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“You can keep blaming your parents for your life in your 20’s, but by the time you’re 30 it’s your own fault.” —having a difficult time getting an original source on this quote This is like unknotting an autoregressive term … Continue reading

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Newsflash: You Should Be Happy!!!

Matt Ridley has written an entertaining book: The Rational Optimist, detailing all the ways in which life is great for rich people. (By rich people I mean the fraction of humans who make ≥5 figure salaries in $.) For example Louis … Continue reading

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The seeds of my dissent from economic orthodoxy were pretty much sown for me by my 1st professor on the 1st day of my 1st economics class. This prof had gone to a great personal trouble to begin our exposure to … Continue reading

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Interesting how Austrian economists see themselves: Ludwig von Mises was a genius (obviously) a Man of the Mind — and that’s a good thing “dignified ruthlessness” seriousness … also a good thing … Serious about Reality quoting Ayn Rand is … Continue reading

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Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a … Continue reading

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Department of Happiness Studies

I chose to go to university at the age of 18 because I thought heaps of useful knowledge was stored there. I thought to myself: Old people know a lot of stuff. I want to learn what they know. Because … Continue reading

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Brains sound like a wicked-hard space to think about. It’s a tightly connected (but not totally connected) network (graph theory) Each of the nodes’ 3-D location may be important as well (voxels) The signals propagate through time (dynamical) (Source: http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleid=175895)

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Infinite Data

Since people liked my last opinion piece on #big data, here’s another one. Imagine there was a technology that allowed me to record the position of every atom in a small room, thereby generating some ridiculous amount of data (Avogadro’s … Continue reading

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Emotion Zero

In 20th-century abstract mathematics, one builds up ideas and properties—not assuming anything except what one is told. You think 2+3=5? Well in my space that I just made up, e₂⊕e₃ = e₁, and “5” doesn’t even exist! Concepts are added in incrementally, like … Continue reading

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http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf rats’ brains, and presumably ours, tessellate the plane surface we walk on with multiple overlapping triangular grids (is there a mathematical reason triangles are optimal? euler characteristic, perhaps?) “path” neurons in the hippocampus fire as we cross these grids … Continue reading

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