In order for our number system to reflect the universe we inhabit, we have to reshape it.
In effect, we would be counting in something akin to reciprocal space. We already count in reciprocal space in many areas of observation, like X-ray crystallography.
It’s my belief that a number system built in this way could be complete, consistent and decidable… it might also please…
Here are some of my thoughts on things we don’t know the answers to. Hopefully these ideas will help others to see further.
Many of our scales are misleadingly inverted.
It’s become more normal to measure speeds as an absolute fraction of “c”, rather than relative to a theoretical but non-existent zero, but other measurements are behind.
This piece of writing is about how to use ramial chipped wood (RCW) to turn our farms into carbon sponges producing much healthier food. I wrote it in November 2019, but I’ve only just got to publishing it. Sorry for the delay!
Farmers could easily be the heroes of the climate and ecological crisis, and they could be making healthier food, and more of it with less effort too.
By learning from nature and farming in closer harmony with it, farmers could be sequestering enormous quantities of carbon.
I’m going to write here about a methodology that’s based on hoodwinking…
When big changes happen, we often talk about how order inevitably arises from chaos, and often a better order than we might have had before.
But we often miss something key when we’re considering this.
In physics, the only way for order to arise from chaos is with the transfer of energy. Work must be done for chaos to become order.
Chaos is very healthy for our lives, society and civilisation — it makes space to sweep out the old and usher in the new — but it only works with work.
Work hard my friends: the world is a mess and there is much work to be done.
Here’s a small change that could transform the world…
I haven’t fully explored this idea, but I think it’s a good one to consider as a thought experiment.
What if we removed the ability for people to privately own companies?
Some people might have quite a reactionary response to this, thinking it an inherently communist idea, but I don’t think that would have to be the case at all.
How might it work?
It wouldn’t make sense to nationalise everything; we know that this can often be problematic.
Instead, as a formality, each person who worked at the company could…
If you’re a crumb on a piece of toast, and you’re at the edge of the piece of toast, then your universe looks quite asymmetrical. In one direction is the crust and then a great expanse of nothingness. In the other is a glorious plain of delicious toast.
However, if you’re in the middle of the toast, then your universe looks quite symmetrical in every direction. Or at least it does if you’re zoomed out enough.
If you’re really zoomed in, then it might look different in every direction, as each crumb looks like a distinct mountain.
To us, our…
Do matriarchal structures more commonly arise where social factors dominate a community’s interrelations?
In a small, sub-Dunbar community of moderate intelligence wherein everyone knows one another, it would seem unlikely to me that situations might arise in which power should stem entirely from physical strength. Physical strength is more likely to be put to use by the hive intelligence of the group.
However, as we humans threw off our Dunbar number shackles, growing beyond small hunter-gatherer bands, by coordinating through large-scale fictions like religion, the organisation of communities, by necessity, had to become more 1-dimensional.
It’s my feeling that there’s…
Portugal has a serious problem with the mistreatment of dogs. All across the nation, there are dogs in cages, living in tiny, cramped conditions.
Bella and I just wrote this anonymous letter to one owner whose dog barks as if it’s crying, every time any dog passes by (it doesn’t respond to humans — it clearly has no connection to them at all — it’s clearly been ignored all of its life):
I have a question for you.
Why is your dog in prison?
I don’t know you, and you don’t know me. …
In the future, polities closer to the poles will thrive. This is perhaps obvious…
Firstly, the climate is changing, and polar areas will become the most inhabitable.
And secondly, the human brain functions better at lower temperatures. We used to think that yawning was about getting oxygen to the brain, and now we realise it’s about cooling it. As economies become more technology-based, requiring more brain power, the power bases will shift accordingly.
Singularities don’t make much sense in maths, so why do we force them to make sense in physics?
Departing from singularities for a moment and looking at scales…
It’s intuitive for us to build things from small building blocks: we start small and work upwards.
But what if we tried measuring everything the other way around; starting from the whole, always?
For example, we know that the speed of light is obtainable, whilst total stillness isn’t: the closer we try to get to it, the further away it seems.
Maybe all speeds would be better measured as fractions of c…
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