Posts Tagged ‘memes’

What’s Memetics, Game Theory, Free Will, and Transfinite Math Got to Do with It?

Monday, August 18th, 2008

“What’s love got to do, got to do with it? What’s love, but a sweet old-fashioned notion?” –Tina Turner

I’ve previously spent a lot of digital ink exploring the nature of love. And I’m fairly confident that most of what I wrote holds together and offers a nucleus of wisdom or ethical knowledge, with a platinum and golden rule at the core. But humanity has been discussing the nature of love for millennia; the real task seems, to me, not just to establish a firm and credible and inspiring sense of what love is, but also to establish some firm theoretical connection between this wisdom and the realm of hard science and analysis and math. (more…)

Spear It in the Sky: Pinning Down the Utility of the Term “Spirit”

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

“While we scoff at them, what we don’t realize is that these shamans, in speaking of ‘spirit,’ are using ‘spirit’ to describe a highly complex and technical reality, much the same way that physicists use the term ‘quark.’ ” –Terence McKenna, reconstructed from memory. (more…)

I & Thou: Wisdom, Interpersonal Love, and the Two Roles of Love

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” –Jesus “Not Quintana” Christ (more…)

Golden & Platinum: Rationality and the Two Laws of Love

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

“Irrationality is the square root of all evil.” –Douglas Hofstadter. (more…)

The Frog Is Dead; Long Live the Frog!: A Meme/Gene Stress-Adaptive Model of Humor

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” –E. B. White (more…)

On Truth, Lying, and a Third Thing Altogether

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

“Of all lies, art is the least untrue.” Gustave Flaubert

Is fiction false? I’ve heard it asked (or asserted) in various forms hundreds of times in my life. But the question’s too simple.

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On Making Things in One’s Head Pt. 2 (Second Nature)

Friday, February 15th, 2008

In the Beginning was the Word, (more…)