#11 On measurements

Dear Mat, Congratulations and I accept your excuse. But I ask, How many more of these “children” do you anticipate having? And will their births interfere with more important work like these letters, published on our WordPress site? To clarify a point from last letter, I agree that ideas have to check out with the…
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#10 On eclipses

Eek, it looks like my letter is late this time around. My excuse is the birth of my first-born. I leave it to your judgement. My excuse that is, not the child. You got to keep reading The Beginning of Infinity. It’s quite a slog, not because it’s dull but because he’s putting together a…
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#9 On resistance

Good Christ McGann. Moon “shots”, shoving turds through keyholes, condescension towards your erstwhile colleagues — maybe we needed the tone lowered. Tits. You also said:

#8 On order

While your story might not illustrate anything, the worse outcome would have been for you to not have had a story at all. Whatever good could have come out of the world from an earnest, diligent approach to “power corrupts” from the mouths of teenagers in turn of the century Wollongong, it probably wouldn’t exist…
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#7 On proportions

Dear Mat, You’re right, the debating team I was in made no rigorous arguments and instead achieved  some success with recourse to humour, shock-value and vulgarity. My own highpoint was in an debate on a topic like “power corrupts” or similar. Heck, why don’t I just tell the story?

One way AGI might not happen

Basically, comp sci hasn’t had its arse handed to it yet.  Some people think some physicists are arrogant condescending arseholes. It’s more true to say that most physicists reliably become arrogant and condescending for a short period of time during their career. I know I did. Learning a science that, for hundreds of years has been zeroing in on fundamental truths…
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#6 On idiosyncrasies

Dear Jamie, You’ve reminded me that you dabbled in high school debating. I remember something funny about that story. You undermined it or won by completely distracting the crowd or something? I’m thinking I’ve been wrong to use the word “rhetoric”. That word captures the style aspect part, but still focuses on an end result:…
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#5 On rhetoric

Mat, You got me. I did have a draft letter composed a couple of days ago… anyway, missed the deadline. In the words of Alex, the Beethoven-loving rapist from Clockwork Orange, appy-polly loggies my droog. Anyway, I’m now convinced by your argument, in conjunction with mine, that one should do work that feels vital rather…
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