WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT?
I'm thinking about the innumerable gradations of an existence, its focuses, falls, the vertigo of waiting, the jars and amphorae of wine and oil at the bottom of the sea, alongside, sailors standing by, always vigilant, the popular saying goes: he who runs, tires; he who walks, catches up. Thinking hurts
Most people can pretty much guess what'll happen right after they do something. It's simple, and it keeps us out of trouble, but it also means we'll likely end up with the same #results as everyone else. Now, second-order thinking? That's when we're playing the long game and looking at the bigger picture. It means not just #thinking about what happens right away, but what happens down the road because of our actions. Forgetting those second and third-round effects? That's a recipe for disaster.
Evolution of Thought and the Uncanny Valley
In this AI episode -- starring Atomic Dave and AI research -- we dig into the idea of how thought and thinking has evolved over the last century and led us deeper into the Uncanny Valley.
Air. Thinking about what doesn't exist, and what we insist on. Thinking about the battering rams against the walls of memories, about civilizations that have created the germs of their own ruin, and about the Central Market, a beer at the "Bar do Mané Doido". No more threats, no more taxes.
Every Sunday I love to take 45 mins for myself for a "Thinking Session".
During these 45 mins I...:
- review my articles/books/podcasts highlights,
- go through the days of the past week for my weekly review,
- plan my future week/s.
"What restores me to myself?
What needs to be restored, repaired, revisited, re-visioned and re-envisioned?"
Lovely writing from Havi as usual.
(Also contains reflections on anger, boundaries, Long Covid, seasons, Jewish New Year, newness in general, and how to make whipped honey.)
Imagine living in a village of 900 people with far too many Le Pen supporters, concrete heads and non-culture - and thanks to computers, the world of #knowledge and #thinking is suddenly open to you. Even after the pandemic. I'm already fidgeting with excitement because tomorrow I have the pleasure to see this #talk of @RadicalAnthro at the UCL in London, while sitting in the middle of French nowhere: https://mastodon.online/@RadicalAnthro@c.im/111052089329017014 Tip: Follow them! #university #anthropology #perspectives #human
>> Katy ISD bans 14 more books, including Dr. Seuss title, after putting $93K in books in storage
Bye bye Seuss. Bye bye dictionaries. So long.
#Maybe if we can get people out from the #trap of left-vs-right, which #eliminates whole #swathes of #thinking from the #political #landscape, and amplifies #insignificant differences between our current parties into us-vs-them thinking, they can start thinking about real #differences, and real #similarities, between political views.
Aspernäs, J., Erlandsson, A., & Nilsson, A. (2023). Misperceptions in a post-truth world: Effects of subjectivism and cultural relativism on bullshit receptivity and conspiracist ideation. Journal of Research in Personality, 104394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2023.104394 #OpenAccess #OA #Journal #Article #BehaviouralSciences #Learning #Education #Truth #Culture #Misinformation #Conspiracy #ConspiracyTheories #Theories
#Bullshit #Subjectivism #PostTruth #Relativism #Thinking #Academia #Academic #Academics
Flying Toward the Light: and Other Stuff We Should Already Know
This is a fun one, as we expand our #knowledge about random stuff we (often) do and say without #thinking. We explore why bugs are attracted to light, how soap works, why we "toast" champagne glasses, the origin of treadmills, and more!
#trivia #atheism #atheist #thoughts
Note taking tools and processes
There is a basket of fruit on a counter.
First person: There are apples in that basket.
Second person: Yes, and oranges, bananas, and pears.
First person: But it's a basket of apples.
Second person: There are also oranges, bananas, and pears. Can't you see them?
First person: WHY DO YOU HATE APPLES
How to master your #thinking patterns and habits for self development 👇🧠
I want to share something with you.
My therapist once told me, in regards to my relationship with my father:
“Like it or not, you have a relationship with your father. Everybody has a relationship with A father, even if they don’t have or ever had a father. Having a father is part of everyone’s psyche, therefore you have a relationship with a or your father. The only thing you need to do is define this relationship the best way it works for you. It doesn’t have to be ideal, it just needs to not jeopardize your life.”
The Covid pandemic highlighted a bunch of cognitive/conceptual limitations among Americans that ended up influencing public debate and response to the pandemic. Here's what I've noticed:
1. Not appreciating exponential growth (cartoon below from Jens von Bergmann).
2. Not distinguishing between individual and group-level risk assessment. (i.e. that behaviors with low individual risk can contribute to high risk for the community...for instance due to exponential growth.)
3. All or nothing thinking (that interventions only "work" if they eliminate all risk).
4. Not distinguishing between facts about the world and our response to those facts (also seen in climate change debates).
I'm sure there are more...
Two ways of thinking:
"I hear. I fear. I obey."
"I do not trust them."
