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The Mandela Effect: because it’s easier to assume alternate universes than faulty memories

One of the things I love the internet for is its conspiracy theories. My absolute favourite is this one, where James Cameron’s career is interpreted in the light of his role as a key weapon in the battle between good and evil Masons…

Head or body? A quick philosophical question about transplants

There’s been lots of coverage in the last day for the proposed first human head transplant, which an Italian surgeon thinks he could perform in 2017. Now, I know next to nothing about the medical aspects of it and if it’s even remotely…

Thought experiment

Let’s suppose for the purposes of this argument that either social media as we know it existed in the 1970s, or the events I’m about to describe happened now. In 1978, Larry Flynt (the publisher of Hustler magazine, amongst other things) was shot…

On driverless cars

I was at an LGA event yesterday on traffic and transport, and one of the subjects discussed during the day was future transport infrastructure, specifically in the context of driverless cars. It helped to crystalliza a few thoughts I’ve had on the subject,…

On open letters

As I see it, open letters take one of two forms. The first one is possibly useful: Dear (insert name of recipient), Hey, I’ve lost all your contact details, and as you’ve got a pretty common name, googling you isn’t helping me find…

The house of awesomeness

The early Olympics were intended to have a much wider context than being just a sporting contest. There were contests in the arts alongside the sporting contests, and two of the first Games were held concurrently with international expositions (Paris in 1900 and…

Two views, one day

After waking, he checked his portable communication device, which instantly gave him the latest score in the Ashes Test from Sydney, confirming that England were on course to win the match, and with it, the series. He went downstairs and picked up his…

Back to the Moon

Here’s a question that’s been dwelling on my mind for a while: if it was necessary for human beings to return to the Moon as soon as possible, how long would it take? We know that there are various promises from different national…

Time travelling thoughts

Looking through the Onion site, I found this interesting article in the AV Club about time travel and when and where you’d choose to go live for a few years if you had the opportunity: Where and when would you most want to…

A thought on Government

Merely being better at it than Labour is like being funnier than Michael McIntyre – there’s a few people who might think it’s a laudable achievement but it’s really just clearing an extremely low hurdle.

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