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Time & Eternity

The battle on earth

What are we really dealing with now? In the words of RDN @rdnxyz, it is not a technological problem, a cultural problem, a mental problem, an economic problem, or a political problem. “We are in the midst of a Religious conflict.” I agree, except that I would call it “Spiritual conflict” rather than “Religious conflict”. Everything is ultimately spiritual. The visible (physical) is temporal, but the invisible (spiritual) is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). Man is… Read More »The battle on earth

“The Three-Body Problem” and Scidolatry

I tried to watch the 30-episode Chinese TV series The Three-Body, based on Liu Cixin’s now-famous novel The Three-Body Problem. I couldn’t last more than an hour and had to skim to the end quickly. I generally have a soft spot for sci-fi and can often passively receive low-quality junk for quite a while before my brain can come up with a firm “stop” signal. But this is worse than junk.  It’s poison. Its philosophy… Read More »“The Three-Body Problem” and Scidolatry

Man and machine, intuitive logic and arithmetic logic

The barber paradox If the barber shaves everyone who does not shave himself, who shaves the barber? The question is the so-called Barber paradox. It is paradoxical because it always leads to a self-contradictory answer. The barber paradox may strike as a trivial witty remark to many, but it is related to something far more serious. It is an example of Gödel’s incompleteness theorem, which says that formal logic (arithmetically expressible logic) cannot be both… Read More »Man and machine, intuitive logic and arithmetic logic

The eyes of the flesh, soul and spirit

Seeing the existence of evil, some conclude there is no God. But this reasoning boils down to this: because one does not know God, God doesn’t exist. This reasoning is a fallacy. God’s way is higher than man’s way. God’s wisdom is deeper than man’s wisdom. We were created to have three sets of eyes: eyes of the flesh to see the material world, eyes of the soul to see oneself and each other, and… Read More »The eyes of the flesh, soul and spirit

Barber paradox and existence of truth

The barber paradox: If the barber shaves everyone who does not shave himself, who shaves the barber? The barber paradox may strike as a trivial witty remark to many, but it is related to something far more serious. It is an example of Gödel’s incompleteness theorem, which says that formal logic (arithmetically expressible logic) cannot be both self-consistent and self-provable. In other words, the consistency of formal logic cannot be proved in the formal logic… Read More »Barber paradox and existence of truth

Time is not an illusion

Dr. Ethan Siegel’s article No, the laws of physics are not time-symmetric is an interesting piece. The article explains an important discovery made in 2012 by BaBar collaboration that observed time-reversal symmetry violation directly in ϒ(4s) particle decays into mesons. Time-reversal symmetry violation, or T-symmetry violation, is the physics term for ‘the arrow of time’, meaning that time is one-directional, always moving forward and never backward. The news of the T-symmetry violation discovery was overshadowed… Read More »Time is not an illusion

Complexity and purpose

Complexity as a phenomenon is real. The problem is that Complexity Theory (and its theorists) tend to have an ideological bend toward positivism, relativism, and existentialism and presume that the universe or its subsystems (including life and human organizations) do not have a moral purpose. Some acknowledge that there must be some built-in hidden purposeful order driving the complexity, but overall, they find satisfaction in the idea that self-organizing order can emerge from nothingness or… Read More »Complexity and purpose

The usefulness and deceptiveness of AI

What about AI that concerns you the most?  I can tell you mine.  The deception of AI. Although AI will not actually become conscious, people will subjectively believe it has gained consciousness, and the humanity will succumb to a fake superior intelligence, and enter into AI-induced degeneration. The objective truth and the subjective human understanding can be very different.  And the subjective human understanding about AI will have consequences built upon the misunderstanding itself.  AGI AI will never objectively achieve super… Read More »The usefulness and deceptiveness of AI

Faith & Religion

Man’s relationship with God rests on faith not religion. On the journey of faith, the worldliness is the first line of resistance by Satan. Many are trapped in the worldliness, which chokes faith (Matthew 13:8). But once a person starts to transcend the worldliness, he faces religion as the second line of resistance by Satan. Once I saw a report that Italy was spending tons of money to rebuild (more than just remodeling) a famous… Read More »Faith & Religion

The sleeping beauty paradox is a fallacy

The sleeping beauty paradox is a problem that has puzzled mathematicians and many other scholars for decades. Here is a description of the problem: Participants volunteer to undergo the following experiment and are told all of the following details: On Sunday she will be put to sleep. Depending on a coin toss (see below) during the experiment, she will be either awakened, interviewed just once, or after the first interview put back to sleep with… Read More »The sleeping beauty paradox is a fallacy