Multidimensional-valued Logic

A practical question/idea for logicians out there (expressed poetically of course, since it is me):

I was thinking what if true and false are just feelings and not states of truth. Say feelings like perception of colors. [Come on, it’s post-truth era.]

So we made up this language and then this two-valued logic and painted a monochrome picture of the truth.

Until this fuzzy guy came along and gave truth different shades and so painted this grey-scale image.

And then that non-monotonic guy came and animated that still image.

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Now, is there any way we can paint this old movie in colors?! Multidimensional-valued truth, I am talking about.

I mean most of syntactical logic is just mechanical word play. Like this post. So why not making another truthful logic for that, too? You get cited, I promise!

Base Conciousness and the Mind Locus

So there’s assumed to be this regular, normal and non-altered state of consciousness; a “base” state. you can call it “home”. And then there are these other places that we can go visit sometimes, where reality gets distorted:

Dream, seizure, love, fever, artistic creation, histric laughter, tunel vision, psychedelic experience, meditation, orgasm, flow.

None of these states are considered “home”. Home is that “normal” setting, that holy centre of coordinates in what you may call the “mind locus”, the phase space of our human mind states.

But is there really an absolute coordinates for home? Where we perceive the reality as it is, or less distorted? And then getting distant from it the reality starts to look wavy and misrepresent itself? And then consciousness gets “altered”?

Where does that assumption come from?

Is there really a non-altered state of consciousness? Sure, there may be a physiological basis for that so-called “waking beta wave state” where most of us spend most of our times. But who says this is exactly the coordinates where the cosmic telescope to discover reality locates?

We don’t have to hack what we are hard-wired to perceive, but is that “norm” really physiological? Could it be just cultural? Or some of its dimensions at least?

And say there’s a “home”, is it really where we are?

Who says we see reality better when we are sitting sober behind a microscope? Who says we are sober?? That stoned man under the bridge is sober for his own sake, experiencing his own reality. And that well-dressed business man appears high to him. Every conciousness is “altered”. None of their minds are parked at home. There’s no home!

There’s no absolute frame of reference, just a common place. A state where people happen to colonize that phase-space more.

Now right a geometry, a theory of relativity for that space!

Two-year-rule

You know the two-year-rule for clothes — get rid of apparel that you haven’t worn in two years?

There should be a similar app or program for Facebook friends. After-all people are more influential in our lives than clothes. You know that nice feeling when you open the closet and all items that you page through are proper and wearable! Then why nobody has made an app so next time when you check your social networking closet, it would be a more relevant and appealable showcase?

I tell you why. Because it doesn’t need an app.

Actually there’s no app or program to rid from useless clothes either. Still people manage it.

You haven’t had a strong friendship policy to start with? No like, message, care, friendly vibe or interesting content exposure for a long time? Not a considerable past spent together either?

The “two-year-rule” is there for you! Just find your own time consant.

Yuval Noah Harari and Terence McKenna

I would like to promote this TED dialogue on Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide, by Yuval Noah Harari, despite still suspecting that the speaker has possibly cherry-picked most of his original ideas from the rich and diverse idea pool of our lord and savior, Terence McKenna!

I claimed this once before and was questioned by a friend, that why I even care who said it first? [Hell, I don’t!]. That what matters most for the message is that it spreads itself afterall, under any brand. And I do agree that we need good salesmen and “insiders” to tune down crazy but crucially good ideas and to make them digestible for certain crowds who control the planet. Important crowds as business-oriented as our politicians, or as constipated and rigid as the mainstream body of the scientific enterprise, in this case for the easily-impressed TED community. So it is still good for those memes to be transmitted under any brand, whether the messenger is carrying an original mutation or not. That’s not the point here.

The point is that a picture of something is rarely as good as the actual deal itself. And if you, for example, would have the chance to meet the predecessors of Dalai Lama you wouldn’t practice Yoga or Zen or whatever mindfulness with a rather successful Yoga teacher in Oslo sentrum! Would you?

