A Certain Point of View

Ramblings on Technology, Philosophy, and Star Wars

Politics, Ontology, Philosophy

Who Decides What's Real?

Reading Time: 12 minutes
22nd Nov 2020
Who will be the next President of the United States? At noon on January 20th, 2021, reality will change. The vote seems to have favored Joe Biden, but many Trump supporters believe that Biden's victory is the result of a massive conspiracy to commit voter fraud. Who is right?
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
12 min read
Epistemology, Philosophy

Consistency as the Criterion of Truth

Reading Time: 8 minutes
8th Sep 2020
How do we know when something is true? What does it mean to know? How do we define true?
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
8 min read
Technology, Philosophy

Computer Literacy and Computational Thinking

Reading Time: 7 minutes
8th Aug 2020
The future divide won't be between the haves and the have-nots, but between those who are merely users of computers and those who know how to actually use them.
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
7 min read
Star Wars, Script Doctor, Aesthetics, Character

Fixing RotJ, Part 2: Armed Only With This

Reading Time: 11 minutes
25th Jun 2020
In my first post [https://blog.craigabutler.com/fixing-rotj-1/] about script doctoring Return of the Jedi, I talked a lot about the infamous "certain point of view" scene. This is the scene where Luke encounters Obi-Wan's ghost right after Yoda dies. It's a critical turning point in the film that doesn't live up to its potential, and it sets the stage for a disappointing conclusion of Luke's story in the original Star Wars trilogy. In the scene, Luke's just lost his teacher and ally, the last l
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
11 min read
Epistemology, Philosophy

Learning From Experience

Reading Time: 17 minutes
17th Jun 2020
How do we learn from experience? As we accumulate data about the world, we can form better and better guesses about how that experience reflects reality. Better yet, we can quantify it, with statistics and probability.
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
17 min read
Philosophy, Ontology

Our Encrypted Minds

Reading Time: 21 minutes
9th Jun 2020
If we can't say for certain exactly how our minds are created by our brains, are we justified in treating the subjective as its own ontological reality?
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
21 min read
Philosophy, Epistemology

How Do You Know?

Reading Time: 9 minutes
4th Jun 2020
Although most children seem to have no trouble reciting their age when asked, they usually have a lot more trouble answering my follow-up question: "how do you know?"
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
9 min read
Philosophy, Ontology

In Defense of the Subjective

Reading Time: 4 minutes
30th May 2020
We can't quantify subjective experiences the same way we measure objective reality, but that doesn't make our lived experiences any less real.
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
4 min read
Philosophy, Ontology

The Three Worlds

Reading Time: 8 minutes
30th May 2020
Suppose a dear friend claims they've witnessed a terrifying apparition. They beg you to spend a night with them in the haunted house, to see for yourself. Does the ghost exist? Do you?
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
8 min read
Star Wars, Script Doctor, Aesthetics

Fixing RotJ, Part 1: A Certain Point of View

Reading Time: 12 minutes
28th May 2020
I know what you're thinking - you're thinking, "Craig, you spice-addled fool! Nothing's wrong with RotJ! It's amazing!" And of course, you're right - I love it. So what could I possibly have to complain about?
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
12 min read
Star Wars, Aesthetics

In Defense of the Ewoks

Reading Time: 5 minutes
22nd May 2020
People love to complain about the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi, but they've never really bothered me. A look into our favorite little furry cannibals.
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
5 min read
Star Wars, Aesthetics, Character

The Lies of Obi-Wan Kenobi

Reading Time: 12 minutes
14th May 2020
Fixing the Star Wars prequels is still obsession of mine, and two of the biggest problems with them is a lack of compelling characters and a failure to bring anything new to the story.
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
12 min read