Category Archives: Ah, Sophia!

Contemporary philosophical musings and their various relatives.

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:

JamesIsIn

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

Autism and the Brain EQ

Here is a great article discussing one particular mental ordering (autism) and how diagnosis changes and does not change lives.  I find this story to be compelling because it lays bare the defining mental orders and how mental ordering defines individuals.

When We Realized My Husband Has Autism

My usual metaphor for brain traits is an enormous equalizer loaded with perhaps billions of sliders.  You could conceptualize these sliders as broad categories like autism or obsessive compulsive disorder, but it may be more appropriate to scale the sliders as individual traits like those which make up the diagnostic criteria for the various mental states we have so-far defined.

In any given individual a particular slider may be higher or lower depending on various contributing factors.  It would be somewhat rare to locate someone who had all the sliders for a particular concept (autism or even masculinity) pushed all the way to the top (or pulled all the way down), but we should expect that for any given individual few sliders would be resting right in the middle.

(This model should work for genetic expression as well.)

Food for thought.

JamesIsIn

Gender Bias: The Hyper-Masculine Cage

Something I point out repeatedly is that masculine images are pointed toward a mountain peak where no oxygen tank can take us.  Please read this article discussing certain clues a piece is sexist against males:

Five Signs Your Story Is Sexist – Against Men

I think the assessment of Scott Pilgrim is the only flaw in the article.  Pilgrim fights males and females,  is more capable of expressing his emotion than is the female he pursues, and of course the female certainly does not fall into Scott’s lap.

Aside from that the article is flawless.

Share your thoughts?  No pressure.

JamesIsIn

My Imaginary Friend…

Here I will offer reinterpretations of things humans say.  The purpose is to show how odd the original thing said was.  We’ll see how well these translate.

My imaginary friend has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggles, and a gift for your faithfulness.

With my imaginary friend all things are possible.

I never thought sobriety could be this satisfying.  Since I put down the drugs, my imaginary friend has blessed me in immeasurable ways.

Don’t worry, my imaginary friend is never blind to your tears, never deaf to your prayers, and never silent to your pain.

JamesIsIn