Posted by 0xFACEB004
on 24 December 2014 - 09:42 PM
I don't get to come on as often as I'd like these days...but looking at the most interesting discussions links made me really miss being around! Hopefully I'll have more time in the new year, because it's been a blast!
Hope each and every one you who are part of the CC community have a very merry [insert what ever you celebrate] and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Actually, given proper context, the author of that sentence might have been right. It's a flaw I find in the English language that the "to be" verb is used in both, deterministic and temporary ways just the same. For instance, "you are human" is a settled thing, while "you are fat" is a temporary state, why? Because you can be thin next semester, but you won't stop being human.
Since the to be verb will be use to define things, you will have a mix of settled things with temporary states in the same argument, one supporting/equaling the other. In Spanish we have the to be verb split in two, ser and estar, one is for settled, other is for temporary state, so, phrasing one of gray and difficult to make out cases, like "jane is happy", we'll have Jane es feliz, for her nature to be towards happiness, and Jane esta feliz, for Jane being happy this very moment, or for the short term.
So, the meaning of IS is not trivial at all, but you can fix it but changing the to be verb for the proper deterministic sentence.
I am curious how this concept develops in other languages, anyone care to take the microphone and tell us how it is in your native tongue? (provided it's not English )
We had a discussion about something similar in a sociology class dealing with context in communication. Japan has a very high context culture -- where every thing in the conversation (including environmental things like location and time of day) affects the meaning of the conversation; where as German culture is much lower in its contextual communication. If you have ever conversed with a German you will know; they do not assume that you know -- the are sure to explain everything to you...even if you already understand it. With Japanese, the very same sentence spoken to you at 7:00am over breakfast from your boss has a different meaning if it is 10:00pm and you are a gust at your bosses home.
Context is a bit different from actual word usage, but I am fascinated by it none the less.
I get what you mean BR...and I have seen debates like those devolve to "nothingness" -- and I must throw in my favorite line of all time "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." Lol.
And I grew up the son of a southern baptist minister WP, and have witnessed MANY of those debates. And those are ones I avoid at all cost, because there are two arguments I know can never be won based on logic alone: arguments based on emotion and the ones based on faith, because, even though logic and proof can be contained in those arguments, neither require it.
I have a mindset that when get an error, I am about to learn something...because you cannot learn without making mistakes; it is impossible. If you do not make mistakes, you are simply memorizing.
So when you get an error remember that there are only two possible outcomes:
You'll sort it out, and either remember previous things you've already learned, or learn something new in the process.
You'll use your resources (like CodeCall) and sort it out, and either remember previous things you've already learned, or learn something new in the process.
Either way, you'll get it sorted out!
Besides that, do you have any problems with anxiety? There are medications that will help you with that, and may relieve the stress you feel, but I wouldn't recommend them unless you really have issues with actual anxiety in your life, and not just stressing about code errors.
I have some pretty left leaning associates WP, and I have seen the Fox news derangement syndrome...and sometimes it is down right laughable. I have also seen what I consider to be intelligent people completely disregard the opposing analysis of the paper which purportedly found the 97% of scientist agreeing on anthropogenic warming, simply because the "science is settled." When has ANY science ever been settled?? From what I remember gravity is still debated by theoretical physicist, and what can be more fundamental and accepted than gravity?
I think Heisenberg was onto something at the quantum level that could apply to daily life an logic as well...there will always be uncertainty. We just need to be open to it, just in case it provides something that will change our position -- like Kadence said -- after applying our own logic.
And BR, maybe pop culture should be a place that people exercise a bit of critical thinking -- I mean, instead of mindlessly falling for Bernaysian manipulation techniques. Or do you think that people should blindly accept what they see or hear in media without applying critical thought? Probably not. But do I see your point...most people who are fanatics or follow pop culture do not think that deeply about most things.
"And in conclusion..." lol
This is what I like the most about this forum...it's not just about solving code problems! There on some pretty great minds here, and I, for one, definitely appreciate that!
I used to enjoy the same WP, but I what found was that my frustration level went through the roof most times. Especially when I go into the process with the understanding that this is only my "current" position -- which I am open to change if new data or information actually warrants that change -- but the other side does not have that same state of mind.
The key for me was that the new information must warrant the change -- even if it went against my current position -- or else it is rejected (such as errors in logic, false information, and so on). But what I would usually encounter were people who were entrenched in their position and not open to new information at all because they has accepted their own bias. Especially in political debates. You could show them video of their "messiah" in bed with 3 dead hookers, a kilo of cocaine, and screaming "it was me, all me, I killed them after I sold them blow!" -- and they would still find a way to blame it on the other side or play the political game with it, or choose simply not to believe the new information outright. This is where the Halo Effect really affects critical thought. And I sure that you have seen this too!
I completely agree with WP. Just always remember that there is no such thing as free...you will pay one way or another. And also remember to do a complete restart of your device every week or so, that will keep help to avoid some potential crashes that will eventually happen. Oh, and even though they can be fun or helpful, location based services are evil in my opinion. I don't want anyone to know where I am at all times...
I love how Veritasium has a way of making complex theories and ideas easily digestible! This one deals with information, and how compression and entropy effects predictability. It's not directly programming related, but the information theory aspects are definitely relevant!
I've always thought that information required order, but it appears that entropy is actually the driver of information. And if you thought the same, prepare to have you mind blown in less than 10 minutes.