The absence of hope is not yet despair.

I don’t experience the absence of hope as despair. At least not right away. I’ve experienced the absence of hope before. It dribbles away, piece by piece as depression moves into ascendancy. Hope vanishes as you sink, inversely proportionate to how much you need it. You aren’t despairing yet, however. Before despair moves in, there’s …

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What is sentience – the meaning of life, part 3.

Sentience is a tricky concept. Is it the mind? Is it the soul? Who has it? Someone once told me if you can’t explain something, you don’t understand it. I can’t explain sentience. I just know I have it. I equate sentience to the thing that makes me, me. I equate it to an understanding …

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It’s the quirks that make things interesting.

I like to revisit favourite movie scenes. I’ve seen “Manhattan is flooding” from The Day After Tomorrow so many times I can recite the dialogue verbatim. Seeing Aliens break through the barricades on LV-426 is always a pick me up. I drop in on favoured scenes from books, too. As with movies, there are specific …

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