Building a neuroimaging device.
Planning a city.
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三 Things to ponder.
五 The arts.
alternatives to modern high-initial-capital-rewarding markets as a means of distribution, especially ways to make housing more of a public good by disincentivizing monopolistic rent-seeking. The tricky part is disincentivizing regulatory bodies from being equally corrupt in their stead.
Also Hegel, Heidegger, and Western philosophy of history generally.
Before that I was pretty fascinated by paleolithic anthropology. I am amazed that egalitarian bands of about twenty humans each using stone tools were apex predators in a land filled to the brim with enormous cave bears, cave hyenas, saber cats, and packs of dire wolves. I still have no clue how humans managed that.
Before that, I was chiefly interested in metaphysics, especially theology, e.g. Leibniz and St. Thomas Aquinas, but also computationalist semi-epistemological stuff like algorithmic information theory, which is surprisingly related to Leibnizian metaphysics and could be considered a formalization of some of it.
Historically, moral philosophy and especially decision theory have been my focus, especially formal models that could theoretically be approximated & automated via "strong" artificial intelligence, especially via a "hard takeoff" AI "singularity". Those currents have taken me strange places. For a few years I was a Visiting Fellow at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, which was fascinating.
I wish I knew enough math to think about computational cognitive science but I basically don't know math. The whole "proof" conceit is somehow alien to my thinking.
Speaking of which I like thinking about aliens. And gods. And magick.
And culture, and etymology.
And thinking. And thinking about thinking. And what to think about, & thinking about what to think about.