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“It was a journey of reconsideration.”

What a line!

Src: https://news.mit.edu/2021/grand-decoding-data-0909

2021/09/13 01:03 · skys

“Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings.”

Src: https://fs.blog/2012/04/david-foster-wallace-this-is-water/

2021/08/29 06:50 · skys

Rainer Maria Rilke: “Try to love the questions themselves… Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even knowing it, live your way into the answer.”

Src: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/300336920/nadia-lim-the-unexpected-skills-needed-to-be-a-farmer

2021/06/22 23:10 · skys

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/300325056/italian-artist-sells-invisible-sculpture-for-more-than-25000

“You don’t see it but it exists; it is made of air and spirit,” he said in a video showcasing the piece.

“It is a work that asks you to activate the power of the imagination, a power that anyone has, even those who don’t believe they have it.”

2021/06/05 03:42 · skys

« And this gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.


Src: http://www.mit.edu/~kcr/poetry/tennyson_ulysses.html

2021/05/26 12:08 · skys

« This is a classic case of a Fixed Mindset. Carol Dweck’s brilliant book ‘Mindset’ talks about how some people have a Fixed Mindset and other people have a Growth Mindset. The Fixed Mindset is when you want to maintain an image of yourself in others’ perception. You worry about who you are. Any attribute is a part of your permanent identity. The Growth Mindset is when you don’t think your every action reflects your immutable identity. You think about what you do, instead of who you are.

In case of a failure, the Fixed Mindset wants to hide it because it degrades his image. People with the Fixed Mindset will have a worse image of themselves as a result. The Growth Mindset will examine the failure to see what is to be learned from it. People with this mindset don’t think that the failure reflects anything about themselves, but rather is data to learn how to do things better.

It is quite obvious the Growth Mindset would lead to success. That is what Carol Dweck’s data revealed for school children.


Src: https://victorrotariu.com/2021/05/on-weakness/

2021/05/24 01:40 · skys

“The benefits of bottoming out the gut are clear; how the back door was excavated isn’t. Soft, squishy, bone-free holes aren’t exactly fixtures of the fossil record, making just about any anus-heritage theory tough to prove. One of the oldest hypotheses holds that the anus and the mouth originated from the same solo opening, which elongated, then caved in at the center and split itself in two. The newly formed anus then moseyed to the animal’s posterior. Claus Nielsen, a developmental biologist at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, is a fan of this theory. It’s both reasonably parsimonious and evolutionarily equitable: In this scenario, neither the mouth nor the anus technically arose first; they emerged as perfect developmental twins.”

ie. Explains why so much talk is just shit.

Src: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/05/evolution-butts/618915/

2021/05/20 23:57 · skys

“She disliked formality and bureaucracy, joking after the war that Britain had been on the winning side due to a shortage of paper.”

Src: https://www.damninteresting.com/how-miss-shillings-orifice-helped-win-the-war/

2021/05/20 00:34 · skys

“Otherwise unrelated domesticated animal species display a range of anatomical and behavioral phenotypes that set them apart from their wild counterparts: depigmentation; floppy, reduced ears; shorter muzzles; curly tails; smaller teeth; smaller cranial capacities; neotenous (juvenile) behavior; reduction of sexual dimorphism; docility; and more frequent estrous cycles. Biologists sometimes call this “domestication syndrome”. Comparing us to Neanderthals, with their larger teeth and brains, and more robust skeletons, it is hard to escape the conclusion that we are the domesticated rather than the wild variant of mankind. Recent genetic studies lend further evidence to this conclusion.”

Src: https://palladiummag.com/2021/05/17/why-civilization-is-older-than-we-thought/

2021/05/18 10:16 · skys

I liked that quote: “Evolution doesn’t care if you’re happy.”.

Mirrors what I've been saying about the US Declaration of independence's line “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”…with no guarantee you'll know what it looks like, find it, catch it, or keep it for any length of time.

https://dynomight.net/better-personalities/

The above report re-emphasises OCEAN: - Openness, - Conscientiousness - Extroversion - Agreeableness - Neuroticism

2021/05/09 21:45 · skys

“OCEAN” model of personality: according to which we all have “big five” rather self-explanatory measurable traits: - openness (to experience), - conscientiousness, - extraversion, - agreeableness, and - neuroticism.

