Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Born to do Math 22 – Associative Coding or Information

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Born to do Math 22 - Associative Coding or Information
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
March 29, 2017

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Rick Rosner: It is something that is as close to codelessness as you can get or is codeless. By associative, I mean, in philosophy, the thing that people are always asked to picture is “red.” And how do you know that your red is the same as anybody else’s red? But the deal with red or any other thing in your mind is that what you know of it is based purely on association. There’s no base index to go to. God doesn’t have an index of things.

Where you can go and look up what “red” is, everything is bootstrapped and built via association. You think red. You think strawberries. You think apples. In the room I’m in, I’m looking at bricks and boxes that have parts. I am thinking of wavelengths and the inner ring of a rainbow. Then I am thinking of the words that come up with red. It is a giant net of associations that form the idea of red.

You can kind of get the idea that our thinking is purely associative if you break down the structure by doing something stupid like taking LSD. You haven’t done that. But I have, when I was young and stupid. LSD kind of breaks down or hampers the really grainy, the really small-scale, processing ability of your brain in real-time. And it makes it harder for your brain to process information.

So you lose some of the associative information. So if you look at a square grid of floor tiles, say, you might see this occasionally when you’re not getting enough information about the spatial relationships. The tiles get swimmy and wavy. And to some extent don’t maintain the rectangular grid that you’re used to because you’re not processing information well-enough to have all of the spatial associations that into forming that grid. LSD takes 19 hours, is a pain-in-the-ass [Laughing] and is one of the least recreational drugs.

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Rick Rosner
American Television Writer
Rick Rosner
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing
In-Sight Publishing
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