Minds

on January 2, 2016

Animals might well think in ways that humans cannot yet decipher because they are too different from the ways humans think.

Animal Minds is an essay comparing human consciousness to animals’. I believe the above quote to be an important point to keep in mind while reading the article, but what strikes me most is how amazing our world is, both the lifeless and lively bits. Often we are searching for something else out there, something more, but few can say they comprehend the intense extraordinariness and awe that surrounds us.


Seinfeld Piece

— on December 26, 2015

All fathers essentially dress in the clothing style of the last good year of their lives.

This is an old article about Seinfeld that I was reminded of while trying to find the source for the above joke that continues to be timeless.


Quick list

, , , on December 13, 2015

Election throwback.

Recently serving for jury duty, this was a fun read, also a reminder to get people to watch 12 Angry Men, also a reminder at how ridiculous the judicial system is.

CRISPR is here and genetic engineering is coming.


Abbreviated timeline

, on November 24, 2015

Firmament – The past
Confederate States of America – The past
Information Age – The present, also a running history of humanity
Gene drive – The future


Mostly about us

, , , , on November 1, 2015

“Ethics” is advertising – the article leisurely goes through some good ideas. Here are some summed up thoughts: 1) Signaling; important for the survival of organisms is communication about the qualities of an individual organism to others; all of the characteristics and behaviors of organisms transmit this information through various symbols; humans are no exception and our idiosyncratic behaviors both knowingly and unknowingly share information about who we are. 2) Taking a view of common behaviors through the lens of signalling we can understand that religion is an efficient symbol of ethics, philosophy, and virtues. We can also see that the point of advertising is not to persuade you to buy an object, but convince you that an object is a symbol of a certain wealth, philosophy, and personality. 3) The symbolism of various objects, ideas, and behaviors as signals changes over time, with occasionally dramatic societal consequences. 4) What something means is more important than what it is.
Computer Show – computing from the 1980s, today
Look at Me – we all have stories
Katrina Refrigerators – a cool wiki article
esa california
Apollo Missions – engenders a feeling of propinquity
Big 5 personality test – if you want another
George Boole Google logo – hopefully google will continue to become more abstract


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