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Horoscope on the bus

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A homeless guy walks into a bus. He sits at the back, facing another man, visibly a first or second generation immigrant. At the very corner sits a woman, mother of 2, who's thinking what she will make for dinner tonight. A few other passengers are sitting elsewhere.

The neoluddite manifesto

We are severely underutilizing our mind-bodies.

Instead, we spend our time creating proxy tools to manipulate reality, while our mind-body would take us far - and how far is unknown - along this direction. (for starters, our collective mind-bodies have created the tools)

Inferring algorithm from behaviour

A behaviour results from the sequence of steps that an algorithm performs: the transformation that it applies to the input to generate the output, as well as the environmental footprint (resources used).

For example, a bubble sort returns a sorted array given an unsorted one. It consumes O(n²) resources. Furthermore, it is known that the pattern of operation on the data can be represented visually like the following (Found on Wikipedia - colour would have been preferable):

It's in our brain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYbZLuzUSAY&list=PL285751206D2D90D1

Our brain is a giant tuning circuit. Each neuron is in fact a tuning circuit.

We receive signals from the outside world, and our tuning circuits tune into some of them, treating them as stimulus. Response and learning occur.

On the interpretation of scriptures

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Religious scriptures are interpreted by men. Regardless of the fidelity of the original message, much transformation happens in the process, until it finally reaches the practiotioners of the religion.

Each person performing an interpretation along the chain, however minute the source fragment and the area of application, necessarily injects his or her own value system and mental model into the interpretation.

Media and the brain

Media imprints its information onto the brain directly, complete with its hidden levels of meaning representing values, ethics, esthetics, etc.

The audio/visual senses are the two most impactful senses on the brain. Correspondingly, audio/video media is the most developed area of delivery.

Brains need to be trained to receive media. A normal brain creates a mental model of reality based on events that are witnessed by the senses. This mental model is built up by the sense data, again audio/visual in large part, and given a high degree of belief by virtue of the first-hand experience.

The science of sleep

I liked the movie, but this blog post is about my pet theory of sleep from an information-theoretic standpoint.

During wakefulness, the brain keeps receiving input from all its senses. It is busy recognizing the input and responding to it. Presumably, this input (and the results of the brain's early processing of it to generate a response) get stored in a memory dedicated to sense data.

The shelter of religion

We live in a harsh economic world. Almost half the world lives in poverty http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats.

It is a well-studied phenomenon that poor communities are more prone to adopting religions https://www.google.ca/search?q=poverty+and+religion+correlation. Why?

The project game

or, Gamifying the software project.

The software project is a game. The team objective is to score the highest points for the project, where points are gained by accomplishing tasks within due parameters and lost otherwise.

Some elements of the game are:

  • Specifications
  • Milestones
  • Bugs
  • Deliverables: use cases, designs, wireframes, graphic assets, running code, bugs, text copy, translations, documentation, test plans, etc.

neoluddite

To me, we are severely under-utilizing our mind/brain/body apparatus.

The honing pigeon possesses the ability to sense the Earth's magnetic field, and to orient itself accordingly. It's called Magnetoception. It may exist in humans too!

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