I feel physical pain at data loss. The idea that once something is not there and is forgotten that it’s ‘gone’ has always been difficult for me to accept. I loved the notion that “information is never created or destroyed” but I was also relieved when I could accept that in the classical realm, information is created and destroyed. It took some of the pressure off as I could never be fully satisfied at the notion of some information sitting solely at the edge of a blackhole as a reflection of the universe’ history with my data item on it. Just wasn’t strong enough.

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Each nation does things a little differently. Some have the divine right of kings, other theocracies. Others are nations of laws, others are oligarchies. America is really an oligarchy at this point, but for most of its history was (theoretically) a nation of laws. Whatever the laws said, that is what the nation was constructed of. People did what they wanted to regardless of course. Consequently, much of what’s done in America is not so much “legal”, just “not caught yet”. I don’t know how this applies in other nations though.

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Elaborate dream involving friends that travel to a place where they all had to get very difficult jobs that had long hours. (I know this came from me seeing a map of places where people work 60-80 hours a week. Mexico was one of the highest) The dream went through several of the jobs that several of the friends each had to do it weren’t too bad but they were much more physical than they were used to. (I know this came from a comment that didn’t belong in a post where someone recited the poem, “hard men create good times, good times create soft men, soft men create bad times, bad times create hard men”, which is ridiculous when you study history but sounds good only if you don’t know any better)

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I saw mention of Professor Kris McDaniel in a footnote in a paper I was about to read on “Ontological Pluralism” as a rare exception to the rule of no modern philosophers in the last 50 years being willing to touch ontological pluralism at all and so I stopped reading the paper temporarily, looked up the Professor, liked the questions he raised and now I’m about to read this: The Fragmentation of Being Kris McDaniel The Fragmentation of Being offers answers to some of the most fundamental questions in ontology. There are many kinds of beings but are there also many kinds of being? The world contains a variety of objects, each of which, let us provisionally assume, exists, but do some objects exist in different ways? Do some objects enjoy more being or existence than other objects? Are there different ways in which one object might enjoy more being than another? Most contemporary metaphysicians would answer “no” to each of these questions. So widespread is this consensus that the questions this book addressed are rarely even raised let alone explicitly answered. But Kris McDaniel carefully examines a wide range of reasons for answering each of these questions with a “yes”. In doing so, he connects these questions with many important metaphysical topics, including substance and accident, time and persistence, the nature of ontological categories, possibility and necessity, presence and absence, persons and value, ground and consequence, and essence and accident. In addition to discussing contemporary problems and theories, McDaniel also discusses the ontological views of many important figures in the history of philosophy, including Aquinas, Aristotle, Descartes, Heidegger, Husserl, Kant, Leibniz, Meinong, and many more.

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That is very cool! it’s completely deterministic moment to moment. so in one time slice, The map is a certain way and there is a certain set of configurations possible from that moment into the next. if the rule is something like: add to each element of the map such that the center of gravity depends upon the mass distribution of the entire map in that slice, and rotate the road the user is currently on and draw a new section of road the size of the car when the user presses forward”, which is what I’m guessing by what I’ve seen, then it can be completely deterministic. I only watched a few seconds of it and it’s beautiful. I’ve never seen a map like that. it may be chaotic if you look at the details of the map all at once, but I believe the algorithm focuses on the simpler value like the map mass and rotation. from that it determines where to place the next track in respect to the player in that moment. it doesn’t need to consider the complexity of the map beyond not colliding the next section of map in a way that the user can’t fit through a hole. but you the user get to see the history.

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ah ha! Phase change. I’d been working heavily on linking concepts using Wikipedia as a resource and yEd as a tool but the last graph I worked on from that was October 1, 2021. This is Oct 7, 2021. From that point on, I’d started on a personal history tour tracking down when I’d seen particular shows, what teachers I’d had in which years… but it wasn’t fully organized like the Wikipedia project and trailed off. The Cable Box.

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Creating topics from bags of words in a domain can get tricky when it’s general. Here’s 6 out of 12 that make some kind of sense. a) system brain systems theory form space information universe reality based similar experience data math control concept humans parts perfect patterns process points concepts function lines physical memory limited higher processes due b ) part point world makes real sense make science isn human problem history reason view life strong fact philosophy religion society issue place choice war rights generally logical difference religious issues reasons c) good work things mind hard idea start works head moment find times thing business pretty making god small yeah body water run takes room interesting open awesome happy wait figure picture d) true usa change case common law job police states america place powerful laws opinion area death large earth areas considered including term planet results map company individual court country subject evidence e) things wrong thinking understand work set level past ways future logic working order knowledge ideas single model perspective physics correct process truth college standard simply nature exist levels thoughts understanding current f) people don thing kind things person feel talking love group talk call agree hear groups give weird type important social ppl guess strange situation feeling hate deal special life media sort

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