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The Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

Today, I watched a lecture on Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle – one of the most famous ideas in Physics. The Principle states that: “the more precisely you know the position of a particle, the less precisely you can simultaneously know the momentum of that same particle, and vice versa.” The idea might seem simple at first […]

Decartes’ life

Men of Mathematics In this short video, Freeman Dyson recommends a book called “Men of Mathematics”. The book provides an insight into the lives and contributions of the greatest mathematicians, from Zeno to Poincaré. Both Freeman Dyson and John Nash, two incredible mathematicians, have spoken about this book. Apparently, reading it encouraged them to pursue Mathematics as […]

Alice De Schutter, blog post on mental models.

Broadening my set of mental models

Last month, my dad showed me an interesting article about mental models. Mental models can be seen as “the mind’s toolbox for making decisions”. The article highlights the benefits of having as many as possible. According to the author, this leads to clearer thinking. As I read the article, I realised that one of the reasons I […]

Introduction to Superposition (quantum physics)

Here is a super interesting MIT lecture on superposition, “the ability of a quantum system to be in multiple states at the same time until it is measured”. This is only the 1/25 lecture that covers the basics of quantum physics. Hopefully I will have the time to watch them all by the end of the month. […]

“The Growth Mindset”

Today, I watched a video that talked about “the growth and the fixed mindset”. The growth mindset is one in which you understand that growth and ability is developed through hard work. On the other hand, the fixed mindset is one in which you believe that you are born a certain way – with fixed […]

The Middle East’s Cold War

Today I watched a video that explained the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia (also called the Middle East’s Cold War). The video inspired me to learn more about the Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy conflict. This is what I’ve learned so far: First, what is a proxy war? It’s a conflict between two separate powers who do […]

Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality, Anil Seth

The self according to Anil Seth

In Anil Seth’s TEDx talk, I came across a concept of “the self” that I had previously encountered when I researched about the modular view of the mind. Anil believes that the self, as we think of it, doesn’t actually exist. Or in other words, that the specific experience of being “you” is a controlled hallucination […]

Carl Sagan

Today I learned about Carl Sagan. Here are a few videos of him: Pale Blue Dot A way of thinking 10 Times Carl Sagan Blew Our Minds Man in his arrogance A Universe not made for us “Carl had such a gift for instilling wonder and curiosity for the cosmos, even for it’s vast oceans […]

How the English language encodes human exceptionalism

In Speaking of Nature by Robin Kimmerer I learned how the English language encodes “human exceptionalism”: the belief that humans are fundamentally different than all other animals and that they should therefore be uniquely valued. In the English language, there is a special grammar for personhood. We use pronouns such as ‘he’ or ‘she’ to describe both living […]