Well this is an eye-opening piece that has caused me to reconsider lots of presuppositions… In other words, to solve the problem of our unwillingness to keep track of our dogs, we do not address our own unwillingness. To address the overpopulation of unwanted dogs, we do not address the overpopulation. Instead, we non sequitur: … Continue reading Spaying and Neutering Dogs
My oldest daughter made a comment about how I resemble The Librarian in my mannerisms and philosophy on things, except that I didn’t wear bowties anymore. That was good enough inspiration for me to open up my dusty drawer of memory-imbued bowties I have collected, bought, been given by students, and gifted by friends over … Continue reading I Almost Forgot How to Tie a Bowtie
I made the decision last week to attempt what I previously thought was relatively undoable for my business and/or personal life and pull out of the Twitter stream and Facebook world, and Instagram performance art gallery. Some of that was due to this liturgical season of Lent and some of that was my constant need … Continue reading A Week Without Twitter (or Facebook)
Wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready made with a mesh of associative trails running through them, ready to be dropped into the memex and there amplified. — Read on www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/10/11/vannevar_bush_s_1945_essay_as_we_may_think_on_information_overload_curation.html Continue reading Vannevar Bush’s 1945 essay “As We May Think” on information overload, curation, and open-access science.
The reason why we experience reality as a movie when it’s only a collection of pictures can be at least partially explained by our rhythms of attention. About four times every second, the brain stops taking snapshots of individual points of focus — like your friend on the corner in Times Square — and collects … Continue reading Stitching together reality
There’s some sort of metaphor in the story of these two photos of the Earth from the moon’s surface; one low-resolution and one high-resolution, one broadcast at the moment and the other only decoded by volunteers some forty years after the fact. It’s hard to see and transmit what’s happening right now clearly, no matter … Continue reading urgency trumps understanding
You have to be really clever to come up with a genuinely dangerous thought. I am disheartened that people can be clever enough to do that and not clever enough to do the obvious thing and KEEP THEIR IDIOT MOUTHS SHUT about it, because it is much more important to sound intelligent when talking to … Continue reading Roko’s Basilisk: The Most Dangerous Thought?
When scientists search for meaning in quantum physics, they may be straying into a no-man’s-land between philosophy and religion. But they can’t help themselves. They’re only human. “If you were to watch me by day, you would see me sitting at my desk solving Schrödinger’s equation…exactly like my colleagues,” says Sir Anthony Leggett, a Nobel … Continue reading What is real? Forking universes, equalities, and religion
CGP Grey has produced a thought-provoking adaptation of Nick Bostrom’s 2005 paper (available here Journal of Medical Ethics, 2005, Vol. 31, No. 5, pp 273-277). There are themes and ideas presented here that are deeper than they first appear, especially in regards to concepts such as ethics and mortality. Continue reading The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant
When Adam dalf and Eve span, Who was thanne a gentilman? John Ball Continue reading Unnecessary nobility
Whether you’re starting your own business or non-profit or trying to make an existing one feasible as a “job,” the fear that you encounter at 4am as you do the week’s invoicing and receipts in your head can be staggering. I know, I’ve definitely been there in the low tides of “working for yourself.” Our mind … Continue reading Working Through Fears
Why does creativity generally tend to decline as we age? One reason may be that as we grow older, we know more. That’s mostly an advantage, of course. But it also may lead us to ignore evidence that contradicts what we already think. We become too set in our ways to change. What Happens to … Continue reading Being Creative
I wrote this back in 2008 as I was turning 30: However, turning 30 still scares the hell out of me because I don’t want to loose my idealism which is tied so close to my own identity. via 29 – Sam Harrelson Today I turn 39. I feel like I’ve changed so much in … Continue reading 39
I’m an only child. I realized rather early in life that being an only child and one of the few kids in our rather small family would have an impact on a number of aspects of my life from playing sports to how I held my shoulders at school. I was consciously aware of myself rather early … Continue reading Last Night on Earth