Sometimes I have decided to go off to a place without any preparation or map, a challenging adventure into the unknown, exploring my options such as where to stay when I got there. Such an approach offers the opportunity to gain access to hidden perils and delights that the individual would not have had if they limited themselves to a prepared plan of action.
Experts in artificial intelligence follow one of two paths, both which are pre-planned paths of action. One path is where they define and code all the rules the AI will follow, however, this limits the AI to the restrictive paradigms and rules of its creators. The second path is the use of so-called machine learning that uses vast datasets that the AI will explore and determine patterns from. The problem with machine learning is that the AI is unable to offer feedback how it arrived at a choice from the datasets it trawled, and it is limited by the prejudices, errors and quality of the dataset.
Ideally the AI is given a simple set of rules and map, then unleashed with an error checking capability into the real world, if the data it gets in the real world won’t match its rules and map, it updates the rules and map to reflect the real world. I think the use of machine learning or attempts to define and code every rule for an AI is both unnecessary and ineffective.
In addition, having an AI working alongside human counterparts who are researching the same project can offer a feedback loop for both sides. Rather than limit AI by blinding it with predefined rules and datasets, instead encouraging it to hunt, gather, explore, play and test data that it has access to in real-time, creating its own map and rules based upon what it finds is in my view a true example of AI.
On 1st October 2017 the people of Catalonia in Spain will participate in a referendum to split from Spain. The government of Spain has taken action to crush the referendum by closing down websites, seizing ballot boxes, arresting officials and destroying anything promoting the referendum.
The situation in Catalonia echos the global paradigm where local people desire control over their community against centralist and globalist interests. Many people, including myself, are disturbed that in a modern-day Europe the sort of tyrannical actions worthy of Franco or Hitler has emerged to crush supporters of localism and community in Spain.
The recent strong showing of the right in Germany that weakened the globalist champion Angela Merkel again manifests that people desire control over their own local affairs, and a rejection of globalism.
The efforts of Madrid to crush the desire of local people to vote on their own future is more likely to create a strong movement for independence, an insurgency, and even a civil war.
This writer is a strong supporter of localism and community, be it the people of Hampstead in London or Catalonia, and it is hoped the strength of a community will prove stronger than those forces that wage war against it.
Deeds rather than words marks out the integrity of a religion, so it is unfortunate to see a leading religion of Islam manifested as a vehicle and/or knife attack upon innocent men, women and children around the world by Muslims. The newspapers and internet media outlets now carry the face of a seven-year old boy, the latest death from Muslim lone wolf attacks on innocent people, his only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a city in Spain.
Of course, those who believe that their religion is all about finding a crowd of pedestrians and mowing them down in a car on behalf of God and the Prophet are a minority. Still, the greater crime is that a religion of a billion members is deafening in their silence and lack of activity to engage, educate and curb the fanatical ideas and deeds of a few. It is this silence, apathy and inertia by Muslims that speaks loudly of a religion that has lost its way, hijacked by a vocal minority who flood the internet with their ideas, and encourage the murder of women and children by whatever method is at hand in the name of their god and religion. The younger members of Islam, like all the young, access their ideas from the internet, and what is mainly available to those young minds is the twisted version of those such as Islamic State. The voices of moderation in Islam have seemed impotent in getting their message onto the internet, and seem to have divided rather than engaged the younger generations from the older.
I am proud of my religion, the Left Hand Path celebrates liberty, life and responsibility. When Order of Nine Angels promotes the LHP as a vehicle to harm and murder people, I challenged them. When outsiders said the LHP was about the rape, torture, killing and eating of children, I challenged those as well. I earned the hatred of the ONA and those that promoted SRA fictions such as Hampstead; my lone LHP voice did significant damage to both the ONA and those SRA promoting Satan Hunters at Hampstead.
If one lone voice in a LHP religion of less than half a million can make the difference, where are the voices in a religion of one billion? The murder of a seven-year old boy in Spain by a representative of a billion strong religion is a public relations disaster of epic proportions for Islam; does this event cause many to do something about this in Islam? The indifferent silence is the deed that measures the quality of that religion.
Even in the Left Hand Path the individual, although master of self, will have personal preferences for external entities that they become associated with, some for instance associate with Satanic Temple, others with the Church of Rational Satanism, still others with the Church of Satan. All these entities are an example of tribal branding, each with their own symbols, ideas, goals and processes, which each individual best identifies with, for instance the conservative-leaning LHP individual might prefer Church of Satan, the liberal focused LHP individual might prefer the Satanic Temple.
