Mapping the universe through discussions about physics, art, economics, philosophy, and more. The search for meaning through connections from one domain of knowledge to another. Finding the code that connects the substructures of the universe. For video recordings of these podcasts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgp_r6WlBwDSJrP43Mz07GQ Find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/klwong43 View my art here: https://karenwongartcom Read essays here: https://TheMeaningCode.com
The Proper Place of the Mystical and the Prescience of Sci Fi Literature for the Present Moment
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1:38:18Video links follow notes: This episode is on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZqTA2QJIhTAStephen Hurn's background is in software development, and his passion is science fiction as literature and the consideration of truth. There was so much hope in programming during the '90's that technology would free us from menial facts, but... The new atheists fought against the straw man of the god of the gaps but failed at explaining the mechanisms behind the world. Godel - for every rational system (the universe is an example of a rational system), there is an infinitely larger set of true facts that you can ever prove. Art, Music and Literature offer a way forward. Literature of the 20th century: 1984, Brave New World, Dune We need a religious instinct that works against letting AI think for us. Herbert (Dune) understood the power of religion and taboo. Will we also have a Luddite rebellion against technology? Look at Dune to see where an overreaction can lead. The mystical is an important part of the human experience and must be aligned properly, towards Christ. Gnosticism, pride and the sin in the Garden. Right things can be done in the wrong order. You can do anything in life, but you can't do everything in life. Videos mentioned: McGilchrist, Watson and Levin: https://youtu.be/ynHfrfpTH18 Jordan Peterson, Jeff Sandefer on Education: https://youtu.be/FEUjcRWfu3c
Is Emergence "Good"? Is Gnosticism connected to the faith in Emergence?
1:42:39Discussing Mark's tweet:The difference between 'being is good' and 'emergence is good' cannot be understated. One is actually good, the other is actually just #Gnosticism.Mark talks fast:-) You might want to put it on .75, but thenI talk slow, so maybe not:-)This conversation is also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ohd7jDO-PyMWe look mostly at emergence, how faith in emergence tends to overlap with gnosticism, we look at some of the questions in evolutionary theory.The example of "emergence" we looked at in this video:How Particle Life Arises from Simplicity: https://youtu.be/p4YirERTVF0Mark's YouTube channel, Navigating Patterns: https://www.youtube.com/@NavigatingPatterns
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From Quaternion Mathematics to Meaning: Longing to Know and Be Known
1:21:06Discussion with Stephen Hurn, Software Engineer for 18 years. Now working on Game Design and Writing, stay at home Dad. This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Di_vUSQw-J0The design process for video games. Levels you operate in. Mechanics (the interaction with the user) up through Dynamics to aesthetic. Aesthetic (idea) informs the process and gets communicated through mechanics. That's the meaning layer. Quaternion Mathematics, 3-D software, triangles and measures Code is like a plan for the house. The computer builds the house based on the plan. Computer hardware is the atom level (Intel and AMD have different hardware, but a level up they can talk to each other) Each level up is to solve different kinds of problems. Hardware is converted to electrical signals, displaying the image on the screen. The level of the user interacting is the most important level. That's where the meaning is. Materialists think you can go from the bottom up, but the top level is the most important. User centric view in software. Every artist wants to communicate. The things you do are an attempt to communicate what you are seeing to the rest of the world. Accuracy. The God object - an anti-pattern. Software engineers follow patterns that become apparent in the world much as mathematicians see mathematics already there in the universe that can be used by us. There are good and bad ways to write code. Actual patterns emerge from the languages themselves and the way they interact with the hardware. There are better ways (preferred ways) to map the higher level to the lower level. There are divine patterns, and then there are evil patterns. The focus on accuracy or simplicity gives you a code that is as simple as it needs to be but no simpler. On the other side is the one great piece of code that fails because it is so convoluted and twisted that you can fix one bug and three more appear. Equivalent to the Tower of Babel. Too big not to fail. Don't touch it. It's likely to break. If you break it, it's hard to fix. Code is written for programmers to understand. The computer, on the other hand, will run (execute) anything it's been programmed with. Excellent coding book: Design Patterns: The Big Four
Negating the Real: Discussing James Lindsey's Latest Lectures
1:19:55Michael and Karen discuss a lecture James Lindsay gave on the dangers of the philosophies that have captured the present moment. We try to thread the needle through the truly beneficial part of James' lecture and the parts where he might be speaking outside his expertise.
