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    7.24    What can we not understand?

    First of all we cannot understand "understanding."

    We know there are all sorts of things we do not understand, but we have an unexamined faith in the power of understanding, our human understanding.

    Understanding varies depending on the context. We understanding understanding differently when we are talking about understanding a language, understanding arithmetic, understanding how to text someone, and understanding string-theory.
    If we make the criteria of "understanding" loose enough, of course we can understanding anything.

    July 22, 2016

    I too might vote for Trump... if he were running as a Democrat... and I a little more thoughtless.

    July 19, 2016

    There is a race between miscegenation and race.

    7.20    The Multi-Tasking Mind

    Our minds are far more complex than the simple conscious-mind metaphor we attribute to it, a metaphor in which our mind is something like a person talking.

    Our mind is more like Minsky's "Society of Mind" except that this is equally a metaphor and the components of such a "society" are not like the "persons" who make up a human or even an animal society.

    The human mind, consisting of the conscious mind and and the processes working to create a conscious mind, is an entity that is constantly multi-tasking. We are unaware of most of these "tasks" and furthermore it is not to be taken for granted that we can adequately speak | think of them. At the very least we should be aware that we may need new ways of speaking and new ways of understanding language in order to most adequately speak | think of them.

    We should also recognize that we hardly understand how a human society works.

    What follows from the existence of the multi-tasking mind, coupled with our limitations in understanding a multi-tasking mind?

    (1) the activities of the mind are far more complex than we can comprehend with the comprehending part of the mind.

    (2) our understanding is linear and so cannot understand the many-things-at-once aspect of the mind, and due to the same cerebral limitations, the many-things-at-once aspect of the world.

    (3) our understanding is a verbal conceptual one, and we do not fully understand conceptual understandings of abstract words, for the same reason mentioned above, language works using the many-things-at-once aspect of the mind.

    (4) one of the important sets of processes in our mind is the ability to "understand," to speak and think in language. The false picture here is that language, the core truth-carrying aspects of language, is somehow descriptive. We also live in the glib assumption that we can somehow describe everything and anything. We are unaware that human understanding uses Active-Family-Resemblance to make sense of whatever another person is saying. In fields that are limited in consequences (or verifications) this leads to multiple incompatible understandings without any awareness that this is taking place.


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    7.17     Future Fears

    As robots become able to handle more and more of human tasks, what will become of humans? When only robots work, what happens to the dignity of work?

    As robots become able to drive, they will drive better and be highly coordinated. Humans will not be able to keep up and will be excluded from the Robots-Only roads. Another skill becomes a hobby. The interaction on the road is a real part of my respect for my fellow human beings. It is certainly not from reading the comment thread about politics.

    Robots can do swarms
    and swarms frighten us deeply.

    Appeal of Zombie movies:
    Though the media and the religions tell my fellow humans are is wonderful, witty and scared, they often seem dumb as zombies. And the media shows me a mindful of instances where they can be dangerous.

    Skills rotting on the vine.
    Finding. Knowing.
    ("I'll just Google it.")

    Skills are optional.
    Building on skills are no longer possible.
    We do not have skills in common.

    We have an unknown number of hooks for crowds,
    for being in
    and for being afraid of.

    July 12, 2016

    God is an atheist.

    It simplifies our life to keep others simple.

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    Thinking stops thinking.

    Be suspicious of things that make the world so simple you can understand it.

    Of course authoritarianism is coming.

    iHuman: We are more danger from genetically engineered humans than robots.

    it is one thing to say philosophy sucks, another to engage in non-suck philosophy.

    Please don't substitute action for thinking. It is easier to blow it up and knock it down, and enter the simpler world of action, pain, danger.

    June 8, 2016

    Sleep is insidious. You wake up and suddenly it's later!

    I am constantly reinventing myself, even though I have yet to invent myself.

    as ignorant as a computer.

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    The mind is not the smartest organ in the body.

    The mind is clickbait.

    We think without thinking.

    March 26, 2016

    We tend to anthropomorphize humans.

    The hatchet, buried or not, flies back into the hand.

    The danger of thinking outside the box is that most of the people you want to speak to are in the box.

        plus ça change...

    We think in nets even as we think we think in names.

    The limits of language is not as interesting as what goes on right in the middle of language.

    I trust society because the people in my society ignore me.

    February 28, 2016

    You can say it but you can't understand it.

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    The meaning may be the use, but we cannot describe the use.

    We often substitute knowing how to find the answer for the answer.

    We think something thing is like something else that is many ways isn't like that thing at all! How are we able to do that? Why is that?

    February 3, 2016

    The past is always safe.

    You cannot get out of your culture becuause you cannot de-educate yourself.

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    If you think you understand Wittgenstein, you don't understand Wittgenstein because you don't understand "understand."

    What would it be like to have a different history? Isn't history just something we have been told?

    It's organized but you cannot comprehend it. The truth cannot be put into words. Or into a sentence. Of course it can be said. Anything can be said in words.But words are not the truth. | reality. Stream of consciousness is a river, rivers of consciousness. Make the Multiple things going on: partial things.


    For an archive of my periodic blogs from January 2011 arranged by Quarters and Years