The Life of the Mind 3: Newcomb’s Paradox

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A person is playing a game operated by the Predictor, an entity somehow presented as being exceptionally skilled at predicting people’s actions. Predictor’s predictions are “almost certainly” correct.
The player of the game is presented with two boxes, one transparent (labeled A) and the other opaque (labeled B). The player is permitted to take the contents of both boxes, or just the opaque box B. Box A contains a visible $1,000. The contents of box B, however, are determined as follows: At some point before the start of the game, the Predictor makes a prediction as to whether the player of the game will take just box B, or both boxes. If the Predictor predicts that both boxes will be taken, then box B will contain nothing. If the Predictor predicts that only box B will be taken, then box B will contain $1,000,000.
By the time the game begins, and the player is called upon to choose which boxes to take, the prediction has already been made, and the contents of box B have already been determined. That is, box B contains either $0 or $1,000,000 before the game begins, and once the game begins even the Predictor is powerless to change the contents of the boxes. Before the game begins, the player is aware of all the rules of the game, including the two possible contents of box B, the fact that its contents are based on the Predictor’s prediction, and knowledge of the Predictor’s infallibility. The only information withheld from the player is what prediction the Predictor made, and thus what the contents of box B are. Question: do you take two boxes or one box?

Uncollected 45, Levitate

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levitate

The Social Unit 3: Choice

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Choice is a more complicated thing than is often thought. One hears that market transactions are voluntary and therefore reflect each actor’s preference or choice. What is clear to me is that we have many preferences that often conflict. Example, one chooses to maintain one’s health and eat the cookie on the counter. I think of these preferences loosely as shorter term and longer term. The markets I am used to are very responsive of shorter term preferences. One question is how might one structure current markets to better balance the totality (often conflicting) of one’s preferences? And if not, what other methods of distribution would perform better in this respect than markets.

Light 23: radial

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radial

The Story of Discourse 2: Descartes’ Demon

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Descartes’ Demon is a maker of dreams and illusions. He has made your world, keeping you from his world. He must at times be sad that he cannot join his beautiful, sad, dramatic creation, or at least wonder why he has no monster to relieve him of the monotony of pure being. You have different problems though. You are stuck with his illusion, but you can choose to live it as a lie or live it as if it’s life. Do not anguish too much over this decision. Skepticism being what it is there might not be too much difference.

Collection of Oddities: Sweet Talk the Hot Box 2: To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

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Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.

The Life of the Mind 2: Inequality

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You have two groups of people. The people in group A have $1,000 each and the people in group B have $1,000,000 each. The only options available to you are to take away money from people in group B, so they each have $1,000, or to do nothing. Which would be the better course of action?

Uncollected 44, Idea

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idea

The Social Unit 2: Boundaries

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Many of a social unit’s most difficult moral questions occur at it’s physical and temporal boundaries. Those members coming to be, those members that will be, those that live among us, but aren’t full members. Who should we induct as members, how many, who should we exile, what protections do we offer them? And what do we owe the members of other social units that we so drastically affect?

Collection of Oddities: The Hair-lo 14

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marianne moore

The Story of Discourse 1: Wittgenstein’s Ladder

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Wittgenstein’s ladder is a one-way ladder. Climbing it is difficult but descent is impossible. Once you have reached the top, there is a popular misconception that the ladder blocks your regress by casting itself down on the ground. However, ladder cognoscenti know that the ladder is much too subtle and elegant for that. The way it works is you can mount the ladder to return to the ground, but as you start to lower yourself, the ladder moves up at the same rate. The cumulative effect is null. The ladder has borne you up, and will now bear you exactly where you are for eternity.

