• Contemplating Fano plane leads to a tetrahedron

    Posted in Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Feb 10, 2022

    The other day, I was tweaking the symmetry of the Fano plane, as described in a previous post, and ended the experiment by pondering whether there was more to the idea than I could see. A few days passed, and then today, while I was reading a completely unrelated description of energy flowing into a tetrahedral shape, I noticed that the diagrams were making a similar pattern to the symmetry I had recently discovered. I compared the two concepts, and lo and behold, discovered that the symmetrical Fano plane/octonion cube aligns quite nicely with a tetrahedron.

    Here is what I had previously disc...

  • Improving the symmetry of the Fano Plane

    Posted in Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Feb 01, 2022

    While reading John Baez's article on octonions, I came upon the illustration of the Fano plane familiar to anyone who has studied octonions for at least 60 seconds. I've seen it many times before and pondered again at what riddles remain buried in its symmetrical shape.

    Then as the article continued, I saw something I hadn't seen before: The Fano... cube? It's another way of rendering the same points. And an insightful one, too.

    I don't know if it has a name, but as I looked at it, pondering the same riddles as before, I was looking at the various symmetries... and I noticed an asymmetry. I'...

  • The will to meaning is the very spark of life

    Posted in Mathy Stuff, Phlosphy Stuff on Jan 29, 2022

    In studying the meaning of meaning, the will to meaning, and the meaning in how purport and import align -- these are the two meanings of every word in a sentence* -- it becomes clear: Understanding meaning is enlightening; understanding the meaning of meaning is empowering.

    The more we seek meaning, the deeper we go into power, which is probably why Nietzsche was confused on this essential point and thought the will-to-power was the deepest motivating will. Let me be clear that I respect Nietzsche's position. I do understand his genius was remarkable, so I am not slighting him by saying that ...

  • On the ternary nature of the will to meaning

    Posted in Phlosphy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Jan 20, 2022

    I have been working out the details of the ternary nature of the "will to meaning" which was originally developed within Viktor Frankl's logotherapy, which I believe to be related to Wittgenstein's ideas on language. On a related note, I believe that Schopenhauer's insight into "will to life" which he said is the cause of all our misery and therefore ought to be suppressed, therefore leading to an ascetic lifestyle, is actually about suppressing a different will than "life"; by this I mean what Nietsche rightly called "will to power," which should be suppressed, leading to an ascetic lifestyle...

  • Chomsky confirms an element of a developing theory on the ontology of mathematics

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Jan 10, 2022

    Homeless guy asking for change, or Noam Chomsky at 93?

    As you can see by this third post of the day on the same topic, I'm rather enjoying this interview: Noam Chomsky on Jung, Wittgenstein, and Gödel (Ask Me Anything), and this time I'm not nitpicking his answers, but I find him confirming a hunch I developed as a component of a larger theory on the origins of mathematics.

    For well over a decade, I've been studying the origins of math, by reading books on the history of mathematics, as well as books and scientific papers on how the brain embodies mathematics, and also similar research on the ...

  • Another non-answer from Chomsky, this time on the hard problem of consciousness

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff, Phlosphy Stuff on Jan 09, 2022

    Chomsky might look like hell but is still lucid as ever at age 93

    I'm still digging this interview with Noam Chomsky, Noam Chomsky on Jung, Wittgenstein, and Gödel (Ask Me Anything), but this post is similar to another I made earlier today, wherein he gives a complete non-answer to a question for which I really think his answer would be particularly insightful.

    Even his non-answers are deep, though, and I've another example. Here, rather than address the hard problem of consciousness, he compares it to the "hard rock of philosophy" (regarding motion) in the time of Isaac Newton. Instead of ans...

  • Why is Noam Chomsky stumped by the idea of evolution for memes?

    Posted in Developing Software on Jan 09, 2022

    Even at 93, Chomsky is still firing on all cylinders.

    In this video, Noam Chomsky on Jung, Wittgenstein, and Gödel (Ask Me Anything), Chomsky receives a question where he either completely misses the point of the question, or is simply not informed on Daniel Dennett's idea that memes evolve in a manner which is similar to the way genes evolve (one example from his larger premise that the theory of evolution can be applied everywhere in science). Either way, Chomsky doesn't answer the question. I think it would be wonderful for him to have answered it, because his perspectives on other question...

  • What happens when anti-robot becomes anti-human?

    Posted in Phlosphy Stuff on Jan 09, 2022

    On Friday, I was at work participating in a demo before an audience of a half-dozen decision makers. It's such an important demo that this was the dry-run for the demo, where we're taking notes to prepare for the Big Demo next week. I participate in demos regularly, so I'm familiar with all the problems that can arise... until this one.

    My role was to be a guy who is showing how "normal" users interact with this new secure system, by signing on to the system using their personal email, and yet receiving all the security benefits of the internal email address used by more privileged users.

    So I...

  • Premature Optimization is The Root of All Evil -- and Why This Is

    Posted in Developing Software on Jan 05, 2022

    Yes, I agree that Premature Optimization is the Root of All Evil, at least within the programming paradigm where this concept arises, and likely true in a much broader concept also. If you're a developer, and you think about it (just stumbled on this idea here, your search engine will give you more examples), you'll likely agree it's true.

    But do you know why this excellent insight presents a challenge which is hard to overcome, particularly for software developers?

    It's because the skillset that makes an excellent programmer is the skillset of someone who is excellent at premature optimizati...

  • Good old fashioned thick scroll bars in PopOS and probably also Ubuntu

    Posted in Developing Software on Jan 02, 2022

    It should be easier to change your scrollbar back from the ridiculous default, where it disappears into a tiny vertical slice that only reappears when you hover over the thin vertical slice (!) which is such bad UI design, it's probably intentional. Normal people have clamored for years to get rid of this and go back to the legacy thick scrollbar design. I prefer a nice fat, visible, scrollbar because, while writing in a very long document, which I do often, I can glance at it and instantly know where I am in the document -- but try and do that with a scrollbar so thin you have have to hover o...