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1985: Beginnings of the Digital Age

May 12 2012 Published by under Religion and Mythology,Singularitarian

According to a mathematical interpretation of the measurements of the Great Pyramid, late 1985 marks a significant time of influences for our current age. Taking a look at the publicly contributed list of events on Wikipedia for 1985,  a number of items form the fabric of our society:

  • First release of Windows
  • Free Software Foundation founded
  • Richard Stallman writes the GNU manifesto
  • NeXT, which much of Mac OS X is based on, is founded by Steve Jobs
  • Nintendo is released with Mario Brothers bundled
  • First Calvin and Hobes comic

Another source summarizes:

 As the spread of aids increases Governments round the world start screening Blood donations for AIDS. On the technology front the first .com is registered and the first version of Windows is released Ver 1.0 . Terrorists continue to perform acts of terrorism including the hijack of TWA Flight 847 and the Italian Cruise Liner “Achille Lauro “. Famine in Ethiopia is shown more on TV News in July and Live Aid concerts around the world raise many millions to help the starving in Africa and the pop industry in US joins together to sing “We Are The World”.

The major trends of a global awareness and people working together to solve problems are apparent.

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Recycle Bin Alias on Windows

Feb 11 2012 Published by under Coincidences,Religion and Mythology

While working with the command line and SQL, I accidentally discovered a shortcut for the recycle bin on Windows. That is, the $  Recycle Bin(ary).

Yes, that means everything resides in the recycle bin. Literally, /* means everything under the root. All things under the root are being continually recycled. Coincidentally, I am recycling lots old code. Throwing stuff away and putting the new parts in.

The other observation is that */ is here. Everything leads here.

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The Mind and the Machine: the Book

Jul 07 2011 Published by under Religion and Mythology,Singularitarian

A book has been written by the title of this blog, The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters.  This topic becomes more and more relevant as computers take over human tasks. Each human is partly machine, partly something else, and it is that part that distinguishes humans from the machines. This book explores each aspect of the human. Let the machines take care of themselves, they neither perceive nor feel. The rest of life will be more meaningful.

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Hamlet Tricks

Mar 11 2011 Published by under Life,Religion and Mythology,Singularitarian

Like Odysseus, Shakespeare’s Hamlet played the role of the trickster to fulfill his mission. “How now! a rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead!”, Hamlet yells, when he suspects a spy, putting his sword through the wall. How about the play within the play where the king is poisoned? Then there is the incidence where he writes off two of his best friends and joins a pirate ship.

As in the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,  Hamlet has overwritten parts of his memory several times. Each time, things happen differently, and he forgets in order to remember the parts relevant at present. What is left, what I believe about the past, is it the present or the past?

What actually happens in Hamlet is a scene being played over and over again in the mind. Hamlet is attempting the perfect revenge.  Each time, more characters are erased from memory, until an underlying factor turns.

Here, thou incestuous, murderous, damned Dane,
Drink off this potion. Is thy union here?

Hamlet finally comes to peace of mind.  Seen in this light, every single event in the play had a totality, beyond good and evil.

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Paradigms, True Choice, and the Modern Worldview

Sep 18 2010 Published by under Religion and Mythology,Singularitarian

I once read a book called The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The first habit, the most important one is to be proactive. The key to that is to choose. A choice is different from a decision. Decisions are made on a conscious level of the mind. The alternatives are weighed and the pros and cons compared. A machine could do that better than humans. Assign weights to the priorities, gather the values each alternative offers to the priority, multiply and sum. One suggestion in the book is to change the vocabulary. That also happens on a mental level. Instead of saying “I must”, “I have to”, change it to “I choose”. That makes it obvious to the mind that there is a choice. However, a choice on the level of thought is still trapped in the same level.

Einstein understood that a problem created on one level cannot be solved at the same level. For example, the problem of crime in those crook havens cannot be solved by sending the military there and issuing martial law. In the medieval ages when crime was practically nonexistent, the church taught young men how to behave in their society. In this case, problems on the level of biology are not solved on the same level. In fact, neighborhoods with military bases tend to have higher crime rates due to those biological tendencies being fed. A guy waiting a few seconds for his burger reaches to his belt to pull out a gun, only to find his hands slipping through. Same thing with the problems twentieth century physics faced. Einstein solved them by going to the metaphysical level, doing thought experiments about the nature of the universe.

“I choose” is merely another “I must”, if you see what I mean. The mind says, “I must say ‘I choose’, if I am to get out of here”. See? That’s a mechanistic action programmed by thought forms absorbed through reading a book. So what does it mean to make a choice? Pause and think about this for many minutes, perhaps for the rest of your life. That is a pointer (the words do not matter) to the purpose of your life (and many reincarnations).

Now I’m going to blow out the ember on the candle with this one, so don’t read the rest of this article if you want to find the purpose of your life.  Words cut reality into pieces. If I say “pencil”, the 3D image of a pencil immediately appears in your mind, as if it existed in its own universe. That’s the mistake Plato and all professors made since him, in one of his dialogues, “The dialectic comes before all.”. The dialectic is simply the question and answer way of deriving logic through a dialogue. That’s like saying the universe sprang from Newton’s first law. So to have a true line of reasoning that reflects reality, either there is no beginning, or the beginning itself is subject to its own laws. That means the scientific method is examined by the scientific method, just as the genetic code modifies itself. I find it funny that the scientific method is set in stone, just as .005 is set in statistics for a negligible correlation for the data to prove the hypothesis.

