writing

Light: an essay on third-wave atheism

https://petersloan.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/light-an-essay-on-third-wave-atheism/

 

Why Uber is terrible for millennials in the workforce

opinion column for AL.com

http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/01/why_uber_is_terrible_for_mille.html

 

Listening to Possibility: Randomness as Musical Material

Master’s thesis, submitted to Mills College in 2014

SLOANListeningToPossibility

Abstract: This paper is concerned with musical randomness. In Section 1, distinctions are drawn between randomness, chance, chaos, and other related concepts. In Section 2, these concepts are applied to music in the formulation of a theory of musical randomness that treats randomness itself as musical material. To this end, I introduce the concept of a “Possibility Space,” by which spaces of musical randomness may be quantitatively defined, classified, and related to each other. A brief discussion of works by Cage, Wolff, Boulez, and myself serves to illustrate the theory.

 

A paper on James Tenney’s Meta-Hodos and Meta Meta-Hodos, in which I discuss Tenney’s concept of ergodicity and propose the existence of “secondary parameters.”

SLOANTenneyMetaHodos

 

A paper on consciousness, in which I defend a token-token mind-brain identity thesis, introducing the term “qualitative brain state.”

SLOANconsciousness

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