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Enough tweaking – ready or not, here I come

  Posted by Kai Teorn, 11 August 2014 - - - - - - · 77 views

I’m officially starting to publish Everday. A, B, C are up on the site.  The rest will follow soon.There are already some core concepts (Arf ) as well as assorted soul candy (cloud hunting , badminton , Big Trees ). But it’s just the beginning of the journey.It’s going to be a hard plunge. Munching on this text has been central...


Finished first pass!

  Posted by Kai Teorn, 21 April 2014 - - - - - - · 277 views

Just finished (rev. 12420) the first full pass of copyediting ever since I started writing the book. Previously I only did various overlapping patches and selections; now for the first time I went through all of it, from A to Z. (Well, to W, to be precise, as I don’t have anything at X, Y, or Z.)That’s the good news; the bad news is...


Copyediting progress

  Posted by Kai Teorn, 14 October 2013 - - - - - - · 729 views

75%.Finished letter N in my hopefully last, and for the first time fully sequential, rereading pass. Everday is at revision 11634; each revision is from several minutes to several hours of work.I wouldn’t be able to write anything  if I had to use paper and pen. The number of times I rewrite every sentence is frankly ridiculous – obs...


Everday: new logo and cover design

  Posted by Kai Teorn, 31 August 2013 - - - - - - · 1,081 views

The art of graphic design is strange in many ways. For one, in no other art someone’s lucky finds so quickly devolve into insufferable cliches. So the best you can do when designing something is get rid of any “art.” Just don’t stand in the way of your content trying to express itself. That doesn’t mean designing is...


Getting the readers hooked

  Posted by Kai Teorn, 24 August 2013 - - - - - - · 789 views

Early readers of Everday  noted that it’s easy to get discouraged by its wall of text unless there’s a clear indication up front of who wrote this, why, for whom – and why it’s written like that. It is an unusual book, so it cannot rely on the inertia of genre; it needs to establish its own context, its attitude, its fund...


Everday: the story

  Posted by Kai Teorn, 24 August 2013 - - - - - - · 939 views

If you’re reading this, I’m dead.Also, if you’re reading this, I’m not born yet.It’s both. And neither. And “in a way.”Such a relief to be writing in freeform, again. And to stop counting words: copysqueezing of the manuscript saved room for these introductory notes — enough for what little needs to be said.At first I thought about writing a nov...


On extropy

  Posted by Kai Teorn, 09 June 2013 - - - - - - · 991 views

Extropy  is, etymologically, the opposite of entropy , and it is already used  in approximately this meaning. However, the definitions quoted in that Wikipedia article are quite vague.Let’s see if I can do better.Definition Entropy is (logarithm of) the number of possible microstates per the given macrostate of a system. By contrast, extropy  is (lo...


Art vs. philosophy

  Posted by Kai Teorn, 09 June 2013 - - - - - - · 564 views

(inspired by Eric Dietrich’s paper  and its discussion  on Goodreads)Art is anything evolved in our social species to attract attention. This may be vague, but it’s actually the only definition that is general enough to cover everything we call art, from cave paintings to dadaism to flashmobs. How it manages to attract attention and what side...


Everday?

  Posted by Kai Teorn, 09 June 2013 - - - - - - · 644 views

Everday   is a world where you can hunt clouds or meet a wizard who will change your life.  Where books grow on the bookshelves and symbols on flags change with seasons. Where evolve  is more often a transitive verb.It is also a book  that you can read.  http://feeds.wordpre...dpress.com/2/ http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?h...


"Everday" update: free on Amazon for the next 5 days

Posted by Kai Teorn, 24 March 2013 - - - - - - · 658 views

I updated the Amazon book with the latest snapshot (revision 10481). More editing is needed, but it shapes up nicely. Leaner and more readable with every revision.For the next five days, you can get it free for Kindle from Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZCJV12 Please give it a read.


TIL

Posted by Kai Teorn, 27 January 2013 - - - - - - · 612 views

Combined, the brains of all humans who have ever lived will fit into a sphere a little more than 500 meters in diameter.   That sphere will hold all the memory, all knowledge, all languages, all skills and idiosyncrasies that have ever existed. All faces. All loves.   That's how big "we" are, materially speaking.  


My book is out! (well, almost)

Posted by Kai Teorn, 10 January 2013 - - - - - - · 846 views

My book is out! (well, almost) Technological singularity or collapse of civilization? Wrong question. Blissfully irreverent, EVERDAY refuses to play to the standard futurological precepts: it offers its own strange insights into what we as humans truly care about — and where that can lead us. An alphabetized, densely cross-referenced encyclopedia, a “science non-fiction” tract that rea...


On rationality

Posted by Kai Teorn, 14 November 2011 - - - - - - · 448 views
rationality, yudkowski
Why it is so is a topic for another discussion... but it's obvious that (the Cult of) Rationality is a rising wave and a new battle cry. And that might be a good thing in itself - if only rationality were always treated completely, well, rationally. Here's a  nice specimen  from a blog by Eliezer Yudkowsky  which is more or less fully devoted to the topic...


On loving humanity

Posted by Kai Teorn, 01 June 2011 - - - - - - · 476 views

Joseph Conrad once wrote to Herbert Wells: "You don't care for humanity but think they are to be improved. I love humanity but know they are not."It may be even more true than most realize - or rather, more symmetric .The conservative love that fails to acknowledge both the fact  of slow changes in the human nature and the dire need  for such...


Superintelligence?

Posted by Kai Teorn, 23 April 2011 - - - - - - · 674 views

The notions of "superintelligence" and "singularity" - both a staple of modern scifi - seem to me disturbingly similar to the old idea of God. Something explicitly relying on superlatives, something with (vaguely) supernatural powers, and something of which we have no proof of existence whatsoever.Moreover, the very idea of "superintel...


More on backslide perceptions

Posted by Kai Teorn, 22 April 2011 - - - - - - · 296 views

Expansion erodes unity: the single harmonic stream has broken into a delta of tiny rivulets drying into the sand - a sadpicture... even if their summary watershed is much greater than that of the source stream.Also, growth is stereotypically slow and organic whereas crumbling is earth-shattering, in-your-face; by a recoil of logic, whensomething is easily...


Backslide bias

Posted by Kai Teorn, 21 April 2011 - - - - - - · 384 views

"Backslide bias" (a proposed term) is the main reason that makes one "perceive a regress whenever there's an advance." It works like this: as some idea, movement, practice gains currency and mindshare in society and attracts new followers, the original message is inevitably "diluted" or even "distorted" - you can't...





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