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    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    This blog is no longer active, it just exists online as an archive of what was in my head for several years, several years ago Sadly some hacking/cracking scumbags injected malicious code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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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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…

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    How Greenhouse Gases Work

    I’ve wanted to make this video for a while: hope you find it interesting and useful. I did make one mistake: water definitely has more options than just ‘waggling its legs’. 😉 The hydrogens can move toward and away from the oxygen, in or out of sync.

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    5.3 km = 51:48

    So I had the bright idea of going for an early morning run on the beach this morning. Thought it would be lovely, and in some ways it was, but without daylight saving, even though I was up and out at 5:30 the sun was well and truly up. Not…

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    Quantum Supremacy and the Threat of AI Supremacy

    OK, it’s not the zingiest title in the Hogwarts world… 😉 Google recently claimed (a claim disputed by others, including IBM) to have achieved ‘quantum supremacy’. This is a term, popularised by John Preskill, for the ability of a quantum computer to solve a computing problem that would be impossible…

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    Three Grounds

    I’m not vegetarian, although I’m increasingly moving in that direction, trying to taper off the flesh and add more plants. Both my daughters, Cassie and Alexandra, and their respective partners, Crank and Peter, are vegetarian, but all of us have our different reasons, and that’s what this post is about.…

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    The Universe Pushes Back

    I guess this is a response to the claim I sometimes read that “We choose our beliefs”. I think there’s some truth in that, but would supplement it: “We choose our beliefs… but the universe pushes back”. What do I mean by that? Perhaps an analogy that I owe to…

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    I Am Large

    Never fear, not another weight-loss post (which my Facebook friends have seen from me ad nauseum)! My title is drawn from a line I love: Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes. Walt Whitman People on Facebook and Twitter have mentioned…

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    A Range of Possibilities

    Returning to the creationism well one more time, and then I really will leave it alone and talk about something else for a while! Human groups around the world have a wide range of different creation and origin stories for Earth and life. For the purposes of this, I’ll only…