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    1. I have about fourteen or sixteen weeks to do this, so I'm breaking the course into an "intro" section that covers some basic stuff like affordances, and other insights into how tech functions. There's a section on AI which is nothing but critical appraisals on AI from a variety of areas. And there's a section on Social Media, which is the most well formed section in terms of readings.

      https://zirk.us/@shengokai/109440759945863989

      If the individuals in an environment don't understand or perceive the affordances available to them, can the interactions between them and the environment make it seem as if the environment possesses agency?

      cross reference: James J. Gibson book The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems (1966)


      People often indicate that social media "causes" outcomes among groups of people who use it. Eg: Social media (via algorithmic suggestions of fringe content) causes people to become radicalized.

  2. Nov 2022
    1. Remote Monitoring for Prediction and Management of AcuteExacerbations in Chronic Obstructive PulmonaryDisease (AECOPD)

      Remote Monitoring for Prediction and Management of Acute Exacerbations in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (AECOPD)

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    1. Technology like this, which lets you “talk” to people who’ve died, has been a mainstay of science fiction for decades. It’s an idea that’s been peddled by charlatans and spiritualists for centuries. But now it’s becoming a reality—and an increasingly accessible one, thanks to advances in AI and voice technology. 
    1. When I come across interesting information, I highlight then comment a corresponding question:

      Every studio has a slate.

      What is the source for this?

      It's highly related to having a direction in life, or the famous example of Feynman's 12 Favorite Problems that he always kept in mind to slowly be working at.

      Part of having a list of purpose dovetails to how one builds their identity too.

  3. Oct 2022
    1. Onesuspected that Paxson's love for his work may have tempted him tolabor too long, and that he established a schedule to protect him-self and the keenness of his mind, to keep himself from his deskinstead of at it, as is some men's purpose.

      Pomeroy suspects that Paxson may have kept to a strict work schedule to keep his mind sharp, but he doesn't propose or suspect that it may have been the case that Paxson's note taking practice was the thing which not only helped to keep his mind sharp, but which allowed him the freedom and flexibility to keep very regular work hours.

    1. http://www.greyroom.org/issues/60/20/the-dialectic-of-the-university-his-masters-voice/

      “The Indexers pose with the file of Great Ideas. At sides stand editors [Mortimer] Adler (left) and [William] Gorman (right). Each file drawer contains index references to a Great Idea. In center are the works of the 71 authors which constitute the Great Books.” From “The 102 Great Ideas: Scholars Complete a Monumental Catalog,” Life 24, no. 4 (26 January 1948). Photo: George Skadding.

    1. The design of Goutor's note taking method is such that each note should have "a life of its own, so that it can stand independently of every other one in the file." (p28) This concept is broadly similar to the ideas of both atomic notes and evergreen notes in related contexts.

      Goutor says that a note's life stems from its identity by means of its bibliographic source, its unique content, and its ultimate purpose. Here he uses the singular "purpose" and doesn't explicitly use "purposes" thereby indicating that an individual note can have multiple potential lives in different places within one's lifetime of work. It seems most likely that he may not have thought of using ideas in multiple different locations, but again, his particular audience (see: https://hypothes.is/a/8jKcTkNPEe2sCntTfNWf2Q) may have also dictated this choice. One could argue that it would have been quite easy for him to have used the plural to suggest the idea simply and tangentially, but that his use of the singular here is specifically because the idea wasn't part of his note taking worldview.

    1. Life in the Middle Ages just seems harder: plagues swept the world, dramatic climate change led to food shortages, unstable political power created unpredictable violence, religious prejudice and superstitions were common, and no one had invented a single iPhone. Terrible.

      these weren't as extreme as netflix and stuff mades them out to be

    1. In contrast, poverty is something that most Americans will experience fora short period of time as a consequence of very “normal” occurrences—theloss of a job, the birth of a child, the transition to adulthood, the dissolutionof a marriage, and so on.

      Is it not coincidental that these life events are also some of the most stressful one will face in life? They're stressful enough on their own, but the added financial stressors add to the problems.

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  4. Sep 2022
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    1. The question "what is the meaning of life" doesn't seem to me to be an important one, although I think Sagan's "we are a way for the universe to know itself" is about as good an answer as can be found.