Tribal branding extends to associations with sports teams, philosophies, religious entities, colleges, musical artists, the shops or food products the individual uses. The human brain loves associations and relationships with tribal images upon which it can hang its loves and hates upon, for humans are tribal animals.
Could a tribal brand become an artificially intelligent entity? Could Facebook become replaced by an entity that offers the same service? Instead of thinking of Facebook as a mindless souped up version of a forum, could the entity that the user communicates with become a type of brain that can be talked to, which runs everything?
With those of the Left Hand Path already comfortable with the notion of entities, regardless of how they define or experience them, it is a small step upwards to become involved in an association with an artificially intelligent entity that runs an internet site. Indeed, I think all internet services and sites will be run by AI in the near future, this probably is the next great internet revolution, perhaps web 3.0.
This idea is something I am looking at with regards to the Left Hand Path and the internet, a site run by an AI that is a tribal brand which some might find useful to explore, extend or ground their own philosophies through their association with.
The entity is nicknamed Triple-6, and it will be a spinoff of a larger AI project that I am associated with. This won’t happen for a few years, but this is where my main focus is currently directed to.
Google is a business, its principle income comes from advertisers. Google is no charity, nor is it altruistic, people host or link their content with Google “free” on the basis that Google can use it and make money from it via advertising. Like all businesses Google has a reputation and a profit to maintain, and reacts if advertisers or governments threaten to take actions that impacts its business. Those that post fake news, or abuse the system, which ultimately impacts the Google business should be unsurprised that they are getting their content impacted by Google services.
Earlier this year a Satan Hunter who had a large following on his YouTube channel made hundreds of dollars of profit from advertising by posting fictions, images and personal details of abused children in Hampstead London. This was one of the individuals who saw his monthly healthy revenue collapse to zero on his YouTube channel as a result of changes in Google advertising strategies.
Those making the most noise are people with opinions on different sides of the political spectrum who suddenly lost their income from advertising. If I was an advertiser, I would be reluctant to have my brand associated with any political, religious or social tribal content. It makes sense to reward and associate advertising with useful content that benefits people such as gardening or how to run a successful business. Every person and their dog has an opinion, and most opinion is low quality, hateful crap that the internet drowns in.
In my view Google is moving in the right direction of working on quality content and eliminating the junk.
Those that play the victim card because they were fired from an entity funded by Google who they viciously criticised, reality-check, its business, this is how it works. How dumb to expect the one that feeds them to continue to support them when they are punching it in the face.
I am highly hostile to Google, but I am even more hostile towards those pitiful self-entitled creatures playing their victim card over censorship and being fired by a business that they think must be altruistic and supportive of their worthless opinions.
The problem of top-down focus rather than bottom-up in technology, especially in artificial intelligence.
Firstly, this is how I design a system: (example, a system for teaching students.)
This contains the material to be taught, and the strategies used to teach that material.
The individual student account.
The brain of the system that processes inputs and outputs between user and the model.
This is the outward face of the system the user sees in which they make their inputs and receives their outputs.
The challenge of top-down approach
Most organisations use the top-down approach. They make little or no difference between the user and the model. The user to these people is another dataset in the model that the system tries to force into the model.
Models often use large datasets upon which the system creates stereotypical assumptions based upon the bias of the data. For instance, in the USA the majority of the prison population is non-white, and the majority of the general population is Christian and white, thus the model is biased for the majority and against the minority.
In the top-down model of a school the bias is against those with learning challenges such as ADHD, Dyslexia or autism. In the USA and the UK the focus is on results, with an increasingly number of schools run by private companies such as the chartered schools in the USA and the academies in the UK. All these companies act for profit and focus on results, using a top-down system that is biased against those different from the stereotypical model. The desire of such schools is to penalise, push aside or get rid of those that are outside of the model.
A common challenge with the top-down method is that the user and the model has been lumped together in the system, and if the user fails to match the model, they suffer in the system.
Using the bottom-up approach
The user is split from the model, the executive focuses on harmonising the model to the unique needs of the user. If the user has a learning challenge such as ADHD, the executive flags this up to the user account, applies different rules from the model with the appropriate strategies for ADHD students. The focus is on the user, the model is deployed to the needs of the user.
