Apr 12, 2018

How can you do knowledge transfer if you have no knowledge?

I just had to endure another few minutes of Michio Kaku rambling about something he does not even start to understand: free will. Physics, he says, puts an end to the debate about free will. His reasoning? After lots of 'Einstein' and 'Heisenberg' iconography ('god does not play dice', 'there is uncertainty'), repeating the simple and wrong 'an electron is everywhere at the same time' he arrives at the oh-so mind-numbing and wrong banality that we have a free will because there is uncertainty dominating physics. This makes the act of a murderer unpredictable and really evil (as compared to the Newton-driven murderer whos actions are predisposed by Newtons laws. Everything would be deterministic from the beginning of time - everything could be calculated, nothing would be left to chance ... hey, Michio, there is more to the world than crude mechanics .... and therefore that fella would be guilt-free (talking of the physics-laws-driven killer, not Michio, who, of course is guilty as hell. Guilty of oversimplifying).
So non-determinism equals free will. Yes? Got it right? All memebers of the Heisenberg-family (electrons, small particles...), who's position is 'everywhere at the same time' (according to 'theoretical physicist' Michio Kaku) have free will. sure.
f§$k no!
non-determinism is not free will!
Popularizing science the way this guy does is popularizing ignorance.
I did not have to watch him.
But I did.
Proving that I have no free will. At all.

Jan 8, 2018

dumbing down

One of my fellow smart_'sses just published a book! 😀
In german 😢
So, this is the moment to learn one of the less accessible languages on the planet.
Or have your german-speaking friend make this book a huge success and it will be translated to any language you understand. Or english.
Since the essays are a lot about dumbing-down mankind by drowning us in ubiquituous babbling, let me keep it short:
Congratulations Daniel Rapoport, it's a book!

Jun 19, 2017

Money does not solve all your problems

Yeah right. People without money hear that all the time. Don't touch my sportscar!
James Altucher got that straight by completing the phrase. "Money does not solve all your problems - but it solves your money-problems"
Which is a lot.
And a driving force behind his extremely successful blog, Altucher Confidential.

And he is part of the the '10 easy steps to...', '10 things to take when you go to Mars' - advice columns that infest the net. I once wrote so - mildly critical - spotting the now legendary (and then half-legendary) guy close to this bunch of click-baiters (here). He was personally offended and posted quite a nice reply - he saw himself as actually helping people (what he did). Got close to Yoga (through personal experience). And his writing was really fast and great.
It just sometimes smelled like there was a business-idea somewhere in the machine-room. And indeed, we now get these never-ending videos where you are strung along ('wait, I will tell you my biggest secret at the end...' - I never waited. And I am still working for money).
James Altucher is entertaining. A quick mind. And I am sure he would not comment the same way he did in those old days. No allergic reactions to '10 easy steps to...' - except that The World at large has reacted:
Now '9 (NINE) steps to...'-lists have become fashionable.
(I am not sure they have understood my point)

Mar 7, 2017

Against Empathy

It is magic.
Every day at 1 pm straight Smart-S gets hit by a little click-storm. Nothing dangerous - far from a DOS attack. It actually warms my heart to know that somebody has made some code crawl this little-known dusty corner of the net to see what has been deposited there. Some empathetic robot silently weeping when things get rough in the world of the smart-ss's (does it ever?) and chuckling about the shallow jokes (are there any?). Cute.
After observing this for a few months, though, I start to wonder whether that little lump of bytes couldn't be extended a bit so it is able to leave some, umm, comments? Maybe? Hello?!
Some feedback (supportive, controversial or otherwise) would be nice for once!
What good is a silent empathetic reader, ultimately - be it a machine or humanoid?
It is like that ever-loving mother who listens to the crap you do in your childhood, the annoying stuff you call freedom while growing up, your self-pity when you fail just another relationship and run away from the n-th marriage. She stays empathetic, keeps nodding, back-patting even when your self-love explodes to become narcissism, when you sacrifice everything and everyone just to make yourself shine... empathy, 'support', hugs - an eternal flow of destructive 'yes'es. Empathy, the goodhearted, naive little sister of the hideous teenager called pity.
When I was wondering what silent empathy is good for I came across a review of Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom (here)
He goes beyond the pure semantics: While Empathy can lead to mind-blurring commiserations which essentially amplify and stabilize problems rather than attacking them, compassion wakes up the rage, it fires up dissent and outrage and strives to get up and actually change things. Empathy is for the self-pitying willing to sink ever deeper, Compassion is less cozy, more engaging and it has the potential to change the world.
So, come on, you little badly-programmed web-crawlers can you please move on?! Get your tear-stained sappy code out of here and leave this site alone.