Philosophical snapshot: Words… Words… Words…

Philosophers wonder about what existence is.

Philosophers try to find out the meaning of being.

Different words.

Entangled in huge conversations.

The theme of endless research.

But what if our thoughts are trapped inside a cave (cafe) we created?

What if we created these notions as we created these words?

Existence…

Being…

Are they different?

Who said these words mean anything in the first place?

The one who uttered them first wanted to say something he or she felt at that moment.

Said something.

Tried to communicate that to someone else.

And from that moment we have been wandering ever since.

(What do you mean?)

Oh, had she not say anything.

And just hold his hand…

This is deep…

A child passing next to a shallow pond of water at the edge of the street…

“This must be very deep”, it says to its parents as they walk together.

“You cannot see the bottom of it”, it says.

And I smiled as we walked.

Not at the child.

But at the arrogance of humans.

Who believe all those problems they have are so ‘deep’. Only because they cannot see the bottom of them.

Oh, stupid human.

How can you reach to an answer…

If the question was never there?

Programming and Philosophy: Not so much different as they seem…

Huo Philosopher by Spiros Kakos (Huo)

What is common between programming and philosophy?

Well, at first glance… nothing!

Yet, if one scratches below the surface he or she may find some peculiar correlations.

People like philosophy.

Because they like to ask questions and seek their answers. Because they are interested in the major questions of humankind and would like to reach that holy grail we seek since we were born: Truth.

People like programming.

Because they like to create things that work. They like it because it enables them to bring life to their ideas and to an extent, even touch the idea of life itself via artificial intelligence and neural networks.

In both cases the most primitive of instincts are the cause of our actions.

Instincts that make us “do things”.

Instincts that make us “create things”.

Instincts that make us ask and then answer. And with every knew answer, seek ways to ask new questions and improve the answers even more.

That was since the dawn of civilization our best quality.

And our tragic fate.

Always on a quest.

Creating things.

Destroyers of the worlds.

Perhaps we were programmed to be like this.

And that is why we constantly try to be free…

Under pressure… Questions… Answers…

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When asked to answer questions quickly and impulsively, people tend to respond with a socially desirable answer rather than an honest one, a set of experiments shows. (1)

Let go. There is no pressure at all. The hardest questions will be answered in time. By themselves. Patience is the key. Logos lies in silence. Keep still. Watch yourself Be. And you will see, that all your attempts to answer were in the wrong direction. There are no answers. For the questions are wrong. Let go. Accept the cosmos. And you will see that there is no question to answer. For it it only your urge to answer things that creates the questions…

Stop trying to ask questions…

Let the cosmos ask instead.

And discover you as the answer!

Seeing what cannot be seen…

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Identifying geological features in a densely vegetated, steep, and rough terrain can be almost impossible. Imagery like LiDAR can help researchers see through the tree cover, but subtle landforms can often be missed by the human eye.

A team of scientists has tapped into the power of machine learning to identify hidden geologic features. Specifically, the scientists identified previously unidentified cave entrances that were difficult to see in imagery, and hard to access on the ground. (1)

What you cannot see is still there.

Not because someone sees it. But just because it is.

And yet, we need to see it to be able to know it.

Is that an insignificant detail we should discard?

Or an important artifact that could change the world?

Is it something denoting the importance of senses?

Or something perhaps emphasizing their insignificance?

“But the cave is there!” one might say. And it could be true. But can you convince me about that? And if not, what does that mean for the cave itself? Is it still “there”? Was it there in the first place? If the cave is there only when we see it, then this is a truly scary possibility. It would mean that we rule the cosmos and that our perception shapes the shape of existence. But if the cave is there anyway, no matter what, that would mean something even scarier. That our consciousness and existence matters not. That the cave is there and that we are already inside that cave. That we never left that cave. That we are still entangled in its darkness. And exactly because of that, we are conscious!

Are we children of light?

Or are we the daughters of darkness?

Look at the Sun.

Don’t you long the Moon?

Stare at the Moon.

Do you feel the Sun burning?

Could we be asking the wrong questions from the beginning?

Search inside you.

The inability to answer questions could only mean one thing.

Neither the Sun.

Nor the Moon.

We are not the bearers of questions.

We are the answers!

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