I wrote 13,350 words in 11 days. So it looks like my run rate is about 1,200 words of draft text per day when I have an idea.
My internal soundtrack on headphones represents the mood I need to be in at the time.
If time isn’t a significant constraint then the same outcomes can be achieved by people of very different levels of ability.
My ongoing challenge has been the destupidification of myself.
Absentmindedly putting cumin instead of cinnamon in porridge is not a good idea.
To overturn a despicable regime, a significant amount of people who had previously collaborated with the lie need to overcome their self-deception.
Beliefs control people. It takes kindness and bravery to drop an interpretation that is used for cruelty.
Any person can do a lot of good. Instead, most energy is spent spinning from the algorithm operating on you.
Imagine a world where people live for hundreds of years, still living day-to-day with the mentality learnt from some medieval mud pit.
I do not fit into the 18th century left-wing/right-wing classification system and neither do most thinking people on most issues. “Conservative” implies past beliefs must be conserved, even though the world is constantly changing. “Progressive” in the political sense is a marketing slogan that suggests anyone not conforming to every current enforced dogma of the group is regressive.
I am not interested in market ideology nor the discredited social ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries. I am interested in what works. I’m interested in truth and facts, not politicking. I want what is self-actualising to be open to all.
I am not relaxing if it becomes a challenge to see how much I can relax.
I would like functionality where the user can configure and share their own automations for personal finance and investments. Machine learning suggestions in this sphere also has enormous scope.
I have wasted a lot of time in my life, preoccupied with being low quality and crap; although I suppose it’s been interesting to know what that is like. It would be nice now to compare to the opposite.
If there were a simulation, instead of being just one character, how about being eight billion simultaneously? Your consciousness would constantly alternate between every person in an infinitesimally small period of time, giving you the illusion that you are in the same individual continuously. Each person would have different memories, personality and context, and you would have no knowledge that your consciousness is living everywhere, in everyone.
Authoritarian governments will find it ever easier with technological advancements to zombify and control their populations. When such a government, helped by surveillance technologies and AI, is able to know what you are thinking and feeling, where you are and what you are doing, has control over all the information you receive, and knows your personality impulses precisely – what hope has anyone to escape from the hell constructed for them by the resident psychopaths? China is already a long way down this path, Russia is hurrying to this end too.
There must be a model of openness that prospers in democratic countries. The algorithms that will increasingly guide our lives should be open source and publicly reviewable. There needs to be better realtime checking of fakery, using methodology that is publicly available. There must be a culture and processes in place to ensure transparent, accountable decision-making.
The time window for getting this right is now and we may never get the chance again.
A journey of a thousand lines of code begins with a single import statement.
Deserts are giant sun mines.
Negative generalisations about a person based on demographics is bigotry.
Thinking out loud… Legislature: Lower Chamber: 1,000 randomly selected people, each serving 1 month over staggered terms. Each vote by secret ballot. Upper Chamber: 1,000 experts in their fields, appointed by Lower Chamber from independent shortlists, each serving 1 year over staggered terms. Each vote by secret ballot. The Legislature rather have the government appoints members of public committees and nominates people for honours. Government: Head of Government appointed by national election. Serves 1 year. Legislation must be approved by the Legislature. Provision to be removed from office if two thirds majority in both chambers. The HOG cannot serve consecutive terms. They have a 12 month contract to do a good job before they are out. No honours, titles, or special treatment for having the job. They are not allowed to ever monetise their position beyond the salary they are paid. National referenda required for constitutional changes. Framework: No political or private funding allowed for the HOG candidate. The most popular candidates are mandated time in the national media. No political bias allowed in the media within 1 month before the national election.
The goal with current gaps and an action plan. Has anyone done this analysis for humanity? (I mean one that is based on universal flourishing and kindness, not written by useful idiots and implemented by empowered psychopaths.)
Energy builds up internally through relentless thinking and wants to be released.
Working is more fulfilling than chilling.
Reduce work by doing it.
I am a writer. I perform for necessity or fun.
Summarise rather than simplify.
Right now, everything is probably fine. There will be challenges, and preparation for them is a good idea – but whatever they may be, this exact moment is probably fine.
Maybe a school exam question in the future: To what extent was the series of US imbecilic Presidents and broken political system responsible for the reaffirmation of totalitarianism in non-Western countries? Was this causally connected to the emergence of the Internet and social media?
Marcus Aurelius was succeeded by Commodus. As a metaphor, even philosopher kings beget tyranny.
In the totalitarian mindset, facts are attacked and suppressed if they do not conform to belief stories.
There have been plenty of middle management monsters running countries in history – they are psychotic narcissists who copy from a playbook given to them and repeat the past.
Can creativity thrive under authoritarian conditions, aided by artificial intelligence? Can slaves be compelled and threatened to create? Can they create if they are constantly lied to and manipulated, rather than inspired? The correlation to date has been with freedom.
If consciousness can be programmed to live in a heavenly state of bliss, why bother creating simulations? If reality can be anything, then why this one?
