What storytelling has to do with our own need for identity and narrative.
I have been spending a lot of time at Blackwell's, recently. The bookshop as remedy, reading as a cure for the ailments of the mind. This accompanied by a desire to touch, smell, and possess books, which doesn't mean that borrowing books off friends is unattractive, but, still, not quite the same. My kindle rests, … Continue reading The bookshop as remedy
After getting a bit lost in the question of whether we should in principle be able to have a clue about future ramifications of our actions, I would like to turn back to questions of how well we're actually doing so far. It looks like, for long-term projections, we are indeed pretty clueless. This document, … Continue reading How good are we at predicting the future?
Today, I am looking at whether the future is unknowable.
Are humans machines; frail bodies to be optimized and overcome? And what is this haunting sense of there being more to it? An exploration through the cocktail parties of my mind.
I've noticed being confused about this, but luckily I now have blogging as a go-to tool to deal with confusions. I feel like, overall, there are two types of reason that people cite when they say that we can't predict long-term catastrophic risks. One is confined to the methods we are currently using and goes … Continue reading Why are we failing at long-term (catastrophic) risk-assessment?
I have spent at least ten years in my life learning the grammar of music, and comparatively little on living and breathing, and using music as the language it is.This is mainly true for my relationship with my violin (which is turning into a fiddle nowadays), and not so much for singing. There is something … Continue reading Learning the language of music
People tell me that blogging is good for you. And I think that I'd benefit a lot from thinking through some questions for myself. The questions I have are about the future, what role artificial intelligence might play in it, and plausibly about lots of other random things. Trying to think about important things and … Continue reading Two-week writing challenge
Talking to my grandmother "Back then, I did more crafts, all this stitching and stuff, but I don't feel like it anymore. Sure, I have time to do it now, but back then I needed it as balance to that stupid-making housework, you know, all day every day the same thing; everyone would go crazy … Continue reading My mothers’ voices
I recently did a few things I found scary, under two categories. Category 1 gets pictures. Category 1 of Scary Most people don't do the things in this first category of scary and random strangers walking by advise me to be careful. Now, let me tell you: these are not actually the scariest things. Jumping … Continue reading Doing Scary Things