Two quotes from Yulian Semyonov ‘No password needed’ novel You touch me with your finger and you feel me, but what do you feel me with and what do you feel? Skin on the finger with which you touch me is made from atoms, but an atom is made from a core around which in […]

After reading a book by Erwin Schrodinger ‘What Is Life? Mind and Matter’ I made and shared several intentionally controversial comments, one in particular was about Darwin’s Natural Selection which I called nonsense. Result of that was a conversation with someone who argued in favor of it and of God. See for yourself. But first, […]

A useful quantum computer needs to process a set of continuous parameters that is larger than the number of subatomic particles in the observable universe. At this point in a description of a possible future technology, a hardheaded engineer loses interest. In the physical world, continuous quantities (be they voltages or the parameters defining quantum-mechanical […]

There’s so much wisdom in this short interview with Bill Buxton! Extracted key quotes below. Technology is not good, it’s not bad, but nor is it neutral. ‒ Melvin Kranzberg The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ‒ Marcel Proust Where is the life we’ve lost […]

Remarkable insight into the electrical architecture and power supply of the human body. After watching the talk I realized that the very simple reason we sleep is in order to recharge our batteries. Cells that we are made of are electrical capacitors and it takes time to literally fill these capacitors once they are discharged. […]

Current models of conciseness are incorrectly top-down treating a human as a monolithic unit with clearly defined subsystems and putting brain as the source of consciousness. Most theories of consciousness are based on philosophy and place consciousness outside of the structure of the universe as if mind is made of something else, call it ‘dark […]

Three lectures explaining basic concepts and history of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing. We are promised all-powerful quantum computers within the next 15 years or so. All these promises that we’ll have a universal quantum computer in 15 years reminded me of a story about Nasreddin who lived some 1000 years ago. Nasreddin Hodja: I […]

Rediscovered a talk by Ross Anderson dismissing quantum mechanics and hence quantum computing. His very first words are: I was invited here to provide a dissenting view. He is basically saying that quantum mechanics are not different from classical physics. That’s what Bohm/De Broglie pilot wave theory argues but it has been dismissed many times […]

So, I would like to see if there’s some other way out, and I want to emphasize, or bring the question here, because the discovery of computers and the thinking about computers has turned out to be extremely useful in many branches of human reasoning. For instance, we never really understood how lousy our understanding […]

There’s a good story about Nasreddin who lived some 1000 years ago. Nasreddin Hodja: I promised the Emir (King) of Bukhara that I will teach his donkey to speak like a human being, in 15 years time. He gave me lots of money for it. Friend: Are you crazy? You cannot do it. The Emir […]