I was just asked by a random person itting next to me at this coffeeshop what the zip code is for where we were, and I was going to pop on Google Maps to look that up when I realised I couldn't remember the name of the coffeeshop. The experience of being united in a kind of cluelessness (mine a bit more profound) was kind of amusing (I eventually did find the name of the place because I could spatially remember where in the city it is). Names generally don't stick well in my head. I am also sleepy enough that I probably should not be so far away from my apartment right now; the near-constant darkness makes it hard for me to stay awake. On the upside (personally, at least), at least it's only really cold rather than terribly cold.
Earlier today I had a daydream continued from last night's dream, where I was some kind of sentient virtual world and some people I knew were inside (kind of; this is part of one of the elaborate dreamworlds I've had) and I was trying to entertain them with futuristic technology despite some of my agents not (yet) speaking English. I was hoping to entertain one of them with futuristic maths (in the dream I was some kind of ancient alien intelligence with millions of years of civilisations in my head), and synthesised something like a kindle with crazy maths stuff on it but was trying to design the kindle-like device myself, specifically how to label the buttons, and the daydream then dissolved into philosophy.( Collapse )
I recently heard a webcast of the author of 「The Binding of Isaac」 on the Roguelike News podcast. It was pretty interesting; I particularly liked a quip that went something like "whenever I find myself about to self-censor because I might offend someone, I instead turn around and push harder, because that's how I know I'm onto something interesting". ( Collapse )
And a bit more on philosophical discourse:
- In philosophy, you are not arguing with a person, and you cannot make deals with them. You are arguing with your opponent's perspective, and with all possible variants. The words you speak will be borrowed by allies and opponents and repeated in many places you will not be. The argument will be reincarnated many times after the last breath has left your body.
- I sometimes dream of advocates among the religious who specialise in converting people whose self-identity is bound to their lack of faith; reworking their personality into a compatible analogue of its self-perception, but with a religious inclination built in. The rebellious atheist might become a rebellious heretic who rarely attends church, etc. Self-image is mostly maintained with a bit of reworking, or at least the flavour is maintained. I sometimes see hints of conversion-programmes that might do this in all of the religious mailing lists I've anonymously subscribed to, but generally the specific tactics of conversion are not trumpeted very loudly.