Contemplation, canvas print -- https://2-steve-henderson.pixels.com/featured/contemplation-steve-henderson.html?product=canvas-print
#haiku #poem #poetry #autumn #fall #landscape #woman #femme #beauty #thoughts #thinking #binary #art #artwork #artist #orange #country #rural #painting #oil #oilpainting #buyintoart #ayearforart #writing #writingcommunity #freedom #mastodon #mastoart #fediverse #fediart #arte #stevehenderson #seasons #weather #sun #sunlight #contemplation #gold #meadow #tree
Recently, I discovered how much we overlook, not just about the world, but also about the full potential of our inner life, when our mind is cluttered. In a study published... I demonstrate that the capacity for original and creative thinking is markedly stymied by stray thoughts, obsessive ruminations and other forms of “mental load.” #focus #psychology #mindfulness #thinking #DecisionMaking https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/19/opinion/sunday/think-less-think-better.html
As they describe themselves:
The relationships of trees.
These are beech trees in the Chilterns. So much variety. Many straight, tall, slender. Others massive and majestic. Some traumatised in their youth and shaped by that.
I don't know what motivated these two relatively young trees to grow towards each other and develope a tangle of branches so intertwined that it is hard to work out who is who. A joint venture, or a takeover bid?
When critical #thinking isn’t enough: to beat information overload, we need to learn ‘critical ignoring’ https://theconversation.com/when-critical-thinking-isnt-enough-to-beat-information-overload-we-need-to-learn-critical-ignoring-198549
Words are powerfull. What one thinks when confronted with double/plural meaning words is powerfully significant.
Take this post as an example:
For a chess player 'to queen' would mean 'promotion' - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promotion_(chess)
I love this little paragraph: "Promotion to a queen is known as queening; promotion to any other piece is known as underpromotion. Promotion is almost always to a queen, as it is the most powerful piece."
One encountering with stale jokes everyday must have a solid memory. Or their life just repeats itself. Or both.
When you decided to show off your love for someone, you are destined to be condemned as a narcissist.
Why do you easily feel bored when learning a new language?
The basic and most important part of acquiring a new language is using the daily expressions in one’s daily life. For most of us, the daily life is boring.
The more I read about Solarpunk as a genre...The more I realize some of my stories have worlds with similar themes. It's not a pure one to one, however, some shared traits are there. I'm not knowledgeable enough to actively attempt to write a Solarpunk story.
It's within the realm of possibility for me to get a general grasp of some ideas like permaculture, sustainable living, and smaller community style living situations. #thinking
There's nothing like losing yourself in a good book -- a GOOD book, one well written with an interesting story that inspires you to think, wonder, imagine, and dream.
A Novel Landscape canvas print -- https://2-steve-henderson.pixels.com/featured/a-novel-landscape-steve-henderson.html?product=canvas-print
#reading #book #weekend #freedom #southamerica #landscape #art #artist #artwork #stevehenderson #fediverse #fediart #mastoart #green #earth #ayearforart #buyintoart #happy #andes #colombia #travel #discover #explore #woman #thinking #read #news #homedecor #story
Suggestive/vague thought of the morning: As a publisher & lay science-studies scholar, I have become more interested in gaining & providing access to *thinking* instead of knowledge.
Coming out of anthropology in particular, where the aim is more on discovery (of new interpretations/concepts) than on justification, this isn't an endorsement of open science, which is laser-focused on justification. I want to see people thinking, whether it leads to knowledge or not.
Why we must teach our teenagers to break free of fear and fight for creative freedom
My mom believes that when people just can't get along, it's because they're too much alike. Believes it in her bones.
Not sure what to think of that now. I assumed it was always true, having grown up with it.
But is there any truth to it?
A recent not-tarot (oracle?) image from the free weekly email The Sloth and The Manatee (found at https://betsystreeter.substack.com)
What do you see or think of? Why is it called the Judge? What does the imagery tell you about what's on your mind?
The Science Behind Gambling
"When you gamble, your brain releases dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter that makes you feel excited. You’d expect to only feel excited when you win, but your body produces this neurological response even when you lose."
Hot off the #Medium press!
This is a short one for anyone who wants simple, effective tweaks to change unhelpful, negative thinking into a more empowered, productive way of being.
In other words, all of us.
#interviews #hiring #thinking - more interviews this past week got me thinking about how to evaluate engineers who have never known anything but the cloud. When you lived with aws so long that you don’t think it’s possible to exhaust IO on a shared resource, are you more junior? More mid? Or more senior? I’m not sure myself, and think we collectively rely on “game recognizes game”. But I’d like something more objective!
I fight for the users.
I love programming and thinking and talking about thinking. I have an education (BS, MS, PhD) focused on artificial intelligence and neuroscience.
I'm an advocate of the public academic pursuit of knowledge, the scientific process, peer review, and I see open source software and hardware as an essential part of the scientific process.
I see software user rights, including security and privacy, to be protected mainly by free open source software, specifically software with a copyleft license, i.e. GPL or Mozilla.