      While I agree with Sagan, that's not the meaning of life.

      The meaning of life is to project ones self into the future. There might be other ways to do this, but the easiest way is to have and raise children.

    1. Author Vladimir Nabokov at work, writing on index cards in his car.Location:Ithaca, NY, USDate taken:September 1958Photographer:Carl MydansSize:1280 x 889 pixels (17.8 x 12.3 inches)

      Author Vladimir Nabokov at work, writing on index cards in his car.

    1. Can resetting the body clock help with depression?

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      • “Epidemiological studies suggest that night-shift workers are at [approximately] 25% to 40% higher risk for mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety,”
      • participants’ mood plummeted, and failed to improve during the four days they spent on the reversed schedule
      • circadian misalignment has negative effects even on long-time shift workers
      • sleep problems and circadian disruption are associated with depression
      • more than 90% of people with depression have sleep problems
      • Poor sleep turns out to be not only a symptom but also a predictor.
      • sleep has a protective effect: improving sleep can help to prevent depression in adults.
      • light also has a direct antidepressant effect, through the stimulation of mood-regulating brain centers
      • In the early 1970s, researchers realized that keeping people with depression awake for 36 hours often provided immediate relief of their symptoms.
      • effects of sleep deprivation that were nothing short of “miraculous”.
      • combining sleep deprivation with light therapy and what researchers call sleep phase advance — essentially, going to bed earlier. In a 2009 study, a group including Bunney showed that half of people who underwent this routine remained in remission after seven weeks7.
      • existing treatments for bipolar disorder, lithium and valproic acid, both affect circadian rhythms
      • sleep deprivation and the rapid-acting antidepressant ketamine both cause similar changes in the expression of circadian-related genes
      • eating in synch with typical mealtimes, even if a person’s sleep schedule is altered, can prevent the adverse effects of circadian disruption on mood.
      • recommendations for better ‘light hygiene’, such as getting outside during the morning and limiting artificial light in the hours before bed in the evening
    1. I have a long list of ideas I want to pursue in cosmology, quantum mechanics, complexity, statistical mechanics, emergence, information, democracy, origin of life, and elsewhere. Maybe we’ll start up a seminar series in Complexity and Emergence that brings different people together. Maybe it will grow into a Center of some kind.

      https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2022/03/06/johns-hopkins/

      Somehow I missed that Sean Carroll had moved to Johns Hopkins? Realized today when his next book showed up on my doorstep with his new affiliation.

    1. The book's controversial assertions that the life of Jesus should be written like the life of any historic person, and that the Bible could and should be subject to the same critical scrutiny as other historical documents caused controversy[19] and enraged many Christians,[20][21][22][23] and Jews because of its depiction of Judaism as foolish and absurdly illogical and for its insistence that Jesus and Christianity were superior.[17]

      Ernest Renan argued in Life of Jesus that Jesus should be studied and written about like any other historic person or process. His life and the history and writings around it should be open to critical scrutiny just like any other biography or autobiography.

  6. Aug 2022
    1. Colleges today often operate as machines for putting ever-proliferating opportunities before already privileged people. Our educational system focuses obsessively on helping students take the next step. But it does not give them adequate assistance in thinking about the substance of the lives toward which they are advancing. Many institutions today have forgotten that liberal education itself was meant to teach the art of choosing, to train the young to use reason to decide which endeavors merit the investment of their lives.

      👍 and well put.

    1. The term "stigmergy" was introduced by French biologist Pierre-Paul Grassé in 1959 to refer to termite behavior. He defined it as: "Stimulation of workers by the performance they have achieved." It is derived from the Greek words στίγμα stigma "mark, sign" and ἔργον ergon "work, action", and captures the notion that an agent’s actions leave signs in the environment, signs that it and other agents sense and that determine and incite their subsequent actions.[4][5]

      Theraulaz, Guy (1999). "A Brief History of Stigmergy". Artificial Life. 5 (2): 97–116. doi:10.1162/106454699568700. PMID 10633572. S2CID 27679536.

