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?How do we know when something is true? What does it mean to know? How do we define true?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.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 lHow 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.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?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?"We can't quantify subjective experiences the same way we measure objective reality, but that doesn't make our lived experiences any less real.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?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?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.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.