Category Archives: understanding

Free Will again – Trick thread continues

Trick’s Free will site again rom ask – how does chaotic molecular behaviour give us free will Hi rom, It all comes down to the nature of the freedom involved. I acknowledge that form requires boundaries. I acknowledge that communication … Continue reading

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Mental Illness

Ideapod – is oversimplification of mental illness useful By definition, over simplification is not useful. And reality seems to be so complex, that our experiential models of it must be a simplifications to some degree. So we must acknowledge that … Continue reading

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Hutton’s Shearwaters on Kaikoura Noticeboard Facebook page

Well done Sabrina. For most of those birds crash landing, it is their first flight, ever. They spend about 3 months in a dark burrow underground, being fed every day or two by a parent returning, but otherwise alone in … Continue reading

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7 years from last tumour

A rather significant anniversary today – 7 years since the last tumour was cut from my shoulder. When the histology came back it said the margin wasn’t clear, and wider excision was recommended. By that stage I was confident that … Continue reading

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Posted this somewhere – forgot to note where

I call myself a functional athiest – in that any sort of god seems extremely unlikely to me; yet at the same time I am a great fan of Jordan Peterson and his work, and align closely with the vast … Continue reading

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Distinction between truth and ontic reality

Facebook friend John asked – Does a _difference_ exist/function between truth and Ontic(reality)? Given the many sources of error now well documented (measurement error, quantum uncertainty, Goedel incompleteness, irrational numbers, the many classes of chaos, infinities, algorithmic and computational spaces, … Continue reading

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Character of Technology – nature of risk

The Character of Our Technology “We can’t influence the direction of technology, but we can influence its character,” says Kevin Kelly Excellent piece John, but from my perspective it does not explicitly address the three major areas of concern: 1/ … Continue reading

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