HUMAN MIND VERSUS COMPUTER

Computers have certainly come a long way with the newest advance being artificial intelligence, the promise that computers will duplicate the human mind. Wonderful, and perhaps frightening as these machines will be, they could ever think as we humans do because a...

WHAT MAKES A PERSON INTELLIGENT?

We label some people intelligent, but what does this term really mean? A common view is that it constitutes superior global intellect, meaning that some people have an overall intelligence greater than the norm. This is a fallacy. Except for the seriously brain...

WHAT IS HUMOR, AND WHY DO WE LAUGH AT IT?

Humor, also known as comedy, can be visual, or be in the form of short stories called jokes, but whatever its form, it makes us laugh. This essay explains why. Put briefly, we laugh when relieved from something which is anxiety provoking. Imagine a caveman confronted...

Why Extreme Income Inequality Hurts the Economy

A major political issue today is income inequality, a term I do not embrace because in a properly functioning economy there must, and in fairness, should be variations in income. What becomes problematic is when the inequality is extreme, a situation that now exists...

WHY THE DEATH PENALTY IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

To begin, the United States is governed by what is known as common law, which is different than civil law. Originating in England, common law was adopted by our country. Civil law, the system of most other nations, is based on Roman law. Whereas in civil law, most...