Mood Filters

Friday, July 23rd 2010

I have noticed that there is tendency to project into the future whatever your feeling is at any given moment. So if you're feeling tired, the future seems tiring and grind-like. How will I do it all! Argh! If you're happy, the future seems full of hope. If you're disappointed the future looks likely to disappoint.

A tired person asks questions, but because they're tired they skew the answers in the tired direction.

This filters your view of the world. You'll see the world through your moods.

So the thing is, remember you have moods and know when to stop thinking!

So far so obvious ...

Bullshit Industry Part 2 - Dilbert & the Magnificent Navy On Land Section 1

Thursday, July 22nd 2010

More bullshit.

This follows on from The Bullshit Industry Part 1: Bullshit Work & Work Snobs.

Bullshit Industry Part 1 - Bullshit Work & Work Snobs

Wednesday, July 21st 2010

This follows on from The Bullshit Industry Prologue - Thought Factories and the Invasion of the RoombaTurks

Some people call it the "Bullshit Industry":

Alan Kohler writes:

I bumped into a senior Labor politician at the airport last night and he observed, during the course of a long conversation, that a big part of the job of governments in the years ahead will simply be to employ people - especially relatively unskilled workers.

In fact there are already a vast number of jobs at all levels of government that are pointless, and simply exist for employment. He also referred to the huge and rapidly growing "bullshit industry" - public relations and lobbying - which produces virtually nothing useful but employs an army of relatively unskilled people.

Bullshit Industry Prologue - Thought Factories & the Invasion of the RoombaTurks! Section 1

Tuesday, July 20th 2010

"Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines ... [this machine would be] the last invention that man need ever make." (I.J. Good)

"If you really think about it, the fact that anything on a computer works is amazing. At a low level, magnets read and write ones and zeros on ridiculously fast rotating platters, and then are assembled into files, which then is stored in memory, which is then passed through a video card and converted into some format that can be displayed on a screen. Throw in networked computers and the potential for signal loss over long distances and the probability that something at some point in the process will fail, and the potential for failure increases exponentially. Maybe I'm alone, but I'm in awe of the fact that my computer doesn't just randomly catch fire and explode." (Jake Vinson - Daily WTF, o1 Aug 2007)

Breeding Stock

Monday, July 19th 2010

This can be seen a flagrantly sexist (toward males and females) and rather bitter. It probably is.

The Real Convention: Psychic Node Space

Saturday, July 17th 2010

"He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side; if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion." - John Stewart Mill

What if there are no "sides" to the case? What if there is no case at all?

Bertrand Russell famously said:

"Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves."

I think one things all sides will agree to is that there are "sides" involved. That is the convention when it comes to most discussions and most thinking.

The classic example is the way political ideas get put on some arbitrary system "left" to "right", "middle".


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