  7. Jul 2022
    1. 1. Tell the truth… or, at least, don’t lie. Truth reduces the terrible complexity of a man to the simplicity of his word. Truth is the ultimate, inexhaustible natural resource. It’s the light in the darkness.

      Hard

    1. including history, science, and other content that could build the knowledge and vocabulary they need to understand both written texts and the world around them?

      I have created a first-year student module to think about the information needs they have themselves. e.g. knitters, genealogists, gamers, foodies, etc.

      I'm more interested in students understanding "how" they evaluate information. Are there tools built into websites, e.g. comment sections, thumbs up/down, # of subscribers, etc.

    1. Later in life and irrespective to the character of the relationship held, the good enough approachinforms how communication between people can be practiced. One of the widest known formulasfor that is called Nonviolent Communication, subtitled as the ‘language of life’ [ 39]. The subtitle seemsparticularly appropriate to our case, as it describes a method of communication that does not servesocial programming and allow humans to author and own their speech. A nonviolent communicatordoes not reinforce the boundary cuts and refrains from installing the personware-shaping doublebinds.

      !- definition : nonviolent communication, language of life * a method of communication that does not prioritize social programming over an individual's right to articulate and own their own speech.

    1. I'll push back on this a bit. I suspect that even though one might create multiple links to digital notes in all directions like this, it really doesn't happen happen at scale like this in practice.

      I'd be willing to guess that very few people in the digital space are linking their ideas to more than two or three others. In fact, I suspect that if you looked at many digital ZKs you'd find a lot of orphaned notes floating around.

      Separately, even in the analog space, the two links (down or forward) isn't always correct either. I cross link all over the place. The one constant benefit of the analog is that you're generally required to create at least one link because you have to place the card somewhere, and this isn't the case in most digital contexts/tools.

      I'd posit that it's a lot of work to link a new idea into your system once much less in multiple places. Generally the more ideas you can link/cross-link it to, the more likely you'll run across it in the future and have potential to reuse it. I'd also suggest that the more links it's got, the better you'll "own" it. These addition links will also allow you to better compare/contrast various ideas by juxtaposing them in the future.

      Theorem: more (good/great) links = more complexity which yields more "life", serendipity, and surprise to be found in your slip box for future use.

    1. Kierkegaard has essentially this same view of human existence, a view that Becker praises in The Denial of Death. Because we are this tension of opposites, says Kierkegaard, in order to be authentically human we need to accept the mystery and responsibility of participation in both of these dimensions of reality that constitute life structured by death. Most people fall short of this authenticity, he declares. They flee its difficulties. And there are two basic ways of doing this. People either (1) immerse themselves in the dimension of things that perish, the things and pleasures of the world, which allows them to evade the awareness of death: the attitude summed up in the advice to “eat, drink, and be merry.” Or they (2) cling to some false certainty about immortality, imagining that some kind of immortality is their assured possession, and this too allows them to evade the awareness of death.

      Kierkegaard seems to look at death the same way as Becker. If we are authentic, it takes courage, first, but then we recognize it as wisdom. We participate in both the changing, perishable reality as well as the immutable, unchanging reality. Most people are too afraid to reach this point and evade a life structured by death in two major ways of denial of death. First they can live and let live. Enjoy all pleasures today with no regard for tomorrow. Second they can fall into an immortality project

    1. All students alluded to the need to developnot only academic skills but also self-management. This included skills such asdeveloping work/life balance, self-control,confidence, and become discerning in theirchoices around study

      University life is about developing self and time management skills. Students are expected to be adults, therefore, balacning all aspects of life is an important skills that students will realise and develop in order to servive, progresss and complete their studies.

    1. In The Beginning of Infinity, physicist David Deutsch defines The Principle of Optimism: “All evils are caused by insufficient knowledge.” From that principle, Deutsch writes, flow a few implications that help understand optimism:Optimism is “a way of explaining failure, not prophesying success”: If we’ve failed at something, it’s because we didn’t have the right knowledge in time. Optimism is a stance towards the future: Nearly all failures, and nearly all successes, are yet to come. Optimism follows from the explicability of the physical world: If something is permitted by the laws of physics, then the only thing that can prevent it from being possible is not knowing how.In the long run, there are no insuperable evils: There can be no such thing as a disease for which there can’t be a cure, because bodies are physical things that follow the laws of physics. If you want, you can call it “realistic optimism” or “pragmatic optimism” or “realistic skeptical optimism” or whatever you want to call it in your head to make it feel less doe-eyed, but the actual definition of optimism captures those, so I’ll just call it optimism.

