To realize is to realize, 1.5

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The ultimate self-fulfilling prophecies:

1. free will or not

2. god or no god

3. afterlife or not

4. future spouse exists or not

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Why self-fulfilling?

4. you have another half or not

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If you act as if your future wife exists, you have a much higher chance of finding her, because you have actually been providing the environment for her to exist.

If you act as if your future wife exists, compared with assuming not having one, you live completely differently. You will make yourself financially stable; you will earn and save money for your future wife and children. You will make yourself healthy so that you can live long enough to finally find her; and then stay with her for decades. You will make and meet genuine friends, for you know that one of them is either your future wife or the one who introduces her to you.

If you know that your future wife exists, you will not have any romantic relationship with anyone that is certainly not your future wife, no matter how beautiful she is. Actually, you will not start any romantic relationship with anyone at all, unless she is potentially your future wife.

You will keep writing letters, sending them to the future; to your future wife. Once your future wife realizes that those letters may be actually for her, she will find you to confirm.

— Me@2021-02-19 06:32:05 AM

— Me@2021-03-02 04:39:33 PM

— Me@2022-01-07 10:00:29 AM

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If you act as if your future wife exists, you know that the goal is not to find the “best” lady, but to find your future wife.

Your wife is the key to the lock of your life. Your goal is not to find the “best” key in the world, but to find the key of your life.

It is not to find the “best” key, but to find your key.

— Me@2021-12-03 12:03 PM

— Me@2021-12-05 03:22 AM

— Me@2022-01-07 12:30 PM

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Somewhere out there
beneath the pale moonlight
Someone’s thinking of me
and loving me tonight

— James Horner, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil

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2022.01.07 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

SICM, 4.2

This was a virtual machine running the installation of MS-DOS 6.22 in the program VMware Player.

VMware Player was able to run virtual machines, but not to create one. Luckily, there was a website that helped me create virtual machine files. A virtual machine file is just a VMware-formatted text file. It defines the specifications of that virtual machine.

Running MS-DOS 6.22 was just for nostalgia. The real reason for learning virtual machines was to use the mechanics software library of the textbook “Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics”. That library was available only for Linux.

— Me@2021-12-31 01:29:46 PM

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2021.12.31 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

To realize is to realize, 1.4

The Buddha attacked all attempts to conceive of a fixed self, while stating that holding the view “I have no self” is also mistaken. This is an example of the middle way charted by the Buddha.

— Wikipedia on Philosophy of self

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The ultimate self-fulfilling prophecies:

1. free will or not

2. god or no god

3. afterlife or not

4. future spouse exists or not

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Why self-fulfilling?

3. afterlife or not

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Whether “afterlife” exists or not depends on your definitions of “self” and “afterlife”.

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At one extreme, the definition of “afterlife exists” is that, after death, the same fixed self will continue to exist; “you” will exist in exactly the same way as before. In this definition, afterlife does not exist.

Note that even before death, during your normal lifetime, there is actually no “same fixed self”, “you” keeps changing every day and every second.

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At the opposite extreme, the definition of “afterlife exists” is that, some aspects of you continue to exist in some way. In this definition, afterlife exists.

For example, if some of your writings still exist after your death, they will preserve some of your mind.

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This question is like, when your old computer is dead and has got replaced, does it still exist?

The old computer hardware does not exist anymore. However, some of the software and the data do. But just some, not all.

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Continue to exist?

All of you?

NO

Some of you?

YES

— Me@2021-12-18 07:24:32 PM

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He attributes his lifelong habit of writing every day to an incident in 1932 when a carnival entertainer, Mr. Electrico, touched him on the nose with an electrified sword, made his hair stand on end, and shouted, “Live forever!” It was from then that Bradbury wanted to live forever and decided his career as an author in order to do what he was told: live forever.

— Wikipedia on Ray Bradbury

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2021.12.19 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Impossible to break

The difference between a machine possible to break and a machine impossible to break is that when a machine impossible to break breaks, it is impossible to fix.

— based on Douglas Adams

— Me@2021-11-21 08:03:16 PM

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2021.11.21 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Year 2000 Reloaded

These are what I kept reminding myself during my Age of University.

1. I think, therefore I am

A lot of times, something seems to be a deadend.

However, once I have faith that a solution may be possible and start to think, most of the time, that “deadline” is actually resolvable.

2. Nothing Less

A lot of times, an action seems to be insignificant.

However, actually, every action may have infinite consequences, especially when you cultivate it.

3. The Aladdin Factor

A key to get a meaningful life is to dare to ask other people or yourself for answers, advice, or favours, when necessary.

Don’t be afraid to ask, as long as a request is ethical, reasonable, and polite.

— Me@2011.08.17

— Me@2021-09-11

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2021.09.12 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

To realize is to realize, 1.3

搜神記 2

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The ultimate self-fulfilling prophecies:

1. free will or not

2. god or no god

3. afterlife or not

4. future spouse exists or not

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Why self-fulfilling?

2. god or no god

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Whether “god” exists or not depends on your definition of the word “god”.

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In some definitions, god does not exist, because of the definitions’ self-contradictory nature. For example, god is good but he wants you to suffer for no reason.

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In some definitions, god is possible to exist. For example, a god is any being that has a higher level of consciousness than a human being.

We can say that a human being’s consciousness is higher than a dog’s, in the sense that a human can understand things that a dog cannot. For example, most dogs do not understand what a computer is.

Similarly, a dog’s consciousness is higher than an ant’s. An ant’s consciousness is higher than a tree’s. A tree’s consciousness is higher than a rock’s.

In the opposite direction, it is highly possible that in this universe, there are beings that have a higher level of consciousness than human beings. It is highly unlikely that human beings are the highest beings.

Even within the human being species itself, different people can have different levels of consciousness. Even within a single person’s lifetime, one can be at different levels at different ages.

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In some definitions, god can exist. You become that god.

In those cases, whether god exists or not depends on whether YOU are willing to become that god, taking up his responsibilities.

— Me@2021-07-26 05:49:53 PM

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2021.07.27 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK