Recent posts on Philosophy
Yesterday night I came from a concert with Konrad and Robert. When I looked down I noticed that I got shoes on. Which was weird to me, because I distinctively remembered how I was only in socks when I got in. As I thought about it, I noticed more odd things – Jay Leno was … Continue reading This is Really Happening
To balance out after my post about not so smart people I follow it up with not stupid people. Starting with one really exceptional guy – Nassim Nicholas Taleb. In contrast to Sam Harris he is actually seeing science and mathematics as extremely limited. His idea of “Black Swans” is one example. These are extreme … Continue reading Some not so stupid people
There are some really smart people I marvel at – I’ll list some in an upcoming post. But I’m also always amazed at how many people are considered smart, but say things that are obviously untrue. Amazingly things they can’t even really mean themselves. It’s a curious thing. A topic that is really interesting to … Continue reading Not so smart people. Specimen: Sam Harris
The other day if found via the interesting “Seth’s blog” this talk by Eric Mazur about how a teacher found out he sucked at teaching – and how he approached the problem. I find this very inspiring on so many levels. First of all about how he approaches the issue. To search hard data on … Continue reading Teaching and Managing – it’s not about the data, stupid!
After the first posting about “words that don’t exist” I was talking with friends about it and inspiring questions came up (i.e. in the comments). I want to use this second part to go into these, for example what I mean with “reality”. Which also make more clear what I am not trying: I do … Continue reading Words that Don’t Exist 2: Reality in Words
I want to make this into a series – writing about words that in my opinion have no base in reality. It is kind of fun to think this through for certain words but it also has practical reasons. When I talk to someone about science, philosophy or even just everyday things, discussions often run … Continue reading Words that don’t Exist 1: Ghosts and Wolves
Recently the Large Hadron Collider has been reaching a new record energy output. The main goal of this huge structure is finding the Higgs boson. Exciting? Hm. The particle is important for high energy physics – without it, the mathematics would be flawed. But we know that the mathematics are highly accurate. The Higgs Boson … Continue reading Art as New Science