Learn from Bertrand Russell!

– “I have lived in the pursuit of a vision, both personal and social. Personal: to care for what is noble, for what is beautiful, for what is gentle; to allow moments of insight to give wisdom at more mundane times. Social: to see in imagination the society that is to be created, where individuals grow freely, and where hate and greed and envy die because there is nothing to nourish them. These things I believe, and the world, for all its horrors, has left me unshaken.”, Me: physical body life-term goal lives as long as physical body works, a goal beyond is just beyond; to “see in imagination” means to imagine “what is should be” (at his current level of understanding); the big goal: “to care for what is noble” is cursory- still, it highlights seeking for explicit features

– “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”, Me: “stupid” have limited observation, hence must be more “sure” of many claims; given the Gaussian distribution of people (given that we assume naive genetics behind the birth of new beings), optimizing for quality requires optimizing for a tight range; Still, lets remember that we still understand barely anything, so it is also a good idea to seek in others different talents than intelligence (understood as the ability to effectively solve problems)

– “Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.”, Me: but why do people want to escape from loneliness? cannot they talk to arbitrary people in the street? why is love understood as tight (selective) feature so often? what really is loneliness?

– “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”, Me: we just see and model the observable (our observable)

– “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”, Me: love would be just “love for life”, i.e. appreciation of the given, and knowledge would be “learning about the black box” through the (arbitrarily effective) walk in the parameter space; here Russell adds: “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”, so he names three features, i.e. includes suffering, but I would remove suffering from here, understanding it as one of things we experience when learning

– “Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.”, Me: a fixed set of unchallenged rules, or more generically, ceasing to challenge own rules, refrains many from effective learning; Russell adds more here: The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”, i.e. by looking at learning with more happiness, we learn to live better; why do we die instead of living forever learning?

– “One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.”, Me: as noted before, when learning, use tight range for choosing, and constantly challenge claims

– “Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.”, Me: we remember Russell’s paradox, we understand how many axioms and assumptions are introduced to mathematics; we need to think more and more as how to revise assumptions using knowledge from experiments

– “Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.”, Me: important words, but I need time to investigate them deeply

– “We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.”, Me: remember than to learn you need to perceive (hear, see) and then understand at your level of understanding, you often learn without understanding; secondly, it is misleading to many than “school” ends, in fact- “school” is all the time, for more – also refer to Warren Buffet’s words quotes in one of my former posts

– “Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.”, Me: science describes the perceived using our models, philosophy or thinking in general challenges the models, and dreams of a larger picture

– “It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”, Me: I hope that it is not even the case, but the fact that people are afraid to go for what they like because they need to survive, and they need food before self-development; an intelligent being will never focus on implicit and misleading information, such as money, but that does not imply one will not have money; an intelligent being will focus on important features, going beyond physical life, and will crave for and do things that are worth doing

– “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”, Me: you have to define what “eccentric” means; if an opinion different than the opinion of majority, then by definition of Gauss distribution and the naive assumption about the birth-rate, we will have the answer

– “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.”, Me: about taking the picture of group rather than one being; in such a case, we do not optimize what is good for one being; however, what is not “good” for being will not be “good” for the mankind; still, being good for 2-year perspective is different than 20-year perspective, and different than 1M-year pearspective

More to come


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