Rough intuition for tensors

As part of some original work I’m doing (which I will be elucidating here for you all soonish), I’ve been learning about tensors, a subject with which I am only vaguely familiar. The tensor abstraction is very mathematically weird, because it is stateful. It’s almost like object-oriented programming ported into mathematics. Despite it’s mathematical weirdness, […]

Entropism and the consciousness spectrum

Entropism (at least my version) is derived from the insights of Information Theory. The basic idea is that the physical laws of the universe place hard constraints on what sort of large-scale distributed computation is possible. If you imagine that a civilization as a very large distributed computer program, then these physical laws propagate into […]

QAnal is exactly Entropist mathematics

The two thinkers who have had the most influence on my thinking are Norman Wildberger and Nassim Nicholas Taleb. In a sense, my two big projects are a reflection of each school of ideas: QAnal is Wildberger’s influence, and Entropism is Taleb’s influence. There’s a rough idea here that I haven’t quite figured out how […]

Is Putin’s invasion a failure?

The breakdown on it is that it doesn’t matter – Putin already achieved everything he needs to, so why risk further losses? The media is incredibly full of shit, which is kind of hilarious. Putin just basically ensured that Europe is going to starve itself trying to “block” him. He’s invaded into Ukraine, yes, but […]

First steps in rational geometry | FQA 4

This is part of an ongoing series called Foundations of QAnal Outline Today we’re going to talk about very basic points and lines geometry. Specifically we are going to address the following questions: What is a point? What is a line? How do we calculate the line that intersects a pair of distinct points (the […]

Geopol: Regarding the Russo-Ukrainian War

The vast majority of wars in history are two weeks or less and are characterized by fighting, then talking, then more fighting, until finally a settlement is reached. The point of the fighting is to improve your side’s negotiating power at the next round of talks. The negotiate/fight cycle has already begun between Russia and […]

The Three Flavors of “Globalism”

There are three flavors of “globalism” right now. The distinctions are important. Global Trade: The original Eisenhower globalism was “free movement of goods, not free movement of people.” (The idea of “free movement of people” only existed at that time in global Marxist theory.) American Empire: After the Cold War the professional political class believed […]

The SHOCKING truth about determinants

I recently wrote an article about how to code rational arithmetic in Erlang. In the article, I mentioned that the criteria for two rationals a/b and c/d to be equal is if ad – bc = 0. If you are even a little bit familiar with linear algebra, you will recognize that as a determinant. […]

Preference falsification: common sense in the back, compliance in the front

Watering the streets Last summer a massive typhoon hit southern Japan, Taiwan, and eastern China. In Taiwan and Japan, such things are minor annoyances. Not so in communist China. You would think that a 5000-year-old civilization whose mythology centers almost entirely around managing floods would have the whole “managing floods” thing sorted out. But apparently […]