3 min read · Apr 15th · Basically, we live in one giant algorithm.
New research suggests the universe is teaching itself physics as it evolves.
The “learning” of the universe is similar to evolution.
In the paper, the scientists define a slew of terms including how they’re defining “learning” in the context of the universe around us. The universe is made of systems that each have processes to fulfill every day, they say.
6 min read · 2019-12-19 · Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history. Extreme poverty has fallen…
7 min read · From 2019 · By Aline Holzwarth When Isaac Newton put forth the three laws of motion more than three hundred years ago, he did something radical. It wasn’t his theories or the computations behind them that were so…
Humans are creatures of least resistance.
The status quo is a powerful force in human behavior, directly analogous to the inertia described by Newton’s first law of motion: force is necessary for a change in motion to occur.
This concept of “what are all the things I am giving up if I do X?” is known as the opportunity cost, and it’s a type of tradeoff that we often ignore.
~14 min read · Jun 10th · For 97 per cent of human history, all people had about the same power and access to goods. How did inequality ratchet up?
Since the elites are massively outnumbered, the origins and stability of unequal divisions of the cake are puzzling, especially once we realise that this is a very recent aspect of our social existence.
Our particular species of humans has been around for about 300,000 years and, best as we can tell, for about 290,000 of those years we lived materially poorer but much more equal lives.
Our particular species of humans has been around for about 300,000 years and, best as we can tell, for about 290,000 of those years we lived materially poorer but much more equal lives. For most of our life as a species, most communities lived as mobile foragers, shifting camps when local resources became scarce, but probably sticking to a regular pattern over a defined territory.