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February 14, 2009


"The universe is complex, but it's usefully complex."

But in nature`s evolutionary process there are constant compromises. Chaos does not follow one best way.

"In the end they all moved in fantasies and not in the daily tide of their seemingly useless lives. Souls forever lost in the terrifying freedom of their existence."

terrified, mortified, stupified, by one`s own self-pitty. Freedom of existence does not save us from choice.

If one bit of rationality is one thought it would surely be more rational to maximize the number of "rationality"-bits.

1 bit (with a variance in bytes) of rationality = one random thought

for example: "Where did I put my keys?"

Assuming this, then thinking two thoughts simultaneously would be a way of maximizing rationality in terms of goal-oriented thinking (truth-seeking and other subjective goals)

The problem is, that the mind only has the capabilities to think or process one thought (1 bit) simultaneously to a moment in time x.

t = 0

The velocity of thoughts per second can vary among individuals due to all kinds of circumstances. Fortunately, a high velocity of thoughts/s does not affect intelligence. Or does it?

terrifying freedom

I believe this is one of the prime motivators for religion, conspiracy theories, and all other manner of hidden organization schemes. the thought that this is literally IT and no one will judge the wicked, no one is guiding the leviathan, no one will care if you make a stupid mistake and it costs you your life.

"The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else. Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us." - Rorschach

If anyone was curious about the Eva/Warhammer one; the exact link is http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3886999/5/Shinji_and_Warhammer40k

(I'm reading it through and while I'm much more familiar with Eva than Warhammer, it's definitely better than most fanfiction.)

With the last quotation especially, this is ceasing to be "Rationality Quotes" and is beginning to be "Idealist Quotes".

I don't know about that, denis. The first part at least is a cute take on the "shut up and multiply" principle.

The bumper sticker existentialism is pretty lame. I don't know who Lee Crocker is, and though I think I've heard of Warhammer 40k all this was said first and much better by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger etc. I wonder how much of these authors Eliezer has read.

Neat. I want one of these bumper stickers you mentioned, especially the one with Emiya Shirou's quote, and I'll go with an existential bumper to match.
I hope though that people don't stop rationalizing and philosophizing because Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Heidegger did did a fair job.

Nietzsche doesn't have bolters, Jack.

"Werde, der du bist" - Nietzsche

How can we become what we are, if we always are what we are?

Max Stirner said it: “He who must expend his life to prolong life cannot enjoy it, and he who is still seeking for his life does not have it and can as little enjoy it.”

The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

lol at the juxtaposition of fansubs/fanfiction with such erudite ponderings.


A cartoon about how people think about the question of whether something is a windmill or an evil giant.

"As I reflect on the scientific careers of the people I have known these last thirty years, it seems to me more and more that these career decisions hinge on character. Some people will happily jump on the next big thing, give it all they've got, and in this way make important contributions to fast-moving fields. Others just don't have the temperament to do this. Some people need to think through everything very carefully, and this takes time, as they get easily confused. It's not hard to feel superior to such people, until you remember that Einstein was one of them. In my experience, the truly shocking new ideas and innovations tend to come from such people. Still others - and I belong to this third group - just have to go their own way, and will flee fields for no better reason than that it offends them that some people are joining in because it feels good to be on the winning side. So I no longer get bothered when I disagree with what other people are doing, because I see that temperament pretty much determines what kind of science they will do. Luckily for science, the contributions of the whole range of types are needed. Those who do good science, I've come to think, do so because they choose problems that are suited to them."

- Lee Smolin

[Computer]Languages need hype to survive; I just wish people didn't have to be blinded by it.


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