Taste and See

Day 9.

意見。Idea. See. Opinion. 意味。Idea. Taste. Meaning.

If one presses the key g while using the software Stellarium, one could see the stars through the ground. One with eyes that could detect neutrinos would see only noise. Constraints make sense.

Butterflies taste with their feet. They sample leaves before laying eggs on them. Figs eat wasps. Early in U.S. history, the runner-up in the presidential election became the vice president.

There are so many dead websites. Addressing content on the internet is a problem. URLs are so brittle. The Wayback Machine is not sustainable. For the sake of preservation, at least search indices exist.

I could be wrong, but it’s very likely that Mangyan started as a pejorative exonym. It sounds so close to mga yan. They have names for themselves that most people do not use. We’ve got a long way to go.

Spinoza’s god couldn’t be a person. If it is the nature of being a person to have a perspective, then what else is there to see if one is already everything? That which is a person cannot be infinity itself. Or this explains why God is vain. Alas, the eternal cop-out is to say, all things are possible.

Cognitive dissonance shows up in many situations. Belief disconfirmation, induced compliance, and effort justification are some examples. To be fair, living is hard and people are busy. Enough for today.

Deep and Dreamless

Day 8. (Notes on J.T. Ismael, How Physics Make Us Free, Chapter 2, The Rise of the Self-Governor)

There are simple groups, like a bag of groceries. There are dynamical systems, like a steam engine. There are self-organizing systems, like a colony of ants, a crowd, or the free market. And then there are self-governing systems.

Individual ants follow simple rules. There is nothing in the colony coordinating its activity. Each ant is unaware of what others are doing. A self-organizing system is a collection of parts that do their own thing. Yet under random external pressure, the system arranges itself into a collective whole.

Atoms in a crystal emit individual lightwave trains when excited. One observes only a superposition of uncorrelated wave trains at first. When field amplitude is high enough, the atoms oscillate with coherence. Crystal atoms in a laser is a self-organizing system.

A self-governing system is a self-organizing system with an extra feature. It has a super routine that collates information from constituent parts. A self-organizing system responds to stimuli immediately. A self-governing system acts based on this collection of information instead.

This mediating computational cycle decouples behavior from stimulus. In humans, the brain separates information about the world from one’s location in it. One’s sense of presence in space develops into a sense of oneself as an embodied intelligence. One then conceives of one’s self as a source of volition.

Enough for today.