Category: Philosophy

  • What is math and how can it predict reality?

    I’ve long contemplates what math actually is. How can manipulating symbols on a paper according to some rules tell us how to manipulate atoms that we cannot even see, or send rockets to the moon, or create phones, and everything else we’re able to do today? Share this!Facebook0GoogleTwitterEmail

  • How we tinker with mental models of reality to create hypotheses

    In Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Phaedrus contemplates where hypotheses come from. Phaedrus says that in the scientific method, hypotheses creation is the biggest mystery. Hypotheses just appear, out of nowhere. I don’t agree. I think there is a clear explanation as to how hypotheses seem to suddenly appear from nowhere. It is […]

  • Why not breed intelligent cats?

    Breed intelligent cats.  Select based on ability to solve a unique puzzle, making the puzzle more complex for subsequent generations  Then select based on ability to move younger and make sounds  You should get a breed of cat that you can have conversations with.  Share this!Facebook0GoogleTwitterEmail

  • Decide based on principles – not results

    A principle-based decision making framework. That is – I’ve come to realize – the key to success. Regardless of how you measure success. Let me explain. Currently reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. (Sidenote: probably the most life changing book I’ve read in my life – I can’t believe I haven’t read it until […]

  • Realism and the purpose of science

    Whether or not we can directly comprehend reality is irrelevant. What is relevant how well we are able to predict the future. That is the purpose of science, and the only important factor to strive for, as that is what will give us increased control over our own fate. (Of course, this assumes that our […]

  • Iterative Problem Solving

    Iterative Problem Solving

    When it comes to solving problems, there are two main lines of thoughts: Plan, plan, do Do, learn (repeat) I’ve found during my life experience that the second method is almost always the best one. It arrives at the solution quicker, and it solves the problem better. In this post, I’ll explore why that is […]

  • A more fluid way to model reality into data models

    How the ambiguous nature of reality makes it difficult to model in a database application I was reading the book “Data and Reality” (highly recommended) about how to model reality in a database application. In its first chapter, the book talks about the difficulty in doing so because of the inherent ambiguity of reality. However, […]