So, today’s BMC post will touch on a topic near and dear to all my readers hearts: magnets, how do they work? Well, dear reader, they are not in fact miracles, but the result of the interactions of spin lattices that can be described using the Ising model of magnetism. I shall endeavor to explain a few key features of this model to you, and let you know about a few cool things we can do with it. Continue reading
Exams are over! Subsequently, I finally have time to get to some of the books which have been collecting on my desk over the past few months. Here’s the list I mean to undertake in short order:
Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
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Now that exams are over, I have time to reflect on the material I’ve covered over the last 4 months. From Cognitive Systems and Philosophy of Perception to Functional Programming, I’ve had an extremely varied curriculum. A strong common theme which ran through all my school work this term was the ethical practices and ramifications of scientific work: from discussions of the bioethics of genetic modification, to more abstract debates over what rights, if any, we should afford to a hypothetical True AI.
As good as this has all been, and as much as I believe that ethics should be given a more prominent place in all undergraduate science programs, one simply cannot escape the fact that when it comes to advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge, ethics can be a big ol’ wet towel. How much more advanced would our civilization be if we weren’t guided by our silly moral principles? How many more answers would be within our grasp if we didn’t have to give so much thought to the rights or general physical well being of our fellow man?
In order to answer that hypothetical, I’ve compiled a short-list of unethical experiments which would genuinely advance our scientific knowledge: