Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

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Today, there was noodle soup at "Lu Lu's" with Scheiny - food was quite good and accompanied by a melonfruit smoothie. My search to identify the vietnamese noodle soup I've been looking for continues though. Walking by the CMU/Pitt area, it was kind of neat randomly bumping into a few people I knew from my CMU times. Weird to think that's over... I kind of wonder how many lasting friendships/acquaintences I've made at CMU - far fewer than I'd've liked, due to some mix of shyness and unlikability. Oh well, maybe the next stage of life will work out better in that regard. I hope. Nice weather has made today's outdoor portions pretty nice.

"He told me of his excitement - an optimisation - in a realm where every bit of state comes at great cost, he would instead use a RNG with a particular thresholds to produce results that would generally fall within-spec. MTBF in this environment for the state component would actually be comparable to the dice rolling badly enough. I politely nodded, although the idea had in fact come to me many years before, in youth."

I'm amused at some light parallels between the Stanford Prison Experiment and efforts in some MMORPGs to encourage people to start "gangs" of various types/sizes that take sides in conflicts and fight each other. Is this a kind of "rolling a ball downhill" thing? Is it an easy path to success in games to understand human nature and find/enable ways to let people express their basic human nature in the game? Could careful introspection have ties to the design of mmorpgs? Also, is it unhealthy to express some of these things if we consider some of them to be unhealthy? To what extent is such expression "working out tensions that otherwise may be expressed IRL", and to what extent is it more "encouraging patterns of thought that will carry over to RL"?

The idea of taking 20 people in isolation and asking them to store all their knowledge, on a wiki, of the world, is again a tempting thought experiment. I'm tempted to do something like it myself - the problem is that while any given person might have an interesting perspective/understanding of some things, it's mostly either that such things are not normally expressed by an individual on an interesting scale or the differences between their perspective and the "standard" perspective that are interesting - it would mostly be dull to read such a work, I suspect. Presumably if one were raising a child, one would do a lot of "explaining the world" to them - this would be the time when one's understanding of everything would be most tested, I suspect. It would be interesting to have a complete log of all interactions that could be considered instructional in this way between a parent and a child, to understand how the corpii of knowledge/perspectives differ, as well as to have generational relationships between the corpii - I know what I would pass on to a child would differ quite a bit (in some areas, at last) from what was given me. The idea of such a knowledge transfer is just about the most exciting thing I can imagine - I love talking about the world, philosophy, and perspectives with other people in general (something which hasn't happened too much in Pittsburgh, alas), and the idea of helping the construction from scratch of a new person's Weltanschauung is absolutely wonderful. In a relationship, lack of desire to have kids would not quite be a dealbreaker, but the chance to intellectually procreate is certainly attractive (certainly the majority of the source of why I would *like* to have kids).

Currently rereading: Hobbes' A Dialogue between a Philosopher and a Student of the Common Laws of England.


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