Src: https://nautil.us/issue/99/universality/the-weak-case-for-grit

Something for me to think about when combining with the recipe to creation:

  • Courageous, Exploration/Curiosity
  • Creation of Novel Re-combination
  • Experience embracing (including the failures)
  • Careful unbiased Observations of results
  • Free sharing of summaries
2021/05/02 03:45 · skys

“The first is that UML (well not UML specifically, but OO Analysis and Design) represents some pre-lapsarian school of thought from back when programmers used to think, and weren’t just shitting javascript into containers at ever-higher velocities. In this school, UML is something “we” lost along when we stopped doing software engineering properly, in the name of agile.”

Src: https://www.sicpers.info/2021/04/on-uml/

2021/04/29 04:06 · skys

Genius is rooted in an incessant quest for knowledge and an imagination that transcends boundaries. Roget’s early travels exposed him to foreign cultures and new terrain; science gave him structure… His mind never stopped.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/roget-gets-last-word-180977459/

2021/04/28 02:40 · skys

Someday's I think Murphy was an optimist.

2021/04/28 02:27 · skys

“What are the costs of a progress jam? They’re the unmade products, sure. They’re the good products that don’t succeed, too. But they’re also the best minds, mis-applied. They’re also the unthought thoughts, distracted by the necessity of maintaining the calcified machine of older ideas — of pursuing a fortune made by a widget that only makes sense in some old idea’s world.”

https://www.chrbutler.com/progress-jams

2021/04/27 12:01 · skys
Take care of the body, it’s your last, just make sure it doesn’t become a vehicle for death after this.

Src: https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/her-mind-freed

2021/04/09 00:53 · skys

«This is the genius of what happened with computer networks. Using feedback loops, pattern matching and pattern recognition, those systems can understand us quite simply. That we are far more similar to each other than we might think, that my desire for an iPhone as a way of expressing my identity is mirrored by millions of other people who feel exactly the same. We’re not actually that individualistic. We’re very similar to each other and computers know that dirty secret. But because we feel like we’re in control when we hold the magic screen, it allows us to feel like we’re still individuals. And that’s a wonderful way of managing the world.

Its downside is that it’s a static world. It doesn’t have any vision of the future because the way it works is by constantly monitoring what you did yesterday and the day before, and the day before that. And monitoring what I did yesterday and the day before and the day before that and doing the same to billions of other people. And then looking at patterns and then saying: “If you liked that, you’ll like this”.

They’re constantly playing back to you the ghosts of your own behaviour. We live in a modern ghost story. We are haunted by our past behaviour played back to us through the machines in its comparison to millions of other people’s behaviour. We are guided and nudged and shaped by that. It’s benign in a way and it’s an alternative to the old kind of politics. But it locks us into a static world because it’s always looking to the past. It can never imagine something new. It can’t imagine a future that hasn’t already existed. And it’s led to a sense of atrophy and repetition. It’s “Groundhog Day”. And because it doesn’t allow mass politics to challenge power, it has allowed corruption to carry on without it really being challenged properly.»

Src: https://www.economist.com/open-future/2018/12/06/the-antidote-to-civilisational-collapse

2021/04/08 03:29 · skys

“That this barbarous pursuit is, in the progress of society, steadily declining, must be evident, even to the most hasty reader of European history. If we compare one country with another, we shall find that for a very long period wars have been becoming less frequent; and now so clearly is the movement marked, that, until the late commencement of hostilities, we had remained at peace for nearly forty years: a circumstance unparalleled (…) The question arises, as to what share our moral feelings have had in bringing about this great improvement.”

Moral feelings or not, the century following Mr. Buckle’s prose turned out to be the most murderous in human history.

Src: https://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/significance.pdf

2021/04/06 00:35 · skys