I find that I often have ideas that are sufficiently important to
be worth sharing, but which don't seem like they will ever develop
into a publishable form. I've decided to place some of these here
so that others can see them and, if interested, develop them further.
These pieces take various forms. Some are essays that I wrote as coursework.
They are fairly polished, but tend to have that 'coursework feel'
where the author argues a narrowly defined point and can't do full
justice to developing the ideas that arise on the way. Others are
ideas that until now had existed only in my head and on scraps of
paper around my room. Hopefully you will find something of interest.
Why I'm not a Negative
||An explanation of why I think Negative Utilitarianism
is not a plausible moral theory, and how other theories can
better fit the intuitions that lead people to it.
How to simulate everything (all at
||I show that we can simulate a preposterous amount
of things using a regular Turing machine, including uncountably
many hypercomputational universes.
Degrees of truth, degrees of falsity
||During my Honours year at Melbourne University
(2002), I attended a course on non-classical logic with Graham
Priest and Allen Hazen. During that time I discovered a simple
system of logic that combines fuzzy truth values with truth
value gaps and gluts. After discussing non-classical logic with
a friend in 2006, I remembered this system of logic and decided
to write it up.
Further results on the societal iterated
Personal identity through time
||An essay I wrote in 2002 as part of my honours
coursework. I take up Parfit's ideas on personal identity and
demonstrate some implications which go beyond his own.