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Top 8 Ideas I Did not Write about in 2018

Ville Kokko

Posted on December 30, 2018 17:06

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This is what happens when I had a lot of ideas earlier but am running dry right now.

These are ideas I was about to write about but didn't. In some cases, this may have been for the better. You can also take this as a preview of what might be coming next year.

 

1. "Heaven and Infinite Greed"

Sort of para-theological. If people want eternal bliss out of religion, doesn't that mean that they'll not settle for anything less than an infinite good? Isn't that pretty greedy? So basically, I'd be offending everyone except annoying atheists if I wrote this one.


2. "Flat Earth and Real Science"

After reading an interesting article about the beliefs of flat-Earthers, I started thinking about how their beliefs and ways of reasoning are similar to real science and how they are different. This could have been used as an interesting lesson about the nature of scientific knowledge. I wonder if it would have fit in 500 words.

3. "Why Is Belief so Important?"

Here we go questioning people's deeply held beliefs again. Why is religion even about believing in the first place? Most people probably wouldn't even understand the question. Much less in 500 words. No wonder I didn't write this one.
 

4. "I Don't Presume to Know, and You Probably Shouldn't Either"

Another one about the basics of critical thinking. People are so quick to jump to conclusions based on what something sounds like. Well, don't.


5. "Free Will and the Decision Machine"

This would have presented a thought experiment showing that the feeling we have that we could have done otherwise would be expected even if it was true that determinism was true in the world, thus arguing that determinism and free will are compatible... so basically, I was going to resort to writing about philosophy because I wasn't sure what else to do.

6. "What Conservative Moralists Need to Finally Understand"

Which is basically this: "Liberals" have a different – normal, common-sensical, rational, but still different – view of how morality works, so you should stop accusing them of wanting to let people marry dogs. I was going to compare it to aliens or something because some people seem to have such difficulties even imagining this, unless of course they're just building straw men on purpose.

7. "The Baby Problem"

There's a real problem for humanity where some people learn complicated, important things, and then a new generation of babies is born that would need to be taught it all from the start but who also think they know better.
 

8. "How about a Real Frankenstein Movie?"

I don't think any movie has made much of an effort to portray Frankenstein's creature in a way that would attempt to follow Mary Shelley's book. In fact, trying to follow the book more closely would give rise to all sorts of interesting challenges, like how to portray the extremely vague "science" with modern knowledge. I realized it was probably better for me not to write too much about this because I haven't actually seen any of the existing movies.

Ville Kokko

Posted on December 30, 2018 17:06

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