I see the democratizing effects of the Internet, including distributed journalism and social networking, to be largely the effect of the collaborative development of free and open source software.
I am interested in free and open source manufacturing, including open source 3D printers and CNC machines. I believe open source manufacturing will be important for distributed manufacturing, allowing local manufacturing and local labor.
I see worker-owned coops as the way to safely transition from a non-democratic authoritarian top-down power structure of a traditional corporation to a democratic work environment, where the workers own the company and elect the board of directors, transitioning to democracy in the workplace.
I believe that socialism is a regulatory response to capitalism.
I believe that laws, money, corporations, and government are social agreements, and I'm in favor of democratic social agreements.
I believe in the organized non-violent boycott as a way to control capitalists and change corrupt systems.
I am a pacifist. I am against violence. I am against citizens keeping guns in cities and towns with children. I am against war.
I try to eat plant-based / vegan foods to boycott the animal industry, to help with the climate crisis, to improve my health, to avoid animal cruelty, and to avoid the extinction of species of plants, animals and ecosystems.
I have been diagnosed with Retinitus Pigmentosa, which is a disease of progressive retinal degeneration. I am legally blind, although I have about 5-degrees of vision remaining in my fovea. I'm interested in researching and developing BCIs (Brain-Computer Interfaces), specifically BCIs that function as vision prostheses that may help with conditions like RP, or the more common degenerative retinal disease AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration).
I enjoy playing computer games like Age of Empires and Rimworld. I used to program computer games when I was younger and would like to get back to it one day.
I love playing music, especially bass guitar. I've been listening to a lot of Rage Against the Machine and Enya recently.
I enjoy reading books, mostly non-fiction.
I enjoy studying religions. I've found a lot of value in Buddhism, and I meditate often daily.
Nina and I have recently had our first baby, a boy we named Tyoma.
I'm currently working at Apple on the Vision Pro headset team.
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"wtf are ye doing to get infected? I’ve never once had covid..."
I wear as mask and have a HEPA filter at my desk at work. Haven't caught Covid or the flu since 2019. But that's me.
If you'd spent time reading about it, you would know many people are symptom free (about 10%?) even when infected, possibly able to infect others. About 10% get serious symptoms, but even with antivirals can experience symptoms for months afterwards.
You're lucky. Please don't assume your experience is average or typical. That's a cognitive bias.
Older people, convalescing people, and immunocompromised aren't lucky when they catch it.
Maybe you should keep your distance from people?
that strange sensation of being apart, both in our different "world" but at the same time, everything I see and think is like indelible involuntary coincidences, which seems they remind us that there is an exceptional and unusual affinity between us.
maybe just intuition is calling us...
is a grievous omission
of the love that heals...
#art #artwork #artist #mastoart #fediart #haiku #poetry #poem #poet #writer #writing #writingcommunity #AYearForArt #love #loveart #loveislove #lovers #brain #thinking #kindnessmatters #kindness #compassion #healing #equity #human #humanart #humanartist
I don’t keep most info in my head.
In fact, I try to forget this stuff.
I’ve found that if you can create simple, external systems you trust, you free up more headspace and may feel a lot less stressed.
I wrote a quick guide for getting started with this mindset shift, using what you already have.
This week on my #newsletter, I wrote about the value of #writing that’s aimless and unproductive. Writing that’s purely for #thinking and self-discovery. Writing that takes the writer to unexpected places. Writing that is a bulwark against the coming blitzscale of #generative #AI content.
Problem: Transfering an outgoing call causes MixMonitor to close
the recording file.
There are insanely complicated ways to solve this, bridges, pre-dial
handlers, etc. Rabbit holes.
The answer was simply start a new recording in the local dial
setup [Internal-Setup]. Works for parked calls, transfers and internal calls.
The difference was how we thought about the problem. #asterisk #thinking
So much of what we believe is based on some authority figure telling us that something is true. As children, we learn to stop questioning when we’re told “Because I said so.” (More on this later.) As adults, we learn to stop questioning when people say “Because that’s how it works.”
Life is messy
Feelings are not facts
Perspective can change
Sometimes it's better
To listen with your heart
But hear with your head
#art #artwork #artist #artists #artistsofmastodon #AYearForArt #ArtMatters #colorful #colorfulart #abstract #abstractart #poetry #poet #poets #writing #writingcommunity #writer #writers #life #thinking #healing #selfcare #hope #homedecor #interiordesign #mastoart #fediart
@ia Excellent article. AI is an ever growing cancer that infects “thinking”. If we dimish our capacity to write how does that affect our ability to read well? Ultimately how will AI create any unique originality or craft a valid question? It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. #AI #thinking #algorithms
@Jaden2 what saddens me is reading this from you.
"Stupidity has two features that make it particularly dangerous when compared with other vices. First, unlike character flaws, stupidity is primarily a property of groups or traditions, not individuals: after all, we get most of our concepts, our mental tools, from the society we are raised in."
Why some of the smartest people can be so very stupid