Shawn Powrie Blog


What is the “self”?

What is “self”? What is this thing that you call “me”? Every night, almost everyone in the human race surrenders a state of consciousness for a state of unconsciousness — we go to sleep....


Embracing the paradox of Goodness and Greatness

“Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their...


Will AI take your job?

The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in conversation levels around the world regarding Artificial Intelligence (AI). There’s been a good amount of dialogue covering a wide variety of topics: everything from...


Offworld trading company: Managing expectations walkthrough

As a new player to Stardock’s Offworld Trading Company, I found Managing Expectations and Proof of Employment missions particularly difficult, because for the first time you are given a normal competitive environment and so...


Some Thoughts on Free Will

“The U.S. Supreme Court has called free will a “universal and persistent” foundation for our system of law, distinct from “a deterministic view of human conduct that is inconsistent with the underlying precepts of...


Blame, Fault, and Personal Attribution

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes The English phrase “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” has an interesting implication; it means to tell us that there are certain conditions...


Is life a rough ride?

We all endure trials and challenges. We all endure difficulties, setbacks, frustrations, and non-ideal circumstances. Life can be a rough ride. But as this article will explain; the roughness of the ride of life...


What is scalability in business?

Scalability. It’s one of those buzzwords we hear all the time in business settings; “Will this scale well?” “This doesn’t seem scalable.” But what does this word and related concept actually entail? This article...


Night Photography

I’ve been doing some night photography — an old hobby of mine which I have resurrected. All photos are available for use, please link back if you use them.