Saturday, September 16, 2017

"The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing"

I just finished reading (i.e. listening to) a great book: "The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer" by David Leavitt. (BTW, I just learned he has ties to the University of Florida in Gainesville). It was a great and informative reading about the man so important to both modern sciences and computer sciences alike. What is interesting in the book is perhaps an analysis of some links between Turing's fascination of  the machine intelligence and him being gay. I do not think anyone before Leavitt (who is also openly gay) could touch these topics. While, surely, I do not share many of the Leavitt's opinions being on the thin boundary of objective reading of Turing's papers and, in some way, biased reading from the position of gay person - I must say it was an interesting account, and in some deeper sense explains Turing's fascinations...

Boulogne-Billancourt, September 15, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

My "discovery" of the great XX philosophers...

Of course, the "discovery" here is just a metaphor. I knew about them, but did not yet have time to read their works.
This is now changing ...
Tim Maudlin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Maudlin
David Lewis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lewis_(philosopher)

more to come here about them ... :-)

Mirek@Boulogne-Billancourt

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

On recent folly about (corrupt? fake ridden?) media ...

Let me paste here what I recently wrote to a great friend of mine. We differ on politics, yet we have a great respect to each other...

As for the general outcry against media recently. I find it very bad. See, instead of bashing the media, we must find counterbalancing views and the media that present them. THEY EXIST. For many years we were accepting the diversity of the media and we were selecting those who, in our opinion, represent better what is going on. Today the trend is different - we claim the media is corrupt the media spread fakes. Well they sometimes do. But instead of undermining their right to do so, we try to say they have no right to exist. We must be careful, because that usually helps those who come and try to limit the freedom of the media. I saw it here: for years the right wings here were spreading the news of the media corruption, and now they, in power, practically eliminated the freedom of public media (we still have strong private media, thanks God).

In my opinion, the buildup of distrust against the media is exactly what our common enemy likes the most. You know who I have in mind. So, instead of speaking against the media, find the media that speaks well. It exists.

Mirek - Lodz - Poland August 30, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Into the serfdom

Say the word

In a totalitarian state
Freedom
Is not evicted
Abruptly
Overnight
From Tuesday to Wednesday
They will stint it slowly
Take it away piece by piece
(Sometimes giving back a piece
But never more than what was taken away)
Day by day in bits
In quantities imperceptible
Until the one fine day,
After a few or several years
We will wake up into the serfdom
Yet we will not even see it
We will be convinced
That so it should be
That so it always was.
This is my, perhaps poor, translation of the poem written by Polish Poet Kornel Filipowicz.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Can reason emerge from atoms? Reading DeLanda ...

I have been reading, for some long time, an hour a week or so - extremely interesting book I do not quite accept as expressing the philosophical views I subscribe to ...
Manuel DeLanda, "Philosophy and Simulation. The Emergence of Synthetic Reason"

However, I have no time today to review it and explain it all. The only thing I wanted to say today, is that it is a worth reading, profound piece of philosophical work that tries to prove that all higher level objects of this world are emergent properties of the lower level objects. This smells like reductionism, but, and here comes a surprise - it is really not !

I hope to have time to say more about it soon...