The hypothesis that you are just a computer simulation is far less plausible than that you operate in reality via your senses.
Metaphors provide concise and vivid depictions of aspects of romantic relationships that are difficult to express literally. They vary from helpful to toxic.
Commentary: Misinformation results from defective processes of representing, collecting, storing, retrieving, evaluating, transforming, sending, and receiving information.
DeepMind researchers claim that reward learning is enough for general intelligence. But this claim ignores the contribution of creative generation of recursive representations.
The pain of writing is balanced by the joy of creation and communication.
Rights to autonomy and privacy are used to argue against requiring people to be vaccinated for COVID-19. But the principle of avoiding harm sometimes justifies limititing freedom.
Misinformation is not just false beliefs because it sometimes comes from feelings such as defective emotions.
People who are misinformed about vaccines and other issues can be confronted using evidence-based logic. But another method that employs empathy and questioning might work better.
Songs about ageing and retirement convey negative emotions such as regret but also positive emotions such as contentment and determination.
We can be more hopeful about social and personal problems if we appreciate the differences between kinds of hope, such as honest versus false hope.