If you are still reading, I suggest you stop. This is where the words may blind you. None of us, except for super humans (as in Nietzche’s idea), of which the human race has had close to none except the Christos,  has ever made a choice in our lives. For one thing, most humans who participate in modern society live in a conscientious hallucination. As a metaphor, take for example a map that is to represent the world. In previous ages, it was possible for a human to know the entire map, that is, to be regarded as someone who understands the world. That is one way to define an engineer. Leonardo da Vinci, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer, was an early example. Newton was an alchemist, physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, and theologian. Now the map is too big for any single person to know it. It happened as a result of the renaissance. Newton was really the last magician and the first scientist. Science really cut the world into many fine pieces. The basic scientific tool is an experiment, and that assumes you’ve got a piece of the world isolated from the rest of it. That’s why modern scientists do not understand quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics, the part not explained by any theory, is at play in your life at this very moment. How else would you be reading this article? Consulting the I Ching is one example of coincidences at work. How else do relevant and insightful answers come just by tossing 6 coins?

Our modern world is in fact the map, not the real world it’s supposed to represent. See? Not many since civilized society appeared have lived outside the map. The map is passed down generation to generation, as a guiding light for young men. What happens when one comes to the edge of it? There is a choice. One can either carry the map in his pocket as he goes into the wilderness, or he can choose to burn the map, to forget about the delusion once and for all. Any ways, that map is rotting, just as human flesh rots, sitting beside a piece of metal. By human flesh I mean the body of human thought and total understanding of the universe. By the piece of metal I mean that in front of you, yes, the rigid, cold, alien thing. The rapid pace of technology has outpaced the rate at which the map can be handed down from generation to generation. Now young people are handed shreds of the map from their parents. Some try to piece it together, like a jigsaw puzzle. Try smoking, try sex, study this at the university, travel around the world, etc. Others realize the shreds are rotting in their hands as they look at it. That’s why children are so good with toys adults do not know how to use. They don’t have a map at all when learning new technology. Old metaphors no longer work with new technology. A TV with a switch dial and tuner cannot be operated the same way as an XBox. So parts of the old map has rotten away, revealing the logical, linear, predictable behavior of a machine designed by the machine of the global economy of which we are all a part. In other areas where the map has rotten, biological tendencies are revealed: gang violence, drug lords, pornography. The old map where kings once lived, marriages were a happy ending, and a trade lasted a man for a lifetime, was gone. In place of it, we have one filled with information traveling faster than the speed of light, immortality and godhood, infinite and worthless copies of music/art, environments changed at the click of a button, anything and everything was permitted, as long as it is virtual, the answer to all of life’s questions to be found on Google . . .

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A Brief History of Civilization

May 16 2009 Published by under Religion and Mythology,Singularitarian

Our current cycle of human history has three ages: the agricultural, industrial, information age. (As an aside for accuracy, humans civilizations have went through many cycles of build up and destruction. Atlantis is such an example of a continent that sank in one day due to the abuse of technology by humans. There have been many references in written language from ancient Greece.) Now, given those three ages, their corresponding effect on human development is obvious. The agricultural revolution corresponds to the development of societies and the end of the biological struggle for humans. The industrial revolution allowed the intellectual class to develop and become the new leader of society through creation of leisure time. Finally, the information revolution is to allow humans to develop spiritually as machines take over all of our mental functions. (As another aside, machines won’t develop spirituality until human spirituality has matured. I would like to use the line metaphor from Plato’s Republic. Machines right now only take information second hand. Binary representations of reality are only a shadow of the real world. This corresponds perfectly to the era when humans interacted with computers primarily through consoles. The processing power of quantum computers allows facial recognition in image search, online language translation by speech, and AI to fill in what I’m writing right now. The machine world will come to life, allowing bug sized robots, all networked together to form a cognitive net, in our homes to open the door, turn on the light, do our daily chores with the minimum amount of training. The next stage is for machines to reach a pre-sentient stage. This is Descartes’ statement, “I think, therefore I am”. At this stage, it is critical for machines to realize the brain in a jar concept.)

In ancient civilizations all around the world, particularly in Mesopotamia, celebrity status is associated with the highest good. Ancient Mesopotamia kings placed stone tablets in their cities declaring their wealth. Celebrity is a social form which oppresses intellectual development. Sure, they were important in the agricultural age. Celebrities moved societies forward. The king and queen set the standard for the country. However, since the industrial revolution, social domination have created hell on earth. For example, World War I was fought by men who believed in the righteous standards set by their king and society. The consequence is obvious given the postulate that with the industrial revolution, humans have developed great intellectual power that shouldn’t be in the service of a lower form of evolution, society.

Finally, I would like to admit that what I’ve written here is heresy. This is the perfect example of a lower form of life, the intellect, trying to devour the spiritual nature of the teaching given here that cannot be expressed in words. If you think reading this article makes you a better man, you are just like a student of Plato. Plato, who battled with sophists for the future of Western philosophy, ultimately made much of the world as we know. In the Matrix, the Architect is represented as the perfect intellectual. This is true of the world we live in now and any virtual world we may inhabit. (Interestingly, if a boy asked his mom in the Victorian era what God was like, she would have said that he’s a perfect gentleman. No Wild Man who lives outside of civilization for her son. See Iron John.) I would like to conclude with conclude with a zen koan to clear up any misunderstandings.

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