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Robert W. Fuller’s blog can be found at Breakingranks.net.

President Trump: Poster Boy for Rankism

Sunday January 22nd, 2017 08:59:33 PM Robert Fuller
Rankism is the degradation of those with less power or lower rank. It’s somebodies using the power of their rank to humiliate or disadvantage those they see as nobodies. Rankism is no more defensible than racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. In fact, rankism—putting people down and keeping them there—is the mother of all the ignoble isms. […]

When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens: Part 4

Monday December 19th, 2016 02:07:30 AM Robert Fuller
A Philosophic Fiction: Conclusion A Better Game Bob: What will we do now? Rob: There have long been humans who sensed that the commonsense notion of selfhood was misleading. The people who supported our liberation wouldn’t have seen fit to back us if they had not begun to question separate and distinct selfhood. We owe […]

When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Sunday December 11th, 2016 08:59:41 PM Robert Fuller
A Philosophic Fiction: Part 3 of 4 An Eye for an Eye… Rob: If the Game of Selves were stable, the response to an act of predation wouldn’t be to demand “an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.” Instead of retaliating, the goal would be to quell fires before they spread. But […]

When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Saturday December 3rd, 2016 08:32:07 PM Robert Fuller
A Philosophic Fiction: Part 2 of 4 What’s Consciousness? Bob: If consciousness isn’t the difference between us, what is? Because it’s obvious that we’re very different. It has got to matter that you’re a hundred times smarter than me. Rob: What differences there are are not unlike those between yourselves and the hominins from whom […]

When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Wednesday November 16th, 2016 09:23:26 PM Robert Fuller
A Philosophic Fiction: Part 1 of 4 “Jackie Roboson” I’m a sportswriter, You may have seen my articles on Jackie Roboson’s bid to integrate Major League Baseball. Once artificial intelligence could beat humans at Chess, Go, and Jeopardy, robotics zeroed in on sports. First, came bionic athletes who could outrun, out-throw, and out-kick humans. It […]

Donald Trump, Orchestra Conductor

Tuesday November 8th, 2016 05:02:41 AM Robert Fuller
If “All the world’s a stage,” we should give Donald Trump a standing ovation for his compelling personification of a demagogue. Mr. Trump has writ large the premise that undergirds a predatory world. The American election of 2016 can be seen as a contest over whether to affirm the primal survival strategy—no holds barred, every […]

How to Keep our Dignity While Ceding Human Preeminence

Saturday January 23rd, 2016 02:40:55 AM Robert Fuller
If we think of brains as organic machines–albeit far more complex machines than the digital computers we’ve built to date–then it’s clear that brain power has been limited by the stringent conditions of evolution, gestation in a uterus, and birth through a baby-sized aperture in the pelvis. Remove these constraints and there’s every reason to […]

A New Default Self

Saturday February 7th, 2015 08:55:12 PM Robert Fuller
Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself – And there isn’t one. – Wei Wu Wei Wei Wu Wei is the pen name of Terence Gray, a 20th-century, Anglo-Irish author of pithy provocations aimed, like the one in the epigraph, at the prevailing […]

6 Reasons You Can’t Win (And 3 Reasons You Can Anyway)

Sunday January 25th, 2015 06:06:47 PM Robert Fuller
6 Reasons You Can’t Win Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself – And there isn’t one. – Wei Wu Wei 1. An interior witness acts as an impartial judge of our shifting fortunes, tracking our wins and losses. No matter what we […]

Ending Academic Apartheid: Equity and Dignity for Adjunct Professors

Friday December 6th, 2013 09:17:56 PM Robert Fuller
In choosing the academic life, most teachers expect to be part of a community committed to freedom, fairness, and justice. It’s the rare academic who does not take pride in belonging to an honorable profession. I was a young college president during the turmoil of the sixties and early seventies. Within a few years, students, […]