      This is the kind if definition of optimism I have in mind when thinking about how I try to approach the world. Combined with a (hopefully!) well balanced sense of Humour, a bit of stubbornness and the kind of “naivetë” [[Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi]] described in his opus magnum “Flow” I am convinced it’s, in the long run, a quite unstoppable combination and quality that can, in fact, be trained and developed.

    1. probefahrer · 7 hr. agoAre you familiar with Mark Granovetter‘s theory of weak ties?He used it in the sense of the value of weak social connections but I am pretty sure one could make a case for weak connections in a Zettelkasten as being very valuable

      Humanity is a zettelkasten in biological form.

      Our social ties (links) putting us into proximity with other humans over time creates a new links between us and our ideas, and slowly evolves new ideas over time. Those new ideas that win this evolutionary process are called innovation.

      The general statistical thermodynamics of this idea innovation process can be "heated up" by improving communication channels with those far away from us (think letters, telegraph, radio, television, internet, social media).

      This reaction can be further accelerated by actively permuting the ideas with respect to each other as suggested by Raymond Llull's combinatorial arts.

      motivating reference: Matt Ridley in The Rational Optimist

      link to: - Mark Granovetter and weak ties - life of x

  8. Jun 2022
    1. CÂU CHUYỆN "BỚT CƯỜI LẠI"Vợ của anh vì một lý do ngoài ý muốn đã qua đời được 4 năm, anh vì không có cách nào có thể chăm sóc được bố mẹ nên cảm thấy chán nản và mệt mỏi.Một buổi tối khi anh trở về nhà, vì quá mệt mỏi nên anh chỉ chào hỏi đứa con ngắn gọn và không muốn ăn cơm, cởi xong bộ comple liền lên giường nằm. Đúng lúc đó, ầm một tiếng, bát mì tôm làm bẩn hết chăn và ga trải giường, hóa ra trong chăn có một bát mì tôm. “Cái thằng danh con này”, anh ta liền vớ một chiếc móc quần áo chạy ra ngoài đánh cho đứa con trai đang ngồi chơi một trận.Đứa con trai vừa khóc vừa nói:- Cơm sáng đã ăn hết rồi, đến tối con chưa thấy bố về thấy đói bụng nên đi tìm đồ ăn, con tìm thấy mì tôm trong tủ bếp, muốn nấu mì tôm ăn nhưng bố dặn không được tùy tiện dùng bếp gas nên con lấy nước nóng từ trong vòi tắm pha mì tôm, con pha một bát ăn, còn một bát để phần bố. Sợ mì tôm bị nguội nên con mang vào giường ủ trong chăn đợi bố về ăn cho nóng. Con mải chơi đồ chơi mới mượn được của bạn nên khi bố về đã quên không nói với bố.Anh không muốn đứa con thấy mình khóc nên vội vã vào nhà vệ sinh, mở vòi nước và khóc. Khi đã ổn định tinh thần, anh mở cửa phòng con trai và nhìn thấy đứa con trai trong bộ quần áo ngủ, nước mắt giàn giụa và tay đang cầm bức hình của mẹ nó.Từ đó trở đi, anh chăm sóc con trai tận tâm hơn, chu đáo hơn, khi con trai mới vào học cấp I, anh đánh con một trận nữa. Hôm đó, thầy giáo gọi điện về nhà báo con anh không đi học, anh lập tức xin nghỉ về nhà, chạy đi tìm con khắp nơi, sau vài tiếng đồng hồ đi tìm anh đến một cửa hàng bán văn