Collection of Oddities: Sweet Talk the Hot Box 1: Beast of Burden

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The Life of the Mind 1: The Ship of Theseus

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“The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned from Crete had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their place, in so much that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same.”
— Plutarch, Theseus

Uncollected 43, Woman in Cap

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woman in cap

The Social Unit 1: Definition

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There is this thing that we all do together. I would like to talk about that, all collective activities: families, clubs, organizations, firms, nation states…

Re: 12, Windmill Hair

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Reminds me of…Series X, 16 Windmill
windmill hair

Uncollected 42, Airstrip

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airstrip

Series X, 32 Wings

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Dirty Dish Gallery 15: Pube Snuggle

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Rub in Line Out 33: Target Small

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Micro Song 23: Doing the Crocodile

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Mama Wanna Crocodile

Uncollected 41, Donkey

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donkey

Series X, 31 Broom

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Demonstrations 11: Wright and Nott

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That Wright is Wright and Nott is Nott
Logicians must concede.
That Nott is right and Wright is not
Four judges have decreed.
That Nott is right, and Wright is not,
We all must now agree;
Then Nott is right and Wright is Nott–
The same thing, to a t.
If Nott is Nott and Wright is Nott,
It comes without a wrench
That we have not, if not two Notts,
Five judges on the bench.
If only four, as shown before,
And three agree with Nott,
The judgment is unanimous,
And Wright’s dissent is naught.
The knot is not, is Nott not Nott?
But is Wright right, or Nott?
Is Nott not right? What right has Wright
To write that Nott is not?
He concluded, “Do I do right to write to Wright
This most unrighteous rot?”

Rub in Line Out 32: Gorge Lips

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Micro Song 22: Live Fast

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Live Fast Die Young

Uncollected 40, Face

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face

Series X, 30 Trapeze

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Re: 11, Tangle

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Reminds me of…Series X, 27 Cube

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Rub in Line Out 31: Principal/Agent

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Micro Song 21: Flip Flop

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I’ve Got the Drop on Your Flip Flop

Uncollected 39, Fall Slow

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fall slow

Series X, 29 Man on the Moon

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Dirty Dish Gallery 14: Leaf

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Rub in Line Out 30: Action

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action

Micro Song 20: All

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I Don’t Want It All

Uncollected 38, Fur

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fur

Series X, 28 Mask

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Caveat to Aspiring Immortals 15

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porn?
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Rub in Line Out 29: Mouth Nose Crop

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Micro Song 19: Boule

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Boule Boule Boule

Uncollected 37, Hand on Wall

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hand on wall

Series X, 27 Cube

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Light 22: hand

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shadow down

Rub in Line Out 28: Small Man

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man-small

Micro Song 18: Behind

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Behind on My Mind

Uncollected 36, Hand-face

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hand-face

Series X, 26 Crystal

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crystal

Dirty Dish Gallery 13: Spiral

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Rub in Line Out 27: How to Amuse

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Micro Song 17: Baby Carrots

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Baby Carrots and Dip

Uncollected 35, Opening

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opening

Series X, 25 Muddy Hands

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Light 21: file cabinent

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Rub in Line Out 26: Hat and Feet

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Micro Song 16: Alright Tonight

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alright f-in tonight

Uncollected 34, Owl

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owl

Series X, 24 Legs

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Caveat to Aspiring Immortals 14

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Commerce and Capital.
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Rub in Line Out 25: Descending the Future

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Micro Song 15: Cute Bitch Shit

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all that cute bitch shit

Uncollected 33, When We Meet

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When we meet
We always meet in Steve’s head.
I invite him over he says great
But has always forgotten something
Or remembered something
And so we are comfortable again
Inside his head.

Series X, 23 Boobshoot

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shoot out

Dirty Dish Gallery 12: Beets + Crumbs

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Rub in Line Out 24: the Blind Site

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Micro Song 14: LiL Thing

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A Lil Thing

Light 20: wall

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Uncollected 32, Pine Needles

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Series X, 22 Whirl

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whirl

Uncollected 31, Opples and Bononos

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Opples and bononos

Light 19: chair

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Uncollected 30, @men

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text fig

Dirty Dish Gallery 11

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Uncollected 29, Dan Pharo

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Dan Pharo, King of Eygpt,
lives where motley is born.
The tackle of ornaments,
Mod yeatspeare gone.
And my line?
Fill a bucket with a hole.
Catches me on the corny.
On the weary.
Crowd dearer,
if I’m the solution,
what could the problem be.
We bleed our enemies
to give them their senses,
Dan Pharo said.

