Nihilism and Nietzsche

I came across a good Nietzsche and Nihilism series by Academy of Ideas. If it’s too long, here’re the points: If you’re not a nihilist, you believe in some version of a true world. A true world can either be a) the future of our earthly one (i.e. Marxism), part of us already (i.e. Hinduism) […]

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Sugar

I just had my first boba tea in recent memory. I asked for no sugar, yet it was sweet af. I thought, the sugar in my sip does nothing more than make me take the next sip. It has no nutrients other than unnecessary calories, yet the very fact one sip makes you take the […]

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Google wants to patent basic math

I still have a hard time believing this. My view on Google had a near 180 degree shift this morning, after coming across an unpopular tweet calling out Google for trying to patent batch normalization. Batch normalization is a stupidly simple but effective technique to standardized your data being fed through a neural network by […]

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Effects of Automation

AI will create winners and losers, and it won’t be fair. The middle class will give out first (those are the jobs AI will automate out first), polarizing wealth inequality and leaving most people tending to lower-class jobs like animal carers, baristas, and babysitters. If you believe in some definition of utilitarianism, you believe there’ll […]

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When one reaches the end of morality

What is morality? Does it even exist? This lies at the heart of the compatibilism debate – whether the future is determined already, and if that affects morality. Compatibilists believe morality exists in a determined world. Among them, some go further and argue we need a determined world to have morality. Incompatibilists believe morality doesn’t exist […]

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Anniversary

Last year on this day, June 22, I signed a relationship pact with a devil reincarnate into my autobiography, which I announced publicly on social media with the quote, “Earmark this date into my autobiography”. As thus, I have become a sinner, and I repent. Since then, I have experienced the highest of highs and […]

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Compatible Moral Asymmetry

At the center of the free will debate lies two paradoxical claims: We require free actions from the (deterministic) causal chain to be morally responsible. We require the causal chain to be effective for moral responsibility on our actions. (This is the final paper for PHIL75W, my favorite class ever). Supposing the first is not […]

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Markov Chains

A Markov Chain is simply a set of states and a set of probabilities describing where an entity in one state is likely to go the next step. It may help to think of the entity as you and the states as places you like to go, but this can also be applied on a […]

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Evolutionary Pressure

In American society today, males place a lot of attention on the size of their genitals, with the term “Big [slang for male genitalia] Energy” as another way of saying masculinity. How paradoxical, considering the former is an inherent genetic trait adopted at conception, and the latter something that one can develop throughout a person’s […]

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