I Won’t Let You Down

Hofstadter had previously expressed disappointment with how Gödel, Escher, Bach, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for general nonfiction, was received. In the preface to its 20th-anniversary edition, Hofstadter laments that the book was perceived as a hodgepodge of neat things with no central theme. He states: “GEB is a very personal attempt to say how it is that animate beings can come out of inanimate matter. What is a self, and how can a self come out of stuff that is as selfless as a stone or a puddle?”

Just one of those nights

…where you figure out science, philosophy and art.  You draw the connections between the natural sciences and the social sciences.  Value is of no value and everything is everything.  One of those nights, where you realize your true dream.  The real dream.  A night when you can predict the future but still can’t wait to see what happens next.  A night where the past is present and the present is also, present.  Here is an idea that can transform itself, here is an idea that can adapt.  An idea that is truly objective and beautiful.  An idea that is truly subjective and logical.  An idea made from every other one and ones expressed in all forms.  All forms of information and all forms of data are collected and expressed.  All forms of knowledge are united.  And all forms of wisdom are in operation.  The pattern has entered a strange loop which now emanates in my own thought.

One of those nights you decided to write a book full of metalogues.  That’s right, metalogues.  I’ve already written one, in fact, and the effect was incredible - or maybe it was the Glenfiddich.

Lucid Dreaming

It’s like any skill.  It requires practice, patience and passion.  I’m making incredible progress!

For anyone else interested in become a lucid dreamer, check out r/luciddreaming.

Life

Is an unfair game.  In fact, it’s extremely unfair.  The secret to success is co-operation with like-minded individuals.

And patience.

John Nash

Is someone I really have to meet.  We both see patterns.

He sees numbers.  I see letters.

Patagonia

I’ll be in northwestern Patagonia (Argentina) for the next 2 weeks on a field biology course.  I’ll be studying populations and ecology with my group as well as evolutionary game theory individually.

Charles Darwin went to Galapagos and had an idea.  Maybe I can do the same?

8 Deadly Sins

As Dante Aligheri put it, there are 7 deadly sins.

Gluttony

Pride

Lust

Greed

Sloth

Wrath

Envy

I’d like to add one more to the list:

Cynicism

Cynicism can be sinful.  I believe that, like the other sins, they are not rules to be obeyed blindly or intuitively.  Simply being aware is all you have to do.  Be aware that these things won’t lead to happiness.  Everyone will have these feelings and act on them with some predictability.  A dose of cynicism can be as healthy as a dose of skepticism but selfish or malicious cynics will soon lose sight of truth and struggle with happiness.

For free cynicism prevention, please see my post about open-mindedness!

Challenges

The biggest challenge in everyone’s life is communication.  It appears that very few individuals understand how difficult it is to communicate openly with another individual.

To strip off the layers of culture, society, logic and rationality and expose the true essence of one’s own existence is not a light-hearted process.  You have to be willing to lose everything but worried about nothing.  Stress is both the catalyst and the poison to the alleviation of repression and the gain of insight. Stress can kill an individual by over-taxing them with things they cannot yet communicate honestly to another individual.

Those individuals who communicate honestly will be rewarded with happiness. Those individuals who free themselves of irrational fears will also absolve others of the same fears.  It’s the only way any progress has ever been made.

What’s the next step towards finding that progressive happiness?

Trust between individuals.

Memome

If a genome is the entire collection of genes in a human cell, a memome is the entire collection of memes in a human mind.

The difference? Genome’s are certainly material.  Not so sure about memomes.

I don’t understand humour. That’s why I find it hilarious! — M.S.