phòng phẩm nhìn thấy đứa con đang đứng trước một đồ chơi điện tử, thế là anh tức giận đánh con, đứa con không một lời giải thích, chỉ nói “Con xin lỗi”.Một năm sau, anh nhận được điện thoại từ bưu điện, nói con trai anh đã bỏ một loạt các bức thư không viết địa chỉ vào hòm thư, cuối năm là lức bưu điện bận rộn nhất nên điều này gây ra rất nhiều khó khăn cho họ. Anh lập tức đến bưu điện, mang những bức thư đó về ném trước mặt con trai nói:- Sao mày lại làm những trò tai quái thế này hả?Thằng bé vừa khóc vừa trả lời:- Đây là những bức thư con gửi cho mẹ.Mắt người bố cay cay hỏi con:- Thế sao một lúc gửi nhiều thư như vậy?Đứa con nói:- Trước đây con còn thấp nên không bỏ thư vào hòm thư được, bây giờ con lớn có thể bỏ thư vào được rồi nên con mang gửi hết những bức thư con viết từ trước đến giờ.Ông bố nghe xong, tâm trạng rối bời không biết nói gì với con. Một lát sau ông bố nói:- Mẹ con giờ ở trên thiên đàng, sau này con viết thư xong, hãy đốt nó đi thì có thể gửi thư cho mẹ được đấy.Đợi đứa con ngủ, anh mở những bức thư đó xem đứa con muốn nói gì với mẹ, trong đó có một bức thư khiến anh vô cùng xúc động.“Mẹ thân yêu của con: Con nhớ mẹ lắm! Mẹ ơi, hôm nay ở trường con có một tiết mục mẹ cùng con biểu diễn, nhưng vì con không có mẹ nên con không tham gia, con cũng không nói cho bố biết vì sợ bố sẽ nhớ mẹ. Thế là bố đi khắp nơi tìm con, nhưng con muốn bố nhìn thấy con giống như đang đi chơi nên con đã cố ý đứng trước một đồ chơi điện tử. Tuy bố đã mắng con nhưng con đã kiên quyết không nói cho bố biết vì sao. Mẹ ơi, con ngày nào cũng thấy bố đứng trước ảnh mẹ ngắm rất lâu, con nghĩ bố cũng như con rất nhớ mẹ đấy!Mẹ ơi, con đã sắp quên giọng nói của mẹ rồi, con xin mẹ trong giấc mơ của con hãy để con được gặp mẹ một lần được không, để con nhìn thấy khuôn mặt của mẹ, nghe thấy giọng nói của mẹ, được không mẹ?Con nghe mọi người bảo nếu ôm bức ảnh của người mình nhớ vào lòng rồi đi ngủ thì sẽ mơ thấy người đó, nhưng mà mẹ ơi, vì sao con tối nào cũng làm như thế mà trong giấc mơ của con vẫn không gặp được mẹ?”Đọc xong bức thư, ông bố òa khóc. Anh không ngừng tự trách mình: phải làm sao mới có thể lấp được khoảng trống mà người vợ để lại đây?Chúng ta là những ông bố bà mẹ khi đã mang cuộc sống của đứa con đến với thế giới này có nghĩa là gánh trên vai trách nhiệm vô cùng to lớn. Khi đã là một người mẹ, không nên tăng ca quá nhiều, khi đã là một người bố, không nên uống quá nhiều rượu, đừng nên hút nhiều thuốc, phải chăm sóc tốt cho bản thân mới có thể yêu thương con hết lòng, tuyệt đối đừng nên vì muốn kiếm nhiều tiền mà hủy hoại sức khỏe của mình, không có sức khỏe thì những danh lợi kia có nghĩa lý gì. Và cũng đừng nghĩ rằng đợi đến khi bố mẹ có nhiều tiền thì sẽ như thế này như thế kia, nào ai biết sau này chuyện gì sẽ xảy ra, có thể sau một giây mọi chuyện đã khác.Những ông bố bà mẹ xin đừng vì những chuyện nhỏ nhặt mà dễ dàng ly hôn. Vì đau thương lớn nhất sau sự đổ vỡ đó không ai hết mà chính là thuộc về đứa con. Bạn đã kết hôn hay chưa kết hôn thì hãy nhớ một điều, xin hãy quý trọng “nó”.nguồn cop,55 You and 54 others13 Comments31 SharesLikeCommentShare

