What Makes Life Worth Living?

Terrible question. The kind of question that turns the day into a cold and rainy afternoon. This morning, scrolling through my Google news feed, I read that Steve Jobs would look into the mirror each morning and remind himself to treat the day as if it were his last day on earth. Pressure. When I … More What Makes Life Worth Living?

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Controlling the Future: Big Tech, meet Anton Vaino!

Imagine Trump hiring Dr Strangelove to replace General Kelly. Gary Lachman, in his book, Dark Star Rising, writes some fascinating paragraphs about Vladimir Putin’s Chief of Staff, Anton Vaino. Move over, telescope, microscope, the nooscope is here! Vaino, co-inventor of the nooscope, is aiming at “recording and distilling the sum total of human thought” (Anton Vaino, Mad … More Controlling the Future: Big Tech, meet Anton Vaino!

The Spectre of China

A spectre is haunting the world, the spectre of a dominant Middle Kingdom: China promises a good life to those who work hard. In return, they stay out of politics. Amy Qin and Javier Hernandez, “Unspoken Bargain”, New York Times, Sunday, November 25, 2018 Already a superpower, China’s political elite has maintained its iron grip … More The Spectre of China

Philip K. Dick: Schizophrenia and the I Ching

The Secret is well hidden. Probably for our own protection. Throughout the centuries, those who sought the Secret through mental, physical, or chemical means were warned of the dangers. Most never reached the mountaintop. There’s a Pink Floyd lyric: “You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.” Poor Syd.  There’s a Netflix … More Philip K. Dick: Schizophrenia and the I Ching

The Lie is the Apotheosis of Totalitarianism

Last night I finished watching the third season of Man in the High Castle on Amazon video. The American Nazi youth were celebrating the destruction of the Statue of Liberty to launch the year of the new beginning. This public demonstration followed the meltdown of the Liberty Bell. By destroying the symbols of American history, the … More The Lie is the Apotheosis of Totalitarianism

Language and Thought: Are they the same? (part 2) ppe#7

Dr. Steven Pinker asked the question:”What sense, then, can we make of the suggestion that images, numbers, kinship relations, or logic can be represented in the brain without being couched by words?” (Language Instinct, p. 64) He credits Alan Turing as being the man responsible for making the idea of mental representation, which Pinker calls mentalese, scientifically … More Language and Thought: Are they the same? (part 2) ppe#7