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Walker Griggs 2023-06-01 23:46:54

Has anyone read the Tao of Physics? How did you find it? I'm picked it up last week before a long train ride -- really not sure what to make of it yet

📝 The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels bet…

After a quarter of a century in print, Capra's groundbr…

Konrad Hinsen 2023-06-02 07:52:39

I read it many years ago. As a physicist and Tai-Chi practitioner, I can confirm pretty much everything it says about physics and taoism. The analogies are well observed - what you make of them is up to you of course.

I had a math professor at university who held a lecture every year drawing similar analogies between the creation story of the bible and the scientific story of the formation of the Earth and its biosphere. He observed in particular that the order of appearance of everything was the same.

Personally I find Capra's analogies more interesting than those of my math professor, but then, that's mostly a matter of personal appreciation.

Jack Rusher 2023-06-03 08:15:49

As an ex-physicist taijiquan practicioner, I will offer a different perspective:

Someone who comes to Dao of Physics with a background in physics, epistemology of science, and Daoism will understand exactly what Capra means, but find nothing new, whereas those who read it without that background usually internalize a bad hippy/woo interpretation of the contents.

William Taysom 2023-06-04 05:27:10

That's a cover I haven't seen in a while. Honestly cannot recall anything concrete though!

Walker Griggs 2023-06-05 16:07:38

Thanks for the input folks. I've studied a bit of Eastern religions (very little) and a bit of Physics (also very little) both enjoyed and appreciated both thoroughly. I figured it might be worth a read to connect some dots and maybe bolster my understand of both topics

Ivan Reese 2023-06-03 03:52:18

Found some cool FoC-as-outsider-art — github.com/benrayfield/wikibinator203

The README goes hard and doesn't quit. Pullquote:

LICENSE SUMMARY: Its basically, do whatever you want but nobody owns the lambdas, and that in the evilbit=true namespace all possible bits are allowed, including evil bits (even if its virus, ransomware, etc), as its an antivirus quarantine, and in the evilbit=false namespace it works like the normal internet

And don't miss the website, but also CW there's lots of intense moving colors.

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Andrew F 2023-06-04 01:57:09

Definitely the correct pullquote. Incredible.

Brendan Matkin 2023-06-04 02:15:14

Feel like this is just this side of absolute chaos

Ivan Reese 2023-06-03 23:59:54

Also, digging through some internet backwaters for references, I found this old mailing list — groups.google.com/g/philosophy-in-a-time-of-software

Made me wonder if anyone who used to hang out there is now here.

Christopher Galtenberg 2023-06-04 15:22:51

Would have been there if I knew

85 total posts, group deserved greater mass

Miles Sabin 2023-06-04 18:01:30

Subscribed (still subscribed apparently!) but I think it was already almost dormant by the time I found it.

Christopher Shank 2023-06-04 16:17:04

“Communal computing for 21st century science, Apr 2023”

m.youtube.com/watch?v=-80VsIdAHZw&feature=youtu.be

Personal Dynamic Media 2023-06-04 16:50:24

I've seen a lot of cool Dynamicland demos, but I'm not sure how this will actually improve the world as long as it is locked up in one research lab, where nobody else can work with it.

I've read descriptions of their concerns about not wanting a reduced and misunderstood version of their ideas to take root in the wider culture, as happened with the Xerox PARC research.

I would argue that the reason a reduced and misunderstood version of the PARC research took root in the popular culture was because most people were not exposed to the real thing. They were exposed to Apple's and Microsoft's crappy copy of a superficial understanding of the surface appearance of the PARC research.

By keeping Dynamicland so proprietary and under wraps, I fear that Victor is probably going to end up recreating this same tragedy, when someone who watches the video demos creates a crappy copy of a superficial understanding of the surface appearance of the Dynamicland research, and that crappy copy takes root in the popular culture.