In discussion with Ben about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I concluded that the success of mathematical elegance in solutions is a physical manifestation of Occam’s Razor. Indeed, mathematical elegance is to be held above normal logic. As…

If set theory is the foundation of all mathematics, then why not also programming (which is a kind of constructive mathematics). The closest to that existing today is, of course, Haskell. Don’t neglect the cool multimedia things that it can…

I was on the bus and these two old men boarded at a stop and were embroiled in some sorta argument. One was sorta bummish, and was saying “there is no fear, I love everything” while the other, kept repeating…

Thinking is a terrible terrible thing. By insight provided from reading GEB, I am firm in believing that there is no meaning intrinsic to the world. Unfortunately our minds are predisposed to thinking, an act that seeks to create meaning…

There should be a short story or mathematical fantasy book about people that can perform topological transforms on their world simply by thinking through the math. They could fight in topological wars, where quickly finding the inverse is essential to…

What is the difference between nonnegative and positive integers? The element 0. “The difference is 0” is not the same as “There is no difference”.

A techie responds to indecipherable analysis from humanities with sarcastic opening in speech at interdisciplinary conference. Making fun of post-modern deconstructionism is fun!

I have made a breakthrough in illogic!! [08:00:38 pm] <FredBarnes2000> I JUST DISCOVERED WHAT IS SO WRONG WITH LOGIC [08:00:57 pm] <FredBarnes2000> the proof by contradiction [08:01:02 pm] <FredBarnes2000> you can’t do that [08:01:22 pm] <FredBarnes2000> you can’t say something…

Place a ball of clear, but internally fractured glass (like a giant fried marble) in one of those fountains with a rolling ball atop a water basin. Put a bright focused (laser) light underneath. Watch the erratic light patterns emitted…

I found out more info on the venerable Li Ching-Yun. He lived for 256 years, died in 1930, and had 14 wives. His longevitiy is attributed to Gotu Kola. essay on longevity recipe for tea translated teachings