December 7th, 2016
My final conclusions up front: Westworld is not a television show—it’s a science experiment. It works.
Westworld is a story, written by the creators of LOST and Jurassic Park, which depicts the epic testament of Dr Robert Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) androids who host the ‘amusement park’ Delos for non-android guests. Guests of the park are free to do as they please while the park’s Controllers develop storylines and participate in the governing of Ford’s world. When the androids become self-aware, Ford discovers himself facing a two-front war: the hosts’ rebellion and mutiny within the Controllers as Delos’ Board of Directors seek to strip Ford of his position.
With near-exhaustion of the imagination, JJ Abrams, Jonathan Nolan, and Lisa Joy (Executive Producers) submerge you in an intriguing futuristic Western narrative, which unfolds for our viewing delights and concocting of theories. The writers have produced a unique masterpiece that requires observation and participation, which is very difficult to integrate into the viewer’s understanding of the show. So, how ought we to understand Westworld? First, check your worldview. Second, you’ll know it when it happens.
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February 4th, 2016
In a non-Everettian context (Hugh Everett) identity may be understood in different ways. Consider David Wallace’s example of the ancient pot (P2). An antiquities specialist informs you that your P2 is the same as P1, a famous pot owned by Emperor Tiberius in ad 30. There is a four-dimensional tube P in spacetime extending from P1 toP2—a spacetime worm. The matter of the tube has certain structural and dynamical connections running along it. If we write P(t) for the contents of P indexed at time t, the specialist’s claim is underwritten by the existence of some structural-dynamical relation R holding, for each t, between P(t) and P(t + δt), with δ signifying a difference or change in time. Each indexed moment along P(t) would simply be a stage of the pot’s existence.
There are two basic philosophical conclusions about the identity of the pot being the same pot. The first is called the Worm View as I’ve previously alluded to. Under this view, P is the pot and P1 and P2 are just different names for the pot (literally, P1 = P2). The second view that the P1 and P2 are the same is the Stage View. The pot appears as an instantaneous three-dimensional object: P1 = P(AD 30); P2 = P(AD 2016). Thus, to say that P1 and P2 is the same pot, it means: P2 is linked to P1 by a continuous chain of R-related pots.
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November 23rd, 2015
Since the site has been down for approximately three months and is slowly getting back up, I’d like to give an update on what has been happening and some changes in the direction of my doctoral research.
Over the last couple years a lot of things have happened but the details will have to remain absent for now. One series of events led to several medical bills from the States needing to be paid. Due to some government policy changes they were moved to the forefront, which required immediate attention and affected much of my financial situation over here. A friend of mine, Alfonso Alvarez created a fundraising page, which completely blew me away.
So many friends and strangers helped me exceed my goal to help with the circumstances. I’m very grateful for everyone who helped. For those who prayed, gave financially, and even gave food, thank you! I’m truly humbled by what happened and it was quite encouraging. To see how a community of like-minded people can come together and help out another person is inspirational. I’ve given ebook copies to all those who helped that wanted them. Some were anonymous and if you’d like to get in touch with me and get your copies, please do.
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