What is Reality? Participation is not Optional: The Evidence of the Habit, Ascetic Practices
1:40:07Matt, philosopher/author/person discusses Reality with Karen.. Three perspectives on the meaning of a paper clip: The avant garde The creative The good/useful The multi-aspectuality of cognitive science. The thread that ties reality together Synoptic Gospels - St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Gregory of Nysa We are portions of God. The habit of Scripture is to say. What is a skill? We are mimicking the habit of our chosen profession The sublime pedantic Can one ever really "come back" from a psychedelic trip? Hegel - Negation and affirmation. You're always right and you're always wrong. Until you have the "now" straight, you can't think about a practice. Distinctiveness v. the common The human being is a microcosm of the macrocosm. Counterfeits Heretic Participation is not optional We have the evidence of the habit. We have to eat and sleep - not beyond that. Ascetic practices. Even the discipline of going to work every day is an ascetic practice. Orthodoxy is Paradoxy. Jesus ascended the cross as a king stepping up to His throne. If it's not real, it's not real. If it is real, whatever it relates to becomes real. Children like order. We can approach these wonderful things without falling into sentimentality. To a perennial problem, there is a perennial innocent. The human being - the land - the promise. The land being defiled - redeeming the land. We're not disposable. We're not going anywhere. The land lies fallow. Order consists of beginning, middle, end. Don't attach to a practice a guaranteed end. When we don't give up, we're reflecting God. Beware of worshipping at the wrong altar.
Towards a New Scientific Paradigm: Let the Phenomena Speak. It's a Revelation.
1:19:35Michael Clarage, PhD Physics, (Electric Universe, Safire Project)Michael Martin, PhD Literature (poet, biodynamic farmer, author of Submerged Realityjoin Karen to discuss the need for science to acknowledge qualitative as well as quantitative observations.
The Logos at Ephesus as a Springboard to Talk Software Development as an Art and as a Science
1:23:54Ryan is a software developer who often has the conversation with his colleagues about the big questions underlying software development. Where does the system live? The real system corresponding to the meaning, and the hardware corresponding to the matter. This episode can also be found as video at YouTube:https://youtu.be/5rDsJOs1zWkSoftware designers will often discuss a project they are working on by saying, "It seems like it wants to do X" as though the program itself has some sort of agency. What is really happening in these attempts at communicating abstract levels without the input of narrative?
A Quality Existence on Converging Conjugal Dualities: Art, Quality and Relevance Realization
1:04:06Sevilla King joins Karen for what will be a monthly get together discussing opponent processing, quality and the nature of ultimate reality. Today's conversation focuses on these Clips from Jordan Peterson/John Vervaeke video. This podcast also available on YouTube @ https://youtu.be/S5JpOaDazooA Conversation So Intense It Might Transcend Time and Spacehttps://youtu.be/IZ-tHaHfB8ATimestamp from JBP video: 59:50 How decision weighting corresponds to choice in art and the cosmosTimestamp from JBP video: 1:02:30 How symphonic music describes the layout of the universe and its relationship to ultimate realityRelevance RealizationDecision Weightingmulti-dimensional opponent processingThe convergence of conjugate dualitiesThe coincidence of opposites and proportion in art
The Physics of Life, Episode 6: Time, a One-Way Sign that Enables Computation as Entropy Enables Creativity
1:43:27Links after notes on our talk: tightening up a definition of entropy and exploring computational theory and emergence and their underlying implications. When anomalies show up, a new physics is needed. Entropy is more qualitative than quantitative. No creativity without entropy. It takes excess energy to get things over the hump and energy to create order and to maintain order. You can only play the deconstruction game once. Irreversibility is a fundamental aspect of the universe. The universe is fundamentally irreversible. The 2nd law is not driving time but is a consequence of that. The laws of physics appear to be reversible, but is that just a function of the continuous and differentiable functions that physics is using to do the calculations? Physics is always creating mathematical models that describe what we see in the universe around us, not what it is actually doing. Computation: the simplest system is a finite state machine. The memory of the past is gone. Shows irreversibility in computation. Landauer's principle, Landauer's eraser. When you go through a logic gate, you lose information and entropy has gone up. Transistors need to be in a very specific order to be useful. Emergence crosses a barrier when something complicated becomes simple again. One of the better popular science video channels that tries to tackle the deeper questions in physics. “PBS Space-Time,” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g “Turing machines explained visually, (8:45-duration)” https://youtu.be/-ZS_zFg4w5k “LEGO Turing Machine, (2:22-duration)” https://youtu.be/FTSAiF9AHN4 “Computers Without Memory – Computerphile, (8:51-duration)” https://youtu.be/vhiiia1_hC4 “Understanding Consciousness | Rupert Sheldrake, George Ellis, Amie Thomasson, (43:40-duration)” https://youtu.be/c-QOlTD0YHo “Closer to Truth, the PBS/public television series on cosmos, consciousness and meaning…,” https://www.closertotruth.com/search/site/emergence And for those who are more book oriented, and have had no previous exposure to the subject of Emergence, this collection of essays would be an excellent place to start. “The Re-Emergence of Emergence: The Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion,” https://www.amazon.com/Re-Emergence-Emergence-Emergentist-Hypothesis-Religion/dp/019954431X Phillip Clayton, here’s the real bombshell that the physics of Emergence throws into theology, link to https://www.closertotruth.com/series/why-emergence-significant and listen to his segment posted there. “What Exists is Not Only Physical | George Ellis,” https://youtu.be/Zx3F73po4YE?t=5 Whole 6 Part series Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoARw9zo4EUZhxqfaqYU5yjy0-Tr8RlB4