• For informational ontology instead of against digital ontology?

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff on Oct 13, 2017

    We must be careful that we do not mistake artifacts of the tools we use to investigate ontology with the ontology itself. For example, we all understand now how the Ptolemaic model of the universe was us projecting our egos outward on Nature and inventing epicycles to explain things so that we remained at the center of everything, which remained true until someone had enough data to prove a more elegant theory, wherein we were no longer at the center and all the colorful drama that developed around accepting this truth.

    In another example, Boolean logic, which pervades language at such a deep ...

  • False is always composed of partial truths

    Posted in Mathy Stuff, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Oct 07, 2017

    I long imagined that the essential flaw of binary logic lay in its foundation axiomsdefinition which exclude middles by asserting everything is EITHER true OR false with no inbetween. (This results in paradoxes which are considered to be unimportant by most people when compared with the overall value of logic.)

    Recently discovered that this flaw is resting on a deeper one still, more subtle and even better hidden: There is no "single thing" which is completely false, because falseness is ALWAYS composed of at least two half-truths. One or both of these "half truths" is being interpreted out of...

  • Apparently you can't convert base2 to base3 without an intermediary

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Oct 05, 2017

    I assume this is relevant to the ongoing quest to fully understand ternary logic, its strengths and limitations, but do not yet know what to do with it. So here it is:

    You can't convert a base2 number to a base3 number without loading it into an integer. The reason is that 2 and 3 are coprime - they have no common factors. If you were working with base2 and base4, or even base6 and base9, then the set of integers up to the lowest common multiple of the two bases would be represented by two isomorphic sets. For example 13 (base4) = 0111 (base2), so converting 1313 (base4) = 01110111 (base2) - i...

  • Consider an acorn, inside of which there somehow resides an entire oak tree

    Posted in Everything, Neural Nets and AI Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Oct 05, 2017

    To keep things interesting, I occasionally start thought experiments on the relationship between finite and infinite from within the singularity, in a sense transporting my mind into infinity and "looking back" upon the finite experience rather than the way we usually do -- from within our everyday finite experience looking into the infinite singularity and wondering how it works. This can be insightful.

    acorn with an oak tree inside of it

    From this perspective, I see quanta as particles being projected as a thin layer of perception outward from self-separated Observers onto an Indivisible Consciousness. It's not easy to mainta...

  • "Causality is in the mind"

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Oct 03, 2017

    I started transcribing a video because Dr. David Hawkins was talking about quantum mechanics in a way very similar to what I've been researching -- and he's spot on -- but then he took it in a completely different direction than I expected. This transcript is from the end of the first video linked below. The sequel is even more interesting but no longer about quantum mechanics, so none of it is transcribed. I will say I've personally had unusual experiences similar enough to what Hawkins describes in this interview, that I really like how mellow and rational he is about all this, since some of...

  • Insight into the pattern of primes and a weakness of excluded middle logic

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Oct 02, 2017

    (Huh, this post was definitely written while still in ephiphanic mode. Have fun parsing it. I added strikethroughs where appropriate to make it hopefully a little more sensible. I've since explored some of these ideas more coherently elsewhere.)

    Primes cancel out everything following which is multiplied by them. For example, 2 cancels out all subsequent even numbers, which ends up being a huge amount of all possible integers, including half of infinity. Then three cancels out an enormous quantity of numbers, although not as many as 2. Then 5 comes along, still striking out an enormous range, a...

  • Learning advanced math without any formal training

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Sep 07, 2017

    Here I find myself in the middle of an example of how hard it can be to learn mathy things without having gone through years of training. You might say "So, go through years of training." And then I would say "No, that training comes embedded with a way of seeing the world that confines native curiousity into the sword-like shape of a polarizing ego pursuit oriented around competition driven by greed and power as an end instead of a means, and I'm studying math in part because I want to deconstruct that approach, not so I can strengthen it and get lost like every other mathematician except Gri...

  • Coherent Extrapolated Volition = how the best of us think

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff on Sep 07, 2017

    Just stumbled upon this while reading the wiki article on Friendly AI.

    Yudkowsky advances the Coherent Extrapolated Volition (CEV) model. According to him, coherent extrapolated volition is people's choices and the actions people would collectively take if "we knew more, thought faster, were more the people we wished we were, and had grown up closer together." Rather than a Friendly AI being designed directly by human programmers, it is to be designed by a "seed AI" programmed to first study human nature and then produce the AI which humanity would want, given sufficient time and insight, to ...

  • Learning to see the hidden layer in neural nets

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff on Sep 07, 2017

    No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.

    Could be? It definitely is. I've thought about this problem for a long time, ever since it turned up in my private meditations on Cybernetic Intelligence years ago (back when I was inventing ideas like the Parableizer Engine long before I even knew such a thing was already being discussed theoretically by others). Now, people are writing about it, and it really does present a problem to which there is no obvious answer yet. As the article says: "How well can we get along with machines that are unpred...

  • Metformin AKA Goat's Rue, Ancient Remedy for the Plague, Extends Life

    Posted in Everything on Aug 28, 2017

    Really didn't expect this. Apparently this medication derived from an herb, known since ancient days to help with diabetes symptoms, has an effect which improves quality and quantity of life. Pretty safe, too, minimal side effects for most people. A Google search of this life-extending aspect of Metformin turns up less hits than expected, so it's nice to have this article from Wired floating around out there.


    And also there is a related TEDx video from this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsA4SHhUzt4

    Nah nev...