Knowledge is resistance: when someone says, we must do this because the computer, book, data, etc. says we should, it’s hard to resist unless you know better.
January 2021Monthly Archives
Anyone who cares about human freedom and flourishing should concern themselves with Internet freedom.
The important thing about science is not that everything will be known, or that everything unanimously believed by scientists is necessarily true, but that science contains s system for seeking untruth and purging it.—Ted Nelson
My update to the first part of the 1st amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of any system of belief, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of expression, or of the use of the technology of communication;[…]
“What you see is what you get.” Corollary: What you don’t see is what you don’t get, what is taken away, or what they wish you’d stop asking about.
If it’s easy for others to guess in advance what one’s opinion is going to be, there’s not really much point in expressing it, or, for that matter, expressing it could be efficiently replaced by publicly displaying whatever thinking pattern or formula one is using to generate it.
In any dispute, first criticize yourself or your own side, if you have one.
Some say that tech is neither good nor bad: it’s a force multiplier for whatever goal you have. I’m wondering whether tech is actually virtuous, overall, because 1. creating tech that works forces you to be rational, 2. the best tech is interoperable, with forces communication.
There’s no skill called “being right,” there is only error correction. If you focus on finding where you’re wrong and correcting it, you have a chance at being right; if you seek out places where you’re right, you will find only what you have achieved by accident.