Unfinished Thoughts

A scratchpad for exploring favorite themes: Borges, time, randomness, consciousness, etc.

Time As Incremental Loss

07 November, 2018

Loss has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future. You can’t lose what has already happened; the past is immutable…

“To Foresee a Circumstantial Detail Is to Prevent Its Happening”

28 October, 2018

I think of this passage almost every time I speculate about the future...

“The Absolute and Marvelous”

22 October, 2018

An absolutely lovely passage out of Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire

The Ontological Status of the Past

19 October, 2018

What’s the ontological status of the past? Is it less real than the present because it no longer exists? Or more real because, in a universe…

Introverts and Extroverts (Plato and Aristotle)

17 October, 2018

Introverts and extroverts are interested in the same thing: humanity. Extroverts want to discover other instances of it; introverts want to…

Reliving Your Life

15 October, 2018

Suppose the dead can return to the world and be anyone from any era: inhabit the life of a living person, think what they think, feel what…

Borges's Most Borgesian Opening Sentence

12 October, 2018

On the burning February morning Beatriz Viterbo died, after braving an agony that never for a single moment gave way to self-pity or fear, I…

What Could Be More Human?

07 October, 2018

What could be more human than making art? Than mastering a highly complex physical skill (fulfilling our evolutionary destiny as the…

On (Finally) Finishing Gödel, Escher, Bach

28 September, 2018

Yesterday I finally finished Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach. It’s been a long time coming...

“Si es que alguien soy”: hacía una definición de la identidad personal en Borges

21 September, 2018

This is my MA thesis from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, written in May 2011. It’s the academic work I’m most proud of—indeed…