Continue reading Quote of the Day 2016-12-06: Bertrand Russell