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  1. May 2024
    1. A book entry, which summarizes my thoughts on a book I’ve recently finished reading (see #917 in the image below).

      It looks like the Stephen King entry has a picture of the book cover taped into it. This is an interesting idea.

    2. And each Christmas he sets aside two weeks to meticulously index that year’s diary – proudly claiming he can find anything within three minutes.

      I very much like this idea! I have years of journals that I sometimes peruse, and have lamented that so many "good ideas" live in there, but I never use them, or much see them. This has me wondering if I can incorporate them into my zettelkasten.

  2. Apr 2024
    1. Have you ever had a meaningful conversation with Siri or Alexa or Cortana? Of course not.

      That said, I have had some pretty amazing conversations with ChatGPT-4. I've found it to be useful, too, for brainstorming. In one recent case (which I blogged about on my personal blog), the AI helped me through figuring out a structural issue with my zettelkasten.

    2. rtificial intelligence is already everywhere
    1. The past made us who we are today, and the future will make us into something new. And, if Bostrom is right, it’ll make us happier.

      I doubt it.

    2. “Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program… I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from.”
    3. “I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, and I want goodness. I want sin.”


      Too many people would want conflict. The source of the conflict is not scarcity: it's human nature.

    4. “It generally becomes easier to be generous if you’re doing well and you have a big windfall, [because] when there isn’t enough for everybody, it’s just a question of who is going to starve, and then everything becomes much tougher,” Bostrom told Big Think.

      Tell that to the super-rich.

    5. erif concluded that scarcity was one of the main drivers of all human conflict. War, violence, invasion, and theft were all born of wanting a limited resource. The history of all humanity seems to support the hypothesis: We fight over water, cattle, arable land, ore deposits, oil, precious stones, and so on.

      He concluded incorrectly.

      Rich people already have more resources than they could ever use. The richest amongst us could not ever spend all the money they possess. But that does not seem to have stopped them from continuing to want more, and more, and more.

    1. Teaching the Science of Learning

      Paper on learning techniques highly recommended by the content creator for this video.

    1. Today, we explore whether memory still has a practical place in the world of big data and computing. As a science writer, Lynne has written 18 books including The Memory Code. Her research showed that without writing, people used the most extraordinary suite of memory techniques to memorise massive amounts of practical information. This explains the purpose of monuments like Stonehenge, the Nazca Lines and the statues of Easter Island. Her next book, Unlocking The Memory Code explains the most effective memory methods from around the world and throughout time. Lynne shows how these can be invaluable in modern world.

      I need to read this book. And re-review this video with a notecard handy. (I wonder if there's a way to use hypothes.is for notes on video/audio?)

    1. The 20th-century German sociologist Niklas Luhmann managed to publish 70 books.

      I should start collecting quotes about Luhmann's prodigiousness. I've read variously that he published 40 books, 50 books, 60 books, 70+ books, as well as 400, 600 articles. I'm just curious to know 1) what the real number is, and 2) why so many people are using different numbers.

    2. we too often forget that we’re actually swimming in water.

      There's something fishy about this.

    3. You cannot think without writing; at least not in a sophisticated, connectable way.

      I remember hearing similar comments made by writers who say, "How do I know what I think, until I've written?" And I frequently tell people that the reason I write, is to learn what I think, but also to teach myself new things.