No one wants to forget Cancer.

Not the constellation. The disease.

You read the lyrics of a song
but you can't make sense of it.

What is it? What is it not?
What if it is? What if it is not?

Deep inside you really know you know it
but everywhere around you turn away from it.

You just haven't zoomed out far enough
but keep remembering, keep observing.

You know it's out there, coveted.
You know it's in here, protected.

Man is the selfish one, Woman is the creator.
But man, you get one chance, once in a lifetime.

It's your one in a lifetime... your life's upon a time.


Electron "point" is a standing quantum wave

Ok, that might be a stretch: it either is or it's not or maybe it depends on how you look at it.
However, there's certainly something very attractive about an idea, such as standing quantum waves, with the potential to change the way we currently understand reality. After all, reality is perceived but ideas must be understood.

Check out these animations of sound waves radiated by simple sources (spherical wave animations). Then head over to see these hydrogen atom orbitals (electron cloud).

Whatever the universe/multiverse/everything is made of and whichever rules or heuristics it follows, it must be possible to increase our knowledge of it by reformulating the known rules into more general, more encompassing rules. After all, complexity emerges from simplicity not the other way around.

What will the world paradigm be like in 100 years? 1000 years? certainly not what we teach in schools. Most of us are even unaware of how archaic those views are, and our world view is largely based on what we learned a bunch of years ago.

Interestingly, not many of us ponder the validity of these paradigms. Archaic or not, it is also true that they are irrelevant for the pursuit of happiness, as happiness is readily available in the present. Perhaps everything stems from the simplicity, perfection and infinite potential happiness of the present?


Laying Creationism to Rest

Those who know me personally might think that either I'm joking or I've finally flipped the switch to "crazy": Creationism is real, and whomever intends to live in a peaceful world must learn to accept this as a fact. However, creationist's story is not the full story.

The problem with Intelligent Design (ID) is that it implies the existence of a supernatural superior being capable of architecting every aspect of the known universe. Note that by definition, an unknown universe does not exist.

The problem that scientific minds have with this idea, is that it robs us of the idea of free will and individual creativity, as it would imply that everything good (and bad) was someone else's idea and not our own. This is certainly very uncomfortable.

Fortunately, both sides can coexist peacefully provided there are some clarifications:

Higher intelligence is the result of emergence just like our bodies are the result of cell specialization, not just a separate entity superior and independent to its constituents. This is the central tenet of any religion: we are part of a whole. As such, what scientists oppose is the idea of "someone else" who just happens to know a lot more than anyone else. This is the core of the problem.

This superior being is nothing other than the emergence of an orchestrated system, compounded by the will and actions of every single entity in the universe.

We are all intelligent designers, albeit not perfect. Please stop referring to God as some bearded dude that nobody knows. That's not what the holy books say at all. God is all of us and nobody in particular. Get over it, carry on, and start helping in making this world a place we all want to live in.


We don't need any money!

We just have to find someone that wants to do what we want done.

Some people plumb for fun.
Some people fix cars for fun.
Some people cater for plants for fun.
Some people make all sorts of things for fun.
Some people write programs for fun.

Probably few people clean toilets for fun, but then again most of us crap inside most of the time.

Seriously. Who says I?


Happiness: straight ahead

Apparently no one has bothered to find the formula for happiness. Here it is:

1. Make yourself see everything positively.
2. You will have mostly positive memories.
3. Things that happen to you in the future have a bigger chance of reminding you of positive things, since that's what you remember.
4. Rinse and repeat.

This might sound overly simplistic, but you have nothing to lose by trying and a whole lot to win.

The key lies in the present. This is why we hear over and over how the present is all what matters and how we have to live in the present: It's because it's our perspective on the present what defines our memories. Positive perspectives beget positive memories.

To put it in another way: if someone often makes you laugh, smile and have a good time, what would your opinion of this person be in general?

How do you like people to greet you? Why don't you greet everyone that way?

Make everyone feel special and everyone will think you are special.


Is Earth just a big computer?

Assume it is. What are the consequences of assuming this?

First of all, we would have to wonder what is the purpose of our computation. What is the question? (or questions). This then implies that we have a purpose. However, it doesn't imply that there is a higher being that made or programmed us. After all, wouldn't this mean that this higher being, is in fact, not as intelligent as the computer that it created to answer what it cannot by itself?


So let's assume that it's a self-replicating computer, that it either gets the answer or it needs to construct a more powerful computer that does, ad infinitum. Eventually, we have to assume that there is a computer that does figure out the ultimate question, otherwise this post gets boring pretty fast.

So for the purpose of not being boring, what happens after the ultimate computer figures out the ultimate question? It needs to convey the answer to all the computers that created it, as that is its purpose, thus, every computer communicates to its creator what the answer is, back to the origin.

Then what? All computers cease to have any use, especially since the ultimate question has been answered (and thus all questions).

If our planet were indeed the creation of a being wanting to know an answer, and assuming that we like our Earth as is, we would have to keep it a secret and just pretend we're computing away, or risk obsolescence and ultimately death. Some would say that the certainty of having no purpose in life would indeed spell certain death, while others would argue that life is worth living even without a purpose.

I would be in the second school of thought. There needs to be no purpose, no fulfillment of any sort of tasks or dreams, for a person to enjoy the moments that make up our lives. Furthermore, I wouldn't keep it a secret. I'm pretty sure that if it makes no difference then there is no harm in keeping the playground, much like nostalgics keep their old computers around and play with their Ataris.

On the other hand, if this computer does become redundant and is scheduled for... well, not even recycling, then I'm sure I won't care since I won't be able to complain. You don't get to complain if you don't exist.

Alright, back to computing for me until I or someone else finds The Answer (and The Question)... actually, the answer is 42, right?