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AI as Propaganda

Context: Attack Mannequins: AI as Propaganda An interesting article but the assertion of ideological counter-propaganda in this context is a bit of stretch. It projects much more structure, aptitude and volition to the behavioural and regulatory (as control/governance) systems than has ever actually existed. The assertion of all ideological positions requires a foil, an antithesis […]

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Philosophy

A language is not its parts

The artefacts and instances as microcosms or individuated and particular salience are indeed not the essence of a linguistic system, but notice how that from within the grammatical and ordered sub-set of logic that language (inadvertently) embodies – the projective and asserted totality of intelligible meaning or self-consistent systems is some kind of statistical average […]

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information

Defusing Disinformation

Context: Facebook to take action against users repeatedly sharing misinformation To be quite frank, this (and all interdictions like it) merely treat symptoms, regardless of sincerity, conscientiousness or any plausible resemblance to aspirational efficacy. One of the key problems we face in the problem of disinformation is that of foundationally misconstruing the nature of the […]

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Philosophy

Global Systems

There are quite a number of critically important things in this world which remain spectacularly and enduringly conspicuous by their absence. Central among these we might place everyday idioms of wishful thinking such as peace, love, freedom and environmental sustainability. What unifies all of these things is that the ways that manifest in this world […]

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Philosophy

Recursion

There is a very special sense in which the ordered complexity our world resembles matryoshka nesting dolls. It is not purely of the overt ubiquity of fractal patterns of self-similarity in spatial or material structure and temporal sequence, although these symmetries are striking and quite deeply beautiful in their own mischievously inter-dimensional ways. The recursion […]

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Philosophy

The Emptiness

There is an implicit and irreducible incompleteness in things. Those who feel experiences most acutely, with greater sensitivity and the profound depth of interior, psychological reflection are much less likely to simply sweep away a lingering sense of unease, less able to simply accept with complete belief or unproblematic gullibility the profoundly hollow or superficial […]

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Philosophy

Psychoanalysis is incomplete…

Psychoanalysis can be compelling but it is not necessarily or entirely true. Nothing interesting is ever completely true and this is what makes things more useful (and interesting) than they would otherwise be. Specifically, there will always exist unprovable truths and this itself (!) has been logically proven (Gödel, 1931). It is precisely in our […]

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Philosophy

Incompleteness and Uncertainty is Foundational

In his classic Tao Te Ching (The Way of Life), Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu characterises the utility of what does not exist as being of profound importance. While there exist complex senses in which this illustrates a powerful gradient of logical thought, the fact is – and contrary to pretty much every single ideological position or […]

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Psychology

Incomplete Sketches of Mental Life

Our mental images are the incomplete sketches upon which we build a whole world and in their useful ambiguity and uncertainty we cultivate our freedom to grow.

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Philosophy

Limitations of Artificial Intelligence Reflect Intrinsic Individual and Shared Failures

Context: Would you trust an AI Operative in the field? This (quote from the above article) is an assessment of limitations in current AI: “…tend to respond well to what they’ve been trained to detect, but responses can become erratic when confronted with unexpected circumstances…” is in fact, and perhaps not coincidentally, an operational and […]

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Philosophy

The Immortal Game

It remains endlessly problematic that the words and the knowledge or cognitive information patterns through which we interpret our world are always already and inadvertently alienating and dissociative. The unity we seek is above and beyond and can never be bounded by the very language and thought which aspires to understand it. It is and […]

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Philosophy

Einstein’s Time ran out…

Einstein couldn’t quite close the loop on his unified field theory. One reading of a hybrid montage of Algorithmic Information Theory, Kolmogorov Complexity and the (Incompleteness) consequences of logical self-containment in any self-describing system suggests that we may end up with more attractive offices (or desktops) and blackboards but that we, too, will all end […]