The Sixth Sense, 3

Mirror selves, 2 | Anatta 3.2 | 無我 3.2


You cannot feel your own existence or non-existence. You can feel the existence or non-existence of (such as) your hair, your hands, etc.

But you cannot feel the existence or non-existence of _you_.

— Me@2018-03-17 5:12 PM


Only OTHER people or beings can feel your existence or non-existence.

— Me@2018-04-30 11:29:08 AM



2018.04.30 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Logical arrow of time, 6.2

Source of time asymmetry in macroscopic physical systems

Second law of thermodynamics



Physics is not about reality, but about what one can say about reality.

— Bohr

— paraphrased



Physics should deduce what an observer would observe,

not what it really is, for that would be impossible.

— Me@2018-02-02 12:15:38 AM



1. Physics is about what an observer can observe about reality.

2. Whatever an observer can observe is a consistent history.

observer ~ a consistent story

observing ~ gathering a consistent story from the quantum reality

3. Physics [relativity and quantum mechanics] is also about the consistency of results of any two observers _when_, but not before, they compare those results, observational or experimental.

4. That consistency is guaranteed because the comparison of results itself can be regarded as a physical event, which can be observed by a third observer, aka a meta observer.

Since whenever an observer can observe is consistent, the meta-observer would see that the two observers have consistent observational results.

5. Either original observers is one of the possible meta-observers, since it certainly would be witnessing the comparison process of the observation data.

— Me@2018-02-02 10:25:05 PM




2018.02.03 Saturday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

The Dunning–Kruger effect

想不出來 1.2.2

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately. Their research also suggests corollaries: high-ability individuals may underestimate their relative competence and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.

Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal illusion in those of low ability, and external misperception in those of high ability: “The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.”

— Wikipedia on Dunning–Kruger effect

I’ve found that people who are great at something are not so much convinced of their own greatness as mystified at why everyone else seems so incompetent.

— Paul Graham

2017.02.17 Friday ACHK


Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

— Emerson

One experience [almost] always helps another, because the first experience betters you, to deal with the second experience; even if the first experience is unpleasant.

— Me@2011.07.16

— Me@2015.11.19

2015.11.19 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Quantum Indeterminacy

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Quantum indeterminacy is the apparent necessary incompleteness in the description of a physical system, that has become one of the characteristics of the standard description of quantum physics.

Indeterminacy in measurement was not an innovation of quantum mechanics, since it had been established early on by experimentalists that errors in measurement may lead to indeterminate outcomes. However, by the later half of the eighteenth century, measurement errors were well understood and it was known that they could either be reduced by better equipment or accounted for by statistical error models. In quantum mechanics, however, indeterminacy is of a much more fundamental nature, having nothing to do with errors or disturbance.

— Wikipedia on Quantum indeterminacy

Quantum indeterminacy is the inability to predict the behaviour of the system with 100% accuracy, even in principle.

If everything is connected

, quantum indeterminacy is due to the logical fact that, by definition, a “part” cannot contain (all the information of) the “whole”.

An observer (A) cannot separate itself from the system (B) that it wants to observe, because an observation is an interaction between the observer and the observed


In order to get a perfect prediction of a measurement result, observer (A) must have all the information of the present state of the whole system (A+B). However, there are two logical difficulties.

First, observer A cannot have all the information about (A+B).

Second, observer A cannot observe itself to get (all of) its present state information, since an observation is an interaction between two entities. Logically, it is impossible for something to interact with itself directly. Just as logically, it is impossible for your right hand to hold your right hand itself. 

So the information observer A can get (to the greatest extent) is all the information about B, which is only part of the system (A+B) it (A) needs to know in order to get a prefect prediction for the evolution of the system B.

— Me@2015-09-14 08:12:32 PM

2015.09.15 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK


stephengillie 64 days ago

In gaming, the concept is called a “replay”, where instead of recording the pixels on the screen in every frame, they instead record all inputs processed on every frame, and just replay them thru the same engine. The action is technically idempotent in the game world.

Where this breaks down is when features get updated between revisions. If your game patched the “jump” function to increase upward momentum from 1.1 m/s to 1.13 m/s, the Replay would be incorrect. You would be jumping onto platforms you couldn’t get up to before, moving faster, maybe even dodging enemy attacks that hit you when you played that match.

The human neuroprocessor is always changing and growing, always revising itself. Thus memories replay incorrectly. You apply old feelings to new mental patterns, and sometimes they lead to weird places. Or sometimes you mistake something easy for being difficult, because your memory data is out-of-date for your current processes. 

— Hacker News

2015.04.16 Thursday ACHK

What Is it Like to Be a Bat?

Feeling is a relationship between a particular observer and a particular observed.

So the question of “whether the color red I see is the same as the color red you see” is logically meaningless.

— Me@2015-04-06 1:13 PM

If observer B can get the memory of observer A, it is logically possible to feel another mind’s feelings (to a certain extend).

In that situation, the question of “whether B’s feeling of seeing the color red is the same as A’s” is meaningful.

— Me@2015-04-07 03:58:46 PM

2015.04.09 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Open Source MindOS

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。







那就即是話,你腦中的作業系統,是 Open Source 的 —— 容許別人修改。



— Me@2014.06.26

A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says is never accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something that he can understand.

— A History of Western Philosophy

— Bertrand Russell

2014.06.27 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK


這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。











— Me@2014.03.25

— Me@2014.03.31

2014.04.01 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Universe 7

The universe as a whole is an un-observable for two reasons, one physical and one logical.

The physical reason is that the speed of light, while being the maximum possible signal transmission speed, is finite. However, the expansion of the universe, in a sense, is faster than the speed of light. So the light rays emitted by some objects can never reach your eyes, no matter how long you wait. You cannot observe everything at once at any particular moment of time.

The logical reason is that, for any observer, at least one thing in this universe it cannot observe: itself. You can never see yourself directly, just as a camera can never take a picture of itself directly.

— Me@2012-10-18 12:47:32 PM

— Me@2014-02-25 01:57:06 PM

2014.02.26 Wednesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Universe | I

Onion self 9 | 洋蔥自我 9 | Inner and outer, 7

Universe is not something you can observe directly, but a logical implication.

Whatever you can observe, it is only part of the universe, not the universe itself. 

“I” is also a logical implication or logical limit.

Whatever you can observe, belongs to your “I”, but is not your “I”.

For example, you can see your right hand.

It is part of you.

It is yours, but it is not you.

— Me@2012.10.18

— Me@2014.02.09

2014.02.10 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK


這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。





— Me@2013.12.03

2013.12.03 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Omnipotence 3

In psychology

Early Freudianism saw a feeling of omnipotence as intrinsic to early childhood. ‘As Freud and Ferenczi have shown, the child lives in a sort of megalomania for a long period…the “fiction of omnipotence”‘. At birth. ‘the baby is everything as far as he knows – “all powerful”…every step he takes towards establishing his own limits and boundaries will be painful because he’ll have to lose this original God-like feeling of omnipotence’.

— Wikipedia on Omnipotence

2013.09.13 Friday ACHK