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Success!

So I was checking out my Instagram and ran into a post that said,

Fail seven times, rise the eighth

It’s funny that we’ve to fall seven times, it really is meant to be interpreted by people in their own ways. You don’t necessarily have to fall seven out of eight times, I mean because that would be silly, and maybe hysterical. Another one,

if you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice

I’m sorry man, but I ain’t sacrificing nothing (pardon the southern dialect). Continue reading “Success!”

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The Information Loop: Intellectual Stimulation or Retardation?

Today I am going to write about something a little controversial and what I’d like to call fancily the Information Loop. This loop represents every source we get our information from: news, answers to our crockery questions, and how to tie a tie, and by some magic the loop seems to have answers to all of them. I’m taking this up on myself to debate the intellectual effects from our reliance on this repository of knowledge.

Before I dive further, why call it a ‘loop’? And let me assure you I’d done a bit of thinking before calling dibs on ‘loop’. We are often inclined to believe what sources (of information) we chose to get our information from is solely per our discretion but is it really? The prerequisite of knowing where to get your information from is also information. You certainly wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t been informed of WordPress. If you’re still not seeing it, the information pertaining to the whereabouts of other sources of information is one that needs to be acquired from a source. There certainly is a hierarchy but it is also a source (of information) and follows suit until you establish yourself in a loop – where you get information from the same sources and turn to the same other sources for more information. Continue reading “The Information Loop: Intellectual Stimulation or Retardation?”

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It’s 55 °F at the Ed Sullivan theatre. Why?

Really, why? And trust me, I’ve been thinking about that for a while now without reaching any satisfying explanation. For those of you who haven’t been to the Late Show when it was hosted by David Letterman or lately as of 2015, Stephen Colbert – it’s freezing in there, like nipples through your The North Face jacket cold. But I somehow didn’t feel bothered by it. Some people have called it the ‘refrigerator’, but that’s exactly what Letterman wanted, apparently.

When I first got tickets to the Late Show, which also happened to be my first time at the Late Show under Colbert’s tenure, I noticed something on the ticket about temperature. It said it was on the cooler end and we had to dress appropriately. The dress code then stated Broadway casual. I was more fixated on what ‘Broadway casuals’ meant, leaving little thought to the theatre’s environment. It was early into March and I had my trusty jacket on, so never bothered with carrying or putting on anything extra. Continue reading “It’s 55 °F at the Ed Sullivan theatre. Why?”

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Fifth Tangent

We are supposed to be talking logic this time. More specifically, I’d like to talk logic and people – how they use and understand logic.

While most people aren’t necessarily logical, they seem to have a decent grasp of what is logic. You and I are capable of everyday reasoning. But we find ourselves making decisions seeing past conventional logic – and it really has more to do with human psychology. Sometimes, nasty people exploit this loophole to win an argument, make a point, or even manipulate us like some theatrical puppet. Continue reading “Fifth Tangent”

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Third Tangent

We made it! This tangent will explore entropy from a very philosophical standpoint (you’ll later understand why), therefore I won’t be spitting out equations unless I really have to, but let’s just hope it doesn’t come to that. So what is entropy? In all essential terms, entropy is really just the unique state of a system at some arbitrary time. This unique state can only move in one direction – from ordered to disordered as work is done by this system on its immediate surroundings. Entropy can move backwards – from disordered to ordered if work is done on the system by its surroundings. But what makes entropy truly fascinating and mysterious is it’s unpredictability – the quantum chaos observed in every system in the physical universe. This chaos is one that cannot be fully quantified because it would then violate the Second Law (of Thermodynamics) as we know it. Why does it violate said law? Because we can then turn back time, technically. By knowing the kinetic state and positions of particles in a system, we can easily treat the quantum particles as classical ones and apply our knowledge of classical mechanics to extrapolate the state of some particle in the system to some arbitrary time, which will allow us to manipulate the system’s disorderliness without doing any actual work on it – which is counter-intuitive and in violation of the Second Law.

Any system being governed by another entity cannot fully understand the entity that’s controlling it

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Second Tangent

Remember the last time (or maybe the only time) I had to end a post on short notice because of something requiring more attention? Well. That is now over and it’s been several hours since that distraction and I wanted to add more to the second tangent – one that attempted to answer culture exploring the fundamental factors guiding culture and people of some background – geographical (I won’t say cultural now because we’re tackling its evolution).

Talking about cultures and peoples at this time can be tricky as we had already grown used to, probably from several generations back to view culture and people as an entity, a singularity. And culture as one that had showed itself into the people and their minds somewhat magically, but science would say otherwise. I would say culture has evolved with the people on some common ground – like geography or ethnicity. Culture essentially is the manifestation of the physical environment into something that helps some people adapt and conquer. The differences in culture can be attributed to the local environmental factors. And remember, these environmental factors can extent to outside the natural environment like say, population. Continue reading “Second Tangent”

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I don’t know what this is going to be about, really!

It’s Sunday funday and people living in a timezone 5:30 ahead of GMT are either crying about having to be up early for job/school or letting it all go at one of the city’s many bars. I’m one of the latter people, because I’m on summer break back home.

I’m here at a bar I’ve never been before enjoying a Syrah which was served unusually cold. But I’ve done whining over it, well I did leave some damage on Instagram in the form of a rant. I don’t know if you are a friend of mine or another stranger but if you don’t know this, know that I let off steam by taking to Facebook to rant. My rants are almost always logical, hitting people who have fuc*ed up real good where it hurts – their egos, morals and values or tradition/practices. It’s not always a direct attack, sometimes subtlety pointing out their downfalls without (trying my best not to) offend said person in the process. My first tangent concludes here.

Now let’s talk people. People are what we call the collective man (hey, don’t you think that’s a little sexist – using man than something more generic?) What makes people who they are? How did we evolve cultures sometimes radically different than ones we see from our fellow neighboring countries/ethnicities? I’ll try and answer this question from my intuition into this construct of people their culture.

Woopsies… my beer is here. Gtg.

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Patriarchal Society: Its Effects on People

When I began writing on Chronic Overthinking (then Chronic Overthoughts), I would have never seen myself taking up such a topic for discussion. After thinking a little too much coupled with a questionable amount of free time for someone my age, I decided to share my views on this 21st Century atrocity. Before I jump into the content, I must tell you I’ve personally experienced the effects of said society – which can either be a warning to the readers to expect some personal bias or back up the anecdotal value of this post. But it’s really your call.

Patriarchy inculcates unjustifiable ideas of what a society should be like into youthful minds Continue reading “Patriarchal Society: Its Effects on People”

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Why Do Extremely Smart People Come Off As Utterly Stupid?

I can’t speak for all people so I’ll only go on to present my opinions based on personal experiences here. It’s really hard to define ‘smart’. There’s a fixed threshold in the IQ spectrum to be called a ‘genius’ but that alone does not guarantee you are ‘smart’. Smart is a convolution between a high IQ, a distinctive personality and other traits that put that person above the average crowd. Someone genetically predisposed with a high IQ would need suitable traits to make the most of their brain power.

It would be unfair to expect everyone to be smart, but victimizing smart people due to a difference of opinion is certainly unacceptable.

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