Magic, Infinity, and the Brain’s Simplifying Mechanism

On Monday, I looked at the concept of Infinity and noted some of the very real problems we have with the concept. But, if infinity is an irrational concept (a fact Aristotle pointed out thousands of years ago), why do we still employ it so frequently? Magic I think the problem of infinity can be expressed

Questioning the Infinite

(I had a lot on my mind this weekend, so I took a brief hiatus from Me Programming. Enjoy a speculative theory, instead.) We have a problem with the concept of infinity, as it is mathematically defined: it is not finite. It's a question that has puzzled many a philosopher, and I wish to demonstrate

How to Be Grateful (and Naturally Happier)

Everything sucks. Why do bad things always happen to me? I've got nothing worth living for, and nobody cares about me. These are just some of the thoughts I never have anymore. These are the thoughts of the weak, the ungrateful, and the miserable. They are weak because they don't think to be strong; they are ungrateful

Progress Journal – See How Far You’ve Come

How often have we started something new - say, learning a language or an instrument - and given up when we hit some kind of plateau? Progress slows, and it becomes hard to see the value of further work. The result is a trail of broken self-promises. Progress Journals One of the best ways I know

Improve your Mood with Power Poses

Pattern: [c] if(designated_time) for(seconds=0; seconds<30; seconds++) { Shoulders_Back(); Spine_straight(); Hands_on_hips(); Feet_apart(); Head_up(); Breathe_Deeply(); Think_Affirmation(I am strong and in control); } [/c] Many people look at the concept of power poses as pseudoscientific nonsense, in part because the Tedx people who speak of it aren't very convincing. However, when we consider how the body and the subconscious communicate with one another, we can see that consciously acting as though

Understanding The Brain’s I/O Systems

I've stated that the conscious mind is the primary center for input and output (as compared to the subconscious), and that is largely correct from a certain point of view. However, it's important to go into some more detail about how data information is filtered and processed before we go much further. The Senses Every school

Bypassing the Security Unit

Security always implies a tradeoff: you sacrifice user convenience in exchange for security. In a computer system, we see this when a VPN is setting up a secure connection, because it often takes minutes to exchange and validate all the credentials passed back and forth in order to establish a secure key. We also

The Mind as a Computer System

Before we can program a computer to achieve the maximum result, we have to understand the capabilities and design of the system. If you cannot understand registers and memory allocation, you cannot possibly maximize their utility. The same, I propose, is true of ourselves. Subconscious and Conscious We are all aware of the conscious mind. When

Series: Me Programming

I'm fascinated with potential. When I am given a new task I'm focused on the potential of the idea. When I'm writing code I'm focused on the potential for reuse and maintentance. When I'm debugging I'm focused on the potential speed or functionality improvements I can create. It's all about drawing out maximum potential. In