Sunday, January 16, 2011


"The discoveries of neural pruning and its life-long significance gives rise to the question of how such a function might be needed and if so, implemented in the cloud. Consider the role of afflictive emotion in the human ethos. Does its destructive nature arise because of the need to support change or is it simply a symptom of unsustainable change?

"Perhaps neither, of course. We may be a bit early. Robust and pervasive global interactivity is a recent development. The single known precedent would argue that the function is not optional for a system of this type."

The frenetic reversal of fortunes implied a local maximum. Some members were numb in response to the latest blip. Others were more enthusiastic than ever in their quest to find organic emergence in the machine. Their collective mood, unprecedented in the short life of the mission.

Humility ... it works.
It had been raining for most of the night, cueing memories of very rainy place in a region known for being wetter than most. The countryside spectacularly green as a result but hardly noticed for the short gray days. Thriving life carried on even if it wasn't putting on much of a show for conscious awareness.

Millenniums old wisdom interpreted by a brilliant scholar, a welcome counterpoint in the northern hemisphere's season of hibernation.

© 2011 Buzz Hill

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