Monthly Archive for January, 2011

From cosmism to deism

From cosmism to deism.
This essay is very interesting and hits on new terms that I have never heard of prior to reading this essay.

  • artilects – artificial intellects, i.e., godlike massively intelligent machines with intellectual capacities trillions of trillions of times above the human level
  • Theism vs Deism
    • Deism — the belief that there is a “deity,” i.e., a creator of the universe, a grand designer, a cosmic architect, that conceived and built our universe.
    • Theism — the belief in a deity that also cares about the welfare of individual humans.
  • Cosmism — the ideology if favor of humanity building artilects this century
  • Strong Anthropic Principle (SAP) – the values of the constants of the laws of physics are so fantastically, improbably finely tuned to allow the existence of matter and life, that it seems highly likely that these values were predesigned.
  • The “mathematical principle” – the idea that the universe appears to have been designed by a mathematician.

A humbling quote from the essay: We humans have existed for about 105 years, i.e., only a thousandth of 1% of the age of the universe – “a mere afterthought of an afterthought.”

The essay exposes that our third-generation star, the Sun, is only about 5 billion years old in our 13.7 billion year old universe, so “so it is likely that there are a trillion trillion second-generation stars in our observable universe that are billions of years older, that possibly have planets on which intelligent life evolved and then moved on in an “artilectual transition” to become “artilect gods.” These artilects may then have designed their own universes.”

I won’t spoil the rest. This is a very good read.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/from-cosmism-to-deism

Saw 3D movie review

I truly enjoy the Saw franchise because each film is like a set of moral barometer tests for each individual viewer. Explaining the back to story to each victim allows the viewer to ask him or herself is this violence that the victim, and use that term loosely, justified. The point is, people often want to hurt someone who has hurt them, and people who cuased the pained have been wished by others to experience pain. This Saw series looks in the face of these “bad” people who usually, all of a sudden, become remorseful. The question the viewer is left asking oneself, “How much pain is justified for this person, and if any, is death even justified?” Very few victims are innocent.

The creators attempt to touch a nerve on at least two levels, the abuse caused by the victim before that abuser became a victim, and secondly, the type of torture experienced by that victim. The most topical question is, “what would I have done? Could I have made it alive through the test?” The question is great, but I think the more important question is would you, the viewer, put your abuser into such a test, or at least stand by and not help.

The movie purports that these victims can learn from their traumatic experiences and turn their life around. That works for some of the victims who survive, but not all.

The theme of this film, Saw 3D1 was lying. This film asked the question, “Would you sacrifice a lover who you learned was cheating and lying to you?” Also, “would you condemn someone who makes monetary gain while gaining fame and sympathy of others that is based on a complete lie? Furthermore, would you condemn those who dedicated their lives to helping such a lie propagate? Finally, the question in this film, and probably all the films in the series, is whether sins are on a spectrum, or are all immoral acts equally immoral.

1 Watching this movie home on DVD was in normal 2D, not 3D.

Inception movie review

Inception was a phenomenal idea for a movie, although quite unrealistic in regards to real science of dreaming. This is one of those movies that requires the viewer’s full attention throughout the entire movie to absorb virtually every detail because any of those details just might be necessary for the viewer to figure out the movie.

I did research after the movie, and I found out that the creator was not so concerned with what was the final truth in its ambiguous ending. Instead, he focused on the emotional development of the lead character. That fine, but still disappointing that such a detail was not officially solvable. I still have my final opinion on what happened.

I admire that the creator, Christopher Nolan, finally created this movie after many years since he started thinking about this idea when he was sixteen years old.

Blog of 1000 Posts

Here is a blog that now has 1000 posts. The blog is called Ryan in Atlanta. Ryan was my very first college roommate when I was a student at the University of Miami. The school put us together because we were both in the same major, Music Composition. We only roomed together for one semester, the first semester, after which he transferred to a university closer to home to be closer with his then-girlfriend, among possibly a few other reasons. We were not best friends at the time, but I’ve reconnected with him on Facebook and discovered his blog. I find Ryan’s blogging inspirational and worth subscribing, even if at least to scan over the topics he covers because likely one will find a topic of interest.