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Brief reflections on mental health

Towards the start of the year I transitioned into the field of mental health. After gaining some first-hand experience with some very unwell people, and how they are supported, it has since been interesting to observe how mental health is spoken about; especially on social media. I agree with some of it, for sure. Though, I...

How to use the command line – Part 2 (IP&CS #4)

Last time, we explored the command line using the Terminal app. We are going to do the same again today, expanding on what we previously covered. Before that, though, let’s do a quick summary of the key ideas presented in the previous instalment. The command line is a method of controlling your computer using written...

The Programming Mindset (IP&CS #2)

Today, we will explore the programming mindset. Last time, I described what computation is. I also presented the basics of automation and finite state machines. Finally, I outlined abstraction as a form of dealing with complexity. This post, however, will focus on the frames of mind that will help you effectively grapple with these notions....

What is computation? (IP&CS #1)

Computers, computation and complexity are defining features of the modern world. But, what exactly are they? Acquiring a foundational grasp of what these terms mean is what I hope you achieve from reading this post. Though, undoubtedly, today we will only scratch the surface. This series as a whole will explore these vast ideas more...

Programming & Computer Science: A Series 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...

Causation and post-rationalism: Ansh Radhakrishnan.

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...

Critical thinking and daring to know: Brian Cronin

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...

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...