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  1. Nov 2022
    1. “In order to talk to each other, we have to have words, and that’s all right. It’s a good idea to try to see the difference, and it’s a good idea to know when we are teaching the tools of science, such as words, and when we are teaching science itself,” Feynman said.

      Maths, Logic, Computer Science, Chess, Music, and Dance

      A similar observation could be made about mathematics, logic, and computer science. Sadly, public education in the states seems to lose sight that the formalisms in these domains are merely the tools of the trade and not the trade itself (ie, developing an understanding of the fundamental/foundational notions, their relationships, their instantiations, and cultivating how one can develop capacity to "move" in that space).

      Similarly, it's as if we encourage children that they need to merely memorize all the movements of chess pieces to appreciate the depth of the game.

      Or saying "Here, just memorize these disconnected contortions of the hand upon these strings along this piece of wood. Once you have that down, you've experienced all that guitar, (nay, music itself!) has to offer."

      Or "Yes, once, you internalize the words for these moves and recite them verbatim, you will have experienced all the depth and wonder that dance and movement have to offer."

      However, none of these examples are given so as to dismiss or ignore the necessity of (at least some level of) formalistic fluency within each of these domains of experience. Rather, their purpose is to highlight the parallels in other domains that may seem (at first) so disconnected from one's own experience, so far from one's fundamental way of feeling the world, that the only plausible reasons one can make to explain why people would waste their time engaging in such acts are 1. folly: they merely do not yet know their activities are absurd, but surely enough time will disabuse them of their foolish ways. 2. madness: they cannot ever know the absurdity of their acts, for "the absurd" and "the astute" are but two names for one and the same thing in their world of chaos. 3. apathy: they in fact do see the absurdity in their continuing of activities which give them no sense of meaning, yet their indifference insurmountably impedes them from changing their course of action. For how could one resist the path of least resistance, a road born of habit, when one must expend energy to do so but that energy can only come from one who cares?

      Or at least, these 3 reasons can surely seem like that's all there possibly could be to warrant someone continuing music, chess, dance, maths, logic, computer science, or any apparently alien craft. However, if one takes time to speak to someone who earnestly pursues such "alien crafts", then one may start to perceive intimations of something beyond their current impressions

      The contorted clutching of the strings now seems... coordinated. The pensive placement of the pawns now appears... purposeful. The frantic flailing of one's feet now feels... freeing. The movements of one's mind now feels... marvelous.

      So the very activity that once seemed so clearly absurd, becomes cognition and shapes perspectives beyond words

  2. Feb 2022
  3. Aug 2020
  4. Mar 2020
    1. Humans can no longer compete with AI in chess. They should not be without AI in litigation either.
    2. Just as chess players marshall their 16 chess pieces in a battle of wits, attorneys must select from millions of cases in order to present the best legal arguments.
  5. Oct 2019
  6. Oct 2017
    1. The strongest.

      There is no one who can beat Magnus Carlsen in our lifetime. The contenders whom I hope would be able to do that all fall short in doing so. Their nervous system just breaks down. Wesley So is just sooo serious he needs to ligthen up. Anish Giri lacks the killer instinct. Fabiano Caruana is so temperamental.

      Magnus Carlsen is well-balanced chess player. I

  7. Apr 2016
    1. Georgian champ Gaioz Nigalidze was thrown out of the Dubai Open after his opponent, Armenian Grandmaster Tigran Petrosian, suspected that his frequent runs to the john were prompted not by the call of nature – but cries for help from a chess app, the Daily Telegraph reported.

      What an embarrassment! Kick him out forever!!Chess App

  8. Dec 2015
    1. Let’s map the contours of its nihilism a little more carefully.

      This sounds like Renfield detailing certain chess matches.

  9. Jun 2015
    1. En realidad el Ajedrez es un juego exigente, fuerte, duro y en ocasiones castigador; por ejemplo, es normal… » ver todo el comentario
    2. ¿Podría contar alguna anécdota de su participación en el desarrollo de Deep Blue? Hay muchas anécdotas, pero son largas de contar. Solo te diré que el día que empecé a trabajar para IBM para enumerar los puntos débiles de Kaspárov el folio se quedó en blanco.
    3. El otro día encontré en Youtube la película sobre la obra de Zweig, "La partida de ajedrez". Recomendable, sin duda. También me gustó otra sobre la vida de Capablanca. Puedes ver mi Twitter para hallar los enlaces.
    4. Bobby fue en ejemplo de como la voluntad humana puede lograr casi cualquier cosa, en su caso derrotar a todo el imperio soviético a costa de un enorme sacrificio personal. Pero Bobby no fue una persona feliz y equilibrada.