Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
I can't determine whether my goals are windmills
They seem substantial to me, but I am also the only
Person around titling at these potential windmills.
It cannot matter whether they are windmills are not
They seem substantial enough to me and I have no
Other desire but to tilt at them…
Maybe to a more enlightened individual looking at my life
I will look like a dog that kept chasing cars
But I will ask my judges whether I looked happy or not.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Before we take up our task of question and answers, or more accurately the trials and subsequent refinements of question and answers we must agree on a small matter. This matter is a potential obstacle that certain minds will bring to difficult questions. This matter is a shrinking or retreat into abdication of responsibility to understand. This matter is a giving up of hope in knowing and abdicating to a power outside our mutual sphere of understanding. These responses often reference gods but there is no reason that they must. Many people reference experts, historical figures or other authorities they feel sufficiently removed from. This matter of dropping our individual responsibility to understand, to think through questions, to untie knots, to explore unknown spaces must be set aside before we begin as unworthy of our nature and faculties. We can not answer all questions that we can pose, of course not, but we can try. We can work them out to the fullest extent of our ability and never once consult an oracle or sign in the heavens. We can fully explore the best arguments we have, so that we are ready when new evidence comes to light or new ways of living or understanding clear the way before us and we can answer what was before unavailable to our comprehension. This does not preclude answers that may depend on agents of cause that are unknown in an empirical sense. It does however say that any answer must only be enumerated with its fellows as a possible answer and that the matter before us is not an answer unwanted but an answer unsought. Resolution of this matter is critical for our productive discussion and as easily accomplished: We must each admit of and commit to the seeking of truth, that it needs seeking, and that we benefit in the finding. This admission and subsequent agreement free us to take up our task without reserve.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I wonder if how we think about other people reflects how we think about ourselves. Maybe not directly but indirectly somehow. When I hear people talking as if the populace at large is indolent and fee loading, I wonder where that point of view comes from. We, as individuals, know a tiny fragment of the population personally. Our personal experience with people is so startlingly limited that it is hard to trust even my positive feelings about humanity as based in anything but wish.
So when I hear someone talk about shallow consumers I wonder if I could interpret this as a wish. The speaker wishes that his moral standing was so rarified that all the rest of the population would have to be shallow mindless consumption driven automatons.
I think I hear this talk of populace most when people talk about the governmental policies they do not like and come up with the negative outcome they think will occur. It makes more sense for me to hear this as wish than as a real logical expression.
How can we talk about 400 million people with any honest surety of accuracy?
The most accurate way I could generalize the populace would be to consider them generally like me, but in
widely variant circumstance.
Maybe that is a key difference.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
I sometims cry when I read good literature. I do not fully know why, the occurrences do not significantly coincide with sadness in the works themselves so such an easy explanation is not available. I suspect that it as an expression of deep appreciation for what the author has accomplished. Maybe literary abstraction allows me to experience empathy more forcefully than in daily life which is terribly deeper. I have never cried while listening to music like lovers of classical music profess is possible, but maybe there is a direct comparison between the experiences.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
The first set of sprints on the machine learning research project was wrapped up early in April of this year. An instance was spun up and it was capable of learning how to play tic-tac-toe from a completely trial and error basis. It was able to learn to play, to follow the feedback provided by the environment, and even to create memes from experience and behave completely from its meme stack. While it was able to do this and much was learned from that element of success there were several elements of failure from which much more can be gleaned, learned and applied to the next set of sprints. The error state in a form of questions, "Why didn't the instance learn to play tic-tac-toe better? Why is it blind to my strategy while mindful of the rules?"