TFTV 09 ¦ “Moxon’s Master” by Ambrose Bierce ¦ DSB Audio Full Audiobook Story

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Summary / Synopsis

Following a debate between our narrator and Moxon regarding the degree of intelligence a machine can possess, one of Moxon’s inventions – a chess-playing automaton – runs amok, with fatal consequences.

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1 mimosa [ “mih-MOH-sah”] – a plant of a genus that includes the sensitive plant.

2 insectivorous [ “IN-sek-TIV-uh-russ”] – able to capture and digest insects.

3 excoriations; noun form of: excoriate [” ek-SKOHRee- eyt”] – damage or remove part of the surface of (the skin).

4 Herbert Spencer (1820 – 1903) was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, and sociologist famous for his theory of social Darwinism whereby superior physical force shapes history. Spencer originated the expression “survival of the fittest”, which he coined in Principles of Biology (1864) after reading Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

5 heterogeneous [“het-er-uh-JEE-nee-uhs”] – diverse in character or content.

6 John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873), usually cited as J. S. Mill, was an English philosopher, political economist, and civil servant. Mill’s Methods are five methods of induction described in his 1843 book “A System of Logic”. They are intended to illuminate issues of causation.

7 terse  – sparing in the use of words; abrupt.

8 Saul of Tarsus, was a Christian apostle (although not one of the Twelve Apostles) who spread the teachings of Jesus in the firstcentury world. (Acts 22:6) “suddenly a light came shining around Saul from heaven.”

9 George Henry Lewes [ “LOO-iss”] – (1817 – 1878) was an English philosopher and critic of literature and theatre. He became part of the mid-Victorian ferment of ideas which encouraged discussion of Darwinism, positivism, and religious skepticism.

10 pawl  – a pivoted curved bar or lever whose free end engages with the teeth of a cogwheel or ratchet so that the wheel or ratchet can only turn or move one way.

11 palsy [ “PAWL-zee”] – paralysis, especially that which is accompanied by involuntary tremors.]

12 ague [ “EY-gyoo”] – malaria or another illness involving fever and shivering.

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