      Chúng ta là những ông bố bà mẹ khi đã mang cuộc sống của đứa con đến với thế giới này có nghĩa là gánh trên vai trách nhiệm vô cùng to lớn. Khi đã là một người mẹ, không nên tăng ca quá nhiều, khi đã là một người bố, không nên uống quá nhiều rượu, đừng nên hút nhiều thuốc, phải chăm sóc tốt cho bản thân mới có thể yêu thương con hết lòng, tuyệt đối đừng nên vì muốn kiếm nhiều tiền mà hủy hoại sức khỏe của mình, không có sức khỏe thì những danh lợi kia có nghĩa lý gì. Và cũng đừng nghĩ rằng đợi đến khi bố mẹ có nhiều tiền thì sẽ như thế này như thế kia, nào ai biết sau này chuyện gì sẽ xảy ra, có thể sau một giây mọi chuyện đã khác.

    1. Embracing visions of a good life that go beyond those entailing high levels of material consumption is central to many pathways. Key drivers of the overexploitation of nature are the currently popular vision that a good life involves happiness generated through material consumption [leverage point 2] and the widely accepted notion that economic growth is the most important goal of society, with success based largely on income and demonstrated purchasing power (Brand & Wissen, 2012). However, as communities around the world show, a good quality of life can be achieved with significantly lower environmental impacts than is normal for many affluent social strata (Jackson, 2011; Røpke, 1999). Alternative relational conceptions of a good life with a lower material impact (i.e. those focusing on the quality and characteristics of human relationships, and harmonious relationships with non-human nature) might be promoted and sustained by political settings that provide the personal, material and social (interpersonal) conditions for a good life (such as infrastructure, access to health or anti-discrimination policies), while leaving to individuals the choice about their actual way of living (Jackson, 2011; Nussbaum, 2001, 2003). In particular, status or social recognition need not require high levels of consumption, even though in some societies, status is currently related to consumption (Røpke, 1999).

      A redefinition of a good life that decouples it from materialism is critical to lowering carbon emissions. Practices such as open source Deep Humanity praxis focusing on inner transformation can play a significant role.

    2. In this respect, relational notions of a good quality of life, such as ‘buen vivir’ from Latin America (D'Alisa, Demaria, & Kallis, 2014; Gudynas, 2011; Hopkins, 2008), may be key to achieving long-term sustainable outcomes

      relational notions of a good life buen vivir from Latin America

    1. The Antinet’s permanent-address scheme, with its shifting nature, gives the system a unique personality. The Antinet’s unique personality stands as one of the most integral aspects of the system. A key component that enables insightful communication with a human being is the human’s personality–the person’s unique way of communicating with you based on their unique perspectives and interpretations. The Numeric-alpha addresses provide the Zettelkasten with a unique personality. Over time, unique structures form due to Numeric-alpha addresses. This is important because it allows one to communicate with the Antinet, transforming it into a communication experience with a second mind, a doppelgänger, or a ghost in a box, as Luhmann called it. (5)5 This is the entity Luhmann referred to when he titled his paper, Communicating with Noteboxes. Numeric-alpha addresses make all of this possible.

      Scheper seems to indicate that it is the addressing system alone which provides the "personality" of a zettelkasten, whereby he's actively providing personification of a paper and pencil system by way of literacy. We need to look more closely, however at the idea of what communication truly is to discern this. A person might be able to read an individual card and have a conversation with just it, but this conversation will be wholly one sided, and stops at the level of that single card. We also need the links between that individual card and multiple others to fill in the rest of the resulting potential conversation. Or we will rely on the reader of the card extending the idea or linking it to others of their ideas (and that of the zettelkasten), to grow the system and thereby its "personality".

      Thus the personality is part that of the collection of cards using their addresses and the links between them. This personality, however, isn't immediate. It might grow over time reaching some upper limit at the length of time of the user's life, but much of its personality is contingent upon the knowledge of the missing context of the system that is contained in or by its creator. Few zettelkasten will be so well composed as to provide full context. (cross reference: https://hyp.is/5gWedOs7Eeyrg2cTFW4iCg/niklas-luhmann-archiv.de/bestand/Zettelkasten/zettel/ZK_2_NB_9-8_V).