Light 18: hat

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hat

Uncollected 29, Inverted Spoon

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vis006

Series X, 21 Viboza Rubia

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octopus

Essaying the Outline 32, (or) one thing was certain 8

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VIII. gasped down

A. away her breath

B. blew—me—up

C. panted the regular way

i. no the question

ii. he neither

iii. her see nor hear

the common strange

Light 17: wall

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Uncollected 29

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Micro Song 13: Double Duty

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double duty

Essaying the Outline 31, (or) one thing was certain 7

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VII. But that for the rest
all alive very clock
over and begin

Light 16: lamp

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Uncollected 28, Ascending Happy Face

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assending happy face

Caveat to Aspiring Immortals 13

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modrian

Essaying the Outline 30, (or) one thing was certain 6

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VI. I declare!

A. just like

lightly down

B. was to look

was to there, down

C. away as brightly

warm here, warmer

D. oh, what’ll

oh, whenme

oh, can’t

Light 15: recline

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couch

Uncollected 27, Out

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Rub in Line Out 23: Guts Described

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guts described

Essaying the Outline 29, (or) one thing was certain 5

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V. milk in there? Perhaps looking-milk

our four drawing room beyond

A. let’s pretend like gauze

Light 14: stair

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Essaying the Outline 28, W.O.G

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That’s W.O.G. We say WOG—wrath of God

  1. It’s a timespender—boyful thoughts

    1. The thoughts of youth are long thoughts

    2. The youth of thoughts are thoughts long

    3. And what else? Just long

  2. Can’t else? Written: do not send me back to this world

  3. Controler 8, we still have a Leo.

Re: 10, Cuffs

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Reminds me of … Series X, 4
michelangelo

Essaying the Outline 27, (or) one thing was certain 4

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IV. all my ideas about the looking-glass the other way

unless our fires smoke like our books

Light 13: door

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Essaying the Outline 26, This Poem is Flying Home Early

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flying home

Essaying the Outline 25, (or) one thing was certain 3

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III. just as if you understood

A. check! you purred among my pieces

i. half the things, kings and queens

B. I’ll be the rest

C. let’s pretend I’m a hungry hyena

i. and you’re a bone

D. let’s pretend you’re red,

i. arms folded, a model to imitate

ii. the kitten properly, good directly

Light 12: house

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house

Essaying the Outline 24, The F-shaped Hole of Swears

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The F-Shaped Whole of Swears

  1. the dream of a bedwetter.

    1. figure 1: the jockstrap of death

      1. snarl, what’s a tangle?…ouch

    2. the mania of wealth is preservation

    3. figure 2: abrasive caffine whiskers

    4. thinking: kiss me, please don’t kiss me

    5. addendum (waking): Fat pants for Maria, Fat pants for Maria!

  2. The figure of one, a bonaman

    1. I phoenix the birds…oh, burn!

    2. what’s the only argument for the same result?

    3. dear Sorry I’m blanking

  3. I once went to prom with a Bill named Tom

    1. was like a Latin Zorro

    2. said: “fare thee asshole to the café spiders.”

    3. said: “pitting the ice, silver toe?”

    4. he wrote at my feet so I could read off my shoes.

    5. just say “Plumbago”

    6. now think carefully, is parking lots for parking lots?

  4. Till the –oom and –oom find gl- and d-

    1. sama the goly host

    2. Greek, Greek, and more Greek

    3. her mouth was the f-shaped hole of swears

    4. say hello to my slobbering heart

    5. Can’chya

      1. con’chya

      2. won’tchya

      3. don’tchya

    6. No, I just said can’chya

Uncollected 26, Best of Lyric Database (2/18/09)

Posted in Uncollected on December 24th, 2012 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

I don’t care/don’t care (9)

flower of you with arrow offshot (8)

I make train the way I go (7)

those two talked, quiet on the blossom,
wise or not, of a blind spot (7)

I, error, I (6)

to gnoss is to know (6)

If you lack time, don’t (6)

I see here a trend
for the greatness you lack (6)