To play

My objective is not to be right. My objective is to play.

Also, to know what I can affect and what I can’t; which is to say, to build the “then” part of “if-then” conditionals, wait for the result of the “if”, and then just do. If [condition I can’t control] happens, then [I will do this thing that is characteristic of me]. I cannot control the if. I can control the then.

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To play

Meaning is resonance

What is the meaning of meaning? What does it mean to mean? I think meaning is resonance. Just like the air in the cavity of a drum is resonant with respect to the vibration of the drum head, just like a story that bears similarity to the nature of my life is meaningful to me, a system is meaningful to me if it resonates with me. And resonance has everything to do with the [shape of the] beholder.

Meaning is resonance

You cannot classify the complexity of a system which you cannot predict.

Like in CAs: there’s no way to know how complex a system is if you can’t always say what it’s going to do next. All you can do with such systems is know how complex you think they are, which is a whole different kettle of fish. It’s kindof like intelligence testing: all you can really determine by testing people is which ones produce the same test results, or which ones agree (on the correct answers) with the test-maker. For job performance, or school performance, or life performance, if you could predict it, the key quantity would be what is the person going to do next [in this job, in this school, in their life]? But testing can’t tell you this.

You cannot classify the complexity of a system which you cannot predict.

the chief danger of our time

“Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.” (John Stuart Mill)

the chief danger of our time

cnn documentary on american christianity

Watched late last night. Interesting fact from within: documentary says that the state of Israel’s tourist bureau, riding on the wave of American evangelical Christians’ recent tendency to side with Israel politically, hired a consulting firm to help sculpt Israel’s image in the American evangelical mind, in the hopes that this will increase pilgrimage activity by members of this group. You’ve got to ask yourself, when you go to see Mel Gibson’s Jesus movie, or find yourself making a pilgrimage to Israel: am I doing this as part of my personal spiritual journey, or am I simply part of the demographic targeted by a certain marketing campaign? Scary thing: the two are not mutually exclusive.

cnn documentary on american christianity