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Meursault

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In Topic: What books are you reading now?

08 March 2012 - 12:54 AM

Just finished this fascinating non-fiction work by Ali Soufan entitled The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against al-Qaeda. The book recounts a master FBI interrogator from his first few years at the Bureau and his work in the counterterrorism unit to when he left the agency in 2009. With an in-depth look into the work about the USS Cole, the East Africa Embassy bombings, 9/11 and other smaller attacks, the book allows a new perspective on the work the government is doing about terrorism. It also reveals the heavy tension that followed after 9/11 between the CIA and the FBI and the White House. For example, the CIA stonewalling the FBI on access to suspects and the White House forcing the use of EITs during interrogations, despite the FBI getting results without them.

All in all a great and informative read.

In Topic: materialism

26 February 2012 - 02:35 AM

was that a double post to be ironic?

In Topic: Anyone interested in correspondence?

06 February 2012 - 08:43 PM

Michio,

This is a great idea! If you'd be up to it I'd like collaboratively learn/understand financial markets/economics with you. It's funny you mention the Khan Academy because I signed up the other day and immediately watched the succession of videos about Inflation and Deflation. Sal is a pretty smart guy.

As for what I could offer:
I'm really into history and I would venture to say I have a wealth of knowledge about anything from the (to be oddly specific) Harrapan Civilization to the present day and most events/civilizations in between. Perhaps I'm biased but I think history kind of encompasses a lot of ideas and concepts (politics, philosophy, economics, theology)  so it's always a good starting point for delving deeper into certain disciplines.  

My university offers free language courses that meet once a week and I'm going to try to learn Turkish and Greek, I could post my notes or scan the worksheets and upload them or something.


Speaking of history, I just got this book by Niall Ferguson called "The Ascent of Money", which is essentially a history of finance. I think if we'd want to study finance, it'd be a good idea to know the history of it and how it has evolved.


Also, to anyone else looking for an interesting read (well it has been so far) check out Walter Russell Mead's God and Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World. Mead is a superb, concise, and clever writer, so for any history buffs or soon-to-be history buffs out there, the library awaits.

In Topic: Reality from a physicist's perspective approached through causality.

06 February 2012 - 03:00 PM

Okay what you've said makes sense, but could we be looking for causality where there isn't? Maybe you're right that there isn't causality, but then again we could be zoomed in so far that all we see is a piece of bark on the tree, and we can definitely not see the forest.

Hear me out:
Information is only encoded through biochemical reactions in our brains so to leave out the neuroscience kind of ignores information. However, I think your question should focus on how you gain that information. The causality occurs when you receive that information, be it through reading, listening, or feeling. Communication is the medium through which information travels: light  (reading) hearing (sound waves) or feeling (touch receptors). I think ideas are instantiated into a physical nature, and just like energy change between differing forms.

Another example of a medium through which causality occurs would be empty space.
This empty space would probably not fit your definition of existence as intended as it does not objectively or subjectively "exist". YET it is the medium through which your 4 horseman of causality occur.
  • Gravity at a macro level occurs between two planetary bodies, through space
  • Weak nuclear forces cause radioactive decay (radiation) which travels through a medium of space.
  • Strong nuclear forces exist between sub-atomic particles (it seems my idea is breaking down here)
  • Electromagnetism is responsible for light, chemistry, etc which occurs through space. BUT WAIT if electromagnetism is responsible for chemistry, than we have the biological processes accounted for, but you wanted to avoid that.
What I'm saying is that information exists at the point of interpretation and has to travel through a medium (refer to the above)

In Topic: What books are you reading now?

06 February 2012 - 06:43 AM

I'm currently reading Walter Russel Mead's God & Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World in addition to Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World.

Both, so far, are extremely fascinating.