Are Humans Always Motivated by self-interest?

"All men desire only satisfaction." "Satisfaction of what?" "Satisfaction of their desires." "Their desires for what?" "Their desires for satisfaction." "Satisfaction of what?" "Their desires." "For what?" "For satisfaction" ...ad infinitum. Copied from Wikipedia. Feinberg, Joel. "Psychological Egoism." In Reason & Responsibility: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy, edited by Joe…

Broken Configuration

My job for today was to run a machine learning project on linux using CUDA. The project was run on Ubuntu 16.04 using base system. I had to dockerize it. I started dockerizing it and had completed it by half day. It was time for testing. I tried to install Official Nvidia driver on my machine from RPMFusion. Everything worked fine but when I restarted the machine and tried to log in, it wouldn't log in. I tried various configurations, installing, removing and reinstalling. But there was no succe…

Sync, Security and Backups

When you have only one computer, you don't really think about data. You dump everything you have on your hard disk and then call it a day. After few years, either the hard disk is full or it has gone corrupt and then it is the time you start thinking about your data, storage needs and backups. I have lost my data a few times, none of which were due to hardware failure. During my first years with computers(I warn against doing this), I experimented on my personal data which were mostly images. Ho…

World is full of people trying...

World is full of people trying to build blockchain out of nothing but linked list.

How do we know the Sun is made up of Hydrogen?

Extracted from a small discussion I had on why Vedic literature can be wrong12. I was asked why I don't believe in religion when I believe the Sun is made up of hydrogen and helium? In both cases, I am trusting some authority because I don't have the proof to see for myself. Of course what was written in book is not a proof but do you even have the eyes to observe the reality? We already gave you the fact but still you are trying to say written things is not a proof. So what is the definition o…

Authority, Opinions and Truth

One of the great commandments of science is, “Mistrust arguments from authority.” Too many such arguments have proved too painfully wrong. Authorities must prove their contentions like everybody else. -- Carl Sagan Experts are more likely to be right than non-experts but they can be wrong, they can also believe in bullshit. They can make a personal assessment or express an opinion. Not everything a scientist speaks in scientific statements. Not everything they speak should not be taken at face…

Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship, or any kind of media censorship for that matter should be avoided. Someone trying to speak something, be it fact, informed or uninformed opinion, should not be stopped. Even the flat earth theory should have its basis and should be allowed to exist on internet. What should be done is that pointing the viewers towards two or more opposing ideas to the topic so that the viewers can make an informed decision for themselves. Show opposing and contrasting topics and opinions on t…