nil.enroll(aetheric_username, quantum_class_id) (adric) wrote,
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Tonight's reading

After a stimulating conversation that was a year or three overdue, I wandered in search of reading material. Failing to find much useful discussion of the quantum crypto breakthrough, save a barely interesting slash-thread, I meandered farther afield. I listened to a MC Hawking MP3 after chuckling through an interview on Disinfo, and followed a link to a joke on Slate about finding Osama (Why? Is he lost?). Once again, I found myself drawn back to Reciprocality, and for the first time I looked at the listserv.... After reading a couple of fascinating but only somewhat parsable posts and following a link, I decided to start at the top...

I have read into the Reciprocality papers, at least as far as the fourth one. I do not pretend to understand all of it, or in the case of R. Cosmology (3), any of it really. I followed the first paper (book?), The Programmer's Stone (0), pretty well, due to my own developmental psych and knowledge of hackerdom. I got through the second bit (MO (1)) by relying heavily on the links and references provided, as the paper itself is entirely epidemiological, with some neuro-chem thrown in to flavour the sociology. I pretty much get the idea of M0, and maybe I even buy it: dopamine self-addiction and internal feedback loops, evolutionary psych. I read through The Ghost Not (3), barely understanding it, and my lack of comprehension (enlightenment) seems to have rendered me grossly incapable of getting R C (3) at all. This has dissuaded me from looking at the rest of it more that cursorilly (Sp?).

It may be that reading the lists traffic will help me understand the material. Just from the tail end reading I did I know what the author is up to, and how he is trying to put his ideas into work he's doing, and that was itself inspiring in a couple of ways. I think I will understand some things better from the reading, although those things are more likely to be Game Theory and Cognative Science than the R matter itself. It is certain to be a more productive time-waster than SciFi or Diablo, the former of which I may have to give up (politics: They are being bought by Vivendi) and the latter which has always been an intentional distraction.

I feel like I should apologize for the lack of meat in this piece. I hope to be able to add some insights gained some time later, but now I am just beginning this particular path. Message 10 beckons me ( of 5730 ;)

From almost the first message, TV addiction is being bemoaned, and neo-luddism anecdotalized...

Ed note: eGroups blows. If you need/want a list and don't know another way, ask me now or whenever.

In message 57 we have the first reference to LaVey's Satanism...
In 77 I am once more reminded I need to read Godel, Escher, Bach
In 96 Alan Carter (the primary author of PS/R) explains how if time were flowing backwards, and the universe contracting (not expanding) then everything makes sense and classical and QM can be reconciled by particle oscilations in time (Which time? F*ck if _I_ know.. ). I feel like an idiot for not following his patient and carefully worded explications, and I actually read and enjoyed A Brief History of Time and Hyperspace (Hawking, Kakou respectively.) AAAAArgh. Particularly because he explains away the head-scratchiness of those damned quantum entanglement experiments done near Duke .. ohh just ask vidicon what I'm babbling about there. (The ones where the labrat humans influenced the outcome of
quantum radiation events that had been recorded a week previous ..)

In 118 we ponder whether technolibertarianism is anything like crypto-anarchism (Which I have been know to suggest is my politial affiliation on occasion) and we get another explantion of RC. There are two time streams in this model, creative and recreative. All obervable phenomena are explainable on one time stream and (it seems) must remain plausible in the other direction (As to how this answers the non-reversibility of entropy, well I don't know either..). The main time stream flows oppostite of the re-creative stream, and it ts this second stream our minds perceive, salted with tantalizing bits of the structure of the universe as it was and will be in the ulitimate organization, the Big Bang (aka Event One). Which may go towards proving that anyone who got into high school can regurgitate without understanding or adding anything. I may be getting closer to RC though. The PS/R material is a whole lot to swallow at once, and it all comes in one huge bite (ok one big stretch of conceptual map, but anyway) . Oh, also in 118 it is suggested that Linus Torvalds in neither the Messiah, the Prophet, nor the Son of God (That'll get the /. crowd in a good lather ;). These declarations preface an introduction to religious engineering.

Just one "very clever" asshole can wreak untold
damage on a community of co-operators. Just think what a certain bespectacled
person did to the work of the Homebrew Computer Club and froze the development
of mass computing for 20 years.

119 is a repeat of 118 with a preface to a specific fellow, so I'll just use it as an excuse to post the last line (of both):

The last miracle turns miracles into physics and
physics into wonder.

The discourse on religious memtics really makes me wonder if he/they have read Snow Crash. It seems they are referring to the nam-shub of Enki, although not by name. Around 130 there begins a discussion of the equivocation of "ADD" with "genius". The problem they are having is related to the uncertain diagnostic criteria and the unknown motivations for behaviour patterns..The ADD stuff led into a discussion (okay pissing and moaning) of the education systems available. Governor's Honors programs are held up. Then returning to the religious thread in 141, someone mentions Snow Crash as justification for the theory that the Hebrews were poly-theistic at the time the Talmud was written (And this holds up to pre-history which suggests that Abraham came from the civilization of Ur in Mesopotamia to found the new whatever). And back on ADD and education again, in 150 someone (Alan) references "Harrison Bergeron", an short story by Kurt Vonnegut which most adequately explains the problems with ADD diagnosis and treatment. Anyone who proscribes Ritalin for a child should be struck with this story (which is only a few pages) at least once before being allowed to continue.
(From the view of someone who has been diagnosed, the story is a reminder to me that I'm better than most people at some things and they are just violently jealous.) In the early two hundreds, various mind-altering drugs are briefly discussed and the difference between tolerated and proscribed drugs is.. well puzzled over. And at 220 or so ( 600 AM) I had breakfast.

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