Burning Thoughts Lookback at 2023
It surprised me to see that I published over 30 items in 2023. The monthly newsletters group items by date. Here are my favorites from last year by category.
|Chet Stories and Others
|Be Brave Chet learns a lesson from college kids.
|Difficult Step At work, Chet tries to assume a fresh identity.
|Gambler’s Grumble Can math tells us anything about the real world?
|Mr. Owl’s Charity A parable in the mode of Aesop.
|Never Be Published Creativity and rules clash.
|Talk to Me, Casey Mother grapples with son’s mortality.
|Goodtime Charlie Departed one’s point of view.
|Immortal Did Chet draw a sensible conclusion?
|Problems of democracy, in high school, fired my interest.
|Constitution True-Up When it takes longer than the presidential election cycle to decide if a Constitutional oath has been violated, the Constitution is not doing its job.
|Culture Warrior Using fear to squash change, condemns the society to old solutions for new situations.
|Democracy or Mobocracy The Constitution lists individual rights which are undeniable, beyond the rule of the majority.
|States are Democracies, but the Union of States is Not Sixteen percent of the population live in 25 states giving them half the Senate, making them equal to eighty-four percent of the population.
|Allocating and Pricing Resources Lead to Economics
|Daily Life Over Epochs Changes in leisure and wealth from agriculture to industry to services.
|News with a Twist Five news items that mean more than they say.
|How We Think
|Reasoning by Analogy We use analogies when facts and logic aren’t enough.
|Mentalese Thinking in words, images, and patterns.
|Implicit Learning We learn many skills, without conscious or academic effort.
|Emergence: Mind from Brain The brain is physical. The mind is our grappling with incomplete information.
|Improve Your Knowledge Experience is the best teacher and the primary one after you finish school.
|Bicycles and Probability Share a Secret Facts and logic may not lead you to all consequences.
|Our Social Nature is Tested by Technological Change
|Chatbot Assistant or Replacement Brief overview of ChatGPT and its potential impact.
|Natural Social Groups Who is in your in-group and who’s not?
|Grab Bag of News School admission fairness, at-large elections, profits, and wages
Image of 2023 created by Bing, DALL-E, from my prompt.