Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

Philosophy improves your thinking

Philosophy is useless in itself. Philosophy is like doing pushups. What’s the point of pushups, so you can do more pushups? Maybe for some. But we can see how this capitalist approach to gain for the sake of being able to gain more is completely ridiculous. So, philosophy is useless. It helps your thinking skill grow. That’s it. Many “philosophers” forget this. They spend their life in academia. They give monthly papers over Aristotle and whatever else. They argue to prove some one tiny thing. Over and over. Point by point. And what’s left? Where’s the bigger picture.

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

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.

Forget Bitcoin, I like this idea better

In the future of the "internet of the machines", there will be an essential need for an internationally accepted 'currency' or trust payment mechanism universally accepted by US Bots, Chinese Bots, Russian Bots - or continent based Bots etc. Robert Shiller has three inter-related ideas, and surprisingly they all spring forth from something that Chile did in the 1960s, when it created a quasi-currency called the UF that was designed to track inflation.

Children are smarter than you think

Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them. The process by which children turn experience into knowledge is exactly the same, point for point, as the process by which those whom we call scientist make scientific knowledge. Children observe, they wonder, they speculate, and they ask themselves questions. They up possible answers, they make theories, they hypothesize, and then they test theories by asking questions or by further observations or experiments or reading.

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