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Week in Review

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

In this post – The Importance of Life Stories and Appendectomy

NYT: This is Your Life (and How You Tell It) describes a new focus on life stories as a source of information in the field of psychology. The connection between personal myths and identity is a strong one, and in fact the two may just as easily be seen as different angles on the same thing – to use “identity” over “life story” is to speak of state functions instead of a repeated path simulation. I think the state function approach requires more processing. After this article, I went to looked into a few books by the author mentioned, and got the library to order “The Stories We Live By“.



Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The cool nifty thing that totally made my day was finally getting around to learning the “print” command in gdb. It seems so stupid in retrospect to have been using compiled print statements all these years when I could have examined any variable interactively with a simple debug flag. Now if only gdb could step backwards


Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

“I would also really like to caution against the type of logic that “I don’t think they understand the … enough to make such suggestions.” exemplifies. By saying that, one is evaluating the validity of a statement purely on the basis of who said it, and not on what was said.

The idea that people should be restricted only to comments within their own specialties, and leave the thinking to the “experts”, is a very dangerous one. If that statement is accepted, the discussion might end right here, since it isn’t clear that any of us ‘understand enough’.

Discussion still continues though, because there is more to words than authority – there is reason.”

Morris Chang’s Pessimism

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Good Evening,

I believe many of you were at tonight’s panel. I was particularly struck by Morris Chang’s comments about the inevitable stalling of China’s economy in the same manner as Taiwan, due to Cultural reasons. I agree with him. I have thought about that question and come to the same conclusion in the past.

It is my hope that we can raise some kind of coherent, rigorous conversation about cultural weaknesses amongst the Taiwanese at MIT. As Wei-Chuan has said, as of right now the organization seems to know only eat-eat-drink-drink, and does little else. There is no conversation and no common consciousness. I would like you to consider the desirability and possibility of change in this aspect.

I do not think that we are bad at having opinions. What’s weak is the ability to develop those opinions. There is an excess of the tolerance for relativism, and on important issues disagreeing people seem to be unable to speak to each other. In the absence of meaningful disagreement, agreements are shallow and only joined by coincidence of name, as opposed to some deep generating principle.

There needs to be conversation about more fruitful ways in which to disagree. We need to make the strength and vigor which comes of public conversation available to us. This is something a technical education does not offer by itself – we’ll have to work for this one. We must be aware of the dangers of philosophical bankruptcy, how we are wasting many opportunities by neglecting self-examination.


Academia as a Career

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Article about how it really doesn’t make sense to go into academia.. I can’t seem to refute this, haha.

Brain Rot

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Do you ever get the feeling that the company was friendly and all, but seriously causing you brain rot?