      The question we might want to look at: Is there a limiting upper bound (a la a Shannon Limit) to the amount of information that a zettelkasten might contain or transmit, even beyond the life of an initial creator? Could it converse with itself without the assistance of an outside actor of some sort? What pieces are missing that might help us to define communication or even life itself?

    1. The thing that made you weird as a kid could make you great as an adult.
    2. One-off events usually don’t amount to much. Organize gatherings that meet once a month or once a year.
    3. If you’re traveling in a place you’ve never been before, listen to an album you’ve never heard before. Forever after that music will remind you of that place.
    4. Build identity capital. In your 20s do three fascinating things that job interviewers and dinner companions will want to ask you about for the rest of your life.
  9. May 2022
    1. Target Questions: 1. Why is there a second modernity? 2. What is second modernity? 3. How does the second modernity relate to Medellin?

      Outline: Your own heading, subheadings, lists of examples, evidence, your own thinking

      1-4 Second Modernity [Time for a Second Modernity] [Defining Second Modernity]

      “…they found that the ‘repture’ theorized in the literature of postmodernism was more a response to the systemetic and sometimes dramatic failures of ‘high modernism’ …” (1)

      What are the failures of post-modernism and high modernism? It seems that architecture proposed temporary solutions that did not consider long-term issues.

      “… there is a growing recognition that widespread disillusionment with ‘the modern project’— the strategies for carrying out the ambitions of modernism – stops short of displacing the underlying ambitions for a more universal human progress.” (2)

      The ‘modern project’ or ‘modernity’ addresses immediate issues rather than foreseeing, resolving, adapting to long-term issues in architecture and the world.

      5-9 Second Modernity [Reflexive Modernism]

      “The common sense understanding of reflexivity comes from its root ‘reflex’ meaning an action performed in response to a stimulus without conscious thought.” (5)

      “… their design and construction should be subjected to intense scrutiny and their ongoing operation should be subject to reflexive mechanism of course correction including systems of checks and balances.” (5)

      “…research at the intersection of architecture, reflexivity, and informality has so far proven more effective at generating such questions than providing satisfactory responses.” (7)

      What is reflexivity? Reflexive architecture is architecture that perhaps responds to previous “modernities” and issues (political, economic, global etc.)

      9-13 Medellin, Colombia [Library Parks]

      “To make Medellin a city of ‘the most educated’ citizens in the nation, Fajardo’s team invited the demobilized soldiers to enroll in short-term informal educational and business development programs based in a series of community centers.” (9)

      “In contrast, Fajardo and his architect’s have earned the right to speak of design as a ‘vehicle’ for conveying basic human dignity or as a ‘catalyst’ for deep social transformation.” (12)

      Library Parks were created in response to the education issues after the war. Library Parks can be classified as second modernity or reflexive modernity as Library Parks take issues in Medellin, such as education, and responds to them by creating possible solutions.

      Takeaway:

      High modernity and post-modernism provided temporary solutions that did not allow for adaptability and resiliency. Reflexive modernism and second modernity are a proposition to create long-term solutions and adaptability to old issues left behind from high modernity and post-modernism.

    1. “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” ― Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald

      A longer form of the idea:

      The answer to any question about doing something is either HELL YES!, or no.

    1. Having kids showed me how to convert a continuous quantity, time, into discrete quantities. You only get 52 weekends with your 2 year old. If Christmas-as-magic lasts from say ages 3 to 10, you only get to watch your child experience it 8 times. And while it's impossible to say what is a lot or a little of a continuous quantity like time, 8 is not a lot of something. If you had a handful of 8 peanuts, or a shelf of 8 books to choose from, the quantity would definitely seem limited, no matter what your lifespan was.

      时间在宏观上看是连续的,在微观上看是离散的。

  10. Apr 2022
    1. In the margins of books, in the margins of life as commonly conceived by our culture’s inherited parameters of permission and possibility, I have worked out and continue working out who I am and who I wish to be — a private inquiry irradiated by the ultimate question, the great quickening of thought, feeling, and wonder that binds us all: What is all this?

