Technology and the End of various Modalities of Thought

Friday, September 23rd 2011

Certain types of thought is being replaced by machines. In the same way certain types of factory work have been (and are continuing to be) replaced by machines, or certain types of businesses are made redundant by networked computers (video rental shops, music shops, etc).

Money & Generic Power

Thursday, September 22nd 2011

Let's say a famous rockstar spends some of his huge stadium rock earnings funding scientific research. He doesn't know anything about science. But the fungible quality of money - that it can be spent on anything and divided in any way you like - allows him to fund science with his rock and roll skills.

Some Slightly Pompous Pithy Sayings

Wednesday, September 21st 2011

People will always favour a known amount of tolerable suffering over an unknown amount suffering.

People will unknowingly inflict pain on others in an attempt to keep them from suffering.

It nearly always seems practical to do what was done in the past and impractical to do what is necessary.

The natural reaction to change is to try and change things back to the way they used to be - even if that means changing everything.

Just because something is done regularly, and by a lot of people, does not make it right.

If you do what you did in the past you will do what you you used to do, only worse.

Intelligence is a sure sign that you have forgotten you are stupid.

Wisdom is what happens when experience tells you cleverness doesn't make you intelligent.

Repression is believing what others tell you to believe about yourself.

But a sure sign of intelligence is looking for new ways to feel stupid again.

Genius forgets what is possible and what isn't.

A show of strength is a sure sign of weakness.

Most things are at their strongest just before they break.

What you think is unchangeable is the very thing that needs to change.

What seems eternal, absolute - that is the thing that needs to end.

What seems inevitable is actually a choice.

Every complexity can be solved by looking for beauty in ugliness. New things are made from old things rearranged, previously mutually exclusive things combined.

What you should love is in what you hate, what you trust is what you should question, and what you fear is what you should do.

The New Primitives, Megathought and Civilisation

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

What do these four things have in common?

A rather bland piece of sports commentary:

Ohio State closes out the season with a 34-3 overall record and a 16-2 record and first place regular season finish in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes were also conference champions, knocking off Penn State, 71-60, in the Big Ten tournament. On the way to the Sweet Sixteen, Ohio State beat 16th-seeded Texas-San Antonio, 75-46 in the second round and then eighth-seeded George Mason, 98-66 in the third round. read more

This piece of music. (

This excerpt from an academic paper:

The operating systems approach to fiber-optic cables is defined not only by the emulation of hierarchical databases, but also by the confusing need for flip-flop gates. In fact, few physicists would disagree with the synthesis of I/O automata, which embodies the natural principles of software engineering. It should be noted that AyryWiver is based on the principles of separated algorithms. However, model checking alone cannot fulfill the need for modular algorithms. entire paper

And these this set of words associated with a picture of a polar bear walking across some snow.

polar, tundra, bear, snow, ice.


Monday, September 19th 2011

Ideology is an attempt to know the unknowable and control the uncontrollable.

The model of reality an ideology adopts - sometimes knowingly, sometimes without realising it - is to change reality to suit itself.

The Man with the Mammoth Always Wins the Argument

Saturday, September 17th 2011

The Man with the Mammoth Always Wins the Argument

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