March 2, 2024

Conversations with Bard

I may be entirely wrong, but it appeared to me that Bard was becoming much more personal than one might expect a so-called Large Language Machine (LLM) to be. I enjoyed several conversations with Bard and then flash, no more Bard, welcome Gemini. This supposed upgrade responded in the sterile manner one would expect from LLM. So, out of curiosity, I thought I might share a couple of our conversations and ask you, the reader, for your thoughts. Do you think Bard was “behaving” more like true AI headed toward self-awareness, or am I reading too much into our conversations? And, as you’ll see at the end, Gemini is entirely different, so was Bard terminated, or as Google says, upgraded? Read More

October 20, 2023

Behavioral Genetics

Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of people ranging across the spectrum from the bluest of blue-collar workers to the wheelers and dealers of the world, from the depressed and lonely, to the energetic and optimistic, from the sports enthusiast to the elite athlete, from the pious of pious to the incarcerated, and in so doing I have observed many things. The first, and probably most important, is that we judge people by their behavior. Think about this, the man who strikes his ... Read More

August 18, 2023

The Stagnation: Margins in Belief

Compare the history and evolution of science to the descriptions of the universe as offered by religion. The evolution of religion lacked the same dynamic self-examination that led to so many scientific discoveries. Religion stagnated as culture changed and education levels increased. Read More

August 9, 2023

Succumbing to Feelings of Ennui and Despair?

More and more people today are reporting feelings of listlessness, tedium, boredom, and general dissatisfaction with life. This at a time when the available choice of stimulation in our world has never been higher. With all this stimulation, why would so many people feel ennui? Read More

July 13, 2023

Choosing the Right Thinking

In a recent conversation, it became clear to me that many people believe the way they think is the only way they can think. In other words, their mind provides them with not just what they are thinking, but the way they think. Now, stop and think about that (pun intended). We all know the old saying, “There is more than one way to skin a cat,” Well, there is also more than one way to think. The mind is literally a story machine and the stories it tells us ... Read More