Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/molecular biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater
8 Lessons from a 3-Figure Writer
It’s already tomorrow somewhere in the world. Maybe that’s why the future feels like it is already here. Do you have questions about the future? Who doesn’t, right? The future is big and scary and always seemingly just out of reach. Then suddenly before you know it you are there, and it’s the present and then not a shortest measurable moment of time later it’s the past already. WTF? That sure was fast. But the future is still out there staring you in the face, laughing at you, calling you a big baby and asking you what’s taking so long. F-you future is what I always say.
To All the Women Writing Feminist Satire
To All the Men Offended by My Feminist Satire - There is certainly remorse being felt Dear Woman who’s piece of feminist satire I read,
The Case Against Pets
Why keeping a pet is fundamentally unethical As the current guardian of seven cats and two dogs whom I treasure more than words can express I was taken off guard to say the least by the strength of the case made in the piece. I have no problem accepting the ethical arguments that show conclusively in my view that the mistreatment of non human animals is morally wrong. Yet I still eat and use products derived from animals, including products that almost certainly were derived from animals whose treatment I would equate with torture. That said my intention here is not to address my obvious lack of ethical principles in this regard.
For a Non Genius Brain, Focus On Anything Other Than Thinking
As a genius myself it always pleases me to see the non genius types among us trying to be just a little bit more like me. That said I was unhappy with the lack of balance in the article (linked below - note: link removed by author. It was a classic believe me. Hopefully you can get the gist of just what an ass the dude was that wrote it by reading this. Imagine this article but in reverse and taken totally seriously. You'll get my point.) and felt it could have highlighted the differences between us geniuses (aka genuii) and the common folk more strongly. After all if everyone were a genius there would be no genuii and we would all be common folk and we would all….wait a minute. Damn…that does suck to think about. In any case I rewrote the article in an attempt to do just that, plus make it shorter, and not so stupid, or boring. Enjoy.
Blockchains Won’t Fix the Problems with Human Genomics Because the Problems with Human Genomics Can't Be Fixed
If you’ve been waiting to get your genome sequenced, will a virtual token really make you change your mind? Yet another article bemoaning the lack of progress gene sequencing has made in improving the human condition (linked above). In this particular example the author suggest this “problem” is largely the result of a lack of available genomics data (whole genome sequence) data from people. It seems that not enough people are willing to get their genomes sequenced and then hand the data over to either government or private industry no matter the promises of anonymity made or sweeteners offered. I can’t imagine why anyone would have any problem trusting those two paragons of trustworthiness (government and biotech industry), but it turns out that a few enterprising technology companies have come up with a brilliant solution to this (non)vexing (non)problem, my favorite new(ish) kid on the techno-block, cryptocurrency aka bitcoin! And just like Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch foretold in the opening lines to their classic hit Good Vibrations.
Brain imaging, Consciousness, Jaynes and Wittgenstein
Author's preface: The first part of this piece relies very heavily on direct quotations from the piece referenced. Thank you author Colin Klein for a wonderful review and author/researcher Robert Shulman for one hell of a book.
Why People Pay Me to Not Bother Them While They Drink Coffee
Why I Charge People to Get Coffee With Me Recently, a startup founder punched me in the face and asked if I wouldn’t mind backing the fuck up and not talking to him while he was trying to enjoy his morning coffee in peace? I was a dickhead in his personal space he explained, and he’d love to continue using my face for punching bag if I kept bothering him.
Introduction to Decision Intelligence
The end of intelligence Curious to know what the psychology of avoiding lions on the savannah has in common with fooling people into thinking something which is not intelligence actually is, and the challenges associated with figuring out new words for things which implies they are something they are actually not. Also, ever wonder what would happen if you crammed a bunch of things which aren’t really science into a whole new field wrapped under the rubric of another thing which is not science (data “science”). Welcome to decision intelligence! A rapidly evolving field of “science” where nothing is what it seems and everything is what it isn’t. Confused yet? Come along on an exciting adventure into this brave new world of made up pseudoterms and important sounding but ultimately empty techno-jargon. Are you ready to begin? Uh-oh time for you to make a decision. Better bust out that intelligence I have heard so much about, and start deciding. If you don’t do it some artificial intelligence is gonna do it for you, so what are you waiting for? Let’s dive right in.