sarkology

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Hi. I’m a student of Artificial Intelligence at The University of Edinburgh. I find it hard to characterize what my interests are. I like to think I’m all for insight. Subject matter does not concern me as much as the concepts, methodology, perspectives used by various disciplines. I am not only for methodological pluralism, but also methodological promiscuity. I throw the kitchen sink at reality in trying to understand it.

If I’m concerned with truth, it’s with an eye toward the possibilities it affords than to its inherent worth. Truth to me, would be more about elementary facts than what physical laws are ‘fundamental’. This is similar to how I care that a certain mathematical fact is true (with respect to an axiom system of course), but only so that I can feel comfortable bringing all manner of concepts and perspectives to bear on it.

In my experience, reality is the deepest source of creativity. Even artists follow rules like cultural expectations or artistic fashion when producing their creative works. Why not take it further? We can count on reality to be self-consistent. We can rest assured that whatever patterns we find in it will not be in conflict with each other.

Now this may sound like mere stamp collecting. That’s not so. Patterns can be applied to patterns as well, and this process can be repeated as much as we please. There can be a grand structure to the patterns we find. I just try to avoid thinking that there simply must be one overarching hierarchy of  models which we call the fundamental truth. I find that severely limiting.

And so I seek the patterns.

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  1. pedro cunha said, on June 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Sark, I`m a big fan of your writings and your twitter. I think I`m the only one here in Brazil who reads you assidously. I deeply simpathize with your aproach to reality and its human interactions based on power. Hopefully I`ll make some useful aditions to your thinking here in this blog, by commenting on it.

    • sarkology said, on June 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Hello pedro. Thanks for your support! I’m not immodest enough to claim that there surely must be others in Brazil who like you read my blog, but I certainly hope they exist. It’s partly because I don’t seem to update this blog much anyway. I’m trying to though. Take care.

  2. pedro cunha said, on June 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Sark, do you happen to know a philosopher named Philip Pettit? Been studying him for my undergraduate thesis. There are 2 texts from him that I think you’ll enjoy. Send me your email and I’ll quote them to you. best wishes,

  3. Rachel Haywire said, on July 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Hey there! My name is Rachel and I love your writing. (@rachel_haywire) I am the editor of h+ Magazine and was wondering if you’d be interested in writing for us. Please contact me rachel@hplusmagazine.com if you feel so inclined.

  4. Julio Lemos said, on November 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Here I am. Another Brazilian reader.

    • Hugo said, on December 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Hello, hello, I am the third brazilian casual reader, probably found you out via jlemos’ twitter or @wcsoto, I’m not sure.

  5. ? said, on January 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Are you interested in writing for a student run arts, culture and philosophy online magazine?
    http://www.winol.co.uk/winolarts
    If you are, contact me at a.mcharg.11[at]unimail.winchester.ac.uk

  6. smarch said, on March 12, 2013 at 3:41 am

    your insights are remarkable and ur prolific. Your twitter is a continuing achievement. you are so consistent. I’m glad I found this about page. your summation if it could be called that, like your twitter, is dead on.

    I especially like your ideas toward the end about reality and patterns and the idea of a grand structure of patterns. The way your words communicate insight, you communicate a feeling of the BIG space we all are exploring. I feel like it’s a really rare set of skills. One can feel your genuine sense of reality. Keep it up. Can’t get enough. or Come to US and I’ll vote for you for Congress. I feel like the US and even the world is ready for a new way of thinking. it’s hard to articulate.

    I’d like to see you sometime trace the evolution of your thought processes any tidbits of what’s influenced you.

    I’m also curious if you have tidbits on AI

    • sarkology said, on March 13, 2013 at 12:47 am

      Thanks for the encouragement.

      As for what prompts my ideas, It’s just mundane things which happen to me IRL. I just tend to chew them over in my head a lot.


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