Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Daily Thoughts 08/29/2012
I have been reading more of Evolutionaries. The author is writing about Ray Kurzweil who invented a variety of devices including a reading device for the blind. Kurzweil is also famous for writing the nonfiction book, The Singularity is Near, which is about when artificial intelligence becomes smarter than humans. Many people believe this may happen very soon with the increasing complexity of the internet and other computer networks. This ties in with the idea that one day humans may be able to transcend their bodies. Cory Doctorow and Charles Strauss recently wrote a science fiction book called The Rapture of the Nerds which is at least partly about the singularity.
I read a little bit more tonight. There is a description of a possible relationship between Carl Jung's collective unconscious and Teilhard De Chardin's noosphere. It has this wonderful speculative feeling to it. It also has that feeling of not quite useful knowledge that one day may be used in a philosophical conversation at a book signing, library event, or conference somewhere.
I also read some more of How To Keep People from Pushing Your Buttons. This book focuses on peoples internal dialogue helping them with "awfulizing, shoulding, and rationalizing" their actions. It is an interesting book.
I am on Chapter 10 of Margarita Madrigal's Magic Keys to Spanish. I am enjoying it. It is helping me remember the Spanish I took in high school but did not use much.
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