Hyping Artificial Intelligence with Seductive Optics and the Frankenstein Complex
Some of the panicky AI-will-take-over-the-world talk grows out of seductive optics — that is, the AI packaging.
Frankenstein and His Offspring
“Abiogenesis” seems to draw its strength from pseudo-scientific folk-beliefs that life could somehow be made to emerge from non-life.
Taking Leave of Darwin’s Warm Little Pond
Neil Thomas explores some of the cultural influences that primed society to view the leap from non-life to life as easily made.
Myths, Monsters, and Life’s Elusive First Step
The notion that the building blocks of life were easily gotten may have seemed intuitive to journalists and others acquainted with Mary Shelley’s novel.
Doctor’s Diary: Till Death Do Us Part
When I was in charge of the Emergency Room at Los Angeles County Hospital, I saw many instances of near-death trauma, yet there was little complaint about pain.