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Philosophy

The Sinking Ship

Opportunities are the anchors that like grappling hooks we cast out and upon the stochastic turbulence and mercurial probabilities of uncertain futures and there, in identifying them, in defining or formulating the possibilities they invoke we do well not to forget all those other unrealised worlds that might also exist and which yet as ontological […]

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Philosophy

The Twilight Zone of Logical Incompleteness

Reference: Kurt Gödel The beauty of this area of logic is that we find ourselves quite inadvertently inhabiting (as much as being inhabited by) a profoundly mercurial and indefinitely extensible as autonomously self-propagating soliton-like system of explanation, definition and knowledge. The resonant antinomy encoded in a system which can both be and not be bounded […]

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Philosophy

Believe what you want but never think you are beyond fault or self-deception…

…in a world awash in noise as unintelligible complexity, many people are seeking for something, anything at all to believe in. The evidence that credibility is quite clearly less important than narrative continuity and simplicity highlights the extent to which belief has always been something of a leap of faith, untethered from facts and reality. […]

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culture history technology

The Toss of a Coin

All civilisation is built upon the toss of a coin.

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Philosophy

Intractable Uncertainty in Nature and Mind

Context: Paradox at the heart of mathematics makes physics problem unanswerable What happens if we are to assert this reflexive tesseract of indefinitely-extensible symbolic information as abstraction at (and as) the beating heart of autonomously self-propagating, soliton-like logical vacuum and necessity that compels this Universe forwards? What might it mean to engage with uncertainty, incompleteness, […]

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Philosophy

Biological Complexity: Bootstrapping Explanations

The endemic, near-ubiquitous orientation of dynamical systems towards the emergence of purposive information and energy-encoding and processing (as essentially computational) mechanisms is astonishing. When and where these artefacts, entities and relatively closed (as bounded or measurable and defined) self-propagating patterns arise, it is worth reflecting that while the coding logic is in general our main […]

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Philosophy

Complexity as Logical Vacuum

In general, people’s thinking is teleological and focused on specific details, rather than the big picture. This is due to the fact that people are distracted by individual instances and fail to see the overarching patterns that tie them together. As the hyper-extended cognition of (a) technology and communications system, language recursively shapes the way […]

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Philosophy

Mind the Gap: Science and the Unknowable

It remains as something of an intractable and enigmatic fact that all systems of description, all linguistic artefacts and logical entities must conform in some way to the basic structure of a tautology. This in itself is an interesting enough conceptual waypoint but even while we find ourselves forever gazing into the half-mirrored labyrinths of […]

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Philosophy

Embodied Uncertainty

Context: A Gut Bacteria That Improves Memory in Bees The model of intelligence and cognition that is emerging is one in which all component processes, information and/or energy-processing (i.e. computational) sub-procedures and dependencies are contributing factors. The catch is that the sum total of all dependencies is uncountable and as unpalatable as this remains to […]

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cybernetics Philosophy

The Cybernetic Zero: (an) Algorithmic Complexity

Algorithmic complexity is a measure of information. For any non-trivially sophisticated (i.e. interesting) system, there exists no shortest/best programmatic representation – i.e. theory, model, framework or network wiring. This means that in some circumstances we can reduce ad infinitum. There is no best, only better; a lesson in abject humility still to be learned by […]

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Philosophy

On the value of not knowing…

Context: The Uselessness of Useful Knowledge Epistemological uncertainty is the center of gravity and compelling force (as vacuum) that drives discovery. AI constitutes something of an instance of a much broader principle (or sociotechnical pattern). Inductive utility is a function of the degrees of reduction in uncertainty but this same uncertainty as occluded knowledge faces, […]

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Philosophy

Forecasting, Uncertainty, Neural Networks

Context: DeepMind’s AI predicts almost exactly when and where it’s going to rain Question: To what extent the modelling and simulation approximates to the actual systems complexity involved. Probabilistic, predictive within margins of error endemic to deep learning and here provides a 90 minute window of warning in this system. Granted, thermodynamic turbulence and irreducible […]