• General

    Updated Theme

    This blog is no longer active, it just exists online as an archive of what was in my head for several years, several years ago Sadly some hacking/cracking scumbags injected malicious code into the theme I had handrolled for the blog many years ago, and it was simpler to replace…

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    Technical and Progressive Death Metal

    Prompt: Briefly explain the difference between technical death metal and progressive death metal Response Technical death metal and progressive death metal are two subgenres within the broader realm of death metal, characterized by their distinctive musical elements and approaches. Technical death metal, often referred to as tech-death, places a strong…

  • General

    Wesley Salmon and Explanation in Science

    Prompt: Please explain why Wesley Salmon discarded his ‘statistical relevance’ model of explanation Response Wesley Salmon, a prominent philosopher of science, initially proposed a model of explanation called “statistical relevance” in his book “Scientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World.” The model aimed to provide a probabilistic account…

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    Back on my B…. Nonsense

    The very enjoyable trip to Europe recently disrupted my experiment of sharing ChatGPT-generated content on this blog, but now I’m back in Australia and exploring the field of AI in education again, so it’s time to dive back in.

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    Sydney to London via Singapore

    Sydney to London via Singapore on Singapore Airlines is a popular route for international travelers. Singapore Airlines is a highly regarded airline that offers comfortable flights, excellent customer service, and a range of amenities to make your journey as pleasant as possible. The flight from Sydney to Singapore typically takes…

  • General

    Splinting…

    ChatGPT explains what is happening to me today: Splinting is an important part of the treatment for a dislocated thumb after reduction, as it helps to immobilize the thumb and promote healing. There are several options for splinting a dislocated thumb after reduction, including: The type of splint used will…

  • General

    Relocation…

    ChatGPT explains what is happening to me today: Dislocated thumb is a common hand injury that occurs when the bones of the thumb are forced out of their normal positions. Treatment options for a dislocated thumb include closed reduction, open reduction, and k-wire fixation. Closed reduction is a non-surgical procedure…

  • AI

    Hempel and Oppenheim and explanation in science

    This one got the AI thinking! Hempel and Oppenheim’s “deductive-nomological” model of explanation is a widely accepted framework for scientific explanation. The model is based on the idea that a scientific explanation is a deductive argument that shows how a particular phenomenon is the necessary consequence of a set of…

  • AI

    Black Metal vs Death Metal

    In honour of attending a gig this evening that featured some of each, I asked ChatGPT to briefly explain the difference between black metal and death metal: Black metal and death metal are two distinct sub-genres of extreme metal music that originated in the 1980s and have evolved and diversified…

  • AI

    GPT Explains Why Its Training Isn’t IP Theft

    Training a GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) on other people’s text is not intellectual property theft because the GPT does not reproduce the original text verbatim. Instead, it learns to generate new text based on patterns and relationships within the training data. Furthermore, the text used to train GPT models is…

  • AI

    GPT Talks About Itself

    GPT stands for “Generative Pre-trained Transformer”. It is a type of deep learning algorithm used in natural language processing (NLP) tasks such as language translation, text summarization, and language generation. GPT models are some of the largest and most powerful language models in use today, and they have revolutionized the…

  • AI

    A Silly AI Experiment

    This blog was live for a very long time, but has now been moribund for years. I think my thoughts tend to end up on Facebook or in ‘walk and talk’ Facebook live videos. I’m intrigued by the current state of AI in the world, though, and want to explore…

  • General

    My Chemical Romance with Doris Day

    I was recently struck by the parallels and differences between the opening lyrics of Doris Day’s 1956 hit ‘Que Sera, Sera’ and My Chemical Romance’s song ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ from 2006. Que Sera, Sera starts with:“When I was just a little girlI asked my mother, what will I…

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    Bravus

    My nickname has been ‘Bravus’ (from ‘Brave Dave’ and then ‘Bravus Davus’) for something like 40 years. I acquired the domain bravus.com many years ago, and hosted my web site and blog there for a long time. A craft brewery in the US wanted to call itself Bravus, and bought…

  • Meta

    Trying Some Stuff

    I’d had the same theme for this blog for years, so I thought I’d mix it up. Still working on this theme, which looks a little untidy in the header and for which I think the post titles are much too big relative to the body text, but I’ve used…

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    What’s It Like Inside Your Mind?

    This article was shared on social media about two weeks ago and caused quite a stir: Have to admit, I was surprised that people were surprised. One of the things Suzie and I have been doing for over 30 years now is comparing notes: “What’s it like inside your mind?”…

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    A Theism of Transcendence

    I’m not really a theist in a sense most people would recognise. I think the universe’s existence and origin is well explained by natural science. I think human moral reasoning has the potential to be morally better than the dictates of any religion, and so on. A conversation with a…

  • Science Stuff

    Novel Coronavirus Update

    Stats and graphs are from: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ The novel coronavirus statistics are still very worrying, with more than 31,000 cases now and more than 630 fatalities. There is some reason for hope, though: have a look at the slope of each of these curves. The deaths curve seems to have gone…