Struggling with Meaninglessness

searching meaning in meaninglessness

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Below is the list of the best things i’d came across in the past 2-3 weeks….

Best Article.

Even if i have to repeat myself one thousand times, i will do. This is the best article I’ve read in, not only in 1-2 months, but many many months perhaps the entire year. Insightful, critical, creative, counter-intuitive and thought provoking. At my level, i can only dream of writing an essay as compelling and brilliant as this.

To be honest, i’ve been bored to death with the recent science articles i could find at Digg and Reddit. So refreshing to read something as amazing as this.

The most captivating quote in the article is certainly this – The reason for these double standards (moral values) is obvious: people tend to align their moralization with their own lifestyles.

It’s a 7,000+ words article on morality and psychology… and i wish it could be longer…

Best Book.

  • Human : The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique by Michael Gazzaniga

I admit, it was a little gamble buying this book as it was wrapped and i didn’t have a chance to take a sneak peek inside the book. But you know what made me bought this book? It was the testimonial by ….. Steven Pinker! and also V.S. Ramachandran (a famous neuroscientist).

And this book went beyond my expectation. It was brilliant. A book which covers everything about human being from Psychology, Neuroscience to Evolution to Genetics to Philosophy of Mind. I will put this book as one of the top 5 books i have ever read.

Best Blog

  • Overcomingbias.com

This is a blog which i have been following for several months already. Eliezer Yudkowsky, one of the co-bloggers, is a brilliant thinker, enough said. I wish there’s a technology where I could use a USB drive to copy his brain and transfer everything he knows into mine.

Best Song

Bob Sinclar – I Feel For You (Funky Disco House)

I got this song from the album Bargrooves Bar Anthems (unfortunately this album is  just below average). Gosh, i feel like dancing now. Not a big fan of Bob Sinclar’s music though (with the exception of 2 of his songs – World Hold On & Love Generation) but was surprised to learn that this song I Feel For You is already 8 years old … since the year 2000.

I Love Disco House Music!

Best Video @ Youtube

 

I’ve watched countless videos over YouTube recently. But there’s only one video which keeps me playing over and over again. That’s La Caina’s performance at Ibiza with the song Le Vent m’a dit, one of my all time favourite Bossa Nova songs. (4 of my top 10 favourite Bossa Nova songs came from La Caina).

My only tiny dissatisfaction with the performance is the replacement of trumpet with flute. The original version of the song which uses trumpet, sounds much more smoother and mellow compared to this version which uses flute. Nevertheless, brilliant performance.

I Love Live Jazz/Bossa Nova Performance!

Best Quote

  • “What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.” – Christopher Hitchens on God and Religion.

How I wish I’d came across this little wisdom earlier. It would have certainly prevented me from wasting plenty of digital ink and time denouncing the imaginary friend called God. Thinking about it, it is equivalent to a man spending several months researching and dissecting magic show, arguing and conclude that magic show is not real magic but only tricks and illusions – how meaningless to argue on something so obvious and perhaps self-evident.

Best Trivia

  • Where is the South of South Pole?

I stared at world map for 3 -4minutes like a curious chimpanzee and then only realize that there’s no such thing as the South of South Pole. Oh no, my mind is working so slowww……..

Best Thing I’ve Learned

  • An intelligent alien will bear close resemblance with human being. If intelligent aliens exist, they will have to walk upright like how human being do (instead of remaining four legged like animals) because intelligence needs hands.

I got to learn about this from Eliezer @ overcomingbias.com. Perhaps there’s nothing much amazing with this for you, but personally for me, i find it very interesting of how important our hands are to us and our intelligence. One example would be – Writing. If you have played the game Civilization before (voted as one of the best PC games of all time) you will know the importance of learning Writing as it is the core of every civilization’s technological progress. If we’d remained 4 legged and couldn’t free our hands, Writing will not exist and there will be no alphabets (communication is severed), no transfer of knowledge (no books), no mathematics (no scientific progress), no code of law,  no money currency and all which will lead to .. no Internet.

And Writing is just one of the many important things we can do with our hands.

At the moment, i’m concentrating to read more on Psychology and Evolution (i’ve stopped reading on physics) just to keep up with the flow i’ve been in these days.

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Written by elan85

August 11, 2008 at 6:04 am

Posted in Personal

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  1. Great post, it was very informative. I think its a must read.

    Mathew James

    August 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm


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