Chocolate & exercise

I find that I do better mentally if I have a minimum of about 3 ounces of chocolate a day. (caffeine? – which I otherwise avoid!)
It seems I still keep my glucose under control if I do enough exercise – I’m doing about 64 minutes on exercise bike. (not all at once).
Also 13 minutes of stretches and 3 minutes of neck exercises.


I am having troubles.
I feel sick – exhausted.
I have been reading more.
Besides logic, I am reading other things.
Lately mostly Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart.
I was enjoying it – I like it very much.
But I got only 3 hours (approx) during the night.
I did not think I could sleep much more, but lay down, with book on text-to-speech, instead of my usual music (e.g. Liquid Mind).
Anyway I was in and out of consciousness.
I was in bed about another 3.5 hours – got through the book – but don’t remember it well – will have to go through again.
Feel worse than if I had not gone back to bed.
I think it has nothing to do with content of book.
I just need gentle music in order to sleep well.
And I cannot stress self with too much reading.

My New Philosophy Pages

I did the 1st 3 pdfs below in only a couple days.

But I know I need to read or re-read a great deal.
I feel very tired from the thought involved.
I must do routine things – such as programming to rest.
Philosophy is so much harder – and most of it is caused by verbal confusions which make no difference except in philosophy.
Thus it often seems not worth the effort involved.
I have to take breaks – it is also discouraging that I get almost no response – though I do see the pages get some hits.

Logic & Life

Predicate Logic is an abstraction of ordinary language mostly suitable for ordinary day problems. Also mostly adequate for mathematics. But we should not take it as absolutely correct. It seems to cause confusion when we think about quantum mechanics. We also have some problems thinking about purpose, free will, intentionality, etc. We don’t yet know the ultimate laws of the universe, and, even if we did, the complexity of the ultimate constituents would prevent us applying them in most every day circumstances. I agree with Daniel Dennett and Jerry Fodor (I believe) that Folk Psychology is the best we can do in ordinary life circumstances. Though we can try to understand the brain etc, I don’t expect that to help making everyday decisions.

Studying Psychology

Gabrieli, John. 9.00SC Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2011. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed 23 Oct, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA Here

I viewed the 1st two lectures. I also plan to review some physics and history of philosophy. I think though that philosophy relies to much on “common sense”. Physics and psychology both show us, in different ways, that “common sense” and also what seem to be correct philosophical arguments can be wrong.

Cannot figure what to do next

I seems that I have done what I am capable of in almost everything.

I think I am correct in my criticism of opacity (Quine, Stich).
But many words (variables and quantifiers etc in logic) do not simply stand for an object.
This gets very complex – I think it is really (mostly) a problem for linguistics – not philosophy.
I think the words other than those which stand for objects establish the “logical form” which
is a relations between those symbols in the mind. There are very many such relations. I think,
for the most part, all philosophy needs is those studied by symbolic logic. These are an idealization
of what occurs in the mind. But also I think there are other relations that philosophy often gets muddled
with, such as consciousness and free will. I am mostly satisfied with Daniel Dennett on these subjects.

I had thought of doing something with partial differential equations similar to what I did with ordinary differential equations.
But I think this is very hard.

I had thought of fixing some problems in what I worked on in general relativity.
But I think it not useful.

I have some ideas in quantum mechanics – but think, if possible, someone would have done it.

I had thought of working on port of Russell from c to Ruby.
But I think I do not have enough info and without more I could not succeed.

The CIA and the UniBomber

The UniBomber, Ted Kaczynski, was the subject of a CIA mind altering research program, MKULTRA, in 1958. The purpose of the program was to take from its subjects the ability to act autonomously and required them to behave in a bizarre manner. He was in the program three years. He was judged emotionally stable when he entered the program. He had completed high school at the age of fifteen and entered Harvard the next year. He received the highest grade in a class by the great logician Willard Van Orman Quine. (See _Last Word_ by Mark Lane page 266.)