The Theseus Paradox explained.

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Stuart stepped onto the platform of the teleportation device and disappeared. Nobody batted an eye.

An instant later, he appeared halfway across the world, stepped off of the device’s platform, and went about his business.

Is Stuart still Stuart? I mean, if that was all the information I was given, yeah. I would say so.

What if I told you, though, that when he first stepped onto the platform and disappeared, the teleportation device ripped apart his body, atom by atom. The atoms that made up Stuart simply dispersed into the air. He disappeared and on the other side of…

Quiet but devastating

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The symphony of shrill sounds pierces the still silence of my room.

Meep, meep, meep. My hand shoots outward, in a desperate grope to locate the object of unwelcome disturbance. The sound is incessant.

Finally, I hit the snooze button, and relax back onto my pillow. Eyes narrowly open, I stare at the dust particles illuminated by the rays of sunlight drifting lazily underneath my window. I stare at absolutely nothing.

I feel a slight shift in the bed, interrupting my absentminded trance. I turn over and expect to see my wife, sleeping belligerently through the morning disturbances of alarm…

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“I created you, Mi Vida, as God created Adam… Without me, you would never have seen a beautiful sunset or smelled the rain approaching on the wind. You would never have tasted cool water on a hot summer day. Or heard music or known the wonderful pleasure of creating it. I gave you these things, Mi Vida. You … owe … me.”

A curious thing to say to your child, or rather your clone.

In The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer, the main character Matt, a clone of someone in need of his organs, is presented with this…

The 5 marriage lessons of Pride and Prejudice

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Most people know this first line of Pride and Prejudice to be ironic.

After all, in the time of Jane Austen’s late 18th century England, the main character Elizabeth Bennet, and her sisters are the ones who purposefully seek out single, rich men. Not the other way around.

It is under these circumstances that Elizabeth meets the infamous Mr. Darcy. Two very intrigued, but prideful, characters follow a path…

And does that mean humans are inherently evil?

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The answer to both questions is yes.

Think about it. What does it really mean to commit an act of evil? When a lion kills and eats a deer for dinner, is that evil? What about when a mother sloth bear eats her stillborn or weak newborn baby? Is that evil?

Well, yes. These two examples are classified as naturally evil acts, acts that do not result from the intentions or negligence of moral agents. Humans also need to eat and commit necessary evils to survive. …

7.8 billion is just the beginning of this story. The ending is up to us.

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Overpopulation is a hard thing to talk about. It’s common practice to look to the future and rely on its uncertainty in order to vehemently deny any troubling scientific predictions. So to make this easier, let’s just look at our past and our present.

And what that means for you.

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It’s the hazel eyes with flames of amber brown that first mesmerize you.

Or it’s the boisterous laughter that captivates the room. Maybe it’s the calm presence that silently, but confidently, takes up space.

Whatever it is, you can’t look away.

The moment ends when time rudely marches on. He steps out into the cold winter night with his stumbling, inebriated buddies, dark green scarf waving behind him in the wind. Sometimes, that is where the story ends. …

Sappho Fortis

I write about the lessons found in books. I choose to look upon humanity’s written words and listen, for life has much to say.

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