John Searle tells you why Philosophy has been on the wrong track for hundreds of years. Of course that statement is an exaggeration, but I’m convinced by this guy after reading some of his work. Good thinker. Interesting conversation.
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Future Caveman was a band I was in for a couple years, but I wanted to show off the album art which we never got to share with the world.
This gorgeous logo and design was the brainchild of my dear friend Star St.Germain. Exceedingly talented and professional, I admire her a lot. Please check out her work here, and her world here.
Thank you, Star!
Learn about gravity waves! this is big news in the science world
Here’s my theory as of right now. The universe must have evolved over untold eons of time. Universes reproduce themselves with slight variation, maybe using black holes. In any case we aren’t thinking in big enough chunks of time, that’s my suspicion. Enormous amounts of time. The ordered physics of our world came from evolving universes starting from like trillions of years ago. The energy in our world may have “built up” through quantum processes in black holes. In biological evolution, we have to reproduce pretty quickly due to environmental concerns. But in the large scale of the universe, who cares about how long anything takes? So maybe black holes “incubate” for a trillion years and then….. a big bang. We do happen to find ourselves in a big complex stable healthy universe which creates and incubates black holes for long periods of time…. just sayin’.
Jonathan Blow explains the problem with bloated software like twitter and facebook. I like his programming philosophy and it reminds me of many elements I find important as an artist.
We’ve entered this weird reality where user experience doesn’t matter anymore, we put up with things because they have become part of society. I think someday soon quality and individual experience with technology will become important again. Then people like JB will be billionaires.
When peeps tell me their favorite songs from my past work, I’m always surprised at the variety of “favorites.” There are some which have a wider audience, but many people have their own surprising favs. As an artist, I go through periods where I’m exceedingly critical of my work. Sometimes I find it all unlistenable, but these are songs I consistently feel “hit the mark.” I put together this short playlist of recent favorite recordings from past CM albums, Cruise Elroy, and Future Caveman.
Included in this playlist is an unreleased Future Caveman track!
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I love this cartoon.
More David Deutsch
The Turing Test isn’t as cut and dry as has become popular to assume. In fact I think machine consciousness is far, far from being created. Jaron Lanier explains why.
People make the Turing Test thing into a proof that AI is imminent and the bigger problem is whether we give robots rights and freedoms once they inevitably emerge, in the not distant future. All nonsense. I’m learning that most of the bad “pop” ideas I take issue with are all constructed on what people don’t understand very well. I yearn for mysteries in the world, I love peering deeply into physics for example and finding how little is known for sure. Many people seem sure of their conviction but are never skeptical.
Human beings have this strange conviction that they know a lot. Or they know enough. Or that our modern times has basically solved and learned everything for us. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, but I think we have some kind of biological imperative that makes us believe these things to our core. But anyway, in the context of machine AI or general artificial intelligence… well, what is consciousness? That’s a deep mystery. We don’t even know where to begin answering that question. We still don’t even know the right questions to ask. Philosophers and scientists have fought tooth and nail for hundreds of years, and still, the most basic questions like “is consciousness real?” has made almost no headway.
People argue with me about AI and try to convince me I just think humans are “special” etc. This is not my motivation in music, or philosophy, in learning, or life. There is no other motivation than this, for everything I do: to expose the strangeness of the universe around me, the breathtaking mystery and beauty (and often hostility) of nature, and the vast potential of reason and the human spirit to expose these secrets and improve the human condition. To this end I think there is no limit….
Sorry for the late post, I got busy unexpectedly today.
one of my fav drummers
I love finding media online which is entertaining, but deep, profound, educational or valuable in some way. That’s the idea behind these “learn things with Merritt” posts. I love deep philosophy and science, but anything having to do with art, games, and music too. I like finding media which is longer in length. I like watching or just listening to these things to relax in the evening, in the car, on a walk, or while fiddling with a mindless game like sonic the hedgehog.
I’ll be trying to post great content on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Sometimes I’ll blather about them, but sometimes I’ll just post ’em. Here’s a great one from Brian Cox…. you’ll learn some amazing stuff https://youtu.be/PYWp3Y4HE-g