Simulations of our days

Posted on 2021-12-05 by Dmitri Zdorov

Simulations of our days

Our consciousness is very limited. Though a mega-complex mechanism, our scanty brains still cannot cope so that we can adequately imagine the world's complexity even at the closest level to us. Maybe our distant descendants will be able to represent everything that happens much better, even with approximately the same brains. Still, it is unlikely that we will be able to learn about it.

Take the hypothesis that our world is a simulation. And immediately, we often try to imagine something similar to a matrix, some massive, powerful computers simulating us and the universe around us. And if you look closely, we really live in a complete simulation. It is how our consciousness draws for itself the world around us. People, objects, atoms, galaxies - all this simulation made of some received signals (which also part of the simulation, of course) so that the consciousness could somehow draw coherent images.

We, ourselves, i.e., puny humans, mere collections, sets, assembled so that the main characters of our own life DNA structure, with a little more correct order would increase the level of survival. Just to get to a certain next point in the second law of thermodynamics unraveling the world.

Cybernetic mechanisms, with their fantastic energy systems, self-mutilating, self-regulating nodes, unimaginable complexity of control, interaction, and protection - this is not fantasy, this is simple reality, this is us. The molecules that make us up are these mechanisms. We just don't understand how it all works. Or rather, in the last couple of centuries, we've started to look under the hood a little bit, but it's still a mystique and a mystery.

Until the End of Time

Posted on 2021-11-26 by Dmitri Zdorov

Until the End of Time

I started this book: Until the End of Time by Brian Greene last winter, and I just finished it now. There are so many deep thoughts there that I had to pause to absorb them, think about them, and digest them qualitatively.

Many parts of it are just amazing. It's kind of about physics, but a lot of philosophy, psychology, and sociology too. It basically tells you how the world works, what will happen next, and for millions of years to come.

It's even available in Russian. But I haven't seen the quality of the translation.

The French Dispatch

Posted on 2021-11-18 by Dmitri Zdorov

French Dispatch

The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun is a new film written, directed, and produced by Wes Anderson from a story he conceived with Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness, and Jason Schwartzman.

Wes Anderson is one of my favorite film directors. Thus, I was delighted to see this movie on an opening day. I had very high expectations, and yet, there was nothing there to disappoint me. Such a great film.

Fantastic directing, photography, decorations, and acting, as well as everything else. Just go watch it when you have a chance.

It is made of three separate stories about imaginary newspaper articles, actually four, the story about those stories too. Joy, humor, art, romance, and just sheer aesthetic beauty are mesmerizing. But overall, it is about how literary work can be great and life-changing. I wish there would be contemporary papers like that.

In a word, not with a stick

Posted on 2021-10-28 by Dmitri Zdorov

Covid control

Let's agree that there is a pandemic. Yes, there is a virus. It is dangerous, you can get infected and die, and more people are dying now than usual.

Not everyone agrees with this, but it's hard to discuss this further without going crazy. But suppose you agree with the presence of the virus. In that case, everyone already has a different perception of danger and a very different understanding of what to do about it. This is normal. This is generally an evolutionary mechanism for difficult situations. Natural selection in action, you could say.

Here is my principled position on this matter. The virus is dangerous, but not so dangerous that humanity will die. We should not go crazy and forget other essential principles. Worries about the economy, the rule of law, and individual freedoms are important too, and no less important than fighting this virus. Too harsh measures, in general, will do more harm.

That is why I am against mandatory vaccination. The state should not force people to be vaccinated. It should not at this stage already impose severe restrictive measures, obligatory social distancing, and forced closures of entire industries. Even force them to wear masks or, worse, gloves.

We had passed the point when it wasn't at all clear what was going on. There are many different vaccines in most places globally, even there is already a choice and availability.

The role of the state is to help organize and inform. And it is the role of each individual to decide how to protect themselves and their loved ones. It is also the role of each business to decide whether to require masks or to provide test results or vaccinations. Very timely and accurate statistics, and in general, a summary of the situation will allow people to make the right decisions. Then the authorities should help to take action. Help businesses, help medical institutions, just people. But do not force them. A high level of reliable information will be the best means and incentive.

Tyranny on the part of the state machine will not help but will only strengthen the state machine itself. That will lead to excesses and thus stagnation (if not regression) in the development of civilization.

I do not believe that the virus was specially created to introduce stricter control of the population. But it is already evident that the situation will be used by various authorities of all levels to gain even more power and this very unrestricted control.

The freedoms we give away today will most likely not even be known to our grandchildren.

I got the vaccine myself. And I suggest you get one too. But again, everyone has to decide this for themselves. And at the same time decide for themselves how to deal with the overwhelming freedom machine of the states.

Let's deal with Covid-19 with information, not with regulations and mandotary actions.

Dune

Posted on 2021-09-22 by Dmitri Zdorov

Dune 2021

New Dune by Denis Villeneuve is good. I liked it a lot.

It is very different from the 1984 version by David Lynch that I liked a lot too. The new one is just a lot more modern, with really beautiful and well thought out effects, costumes and decorations. Director's work, details from the book, cinematography, and cast are all excellent.

The only real downside of the new film is that it covers only the first half of the story. Technically it's part one (of two), but it makes the film ending abrupt and leaves you with a feeling of incompleteness

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