People who put percentage probabilities on the origins and nature of existence have a myopic view of the probability tree.
Exploring was great, but I am now about to focus. I probably won’t be updating my word count here, for a while.
On a hot day, humans can outrun horses over long distances.
Thoughts determine your wellbeing. Fluffy thoughts are lovely; however if they are based on some personal deceit, they will turn sour. Negative thoughts destroy you and everything you experience. Positive thoughts based on what is true is the optimal state of being.
I enjoy sentences where different interpretations are all true. The sentence is the fact, but the meaning is multiple. The ultimate sentence is when, on some higher level, all the seemingly contradictory explanations harmonise as one great beauty.
Does the universe exist if your consciousness is not perceiving it? This question will usually be met with “of course”, eye rolls and the like, instantly dismissing logic which suggests: the only irreducible certainty is that an experience is being perceived in the current moment. I am not solipsistic by inclination; it’s just interesting to me how quickly the idea is dismissed as obviously false and egocentric. But people are often irritated when an axiom is touched, and advances in knowledge are usually counter-intuitive. So what if all assumptions are false?
Gamer: We’re living in a simulation. I have proof.
Religioner: That’s ok. God created the world that made the simulation and put the Holy ghost in the machine.
God: By the way, something created me.
Never quite here and not quite there, words are understood depending on you.
Further from reality, from warmth and humanity, bliss will fester in your lap. Love and be loved; don’t judge and be judged. Anger sees anger; the foolish see a fool.
Economic necessity hinders countless people from fulfilling their potential. Having some chance is better than nothing; however a situation where you are hostage to the manipulations and barbarities of some murderous thug is a forcible attempt to suppress your humanity.
Music is a mystery. Nothing inspires and moves people as music.
Writing is focused thinking.
It’s rare to meet an adult non-dog who is full of joy in most circumstances.
Blah blah etc.:
- Sell me this pen.
- What type of pen do you need?
- I’m not really looking right now.
- I find it useful to have my own pen handy if I need to write something down. Do you have one?
- No, not on me.
- Would you like to try this?
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that humanity will progress or fail based on the quality of information. Totalitarian regimes are the biggest abusers of the truth and the vilest perverters of humanity.
Wiberty – words in books can set you free.
“Smart” as a buzzword has become a bit corporate, so is far from its original meaning of savvy. I now prefer “hardcore”, but with nice comfy edges.
The train from Norwich to London journeys through four of England’s fifty-five cities.
I finally broke the two-minute mark for passing free-flowing water. Very proud of myself.
Any course of learning should be immediately available in a phone app, including school curriculum and university degree programmes.
I need to know. About everything.
I would like a feed of paragraphs from books. Drilling in expands to the chapter. It could have articles and blogs as well, but I’m mainly interested in dipping into books from groups I follow.
All people should have access to the sum total of human knowledge. Untwisted from deceivers, vested interests, and echo chambers.
Extremists fail and fall because the path requires balance.
It is inspiring that even when a person may be deeply flawed, they can still rise above all the frictions and misunderstandings of their day, to display moments of grace and greatness.
I love the tech revolution that has happened during my lifetime ❤️
Presumably the “GAMAM” tech companies don’t want to use the obvious anagram “GAMMA”, because of connotations with third-rate radioactive decay?
Generals at totalitarian rallies look like clowns.
Autocrats twist the rightful love of community into grotesque, violent delusion.
Contorted minds create hell on earth.
Non-fungible performances interest me. I’m thinking of issuing a few.
Kierkegaard’s romance with Regine Olsen would make a good dramatisation.
Ferocity and love as a combination captivates people, especially when sincere.
Invest where people who know what they are doing put their own capital. Or better still, invest in them. If you believe in what they are doing and you believe in them, then you have found the perfect combination.
Products and services improve when the providers are also keen users.
Trying to look older would mean experience is valued over the skin-deep.
Schools teach children to fit into a uniform.
Inflexibility often manifests in people who believe that whatever they think determines external reality.
Doing nothing isn’t preferable.
Notice. Are you able to describe the person you just talked to? Or the room you were just in? Or even the object in your hand? Do you notice what you are doing?
To be offended is to be wrong. Nasty behaviour thrown in your direction isn’t condoned, you might choose to respond, but why should their words actually harm you?
Many thirst in the desert of shiny things.
The accumulation effect of small moments can be enormous.
The challenge is to release what is within you, uncorrupted by falsity and lies.
Regardless of whether you think you are succeeding or failing, you must not ease up, in any respect, because events always happen.
For sure it is smart to learn from the experience of others, but the lessons can be more thoroughly learnt if you make the mistakes yourself.
I love that moment of bafflement when a person is looking at you and thinking “what the?” It usually ends in either awkward or full laughter.
If nervous or stressed about doing something, say to yourself “I’ll be dead soon” and do it anyway.
I think psychopaths don’t understand that threats have no effect on people who are truly pissed off. There is no room for fear when a person is angered, only destruction.
An empowered society creates and innovates. Empowered authoritarians corrupt and suffocate.