Good and Bad but not Black and White

I have a long overdue (several years, half-drafted) piece called “Good Fences” that goes right back to basic “classification & identification, definition & description” of stuff we deal with in the real world: How we subdivide the world into different kinds of stuff and different things and give them various names. It occurs everywhere from … Continue reading “Good and Bad but not Black and White”

Innate by Kevin Mitchell

I’ve just taken possession of Kevin Mitchell’s (2018) “Innate – How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are”. No idea why it’s taken me so long to acquire a copy, he’s been on my book list for some time and I’ve been following him for a few years on Twitter – he’s a … Continue reading “Innate by Kevin Mitchell”

Information Ontology of Mind and Body

[Work in Progress – Draft will be edited without notification.] [Feedback appreciated on the “See / Refs” – where more are needed? Meantime all those indicated will be elaborated and worked into the text. And obviously on the intelligibility of the text so far. Drafting arose out of the “Three Essays” post, particularly “Algorithms for … Continue reading “Information Ontology of Mind and Body”

Rebalancing the Future

Richard Emerson invited me onto his podcast earlier in the week. We’ve met Richard here before on Psybertron, his personal “Renaissance” book and his “Ancient Worlds” project discovering – rediscovering – the value in ancient wisdom, with Dante’s “cosmology” being the poster boy. Apart from having a shortlist of topics before we started – and … Continue reading “Rebalancing the Future”

Three Essays on Brains & Minds

Just place-holders for pieces – or indeed whole comms campaigns (?) – that need to be created: Most generally because there are enormous persistent misunderstandings within science & technology and with public understanding of it, and specifically (topically given Musk!) with socially degenerate aspects of ubiquitous social media. In no particular order, they’re all connected … Continue reading “Three Essays on Brains & Minds”

Subir Sarkar

Subir Sarkar was interviewed by Sabine Hossenfelder last month, but I didn’t capture the link then: Interesting content in the “Einstein was right when he said he was wrong” domain when it comes to the cosmological constant. Pointing to to some radically “new” ideas being needed to fix anomalies in physics. (That’s new as in … Continue reading “Subir Sarkar”

Michael Zargham on Cybernetic Infrastructure

A quickie to capture this link: Very impressed watching this recorded Web3 Foundation talk by Michael Zargham. He’s a name I came across from making contact with the “Active Inference Lab”. I already know Anatoly Levenchuck and Karl Friston on the AIL Advisory Board and discovered that Zargham is another board member. (I’m intending to … Continue reading “Michael Zargham on Cybernetic Infrastructure”

Mental Switching Costs

The feeling of the brain being actively engaged with too many thoughts, to properly address any new issue, never mind any of the existing issues, is a common feeling – for me anyway. Once you have several mental balls in the air that are connected to some strategy to get something delivered productively, it’s impossible … Continue reading “Mental Switching Costs”

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