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The Programmer’s Mindset (IP&CS #2)

“It’s the only job I can think of where I get to be both an engineer and an artist. There’s an incredible, rigorous, technical element to it, which I like because you have to do very precise thinking. On the other hand, it has a wildly creative side where the boundaries of imagination are the Read more

Computers, computation and complexity (IP&CS #1)

“We’re presently in the midst of a third intellectual revolution. The first came with Newton: the planets obey physical laws. The second came with Darwin: biology obeys genetic laws. In today’s third revolution, we’re coming to realize that even minds and societies emerge from interacting laws that can be regarded as computations. Everything is a computation.”Rudy Read more

Introduction to Programming & Computer Science: Preface

“In my vision, the child programs the computer and, in doing so, both acquires a sense of mastery over a piece of the most modern and powerful technology and establishes an intimate contact with some of the deepest ideas from science, from mathematics, and from the art of intellectual model building.”Seymour Papert, Mindstorms: Children, Computers Read more

In Donversation with Anshuman Radhakrishnan: Causation, Foxiness and Endeavouring to Understand.

Bio: The task of writing a summary of the person that is Anshuman, or Ansh, is a daunting one. I met Ansh through the Internet, and even with the limitations that provides considered, Ansh is still bit of an enigma. As he outlines in this dialogue, Ansh practices the philosophy of keeping his image small. Read more

In Donversation with Brian Cronin: Daring To Know

Bio: Any description of Brian would be simplistic and reductionist. It is precisely for this reason that I think Brian is worth paying attention to. Cultural norms, ideologies and other forms of orthodoxy lead to people — and their ideas — taking on a more homogenous form. Brian attempts to live his life orthogonal to Read more

A Short, Possible Future-History: Part 1

08:31:47 AEDTFebruary 23rd, 2041Victoria, Australia A ding derails a young man’s train of thought; the electrochemical carriages of that exact conscious experience careen off their neurological tracks, evaporating into the ether of his cranium. Forever lost. Never to be perfectly replicated again. The sound that caused such carnage came from a Gen 10 SmartWatch. The Read more

On Epistemology: Philosophy & Practice

“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.”Isaac Asimov “Studies have shown that more information gets passed through water cooler gossip than through official memos. Which puts me at a disadvantage because I bring my own water to work.” Dwight Schrute Epistemology is a branch of philosophy regarding the Read more

ThereforeReflect: 2020

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”Søren Kierkegaard Sorry to disappoint, but this is not going to be some highfalutin — and still at this temporal distance, a mostly speculative — review of the various trends that begun, continued or reached their ultimate crescendo in the historic year that was Read more