Mertin Schubert

旧Niantic Project研究員

2015/2/20 20:10

Like Stein and Yuri, I’ve got a bad feeling about the upcoming events in Afghanistan, Florence and Austin. There is no way to calculate what will happen when the Shōnin stone is activated. My effects and papers are all in a safe place with coded instructions (hmfzounf2/4) for retrieval. 

2015/2/5 15:50

A former student contacted me recently. He has a fascinating interest that he's pursued for many years: Attempting to reconcile ancient religions with modern physics. (+Stein Lightman, I must remember to connect you two at some point). It would sound silly if it weren't for the many, often uncanny, connections. To think that an idea as 'new' as Multiverses has existed from a time when we were scarcely entering the Iron Age is remarkable.

Truth be told, a well constructed metaphor is a better 'fact' than anything science can construct. As a skeptic, this is a weapon I use often. The scientific theory is like a blind man poking at the elephant. It can prove that something exists, but it cannot prove the whole, only one more piece of it. The metaphor, on the other hand, is an infinite source of ideas. Perhaps, within that well of the ideas is the elephant, perfectly constructed. Even the blind man would be able to find it in his imagination, and it would be complete in a higher resolution than ten thousand years of scientific testing

It brings me to Sumeru, or Meru, which has been a topic of much thought recently. It is an ancient attempt to map the world fully, but what's most remarkable, is that in doing so it maps not only space, but time, dimension and spirit.

My student told me a children's song, it doesn't translate well (he said), but it roughly reads as:

Meru rose into the sky.
It pieced through every place and time.
The rocks that fell from Meru's side.
Are sharp and cut through everything.

He said this is the source of the belief that the Shōnin stone, or stones, are carved from the rocks of this mythic mountain. I do not know whether I should interpret that as a metaphor.

2015/1/18 17:44の投稿

Each time I try to follow in +Hank Johnson's footsteps, I grow to respect him even more.

What an amazing skill it is to be able to look at a network of coded memories and think: How did time and generations of retelling slowly morph what was once an epiphany and a truth, into a deeply nested metaphor.

I lack Hank's innate talent, but I am slowly coming to realize that the skill is actually an act of creative thinking -- imagination. To look at a metaphor and ask: Where in our reality does this piece fit? It is like solving a puzzle: Testing the edges, looking for the patterns.

Soon, one is roaming a universe of possibilities. It is exhilarating. A mythical place can become a place, an asteroid, perhaps even the black hole at the center of the galaxy.

When the next piece fits into the puzzle, it both opens new possibilities and closes others. 

2015/1/4 15:59の投稿

Yes, I saw the news about +Hank Johnson. I don't want to dwell on it. For today, my thoughts are on a different subject.

I've been watching (from a distance) as this new dynamic between +Klue S., +A Detection Algorithm and +H. Richard Loeb has emerged. It's most curious.

From what I can tell, Klue is asking Agents to help her extricate her mind from ADA's using a series of Glyphs. That much makes sense... If Glyphs enabled them to connect in the first place, it seems logical that Glyphs could end the connection as well.

Here's where I am stumped. Perhaps some of you might know how to answer this. Why has ADA made no effort to stop this from happening?

There are two hypotheses I can construct:

1) ADA cannot see this. Klue's actions are in some kind of blind-spot within the AI. After all, if a human can have a blind spot, why can't a machine?

2) ADA is aware of what Klue is doing, but is allowing it to happen. In essence, ADA wants Klue gone, just as much as Klue herself wants out of the 'relationship.' If that's the case... why?

What do you think?


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