To those who view this cybernetic society as more fantasy than future, Kurzweil pointed out that there are people with computers in their brains today — Parkinson’s patients. That’s how cybernetics is just getting its foot in the door.
The original minimalism and today’s minimalism.
What’s the nature of music? Hegel, too, has an opinion.
All that talk about plagiarism and cheating and abuse is uninspiring and counterproductive.. How can we both use machines that learn, and help learn, to push out the edge of human knowledge through cutting-edge research faster and in new ways?
Pros and cons lost in the cacophony of complaints.
Nudge electrons into a higher energy state (the Rydberg state) and you can amass significant information about time without ever having to start the clock.
What’s truly most likely to happen if you put it off, which is that you’ll never get around to sending that message.
This philosophy, which he shares on a micro level (individuals) and macro level (brands/organizations), focuses on getting concrete, measurable results in order to create what he calls a “reality shift.”
Beneath that is a rocky seafloor, which may be teeming with hydrothermal vents and bizarre otherworldly organisms. So the next time you’re in airport security and frustrated…
More different lifestyles are represented to us daily, televisually than to any previous group of people, and actual jobs are more specialized.
Even the dignitaries of the Church in the middle ages kept fools to make them laugh—or to laugh at them.
In group celebrations we find exuberance differently. A love of festivities is universal, observed William James, and in many respects celebration is yet another form of human play.
“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” —Thomas Merton I highly recommend this article on The Improvement Illusion by Justin Murphy.
much here is beautiful, dream like vistas reminding me of home
All of this is part of a shared space, it is what we call the zeitgeist, the spirit of the time, which is also what we express ourselves through.
Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life, it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat.
Underscores the influence of Political Compass and gaming more generally on ideations of countercultural participation—or what he refers to as a “choose your character / choose your future” mode of “identity play that gained heightened relevance as American politics subsumed all of pop culture” during the mid-2010s.
A sort of jellyfish glistening in the abysses of consciousness…
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
An answer to the sterile ends of pure utility and the cold-heartedness of a survival mindset.
In the most general way, the active character of love can be described by stating that love is primarily giving, not receiving. What is giving?
I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about “teaching you how to think” is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea:
Pure thinking is a phantom.
Despite an extensive search, not a single trace of the crew nor the plane nor the cores has ever been found.
In the days after, Soviet scientists’ reports detailed the impact of the nuclear blast on everything: vegetation, animals, shelters, vehicles, houses. And a small part on human lives.
Since when does aesthetic consideration take precedence over realistic observations? Well, since Whistler. He painted the commonplace with mood, color, and form.
Swim naked in the local lake with Oak Ridge native Megan Fox, the mist caressing both of their faces would be radioactive.
It’s January 25, 1995 and you’re President Boris Yeltsin activating the “nuclear briefcase”.
And they are right, I think. We all hate home And having to be there.
I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time.
Don’t brag about morals until you have money to fund your temptations.
And when I revise, I’m writing, aren’t I?
This time, I was at a corner table at Pasta Vivace! on that side street next to the old music store.
When everyone is watched, every behavior becomes dangerous.
Beer mode is a state of unfocused play where you discover new ideas. In contrast, coffee mode is a state of focus where you work towards a specific outcome.
It’s an entirely new situation, emerging from the physical possibilities that will face any species that can overcome the natural interstellar quarantine of its solar system.
Much of culture now has the hollow, vacant feeling of having been made by algorithm. Consider the drab, broken anti-spectacle of Addison Rae performing trending TikTok dances onstage with Jimmy Kimmel or NFTs sold for millions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s—it’s art and pop stripped of all verve, fertility, and eroticism.
Epitaph to a bag with a face.
The conservative who resists change is as valuable as the radical who proposes it.
Pythagoras vs. beans and Hepatia vs oyster shells.
It’s harvest and I ask for more time without pressure.
And some things have the nerve to be getting started…
What is the cost of lies?
I accidentally broke my parent’s camera.
What I love about you is blue.
Skill is insulation that wraps neural circuits in reponses to certain signals.
Between scientific conferences, universities, and the homes of colleagues all over the world.
Hark, now hear the sailors cry.
The Temptation of St. Anthony (detail), 1946 Oil on Canvas, 89.5 x 119.5 cm (35 1/4 x 47 in.) Brussels, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
Even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious.
Charles Bukowski didn’t say you should find what you love and let it kill you.
Categorize to save yourself.
Cooking dinner, making love, walking dogs, even sleeping.
Place yourself in circumstances of want, and ask yourself, “is this what I fear?
Ending the dual-currency system is expected to lead to the eventual removal of subsidies and bankruptcy.
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
You were on your own.
You’re never at the beginning of some event.
…not until 1949 that decrypted cables from the United States Army Signal Intelligence Service (SIS)’s “Venona” project revealed Fuchs was a Soviet spy.
Those in paradise were given a choice: happiness without freedom, or freedom without happiness. There was no third alternative.
It’s called modelling.
But these movies built a generation of men who are now in their 30s and 40s.
Perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better.
An uprising of octopi.
A long life spent in a miserable way.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Start drinking. Daydream about your death.
Whatever and whoever.
A link to Tversky and Kahneman.
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I had consumed and then I created, or rather, I had chewed something up and spat it out.
It’s within your capacity to ask yourself what you think and what you know.
Writer, poseur, mama’s boy, and tips on how to woo him.