Posts from the ‘Mind’ Category
“When people speak of creating superhumanly intelligent beings, they are usually imagining an AI project.” ―Vernor Vinge
Boomer Babes v.2049 is a product of artificial intelligence (AI). It integrates all previous female stereotypes since 1949 – from Farmer’s Daughter to Sex in the City, Cheerleader to Preppy, Gidget to MTV, Vampire Slayer to Whatever. What’s more, it brings the near future into focus, anticipating the awesome advancement in store for the Centennials.
“I definitely fall into the camp of thinking of AI as augmenting human capability and capacity.”
“Are you sure / That we are awake? / It seems to me / That yet we sleep, we dream.” —William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream
Midsummer Day, I dreamed I was late to meet a play date in a scene, and afraid to face my fate.
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
The frail was small, but she charged from the side and hit me with the mace. The way I bent and sprawled must have charmed her, for she opined: “You’re cute for a brute.” I bought it that day. Dents and all. But it never failed. So I give it pride of place and keep it shined. My armor suit from Dick’s Large & Tall.
“An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.”
“Social media is the new tribal fire, but human biology hasn’t changed in 50,000 years, unlike human technology.” ―Billi Gordon Ph.D., in Psychology Today
Neurochemically, the squirts of slavering juice triggered by approbations in social media, act like dinner bells in the part of our nervous system that works like Pavlov’s pup’s, and are as addictive as juicy bones scattered round the tribal fire.
“The Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) of the brain monitors social needs by releasing dopamine when we achieve social success and inspiring neurochemical deficits when we don’t. Tragically, social media is not the VTA’s friend.”
―Billi Gordon Ph.D.
After the stork dropped us off, it took a walk. We followed in its footsteps.
“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.”
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” —Herodotus, translated by Professor George Herbert Palmer
Since Colonial days in America, ages before the Pony Express saddled up or the Spirit of St. Louis took off, Postal Service workers have been heroes of the people.
“The Postal Inspection Service is the oldest law enforcement agency in the country, created in 1772—before the Declaration of Independence. Its mission is to protect and defend the nation’s mail system, and that includes elections.”
―Politico.com, Labor Day 2020
“There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers’ battle with the heavens that cover them.” —Federico Garcia Lorca
A town of skyscrapers is to the sky what a bed of nails is to a gown of veils.
“Buildings are deeply emotive structures which form our psyche. People think they’re just things they maneuver through, but the makeup of a person is influenced by the nature of spaces.”
You can feel inaudible music in the spaces between the holes punched in piano rolls.
“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between the notes.”
―Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart