Today's read, turns out the mathematician Brouwer (topology, intuitionistic logic) had written a philosophical lament about society in his 20s, seems interesting https://www.slideshare.net/elsavonlicy/brouwerlife-art-and-mysticism
For a few years, I have been working on this weird book/collection of articles about time and causality and I am still not sure if anyone would make something out of it. Check it out (and give me some feedback please). Boosts will be appreciated too.
Look how different philosophers are from one another:
Wittgenstein's last words (upon hearing that friends are coming to visit him): "Tell them I've had a wonderful life”
Kierkegaard's were "My life is a great, to others unknown and incomprehensible suffering."
Seems that Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard are the modern version of the laughing and the crying philosopher.
TIL about Søren Kierkegaard (who has the potential to be my future favorite author).
The highlight of this day for me - I discovered philosophy.stackexchange and answered some questions on #philosophy and #logic
Also, from Dogen's #zen essays. The concept of a "myriad of things" is very similar to Kant's concept of the "manifold of sensibility", essentially
both are trying to highlight the novel, flux-like aspect of reality, the fact that the concept of objects are subjective (no pun intended). It would be a really cool plot twist if it turned out that Kant had read Dogen (very highly unlikely in real life).
On my reading list:
- Quantum Computing Since Democritus - lecture notes are available here https://www.scottaaronson.com/democritus/
- Anthrophic Bias - the whole book is available here http://www.anthropic-principle.com/?q=book/table_of_contents (currently down)
I updated my essay about the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and the survivorship bias, with some new thoughts on the subject, after reading an article on the anthrophic principle. This idea might have deep implications for the induction problem in philosophy. Need to do some more research.
#kant At first I thought that the Transcendental Deduction was the heart of the matter of "The Critique of Pure Reason", but upon rereading, it's definitely not it. The deepest chapter is appropriately called "Systematic representation of All the Synthetic Principles of Pure Understanding" and is awesome. Especially the "Analogies of Experience" and the "Anticipation of Perception" are so deep that I did not understand a single word at first, but it all comes together with time.
Thinking whether the notion of the immortal soul can serve as an evolutionary advantage among peoples? That would explain why spirituality and religion is so pervasive.
In general, spirituality provokes an individual to sacrifice himself in favor of the needs of the whole society and to work towards the greater good which is just what a gene-pool needs, as explained in books like "The Selfish Gene" (ants and bees being the textbook example).
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