      A wonderful little poem to the marginalia of life.

    1. In his practice, Leiris wrote,Duchamp demonstratesall the honesty of a gambler who knows that the game only has meaningto the extent that one scrupulously observes the rules from the very out-set. What makes the game so compelling is not its final result or how wellone performs, but rather the game in and of itself, the constant shiftingaround of pawns, the circulation of cards, everything that contributes tothe fact that the game—as opposed to a work of art—never stands still.

      particularly:

      but rather the game in and of itself, the constant shifting around of pawns, the circulation of cards, everything that contributes to the fact that the game--as opposed to a work of art--never stands still.

      This reminds me of some of the mnemonic devices (cowrie shells) that Lynne Kelly describes in combinatorial mnemonic practice. These are like games or stories that change through time. And these are fairly similar to the statistical thermodynamics of life and our multitude of paths through it. Or stories which change over time.

      Is life just a game?

      there's a kernel of something interesting here, we'll just need to tie it all together.

      Think also of combining various notes together in a zettelkasten.

      Were these indigenous tribes doing combinatorial work in a more rigorous mathematical fashion?

    1. Rejecting “pretensions of natural equality” as morality tales for children, Galton asserted that measurements of the “head, size of brain, weight of grey matter, number of brain fibres, &c.” followed “the law of deviation from an average” and so did innate “mental capacity.”

      =! Natural inequality for all life forms but equal Natural selection for survival of fittest

      • [f] we are born with natural inequalities as natural selection wants us to be survival of the fittest.
      • It's not about discrimination, these are selfish man-made ethical rules for which he discriminates earlier and later applies. but character for nature is not like that.
    1. Osteen watched, silent and blank-faced the entire time, taking notes. My cheeks burned; I was mortified. I wished I’d never asked him along. I tried to be rational about the situation—the patient did fine. But I had let Osteen see my judgment fail; I’d let him see that I may not be who I want to be.

      Ah the shame and pain of failure. So familiar, so hard. 😬 But that's the price of becoming better.

    1. Instead of meditating twenty minutes every day and getting marginally better over time, spend 10 days every year at a meditation retreat making giant leaps towards enlightenment, and just live your life for the other 355.

      [[Barbell strategies]]

    1. Interested in launching a similar experiment in your organization?

      The model really assumes a work environment where a whole team can be compelled to participate. Can you make this kind of culture change with a coalition of the willing? For the participants, is a cohort enough? Or does a partial attempt just reinforce the divisions between groups in the organization?

    1. An alternative kind of note-taking was encouraged in the late Middle Agesamong members of new lay spiritual movements, such as the Brethren of theCommon Life (fl. 1380s–1500s). Their rapiaria combined personal notes andspiritual reflections with readings copied from devotional texts.

      I seem to recall a book or two like this that were on the best seller list in the 1990s and early 2000s based on a best selling Christian self help book, but with an edition that had a journal like reflection space. Other than the old word rapiaria, is there a word for this broad genre besides self-help journal?

      An example might be Rhonda Byrne's book The Secret (Atria Books, 2006) which had a gratitude journal version (Atria Books, 2007, 978-1582702087).

      Another example includes Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life (Zondervan, 2002) with a journal version (Zondervan, 2002, 978-0310807186).

      There's also a sub-genre of diaries and journals that have these sort of preprinted quotes/reflections for each day in addition to space for one to write their own reflections.


      Has anyone created a daily blogging/reflection platform that includes these sorts of things? One might repurpose the Hello Dolly WordPress plugin to create journal prompts for everyday writing and reflection.

  11. Mar 2022
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x22OB55bysc

      Hilarious clickbait title for someone who makes productivity videos on YouTube, but she talks about finding some balance.

      She's definitely selling something though...

    1. Gray hair is a crown of glory;    it is gained in a righteous life.

      —Proverbs 16:31

      Naturally as someone who went gray prematurely, I'm in total agreement with this! 😁

  12. Feb 2022
    1. STLC - Software Testing Life Cycle

      Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) is defined as a set of activities performed to perform software testing. The Software Testing Life Cycle refers to a testing process with specific steps that must be performed in a specific order to ensure that quality objectives are met.