(Video) Sharper intuition for tensors

Previously, I wrote a post laying out some rough intuition for tensors. I made a video where I took the intuition one additional step closer to being concrete The basic setup is we have a matrix. We then just ask simple questions about the matrix, and see how this “tensor” structure emerges as a natural(ish) […]

Interest = competency

Had an interesting insight in the shower just now Moldbug has a quote that goes something like “everyone is right-wing with respect to their domain of competency” (verbiage mine). The example he gave was a 25 year old female kindergarten teacher. (Let’s assume pre-woke kindergarten teacher…). She will have typical 25-year-old girl opinions on any […]

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 […]