On Belief and Reality

Two quotes came to me, from wildly different sources, within a fortnight of one another. The first occurred a few weeks back, when I went to the Boston show of the An Absolutely Remarkable Thing tour. Much to my chagrin, I can’t remember which Vlogbrother said this, but I wrote down in my notebook that…

The Ghost in the Machine in the Chinese Room

[This is a guest post by Talia's girlfriend Annie, who is maintaining this blog while Talia is away at Middlbury Language Schools. Also, I'm sorry this post is a couple days late; I've been really busy this week.] The “Chinese room” is a famous thought experiment in philosophy of mind that argues that, no matter…