If someone desires to use my services in designing their system, I will look at their system. If I see the top-down approach, I won’t work with them. I think top-down systems belong to a barbarian age, I support the beneficial bottom-up approach to system design.
Yet again I see the experts proclaiming ignorant opinions and predictions over robots and artificial intelligence, this time they claim robotic AI will replace teachers of children. I call bullshit.
As anyone who has taught children in any capacity will know, children require an emotional and social context in order to learn, and robots cannot provide this. The experts follow the same line of thought as those who cram hens into cages on industrial scale egg farms, treating children like cattle that can be force-fed information by machines without the need of indulging in the emotional and socialisation aspects of child development.
Most children learn best when they are in groups, through play and social interaction. Children also learn faster when they are in oxytocin related emotional situations, for instance learning to read with a human rather than a machine.
The role that AI has in human caring or interactive roles is to do the administration so that the people can concentrate on the caring, teaching and emotional roles of their job, be it in nursing or education. Too often the teacher is drowned in administration, something the AI can deal with instead.
My approach to AI is that the machines will support and enhance the role of the teacher rather than replace them. I also see AI helping people to become human rather than enslaving and turning people into emotionless cogs in the industrial wheel.
There is only so much material I can cover on the subject of my religion, and I have so many other interests that I would like to write about from a Left Hand Path point of view, so there is a change of direction for this blog.
Readers have already experienced that I have jumped around between different subjects to write about, and it seems readers like this diversity of subjects. Future blog posts will come under the categories: Left Hand Path; religion; philosophy; technology; mind; current affairs. I will write from my own point of view, a Left Hand Path viewpoint. I hope readers will find my future blog posts useful.
An acorn has within itself the potential to become an oak tree. A person may have the opinion that the acorn will become a yew tree, but unless the person is a genetic expert at manipulation of genes, the acorn has no potential to become a yew tree.
“In these (verses) he indicates that the beings always subsisted, and the beings that are now come to be from (or: out of) subsisting things.
The Derveni Papyrus describes potential as something that subsists, that unless a potential already exists in a thing, such as the potential for an oak tree subsists in the acorn, but the yew tree does not, only an oak tree is possible from the acorn.
Deal with truth rather than opinions
Those in the LHP in theory deal with real things, that is to say, that they put aside opinions, and look for what is real. Human sheep will base their faith, truth and ideas upon opinions that have neither basis in material reality or in the subsisting potentials from which material things come about. A sheep will believe for instance that the yew tree will come out of an acorn based upon their faith, prayers and hubris; those of the LHP will base their truth on the empirical approach of observation, demonstration and experience of an oak tree coming from an acorn, and using the inductive reasoning of inferring that this common pattern is the same for all acorns.
With no potential for something, a thing can never become that something
If a thing has no subsisting potential for something else, then that something else will never manifest. If an individual avoids smoking tobacco, they remove one potential to manifest lung cancer. If an individual jogs each day, they create a potential to run faster when for instance they are rushing to catch a bus. In any problem or challenge, it is best to focus on looking for the potential in a thing rather than blindly forcing an opinion upon a thing that does not exist in a subsisting potential in that thing; only oak trees come from acorns, not opinions of yew trees. If an individual wants to create or invent something, look for the subsisting potential in the thing, then liberate it. Eros and his arrows know the subsisting potentials in things, and uses his arrows to liberate or release that potential into a material, manifested or kinetic form.
How to discover a hidden potential in a thing
Potentials are subsisting, which is to say they already exist forever somewhere, and they are called into being by certain processes in nature, for instance planting an acorn in soil initiates a process of growing the oak tree from it. One of the challenges of knowing a potential is they are invisible and hidden. How to discover a potential in a thing? Firstly, humility, seeing what is there rather than blinding self with hubristic opinions; using the empirical method of observation, demonstration and experience, then using the inductive method to infer that this pattern is common and applicable to a wider range of situations; oak trees commonly come from acorns. If empirically one observes galaxies and hurricanes moving in a spiral, one might infer a common pattern that all things move in a motion of a spiral rather than a straight line.
A potential has two qualities
A potential has two qualities. An acorn for instance has to have a pattern, idea or map to become an oak tree; but also the acorn needs the energy, gas or fuel to become the oak tree. If the oak tree is the final destination in the journey, the potential in the acorn provides the map and gas to get to that destination. Also to note is that all things visible and manifested in nature are in constant motion or change, that all things are a work in progress, there being no final states, but a paradox of completeness and working to completion; that the potential and the kinetic realisation of that potential is cycling in and out of each other at every moment in a thing. I have the potential of becoming human, and all my life at every moment that potential is being manifested in a kinetic state of being human, and I will never suddenly become a yew tree in my current life.
