Mafia Night: A Foray Into Uncertainty and Unsavoury Decisions

Candlelight spills forth from the table, illuminating the otherwise dark space of the room. A spread of hors d’oeuvres add a splash of colour to the room, but are not enough to defeat the darkness of the scene. Thirteen people … Continued

Sapere Aude! – LINGVA LATINA

Any of my faithful readers will know that I end most of my posts with the line Sapere aude! I have known the meaning of this quote only second hand (that is, I was told what it meant, but I did not … Continued

Our_Futures: A New Academic Conference at Quest

Last year, two other Quest students and I started talking about technology, and Quest’s relationship with it. We noticed that, although many students at Quest are interested in technology in various forms, we didn’t have any kind of major gathering … Continued

Modern Philosophy or Why There Are No Hats

It will come as no surprise to any of my faithful readers that in September (last block) I took the Modern Philosophy course. A high-paced high-powered analysis of Peter van Inwagen’s book Material Beings, this class combined the best of metaphysics and … Continued

Teaching a Computer How to Read: A Summer of Experiential Learning

This past summer I interned at BenchSci, a Toronto-based tech startup, for four months. My job was to teach a computer how to recognize letters in an image. It was a great experience, and I learned a lot about machine … Continued

Momenta

Last year, a few upper year students decided to undertake a huge project – the creation of an interdisciplinary academic journal. This journal, which they called Momenta, was a great success. Many students submitted pieces of academic work, which were then … Continued

Quest for AI: Go Talk

For those of you out there who follow my posts, you will know that I am very interested in artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, my question at Quest is “How should we create artificial general intelligence?”. (For those of you … Continued

The Possibilities of Enlightenment

“Enlightenment”, Kant begins, “is man’s emergence from his self incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another.” Kant’s essay An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment? sets the mood for my current class, The … Continued

Continental Reflections on the Reflective Continent

Last block I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Antarctica as part of Quest’s Quest for Antarctica class. In this class we explored the most southern continent and its relationship to humanity. In order to gain a fuller understanding of this unique … Continued

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