Category: Mental Perspective

Methods of the mind, morals, superstitions, and techniques

Up a Steep Hill

My new focus. Immediately in front, like a cheetah chasing prey

As I rode my bike up the steep hill, I kept focused on the top of the hill—to the distance I had to achieve.

Martian Ethics

Normally, when I read a book, I try to make a few notes to remind myself of my reactions to the contents—otherwise, my reactions seep into my general mindset and I have little recollection where they came from. And more importantly, when the book comes up in a discussion, I’ll remember I read it, but…

Morality Absolute or Relative

Is there an absolute moral standard?

It’s essential to understand that there are relative and absolute moralities contending in our decision-making. Which shall rule – personal conscience or societal dictates?

Flash Mob and the Social Contract

Social Contract

Perhaps you saw the recent news: NJ Family Visiting Baltimore Haunted By Random Teen Attack At Inner Harbor It’s the heart of Baltimore’s tourism industry, but the Inner Harbor turned into a nightmare for a visiting family of 10 earlier this month. Out of nowhere, they were swarmed and beaten by a large number of…

Gas Explosion and Speed of Recovery

Front. One house completely missing,another one half missing

Probably two years before the replacement townhouses are ready for occupancy. Such is the speed (or lack thereof) for an isolated disaster. Unfortunately, that is magnified when the disaster is widespread, with multiple communities are competing for the same rebuilding resources.

Live by the Word

Facts are surrounded by words

I spend a lot of time reading words, writing words, and thinking in words. And I’ve noticed a peculiar feature which sometimes happens to me. I start following the words of people who are involved in a dispute – both sides – more than I refer back to the actual actions involved. My thought train…

Math And Science Affect How I Think and Write

The energy of activation that must be surmounted for a reaction to occur

When I make an argument or write an essay, it’s math and science that shape my thoughts, much more than the two English classes I took as an undergraduate. Minimal Orthogonal dimensions From vector space theory, construct a set of axioms which span the space of discussion and make those premises independent of each other.…

Quirks of Thinking

Edison didn't call unsuccessful tests failures, but finding ways that didn't work

Do you have this quirk of thinking? Have you ever made this error? I’m afraid I have. For yourself, your actions as motivated by reasoning. For others, their actions as caused by personality traits. This error is so common it is named the fundamental attribution error. Fundamental Attribution Error Your mistakes are caused by the…

Learning by Ignoring Details

Input enters black box. output exits

Lately I have been trying to see if I can program the Propeller microcontroller chip to act like a neuron. Using the Hydra kit—propeller chip, SPIN programming language, and peripheral drivers pre-coded for a game machine—I’m overwhelmed by the eight hundred page guide, the intricate links between the components, and the electrical know-how presumed but…