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The Bertrand Russell Society

Bertrand Russell

As a philosopher, mathematician, educator, social critic and political activist, Russell authored over 70 books and thousands of essays and letters addressing a myriad of topics. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950, "Bertie" was a fine literary stylist, one of the foremost logicians ever, and a gadfly for improving the lives of men and women.

url: http://www.users.drew.edu/~jlenz/brs.html

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The Final Cut

Movie night has resumed. Last night, Michael, Laura, Matt, and i joined Celeste and Justing for The Final Cut. In this movie a eulogist-like person searches for a person from his childhood in order the release the guilt from a tragic experience.

In near future a biological implant is invented to record a person's sensory experience. People may at their discretion purchase this implant for their children. After the child grows old and dies, the recorded life provides material for a rememory at their funeral.

Although the movie doesn't discuss this point at length, an implant like this will alter a person's moral compass, since they assume their life will be reviewed. In this respect, The Final Cut is like Defending your Life.

On a more philosophical note, the movie demonstrates that our memories of an event may be different from empirical fact. It raises some interesting questions, like which one is right, the implant or our memory? Could both be wrong? Questions like these reminded me of a story i read in a philosophy class. Daniel Dennett in Quining Qualia tells a story about tasting coffee. (Search for "Intuition pump #7".)

Here's a rough recap. Chase and Sandborn are seasoned coffee tasters for Maxwell House. After many years Chase states he doesn't like the coffee any more; the taste has changed to him. Sandborn, surprised, agrees but for a different reason. He thinks the coffee probably has the same taste, but his tasting apparatus is deficient.

I won't try to summarize Dennett's view, since my memory the paper from reading it may not represent the actual content of the paper, but i assure you it's not about coffee. :)

Big Fish

Last night's movie was my pick. Big Fish is about a son confronting his dying father about his persistent story telling. There are two main ideas i draw from this movie.

First is the title metaphor. It describes how one's popularity is only as big as the surrounding one lives in, just as a goldfish is limited in growth to the size of it's tank.

The other is about the embellishment of stories for entertainment value. I'm more like Edward's son in this movie, seeking facts and a true representation of events. But i do see the benefits to a little puffery.

Overall i enjoyed this movie. 7 of 10

Thoughts Section

I created a new section called Thoughts. These are emails on various topics i wrote to friends over the years.

I would like to add a mechanism where people can write comments. So you say, "Why not just get a blog?". Well, i'm not convinced the open source bloggers are sufficient. So i'll do what other coders do, reinvent the wheel.

I'm taking the day off tomorrow just to take a break from work.

Almost forgot to mention, i took CPR class at work today. It's been a while since my last class.

Hard Drive Crash, Java

For those of you who don't know, my hard drive recently crashed... thus the new site. Believe you me, it's temporary. All in all, it's for the better. (What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger, right?) Sorry about all the broken links. I've got lots of plans for the weekend :)

(listening to some great electronica, Brian nods his head to the music)

I've decided to use Struts and soon you will see it here. I'm going all Java. This site will have portlets for the weather, top stories, forum highlights, and movie reviews. And don't worry the restaurant reviews will be back up.

Luckily i found a copy of the Leeds Corporation of Long Island website.