April 22nd, 2010

Semiformalishmaybe

Homes as self-expression

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Slashdot recently had a story about a controversy where a university took blood samples from a tribe in order to do medical research, and apart from that research they did a few other things that made the tribe a bit uncomfortable (for example, confirming that like all Amerindian tribes they have ancestry from Asia rather than being "born from the earth").Collapse )

Working through the 「Fundamentals of Neuropsychology」 book - I am reminded how fascinating the topic is on a warm-fuzzy level. I worry that that like amounts to a crush - remembering that I took the class *before* the neuropsych job at CMU and didn't dive in as much as I thought I would then. But.. I don't think Cognitive Modelling is my cup of tea, so maybe it in fact would be as good as it feels now. Dimly-remembered analogy - it's hard to tell the difference between a crush and love, except in hindsight.

Wonderings from yet another story I have that never saw the light of day: Collapse )

Sketching: Tried sketching the creature below recently (I've long had a fascination with them - did a report on them in middle school if I recall correctly) - not easy!

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Semiformalishmaybe

A Priori Man

(Warning: This is likely some combination or permutation of inspiring or interesting stuff and utter BS. I'm not sure myself .. but then I never am)

One of the requirements for intellectual maturity (and virtue) is to develop a deep understanding of human nature - this is a potentially unpleasant task (or perhaps a journey) - the most important aspect of this is to make impossible many types of ego. Trying to understand humans as logical entities and human thought as a logical process is natural, but the logical lense is something to surpass rather than a destination. A Priori Man (forgive the slight violence to the term) is quite different from Actual Man - until we accept, at the very least, that:

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P.S. I think if I were asked right now to sit down in front of a typewriter and produce a decent-sized book, either an expansion of this, or another thing that's been floating through my head that I'd probably call 「Advice to new Atheists」 would be what I could most quickly and confidently produce without needing a lot of "do I really mean this" and "is this formulation of the idea as mature as it should be" self-questioning. (the latter book would be a combination survey of atheist philosophies, an introduction to reasoning and debate, and some gentle steering of people towards particular ideas and conclusions that I think are important). The problem with books of this sort is that they're not very deep, but I think they'd be reasonably easy and fun to write.