About K. Webster

My main interest in reading is non-fiction in religion, philosophy, esoteric knowledge, Hermeticism and Gnosticism.<br />

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  • K. shared from The Meme Machine (Popular Science) by Susan Blackmore
    Take: ‘If you copy me, I’ll grant you three wishes!’ or ‘Say me or I’ll put a curse on you!’ Neither of these is likely to be able to keep its word and few people over the age of five are likely to fall for such simple–minded threats and promises. Unless – Hofstadter adds – you simply tack on the phrase ‘in the afterlife’.
  • K. shared from 250 Things You Should Know About Writing by Chuck Wendig
    When someone says "follow your gut," it's because your intestinal tract is home to an infinite multitude of hyper-intelligent bacterial flora. It knows what's up if you can tune to its gurgling frequency.
    Note: It's all in the bacterium..
  • K. shared from Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense by James Scott Bell
    A powerful ending trope revolves around sacrifice. Think back through the cultural memes of civilization. Abraham is asked to sacrifice his son. He offers him up but is stopped at the last moment, and rewarded with the promises of God. Go to the Athenian democracy and a playwright named Euripides. He offers a play called Alcestis. In this play a king named Admetus is given a gift. He does not have to die if he can find someone to die in his place. He cannot, except for his wife, Alcestis, who takes his place out of love. Off she goes with Death. But Heracles (the Greek name for Hercules) hears...
    Note: Happy Easter story. From the original tale in the Greek pantheon. Stories do get recycled..
  • K. shared from Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel C. Dennett
    I have tried to demonstrate that Darwinian thinking does live up to its billing as universal acid: it turns the whole traditional world upside down, challenging the top-down image of designs flowing from that genius of geniuses, the Intelligent Designer, and replacing it with the bubble-up image of mindless, motiveless cyclical processes churning out ever-more robust combinations until they start replicating on their own, speeding up the design process by reusing all the best bits over and over. Some of these earliest offspring eventually join forces (one major crane, symbiosis), which leads to...
    Note: Dennett is brilliant.. If you are into the mysteries of the ages, or contemporary computing such as Artificial Intelligence, I recommend.
  • K. shared from Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel C. Dennett
    The beauty of Darwin’s great idea is that he saw how, given billions of years in which to work, and a prodigious amount of “waste” motion (zillions of trials ending in errors), design improvements could non-miraculously accumulate, automatically, without intention or foresight or understanding.
    Note: This is a great book laying down the theories that are being used to design AI for the next generation of thinking computers. If you are interested in the mysteries of life, creation, and human consciousness -give it a read.
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K. Webster