Archive for October, 2015

Movies – Inside Out, The Little Prince

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Inside Out was amazing because it didn’t have a villain. In contrast, The Little Prince portrays all “normal” adults as villains. I never noticed this when I read the book years ago.¬†Youthful angst is a frustration with being forced to obey rules that one can’t understand. Prince¬†proposes resolving that dissonance by looking inward, and denigrates the customs of others as senseless and not worth interacting with. Contrast this French approach with the Japanese one in here.

Learning to accept unknowability

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Conspiracy theories and superstitions have the same origin. They are both attempts to deny the pervasiveness of randomness in life. People who become overly invested in a low-noise worldview are prone to late-life conversions to superstition because they are so invested in the idea that the world is predictable that they would rather switch hypotheses on the basis of noise (and hence overfit) than admit that the signal-to-noise ratio is that low.

Admitting Unknowability is much more terrifying than admitting Unknownness.