Confessions of a researchaholic

November 15, 2021

Persistence

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:13 am
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Persistence (grit, tenacity) is perhaps the quality that I admired the most from a person, who has a strong desire to achieve something without ever giving up.
(Sometimes I wonder if I have too little desire, like a monk.)

November 13, 2021

Moral judgement on the two sides of the same coin

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:14 am
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There are situations where one activity receives lower moral judgement than another, such as spending and saving, resting and working, consumption and production, which are actually two sides of the same coin and can only co-exist together.

November 8, 2021

The implications of the physics of time

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Time only moves forward.
We cannot change the past or predict the future.
So it is pointless to regret the past or fear the future.

November 7, 2021

With great power comes great hassles

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:35 am
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With great power comes great responsibility, but the real trade-off lies in the hassles.

September 5, 2021

News are like clues

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News are like clues in a detective novel for us to piece together the world.

August 23, 2021

The past future

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I found science fictions from the recent past (like Star Trek and Dune) very interesting in that they envisioned alternative futures that are mostly extrapolated from the science technology around their time (e.g., talking computers hosted in giant mainframes and inter-galactic messages sent through physical tubes), serving as a reminder that our future may turn out to be very different from what we can possibly imagine today.



July 19, 2021

The feeling of predestination

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:48 am
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[I thought about this earlier this morning during a dream, which I happened to wake up and managed to memorize.]

Do you ever have the feeling of predestination, of meeting someone, being in some place, or going through some events?
I wonder if that is some kind of mental post-processing that tries to fit a narrative to a past event.

July 18, 2021

Cross-cultural casting

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:17 am
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I believe our openness to cross-cultural casting in films and performances depends largely on our analytical and creative capabilities – seeing through the physical demography of an actor/actress for the actual performance and imagining the potential alternatives with curiosity.

(I really like to see a black or female James Bond, even though I might have difficulty seeing a male actor playing Wonder Woman outside a comical/satirical role.)

July 14, 2021

Conservatorship

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:32 am
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I found it odd that a functioning adult can be put under conservatorship in a country where people can carry guns, sometimes without permits.
(I am not taking stance on either issue; just pointing out the irony.)

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