The Frog That Memes Itself Into And Out Of Existence
— Fate Of Twist (@Magic_of_expect) August 28, 2016
Octobot is “the first ever self-contained, completely soft robot”.
(It’s static, at this point, so more like a robot anemone.)
Ronald Reagan often spoke of America’s divine purpose and of a mysterious plan behind the nation’s founding. “You can call it mysticism if you want to,” he told the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1974, “but I have always believed that there was some divine plan that placed this great continent between two oceans to be sought out by those who were possessed of an abiding love of freedom and a special kind of courage.” These were remarks to which Reagan often returned. He repeated them almost verbatim as president before a television audience of millions for the Statue of Liberty centenary on July 4, 1986. […] When touching on such themes, Reagan echoed the work, and sometimes the phrasing, of occult scholar Manly P. Hall. […] From the dawn of Hall’s career in the early 1920s until his death in 1990, the Los Angeles teacher wrote about America’s “secret destiny.” The United States, in Hall’s view, was a society that had been planned and founded by secret esoteric orders to spread enlightenment and liberty to the world. …
A runaway trolley is about to kill philosophy professors who invent trolley problems. Will you divert it? pic.twitter.com/mlfi0mydlZ
— Peter Krantz (@peterkz_swe) August 14, 2016
Only a matter of time before inventors of trolley-problem memes end up on the tracks.