You wouldn’t, independent from the revenue that the Yoga school generates or the number of their social media subscribers. They may be clever and passionate enough to understand some of those messages and turn them in to a self-promoting successful carrier, and in good faith even. But I think it leaks out if something is the real deal, or just a useful modification.

So I repeat, if you had been exposed to a good deal of the diverse meterial laid out humbly in the 80s and 90s by a bunch of crazy marginalized visionary thinkers including Terence McKenna (who has huge blunders himself, no doubt), then the book Sapiens and similar contents would not have much more value to add to you, let alone impressing you.

The lost treasure I am refering to was largely limited to a tiny audience, a ring of psychedelic substance users and hidden in controversy and censorship, up until lately that it has become digitally accessible. Many of those videos are put up by stoned fans and sound like propaganda as accompanied by rave music and cheesy fractal images which may be a turn off, however, you may as well find yourself searching through them for the actual substance.

Our society is in a way double screwed. Rational goal-oriented folks are largely brain-washed while open-minded intuitive people are irrationally stoned, in a metaphorical sense. Too little overlap between practicallity and vision.

Anyhow, if I believe in the genuinity of the prizes that this guy has won (including something called the Polonsky Prize for “Creativity and Originality”), at best the jury was largely unaware that these have been said decades ago.

Cleverly modified, or simply redundant, I would like to promote this dialogue. We need many more of these guys in troubled times like this. So, thumbs up!

The mind dashboard

This is a subjective claim so don’t take a positivist approach towards it. So, sometimes lately, while going to sleep or if I meditate I see a simple “mood” dashboard in my head. It’s actually a control panel with few knobs that can control my personality and my approach towards life. And playing with its interface affects my behavior in response to the environment and can tune my character and guide my actions. And it seems like in some boring periods it’s just set to the same setting and is not much in use.

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The thing is that I have come to believe that it is possible to adjust this interface on will and to choose a different setting that can totallt change the game. Like picking a new edge on an old Atari cartridge.

Being able to play with some mysterious interface in your head with only soft-thinking in a meditative state or a power-nap may be only a placebo effect, but are we sure that we have actually not eveolved any capability to semiconsciously trigger and adjust some chemical process up there? Like adjusting the neurotransmitters in the brain? To me it is like painting a picture when you have all those colors somewhere in your palette, as these things apparently exist in our body already. I am not knowledgible about these but came across this in a video by my new found sage:

“It’s interesting to me that in the new world, a human group [refers to ayahuasca-using societies in the Amazon rainforests] have re-established a partnership paradise in an environment that quite closely parallels the African situation of 20,000 years ago; a continent covered by forests. And in this extremely floristically rich environment these people have gotten together the ‘fix’. The ‘fix’, so that the humanness feels good. And isn’t it interesting that the fix turns out to be not a drug, but a shifting of the ratios of neurotransmitters already present in the organism, as though we’re just out of tune. We have evolved [culturally] out of tune. There’s an enzyme problem that has caused us to fail to suppress the ego, and this creates a spectrum of cultural effects that drives us all nuts.”
– Terence McKenna

The Left Shoulder Angel

Angel

My left shoulder has an available devil position. If you know any hellish villian monster looking for a job please ask them to send in their CVs, particularly the last three shoulders they have been sitting on. Good balance skills are required. We offer a relaxed and non-competitive working environment since the right angel is on sick leave.

PS. Key question: Does the right side of the brain control the left shoulder angel? Or she has autonomy and is controlled by her own brain? In which case which hemisphere of her brain shall be dominant?!

Happy 2017

2017

Here’s my wish list for the world in 2017:

1. Not more stable countries and functioning pieces of the developping world fall in to the destiny of Syria. Not more peaceful cities be subjected to invasion, wars, conflicts, destruction and evacuation.
2. More refuguees go back home safe.
3. Less terrorist operations be observed in the western world.
4. The freedom of expression does not get more limited where it still exists.
5. There will be less policing, unnecessarily harsher law enforcement, survailance and control.
6. Less number of species go extinct during the year to come.
7. Multinational corporates do not come closer to a monopoly over our lives and choices. In particular there will not be more frequent mergers and acquisitions more than 10B dollars value.
8. Rich-poor gap does not get wider worldwide.
9. America becomes a democracy again!
10. The other democracies of the western world do not move to that direction, away from fair distribution of decision making and cashing out the political power.

