Saturday, July 19, 2014

What joy when the insouciant
armadillo glances at us and doesn't
quicken his trotting
across the track into the palm brush.
What is this joy? That no animal
falters, but knows what it must do
--Denise Levertov


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Such acts targeting places of worship are unacceptable. They are extremely grave et will always find a determined response from the authorities,” he said in a statement. He said France ''will never tolerate the import of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on French soil.'


Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's hard to explain the phrase, "There's no such thing as consciousness". I used to say it, but I don't know if it's as productive as I used to think it is. When I say that, my intention is to divorce the idea of consciousness from its myriad associations--the irremovable notions that are associated with the word "consciousness". I think we can get to the place where the phenomenon itself is usable--where it becomes a like a pencil, perhaps. That is to say, where something like a human can affect the world through an exercise like writing to re-inscribe on some little part of the world (like a piece of paper) some little part of its little world (its mind).

These analogies and analogies...


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What is the BRAIN initiative? The Obama administration's moon shot?


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Abraham and Christianity

At this point, I understand that Abraham, the 'father of the Jews' was used by early Christian writers to craft the nascent Christian community. Paul referenced God acknowledging Abraham's faithfulness prior to his circumcision both in 15:6 when "Abram believed the LORD, and [God] credited it to him as righteousness" and earlier in Genesis 12:2-3 when God makes his first promise, and Paul, because these acknowledgements were made before Abraham is commanded to circumcise himself, claims that the promises of the covenant are open to people on the basis of faith. Barnabas uses typological arguments, drawing connections between stories in the old testament (some of which are related to Abraham) and Christ. These arguments supposedly show that the old testament, the 'type', is fulfilled and superseded by the 'anti-type' in Christ's life.

The main issue I have is that I can't understand why these writers would want to exclude the Jews (of whom many of them were a part) from the covenantal promises -- in some cases excluding them from the possibility of inclusion entirely.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

From some random notes:

Eventually we will be living in a world of disposable intelligent beings that can be copied and deleted, more-or-less, at will. A thinking machine could be subjected to extreme horrors and summarily deleted and destroyed without consequence for any that didn't know it. I'm not even sure if that's terrible or not. It's basically the situation in the Matrix films both before the rebellion of the machines and after. The machines, after the creation of AI, could be made and recycled on assembly lines and the machines basically did the same to humans after the rebellion. The key thing about these films isn't the man versus machine epic that gets easy play in Hollywood. It's the fact that what the machines did to the humans was no worse than what the humans did to the machines: it was every bit as horrific.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

I'm finally getting geppetto installed so that I have something to work with on this project. I understand that it may be unreasonable to have every developer running the full project on his machine, but I need a way to get a feel for this project rather than just being the data guy. It's a fucking simulation project and I've run exactly zero simulations from the project itself.

So far things are going well. Geppetto core built without a hitch.