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The Rational Mind

Thoughts on man and his universe by David Veksler

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The political versus the economic

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:22:41 +0000

Human values are individual and subjective, but in modern society, money is a used as a proxy of value, in both the market and the political system. We can speak of the aspirational, world-changing dreams of both entrepreneurs and politicians, … Continue reading

Self-organization in markets and politics

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:19:58 +0000

Most people take it for granted that the market system is a self-organizing entity. We understand that no master plan is needed for the entire economy to work as an integrated whole, without the need for any one participant to … Continue reading

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:06:03 +0000

There is a sick value inversion between the image of the capitalist ruthlessly seeking profits and the benevolent politician working for the betterment of society. *The capitalist succeeds only to the extent that he can produce more consumer value than … Continue reading

Expanding the bureaucracy and the fallacy of the slippery slope

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:58:56 +0000

Those who oppose minor and perhaps reasonable expansions to the power of the government on the grounds that that power will inevitably be expanded abused are not necessarily committing the fallacy of the slippery slope.  Extensive precedent has shown that … Continue reading

Understanding and judgment in nature and society

Sat, 06 Jul 2013 17:39:30 +0000

In the natural world, we can attempt understanding, but not judgement. We can ask why the lion hunts the antelope, but not whether it is right or wrong. We can feel pity for the prey, but we know that while … Continue reading

Eight billion smartphone-enabled humans will change everything

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:39:47 +0000

Mobile phone subscriptions now total 98% of the world’s population. Virtually the entire world’s population (87% of the total population) now has a cellphone. What’s next? Personal computers are a mind-expanding device for the world’s first wealthiest one billion people. But … Continue reading

Advice to photographers and videographers

Sun, 26 May 2013 12:45:09 +0000

Unless you are taking photos for legal evidence, or to hand them off for processing to someone else, you are an artist, and should treat your work accordingly. Even if your goal is only to document an event, to take … Continue reading

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 16:46:08 +0000

A good photo has three elements: good composition, nice light, and an interesting subject. A great photo transcends the present moment. It connects with the viewer emotionally and invites them to tell their own story about the subject.

Ultimate limits on computation

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 16:40:07 +0000

1: The computer cannot be denser than that which would create a black hole (Bekenstein bound) 2: The temperature of the cosmic microwave background radiation sets the minimum operating temperature 3: Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, Planck’s constant,E = mc2 set a … Continue reading