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A place for ideas from which history shall be made.

A Couple of Ideas

First, let’s make a three-dimensional rendering, it’s useful to have a chamber and three points of projection.  This can be contained in a box with one open wall facing the viewer.

Think of this like an old-style CRT monitor except more squarish (presumably) on the backside.  The viewer looks into the box and thus can view the three-dimensional animated objects or three-dimensional footage.

Just a kind of monitor which takes in signal and produces three-dimensional projections within its confines

Second, finger prints remind me of circuit boards.  Can a more organic board benefit from those organic algorithms?

Thoughts?

Have fun!

JamesIsIn

I haven’t seen this many people gathered in one place since they took the group photo of all the criminals and lawbreakers in the Reagan administration.  225 of them so far.  225 different people in Ronald Reagan’s administration have either been fired, arrested, indicted, or convicted… of either breaking the law or violating the ethics code.  Edwin Meese alone has been investigated by three separate special prosecutors and there’s a fourth one waiting for him in Washington right now.  Three separate special prosecutors have had to look into the activities of the attorney general!  And the attorney general is the nation’s leading LAW-ENFORCEMENT OFFICER!  This is what you gotta remember.  This is the Ronald Reagan administration–these are the LAW AND ORDER people.  These are the people who are against street crime.  They want to put street criminals in jail to make life safer for business criminals.  They’re against street crime so long as it isn’t WALL Street.

–– George Carlin from his 1988 HBO What Am I Doing in New Jersey? as quoted in Last Words p 238

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I had a left-wing, humanitarian, secular humanist, liberal inclination on the one hand, which implied positions on myriad issues.  On the other I had prejudices and angers and hatreds toward various classes of people.  None of which included skin color or ethnicity or religion.  Well–religion, yes.  I used to get angry at blue-collar right-wingers, but that passed, because I saw that in the end they were just a different sort of victim.

I felt discomfort at having received positions on issues, simply because of my preference for the left of center, for people’s rights over property rights.  I was beginning to find that a lot of my positions clashed.  The habits of liberals, their automatic language, their knee-jerk responses to certain issues, deserved the epithets the right-wing stuck them with.  I’d see how true they often were.  Here they were, banding together in packs, so that I could predict what they were going to say about some event or conflict and it wasn’t even out of their mouths yet.  I was very uncomfortable with that.  Liberal orthodoxy was as repugnant to me as conservative orthodoxy.

–– George Carlin from Last Words p 232

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Christopher Hitchens Modernizes Some Famous Commandments

Here they are plainly stated:

  1. Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color.
  2. Do not ever use people as private property.
  3. Despise those who use violence or the threat of it in sexual relations.
  4. Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child.
  5. Do not condemn people for their inborn nature.
  6. Be aware that you too are an animal and dependent on the web of nature, and think and act accordingly.
  7. Do not imagine that you can escape judgment if you rob people with a false prospectus rather than with a knife.
  8. Turn off that fucking cell phone.
  9. Denounce all jihadists and crusaders for what they are: psychopathic criminals with ugly delusions.
  10. Be willing to renounce any god or any religion if any holy commandments should contradict any of the above.

Here you can find his exposition:

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Road Map to Ultimate Reality?

David Deutsch has plotted out a course toward understanding ultimate reality.  His map includes four courses in fact.  Here they are:

Theory of Evolution

Quantum Physics

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Computation

He is endeavoring to move toward a new way of looking at knowing and explaining.

Here is a brief introduction to Constructor Theory of Information.

Constructor Theory

And here is Dr Chiara Marletto discussing this same subject in an interview.

Beautiful, smart, and driven. But I digress.

Get out there and get thinking!

9 July:  Found this clip which is relevant here.

Reason, baby!

JamesIsIn

Contemplating Dreadful Experiences

We often forget that we are not the one who commits suicide but only the recipients of realizations relating to the other’s decision to leave us.  It’s easy to forget.

The media, as a general rule, does not report on suicides.  The reason for this is that when the media reports on suicide there is a corresponding uptick in the suicide rate.  We might think of this as a sort of permissions slip passed around the news rooms and living rooms of this Earth.  However, when the person who commits suicide is a celebrity there is little avoiding that reporting:  we all want to know what has happened, the consequences be damned!

Last night one of my all-time favorite bands lost a singer and friend.  Let us take a moment.

That angelic voice, you will note is silent.  This is the future echoed from the past.

Please take some time out to say hello to your old friends.  They may appreciate hearing from you.

Good-bye, Chris.

JamesIsIn

How to Backfire

Sometimes the best way to avoid something is to understand how to do it.  In the case of the backfire effect, it’s really easy to do.  Years ago I read this fantastic post from You Are Not so Smart:

The Backfire Effect

This will give you some good perspective on the phenomenon itself.

More recently, here our old friend The Oatmeal makes a plea for understanding:

You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you.

Both perspectives are marvelously succinct.  Each is a delightful and informative read.  Do make an effort, won’t you?

JamesIsIn