Recently I had to talk harshly to my daughter about the responsibilities of family members. Although I would like to think of it as a scolding, all parents of teenagers know that there is no such thing. There are only fights. But it got me thinking about the responsibilities, rights and privileges of family members.
Wanneer dit kom by die hoeveelheid intelligensie en ondervinding vereis, Ons het 'n duidelike hiërargie van data om inligting om kennis te wysheid. Wat kry ons van rou waarneming is net datapunte. Ons pas 'n paar tegnieke van samevoeging, verslagdoening kartering, ens. om te kom op inligting. Verdere hoër vlak verwerking in die onthulling van verbindings en verhoudings sal vir ons saamgevat en nuttige inligting, wat ons kennis kan oorweeg. Maar om te kom op die wysheid, Ons moet 'n ywerige gees en jare se ondervinding, want wat ons bedoel met wysheid self is ver van duidelik. Eerder, Dit is voor die hand liggend, maar nie maklik beskryf, en so nie maklik gedelegeer aan 'n rekenaar. Ten minste, so ek het gedink. How could machines bridge the gap from data to wisdom?
The allegorical tale of Ants and Grasshoppers is often used to drive home the inevitable connection between handwork and success, as well as laziness and hardship. Or between talent and riches, indolence and penury. Here is another story that may run contrary to this message.
At some point in their life, most parents of teenage children would have asked a question very similar to the one Cypher asked in Matrix, “Hoekom, oh, why didn’t I take the blue pill?” Did I really have to have these kids? Moenie my verkeerd verstaan nie, I have no particular beef with my children, they are both very nice kids. Behalwe, I am not at all a demanding parent, which makes everything work out quite nicely. But this general question still remains: Why do people feel the need to have children?
Onder die godsdienstige tekste van Hindoeïsme, the Bhagavad Gita is the most revered one. Letterlik aangebied as die Woord van God, the Bhagavad Gita enjoys a stature similar to the Bible or the Koran. Soos alle geskrifte, the Bhagavad Gita also can be read, nie net as 'n daad van toewyding, maar as 'n filosofiese diskoers asook. Dit bied 'n filosofiese houding in die begrip van die wêreld, watter vorme (vir diegene uit Indië) die basiese en fundamentele aannames in die hantering van die lewe, en die onkenbare werklikheid rondom hulle. In werklikheid, dit is meer as net aannames en hipoteses; Dit is die basis van gesonde verstand oorgedra van geslag tot geslag. Dit is die grondslag van intellek, watter vorm die instinktiewe en emosionele begrip van die werklikheid wat opgeneem voordat logika en kan nie aangeraak of ontleed met rasionaliteit. Hulle is die mythos wat troef logo's elke keer.
I used to have a pretty sharp mind, particularly when it came to simple arithmetic. I think age has begun to dull it. Case in point: recently I had to check a friend’s pulse rate. So I felt his pulse for 15 seconds and got 17 beats. Op daardie stadium, I wanted to call out the heart beats per minute. And at that point, my mind suddenly went blank. It started going through this chain, “Ok, I got 17 vir 15 seconds. So what is it for a minute? It should be, what, 60 seconds over 15 keer 17. Hold it, where is my iPhone? I need a calculator. No wait, dit 17 for a quarter of a minute. So 17 keer 4. Where is my calculator, dammit?!” Granted, it was a slightly stressful situation. But this is not at all the way my mind used to work.
I read on BBC yesterday that the richest 62 people in the world now earn as much as the poorest half, which would be about 3.5 billion people! Although there is some confusion about the methodology, it is clear that the wealth and income have been getting more and more polarized. The rich are certainly getting richer. Income inequality is more acute than ever.
I haven’t heard many concrete arguments against the conspiracy theories except those based on the belief that the government wouldn’t do it, and some emotional ones. The latter boils down to name-calling and accusing the conspiracy theorists of insensitivity, lack of compassion for the victims and their loved ones, lack of patriotism etc.
It has been a while since I posted a new article in this series on 9/11. Recent terror events have made it unpalatable to dwell on the 9/11 conspiracy theme. Nietemin, one has stand up for what one believes to be true, even when the stance is unpopular. So I will press on with the series, and wrap it up with two more articles, despite the warning from a friend that I will never be able to visit the US again without risking a lengthy interview at the airport. Or worse. Egter, some truths have to be told, even when they are too true.