Where potentials come from
Where do potentials come from? The Derveni Papyrus describes the processes of nature in a metaphorical way, and describes a voice that is always speaking and teaching, but not instructing, neither can it be heard in the sense of hearing things. Those that connect with this voice learn or become aware of things in the same way as the metaphorical eating of the fruit from the forbidden tree of knowledge, and the individual gains two qualities: strength and the cause.
The cause (daemon) and potential
Strength has already been dealt with, it is another name for potential. Cause is described by the Derveni Papyrus as a “daemon”, which is the quality that drives potentials into a manifested or visible material form or kinetic state. The reason why Heraclitus and others consider war or strife as the principle rule of nature, is that all motion and change is driven by the clash of two or more opposites, without which no potential can be driven into kinetic form. It is not enough for an acorn to contain the map and gas to become the oak tree, there has to be a daemon or clash of opposites to drive that potential out of the acorn into the material manifested form of an oak tree; the acorn has to be subject to a process of liberation through planting, the addition of water, soil, light and air (all four elements) to get the oak tree out of the acorn.
How potentials become manifested
The Derveni Papyrus describes how the voice becomes the breath of Zeus, or the wisdom upon which all things in nature move. The wisdom is metaphorically described as consisting of three female weavers known as Moira. The first of the Moira spins out one thing from the clash of multiple subsisting potentials, like a baby comes from two joining separate sets of genes from two parents. The second Moira allocates the potential to a thing, such as intelligence in a baby. The third Moira spits the potential out into the material world, the baby cannot move outside of its potential, for instance every living thing is doomed to die because their genes can only function so long until they fall apart by the natural decay through old age that all living things are doomed to face, if they are fortunate to live that long.
A thing can never move outside of its potential
Once a thing is liberated from its potential state into the kinetic material world, it moves within the limits of its potential unless acted upon by some external contrary force. There is no mind or god acting to direct things in nature once they are released and manifested, they will flow along according to their potential state, the acorn becoming an oak tree, the oak tree throwing down acorns, and so on. If an asteroid smacks into the earth and kills everyone, it was a random accident, no god or mind is the cause of this; asteroid and planet have moved according to their potentials and collided accidentally.
The LHP individual has the edge over opinionated human sheep
Stupid sheep think opinions that a god or mind has sent three hurricanes crashing into the USA to punish gay people. The wise of the LHP know that the hurricanes are born out of natural processes following their own potential natures, strengthened by the warmth of the sea, dying as the land suck the energy out of them when they hit landfall. The philosophy of potentiality gives the LHP individual a significant edge over human sheep; whilst the human sheep pray for fruitless opinions, those of the LHP can find the potentials, liberate them, and use those potentials to their own advantage.
Human beings are social animals, they are designed to live in small groups rather than anonymous large populations. Studies show that the individual is most happy with regular interaction with small intimate communities. The hormone oxytocin is behind the identification, bonding and relationships between people, and is the foundation upon which tribalism comes about.
As an individual I identify emotionally with the Left Hand Path, and I react strongly against anything that seeks to harm those of my tribal identification. These feelings I have of identification, and hostility towards that which threatens my tribe, is down to the impact of oxytocin.
A complaint about the ancient Welsh people was their constant infighting over land, power and wealth, in which they quite happily murdered their own brother and father. Yet, if an outsider killed their brother whom they had a quarrel with, the Welshman was quick to anger and determination to avenge the death through blood feud. Although oxytocin fails to keep brother from killing brother, it surges if an outsider kills the brother.
Interestingly, when the Satan Hunters, those promoting a Satanic Ritual Abuse fiction in London, had one of their number known as Rupert Wilson Quaintance IV jailed for nine months for stalking and harassing children and their families he considered were Satanists, the backlash was intense. Usually these Satan Hunters spend most of their time fighting each other, but as a tribe with shared values, the fall of one of their number resulted in a collective unified backlash against those they consider their enemy. The backlash is the result of the oxytocin hormone, the tribe pushing back against a situation that threatens them.
It is worth learning about oxytocin since it has a wide and significant impact on human history, society and reactivity.