23. July, 2016
Good and bad people say “something needs to be done.” The difference is that bad people think “no matter the cost” while good people always keep in mind that change alone isn’t “good” as such. It can always be to the worse.
17. June, 2016
I’m one of those people who can’t tear their eyes from blinking, moving stuff. Web advertising is pure hell for me. Thank god for ad blockers.
But what about real life ads? Did you notice all those billboards popping up lately? They are everywhere. Recently, the learned to move.
Time to do something about it: http://jonathandub.in/cognizance/
27. December, 2015
Recently, I followed a discussion about free will. The starting point was the question whether a million exact clones which are placed in the same situations would shows the same behavior and whether they would diverge over time.
My stance is that they would behave identical in the beginning but, subject to quantum physics, small differences would creep in. Big things like hair color or beliefs would be very stable. A complex decision, which could go either way, might be influenced by the fact that a molecule binds a few nanoseconds later than in another clone. The neuron would fire slightly later than the other ones and a different option would be chosen.
Which made me remember Conway’s Game of Life. Life has been shown to be Turing complete – you can construct machines which can compute anything that can be computed.
Now which change to Life would bring it to the next level? Make it able to compute more than Turing?
If there is no metaphysical soul, no God-induced immortal energy in us, then our ability to comprehend must come from the physical body that we have. If neurons are small switches that trigger other switches when enough inputs agree, then where does comprehension – which simple computers certainly lack – come from?
Maybe the solution is that our neurons have a random component – quantum physics. Maybe the solution is a version of Life where survival with more than three neighbors isn’t impossible – just unlikely? Where cells can come to life from nothing by pure (small) chance?
16. November, 2015
The foundation of civilization is the ability of the community to withstand their own death wishes and murderous instincts — André Glucksmann (source; my own translation)
There are people who will tell you that it’s a dog-eat-dog world. That’s a white lie. The building in which you sit while you read this, is the result of cooperation of hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of people. They dug the earth for ore and cement. They build trucks to transport them. They built factories to refine them and turn them into steel and tools. The process of smelting and forging steel has been developed by thousands of people over ten thousand years. Thousands of people all over the globe worked to build the device(s) which you use to read this.
Civilization is a result of cooperation by millions of people who have never met. Cooperation is the foundation on which we all stand. No bomb can change that – unless we allow ourselves to be manipulated by people that we despise.
11. November, 2015
It takes years and hundreds, sometimes thousands of people to build but only one person and a moment to destroy me. What am I?
Answer (link goes to Wikipedia)
16. October, 2015
“On undoing, fixing, or removing commits in git” is a web page which guides you when Git doesn’t do as you want to.