March 2014

  • Dominance is the general force underlying all reality

    Adaptation and the struggle to survive is a secondary drive in the evolution of animals, behind the desire to expand one’s power. All life seeks primarily to expand itself.  No matter what type of situation individuals find themselves in, their will to power comes through in some way or another. Nietzsche calls these different ways the disguised forms of the will to power, meaning that they appear to stem from something else, such as altruism or sympathy, when they really originate in one's instinct to bring someone under one's own power.

  • How to build a quick rapport with anyone

    A lot of people are interested in strengthening and furthering relationships. How can people do this?


  • This is a pretty good review of Stanford University

    Ah yes.. Leland Stanford Junior University, what a great combination of Athletics and Academics, what a fun, talented and motivated student body, and what a great location to boot! Before I begin, I will say there is some truth to Stanford's well known selling points, but that the University, the student body, and the campus atmosphere also have their flaws. I will share my criticisms in list form:

     

    Lack of idealism - Lack of committment to service and activism - Pre-professionalism

  • I'm like Nietzsche fighting a never ending war against modern dogma

    Walter Kaufmann wrote that Nietzsche “celebrates the Greeks who, facing up to the terrors of nature and history, did not seek refuge in ‘a Buddhistic negation of the will,’ as Schopenhauer did, but instead created tragedies in which life is affirmed as beautiful in spite of everything. Schopenhauer’s negation of the will was a saying “no” to life and to the world, which he judged to be a scene of pain and evil.

  • We are all immortal, though not continuously

    This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more since every configuration of atoms and events will occur. During death, our configuration and energy are conserved as the soul, to manifest again in the next creation. This cycle goes on endlessly. Matter cannot be destroyed or created only transformed and after x number of transformations you'll come back in this form. The law of conservation of energy demands eternal recurrence.

  • A new era has begun

    Put contextual search together with the "Internet of Things" concept and the real-world applications becomes obvious. When your smart car realises a brake pad is a bit worn, it asks your GPS where you are, checks your calendar to see when you have some free time, asks the manufacturer for a workshop near you that has the part, makes an appointment and sends you a text or email with everything set up before you had any idea.

  • Call me Adrian Veidt

    Adrian Alexander Veidt is a fictional character in the acclaimed graphic novel miniseries Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, published by DC Comics. Brilliant and able to deal with almost every curve ball thrown his way, Adrian Veidt felt that the normal kind of physical super heroics he'd engaged in for years were not enough to truly change the world. No, he plotted to do something much more. He serves as both the protagonist and antagonist of the series. Named Ozymandias in the manner of Ramesses II.