Hardware and Software, 2

Live forever!

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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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2010.03.23 Tuesday ACHK

The 6th Day

Copy Me, 7

The 6th Day is a 2000 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as family man Adam Gibson, who is cloned without his knowledge or consent in the future of 2015.

— Wikipedia on The 6th Day

This movie has helped me to understand that identity is memory and memory is software.

— Me@2013-02-14 10:55:47 AM

2013.02.14 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Anatta 4

無我 4 | Mirror selves 4

有時,人會能醫不自醫。

有時,人「能醫不自醫」原因是,人不能在自己的「主觀世界」中,看到完全的自己。

人只能從別人的主觀世界中,間接看到自己。

正如,任何一部相機,都不能直接為它自己拍照。

— Me@2010.12.13

— Me@2013.02.02

2013.02.02 Saturday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

大世界 6

R4

Idiot 3

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Your world is your world.

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

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你的主觀世界, 並不是客觀世界的全部.

– Translation, Me@2009.09.16

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愚蠢的人以為自己的主觀世界, 就是客觀世界. 所以, 他們不知道自己的愚蠢.

聰明的人知道自己的主觀世界, 只是客觀世界的一小部分. 所以, 他們可以真切感受到自己的愚蠢.

– Me@2009.09.17

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2009.09.18 Friday (c) ACHK

Cosmic religion

Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.

— Not Albert Einstein

It may or may not be the present state. But it should be the goal.

— Me@2013-01-22 09:04:25 AM

2013.01.22 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

因果網絡

多重小宇宙 1.2 | 二次元時間 2.6 | Dimension 1.3.6 | Two dimensional time 2.6 |  A little bit of yourself, 2 | 心靈互聯網 2 | Mind Internet 2

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 3 日的對話。

但是,記住,那只能作比喻,而並不是實情,因為所有的「主觀時間線」,都會同時影響和受制於同一條「客觀時間線」。任何兩個人,即使從不相遇,兩條「主觀時間線」永不相交,他們的人生歷程,也不可能百分百互不相干。任何一條「主觀時間線」,都不如我所講的「平行宇宙」一般,有機會獨立存在。

不過,你這個講法雖然不是鉅細無遺,但是極度有用,因為它帶出了一個超級重點。現實世界的時間,雖然只有一個次元,但那一個次元,就已經足夠難明了。

剛才我把「一次元時間」講成一條「時間線」或者「因果鏈」,只是為了方便簡化。實情是,「時間」是一個「因果網絡」。意思是,「因」和「果」並不是一一對應。一個「因」,可以引發多個「果」;而一個「果」,又可以來自多個「因」。比喻說,一個學生,會有很多老師;而一個老師,又會有很多學生。「一因多果」和「一果多因」,可以統稱為「多重對應」。

你「現實版二次元主觀時間」的講法,雖然不是分毫不差,但是可信可用,因為,現實世界的「因」和「果」,是「多重對應」的。

— Me@2013.01.21

時間者

因果網絡也

— Me@2007.09.17

2013.01.21 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

無我 2

Anatta 2 | 中道 4

In Buddhism, the term anatta or anatman refers to the notion of “not-self” or the illusion of “self”.

— Wikipedia on Anatta

Thus, in Theravada Buddhist soteriology, there is neither a permanent self nor complete annihilation of the ‘person’ at death; there is only the arising and ceasing of causally related phenomena.

— Wikipedia on Middle Way

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

The following is a completely different point, but still relevant to the “not-self” topic: 

The Buddha’s concept of “not-self” does not mean “there is no me“, just as “a camera cannot take a picture of itself” does not mean “the camera does not exist“.

A hand cannot hold itself, but it still exists.

— Me@2013.01.14

2013.01.15 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Angels

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their [own] gravity.

– G. K. Chesterton

In order to develop yourself and transcend yourself, you have to decentralize yourself.

— Me@2011.11.04

2012.08.30 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

How to be a good leader

0. Try your best not to be a leader.

1. If you have to, choose people extremely carefully because

1.1 in most of the cases, bad people with a good leader are still bad people.

1.2 General Von Manstein of the German Officer Corps, said that there are only four types of officer. First there the lazy, stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm. Second, there are the hard working intelligent ones. They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered. Third, there are the hard working stupid ones. These people are a menace and must be fired at once. They create irrelevant work for everybody. Finally, there are the intelligent lazy ones. They are suited for the highest office. — Hubert Crowell

2. Asking “How to be a good leader?” itself is not good because the question is self-centred. Instead, you should ask, “How to get the things done?” or “What is the most effectively way to get the things done?”

Whether being a leader or not is not the main point.

— Me 2011.11.02

2012.08.21 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Memento 4

They were right. Lists are the only way out of this mess.

Here’s the truth: People, even regular people, are never just any one person with one set of attributes. It’s not that simple. We’re all at the mercy of the limbic system, clouds of electricity drifting through the brain. Every man is broken into twenty-four-hour fractions, and then again within those twenty-four hours. It’s a daily pantomime, one man yielding control to the next: a backstage crowded with old hacks clamoring for their turn in the spotlight. Every week, every day. The angry man hands the baton over to the sulking man, and in turn to the sex addict, the introvert, the conversationalist. Every man is a mob, a chain gang of idiots.

This is the tragedy of life. Because for a few minutes of every day, every man becomes a genius. Moments of clarity, insight, whatever you want to call them. The clouds part, the planets get in a neat little line, and everything becomes obvious. I should quit smoking, maybe, or here’s how I could make a fast million, or such and such is the key to eternal happiness. That’s the miserable truth. For a few moments, the secrets of the universe are opened to us. Life is a cheap parlor trick.

But then the genius, the savant, has to hand over the controls to the next guy down the pike, most likely the guy who just wants to eat potato chips, and insight and brilliance and salvation are all entrusted to a moron or a hedonist or a narcoleptic.

The only way out of this mess, of course, is to take steps to ensure that you control the idiots that you become. To take your chain gang, hand in hand, and lead them. The best way to do this is with a list.

— Memento Mori

— Jonathan Nolan

2012.08.17 Friday ACHK