Monthly Archives: August 2018

What do we call a thief in science?

What do we call a thief in science? Lots of different answers possible – a small selection: A thief is someone who takes something of value without permission. That can happen in any walk of life. One can make a … Continue reading

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Culture bound?

Culture-Specific Pathology: Biological v. Psychological Basis A Discussion of Culture-Bound Syndromes My own experiences of having been sent home “palliative care only” with a diagnosis of “terminal melanoma” (that was over 8 years ago, have been over 7 years tumour … Continue reading

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Quora – how much of science do we not know?

How much of science do we still not know? It seems clear in logic that the answer to this must eternally be, much more than we already know. Infinities have that unsettling attribute, and reality seems to hold the potential … Continue reading

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Understanding

Great as far as it goes, and the article has some inappropriate metaphors. The real key seems to be in the last word from Feynman “improve the solutions”. We need to be willing to give up the idea that we … Continue reading

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Spinoff Survey

Spinoff survey 17. What’s happening in your world? Are there any stories, ideas, trends etc. you think we should be covering? Lots. Recovering from the Kaikoura Earthquake. Following AI and Existential risk communities internationally. Trends/Ideas: Resilience/ preparedness for major disaster … Continue reading

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Mind gnawing

Mind Gnawing What’s gnawing at the edge of your mind? Hi Laurie, I hate moving. I hate it when anything moves. I organize myself by spatial relationships. When anything moves, I experience a severe emotional reaction. It is one of … Continue reading

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Evonomics – 4 definitions of money

Four Definitions of Money. All Correct. Understanding what we mean by the most important word in economics. Economic notions need deeper exploration of the idea of money. When it was coin, much of the value present in money was embodied … Continue reading

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Zat – identify

The Identity Trap: How to Be Less Wrong Zat Rana Great – as far as it goes! Snowden’s Cynefin Framework is a useful simplification of infinite complexity. Our conscious awareness is but the tiny tip of the vast computational complexity … Continue reading

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Skeptics discussion of IQ

Don’t agree entirely. If any psychological test has utility, then it is IQ. It is not a perfect test – nothing in psychology is. Certainly there are difference between populations, and the difference within populations are far vaster. So no … Continue reading

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Learning

July 22-29 ’18 ~QofDay~ Learning What is the most important part of learning? As usual, Bhatta asks questions of infinite depth. In one sense there is a simple answer: To keep on doing it. And there is a paradox present. … Continue reading

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