I Do Spectral Flows, radio-waves drop that Migos on tha ‘A, music of the streets, bullets fly in UCLA into a ‘prof, I’m glad it was not me that unloaded that clip, stolen code, stolen lives, university in ‘Merica is a hall of slavery, I learned about the trap there, knife your colleague in the back to get that first author Cell paper, It’s not that different from the street, dog eat dog, I’m not surprised to see Professor Klug dead, he probably did steal that code, I mean, it‘s in the application, anything you make, anything you write, anything you do is owned by your slave master, I’m sitting on this Hidden Beach thankful for the Zen Center, thankful for Adorno scholars at Harvard, thankful it taught me to sit with my anger, I’m sitting on this beach thankful for seminary, thankful for the Pagan Moon dance and Brazilian Habermas scholars, the colors are sharper after this seven years to cool off, thankful that UCLA tragedy was not me at MIT, think about it though, nothing will change, the professor trap lords will stiffen their grip over social media accounts of disgruntled post docs, fed through Facebook’s DeepText, dinging when the steam explodes, AIs made by professors like Klug, to control their slaves, thank God I am a poor humble poet now, unable to buy shit, but happy as a clam on this beach, anger burned off, playing with tha ‘gram, listening to trap music, and writing about the trap, the U. #solarpoemmachine #solarundergroud #solarjaguar #solarbuffalo
“Before I had spiritual practices, I had a big house, with lots of art, with lots of stuff, and I was suicidal.” #FTEforum16
-Reposted to Facebook from Twitter by Tyler H Sit
I am getting more and more interested in starting a new life in computers and sustainability. Many conversations this week have revolved around the idea of what to focus on in this new chapter. For many years in the darkness of my postdoctoral days I escaped obsessively into social media, spending hours upon hours scanning my newsfeed and posting for hours at a time. I learned that digital speech via platforms like Facebook is just, if not more powerful, as an instrument for social impact today. People come up to me now and have lived whole segments of my life with me despite being thousands of miles away. Seven months of time away from Minneapolis have not prevented my friends here from relating specific experiences through the past few months because of this. It is a very strange experience that I started in 2009 when I said I wanted to record my brain openly with an iPhone 3G. What I have learned from this drives me to start work full time in retraining to become a real programmer. I have spent literally years looking at technology as a consumer, and now I am ready to make the leap to become a creator. It is exciting to think that what I have learned from my stupid experiment of being public with thoughts, be they dark or light, on social media can lead to something real vocationally. I went to a DevOps Meetup last night and saw how the entire of paradigm of how computers are being programmed has changed from the days of AP Computer Science and learning C. The new paradigm of computer programming is training computers on large datasets. The days of procedural programming are nearing an end. It is cool to think that my interest in the biology of the brain can translate to computer programming. Here, today, Facebook unveils a new text understanding engine. Being a poet, I want to master this engine. One of my new spiritual practices is to implement the first two principles of yoga into how energy is used. First, cut out all things in your life that you do not absolutely need. Second, take into your life all the things that you absolutely need. By developing a solar poem machine, a machine that responds to emotional content of a person as expressed by spoken language and allocates power from a solar array in real time to the running of the technology around that person, I am doing a spiritual practice. Shaping the world in a way that I want, not a what someone else wants. Google has just open sourced a similar product to Deep Text called SyntaxNet (http://venturebeat.com/…/google-open-sources-syntaxnet-a-n…/) for TensorFlow. I will start with that. An exciting thing to think about is doing as much of the development work as possible on a $35 Raspberry Pi 3 that interacts with the cloud.
The original post from 2009 was:
“Teaching Evolution in America
An abstract letter to the masses I wrote in 2009. Originally written as a satire, I can see some truths in it amid the hyperbole that are perhaps important to express.
“To the Beings-in-the-World,
My spirit and mind are uplifted.
I feel as if what I am researching matters and will be very useful. The evolution of language (“Quantifying the evolutionary dynamics of language”, Nature (2007) 449, 713) and social structures (“Strategy selection in structured populations”, J Theor. Biol. (2009), 259, 570) are two areas that people can easily relate to. Not only that, teaching evolution to people in light of social situations and language will help people better understand the fundamental principles of the theory. I would like to teach everyone about evolution (“The Origin of Species”, C. Darwin).
These actions will help humanity.
We will make better choices for our environment and common global society in light of evolutionary knowledge. A striking statistic is that approximately 50% of Americans do not believe in evolution. As a professional scientist and future educator, this is very depressing. Here are the figures. My perception is different from many modern scientists and science writers. I feel the ignorance quantified above is the failure of scientists, the scientific enterprise, and educational institutions and not the general public. With relevance to the affluent American educated elite, the vast majority of the popular science literature supporting evolution is adverse to religion as exemplified by “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins. As long as this stance is maintained the figures above will not change. The structure of language employed in such works is barren and lifeless, better silence.
The prospects for lower [sic] social classes (“Das Kapital”, K. Marx) are bleaker, and therefore will remain unmentioned.
However, there is Hope.
Teaching people the theory of Evolution in new, gentle ways may help.
Linguist Noam Chomsky made the argument that the human brain contains a limited set of rules for organizing language. In turn, there is an assumption that all languages have a common structural basis. This set of rules is known as universal grammar (“Aspects of the Theory of Syntax”, N. Chomsky). More recently, most linguists claim that the acquisition of language is done by specific neuronal circuitry within the brain and not by the general purpose problem-solving ability of the Mind (“The Language Instinct”, S. Pinker).
Perhaps the structure of language itself may contribute to whether a scientific idea is widely accepted or rejected by the lay person?
How does a teacher instruct students in evolutionary theory without violently undermining previously held belief structures?
In future dialog I will argue that teaching Hegel’s method of sublation is key (“Hegel”, Charles Taylor), but first some preliminaries.
Scientists must embrace, or at the very least respect, the language of all religious systems. Conversely, religious systems must adapt to the modern scientific worldview. Religious language is the result of evolutionary dynamics (“Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life”, M.A. Nowak) within human verbal behavior (“Verbal Behavior”, B.F. Skinner). On a more positive note, some of the leading minds in evolutionary science today possess both scientific and religious states of Mind (Geist). For example, Martin Nowak of Harvard. He is leading the development of a new school of evolutionary science that seeks to make evolution look less like a phenomenological theory (“Logical Investigations”, E. Husserl) and more like a mathematically rigorous set of laws (“Principia”, I. Newton). The new framework will not replace phenomenology, it will complement it. The deep beauty in the equations is that anyone can “play” with the results visually (“Laws of Seeing”, W. Metzger). For example, here. I hope this website gives you some more insight into the ideas of evolution. It is the tip of the iceberg of the positive changes that are to come.
The Human Mind is the brain. The brain is the product of Evolution (“What is Life? with Mind and Matter”, E. Schrodinger). The most recent major transition in evolution was the emergence of language in all species (“The Major Transitions in Evolution”, J. Maynard-Smith). As stated by Baum in his book entitled “What is Thought?” semantics is thought: “Semantics is equivalent to capturing and exploiting the compact structure of the world, and thought is all about semantics.” A mathematical Law of Evolution may prove predictive.
As beings-with-Free-Will and Care (Sorge) (“Being and Time”, M. Heidegger), I hope we learn more.
“The chess-board is the world;
the pieces are the phenomena of the universe;
the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature.
The player on the other side is hidden from us.
We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient.
But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake,
or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.”
T. H. Huxley 1825–1895,
Lay Sermons: A Liberal Education.””