Looking at the trends, most likely none of these will come true, so I make one last wish hoping less celebrities die in 2017. This one stands a relative chance. Specially because many more people asked for it.

Happy New Year!

The Gaian Mind

Trondheim, Norway
Trondheim, Norway – View out of the plane window.

Could it be so that the Gaian mind is actually a purposeful mind, although much bigger than ours so its super-intelligence can’t fit in our scientific theories?

Could we as a species be just an allergic reaction of our planet to some cosmic danger that the Mother Earth has sensed through all the information it has acquired from all levels of species across its body?

And that our collective technology is supposed to protect it from some external hazards in the solar system instead of ruining it from within?

I hear this argument recently (and independently) more often. It doesn’t add up to what I think of the purposelessness of self-organization and randomness of emergent properties. But what do I know if I’m only a cell in this super-organism?

Where are Trump voters?

I thought I have a diverse and colorful social network or at least I did not expect that I have somehow excluded a big parallel reality of Trump supporters from my life.

Everybody in my social circle (residing in Europe, the middle East and the US) – literally everybody – is frightened and is mourning over Trump’s precidency. Where are the others who have actually voted for him? I would not be upset or sad, at all, to see them celebrating but I don’t get anything on my news feed.

Either I have Trump supporters and they hide their celebration from the world which I doubt it. Or Facebook hides it from me as their algorithms assume that this will keep me longer on their platform to click ads. Or simply, Trump supporters are nearly non-existing in my social circle. I seem not to have friends who have voted for Trump. Or I may have really few.

The thing is that I never removed someone from Facebook for being a Trump supporter and I won’t. I have taken similar wrongful measures previously when my philosophy was more tied to my reactionary political views. There and then I have happened to exclude people from my social friendship because our political views deviated. But I haven’t something like this lately, at least not because of politics, and certainly not becose of someone being a fan of the Republican party or a Trump supporter.

YET, I don’t seem to have any one in my social network who have voted for Trump. Where are they? How can I find them, befriend them and hang out with them?

I don’t befreind people in political rallies, why am I located on such a politically polarized spot now? How come I ended up with so many Clinton, Sanders and Jill Stein supporters and have I not come across anybody from the majority of the American voters? Can they be stereotyped for me to understand why not? They love country music, have family values, and call themselves socially conservative in some sense? Well there’s not any reason for me to have excluded them for any of thse reasons. Quite the contrary. And neither for them there should be a strong stereotypical reason to exclude me. But we have not come across each other, probably in any of the red states that I have travelled, or the places that I have been to. Is that so?

I will travel to the US next week and will make sure I meet some Trump voters/upporters and will hang out with them to break the social network’s self-reinforcing illusion that the world is in a full agreement with me. And well, which agreement? I was not even a Clinton supporter.

We seem to live in two parallel realities, divided with respect to the bi-partisan magnet of the US election lately. But I don’t wanna blame it on the social media’s news feed algorithms and their so-called “echo chambers”. I think the links between me and Trump voters hasn’t been simply formed in reality and social networks can’t capture something that is non-existent. They haven’t helped it form either though, which is a different topic.

Are we two parallel intertwined species minding our own business and pass each other bye only in public transport where people’s political agenda is not written on their foreheads? And then we crawl into our own bubbles to keep spreading our ideas to like-minded people?

The reality of Trump’s precidency didn’t hit me so hard as waking up to the gravitational forces of some mysterious dark energy that we don’t see but we can detect its effect on the universe, for example, after seeing the election results!

Come on people. Who voted for Trump? Let’s hang out!

I am still in shock.