That or I am missing something in what you are saying. “Unless I’m sleepier than you think,” he said. * The Egyptian word for Egypt isn’t al-Kemi, it’s Masr (Misr in standard Arabic). No, the first doctor alchemist completely dropped the ball by hinting there were better alchemists doing more important work than healing the prince. More than other subjects, a philosophy book cannot merely be read; it must be digested, intermingled with life experience, wrestled with. Canonically, I believe you’re correct, but I’ve always found that rule to be stupid myself. This confinement allowed us to think more about the meaning of everything, about the things that really are worthwhile, about the life we lead and what we should change. I don’t know, “Masters of the ancient art of Misery” sound pretty darn metal to me. Finally he gave me the same answer he had given the king’s courier: the alchemists’ studies could not be interrupted. But fabs are, with good reason, some of the most expensive pieces of capital in the world. ... Our story starts at the end of the Napoleonic wars. I used to be a logical punctuator, and the programmer in me wants to make it the rule – but I’ve switched more to whatever looks better to me, which is usually the period inside the quote. I’ve never heard of this rule. As such, he has doomed ten generations to death, the selfish bastard. Do you think having free time at home helps improve creativity? @Conrad Honcho. Since art is one more part of society, it has some kind of strengths and weaknesses. Also, how likely is it that the most important possible project in a field will exist precisely at the asymptote?). I could tell he was faking; his eyes stayed still the whole time. A limit they are asymptotically approaching, but a limit nonetheless. I’m starting to become experienced enough at my field to be considered wise, and am a mentor for my ‘kouhai’. So Egypt is the Arabic Provence. Interestingly I just finished the Agony and the Ecstasy. Taken further, it can lead to questioning physical reality, and other useless endeavors, so I’m not going to, but it’s worth pondering. Ars Longa Vita Brevis (Life is Brief But Art Endures) By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2015. But, they were doing the best they could do with what they had. Without wanting to speak for the author, I think that’s the point. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Because the number of unified fields grow exponentially, we divide our resources between a growing number of fields. Here many of us are passing through because working conditions are decisive for staying or leaving. (In other words, I’m accusing you of “typical-mind”-ing.). We cannot spare the prince hours. I came here as many expatriates do to work, with my wife and children. In practice we are limited to a few strategic points on the tradeoff curve.”. I think it is a matter of context. Yeah, tried to say the exact same thing before, but you said it better. In that sense it has been a unique and outstanding opportunity — a glitch in the matrix. And maybe we can get it out of collaboration between 60-year experts in each field, or maybe we can improve teaching and distill knowledge until it’s a 20/20 task. I think this is the root of what bugs me about the Alchemist’s strategy. “If the prince does not die this year, he will die the next, or fifty years hence. I came here as many expatriates do to work, with my wife and children. Whatever leads to immortality, is what the alchemists study. The second student reads the book, and in 7 years, he has learned 70 years of research. The alchemist isn’t talking to the King, he is talking to a King’s representative and sending him back with the task of convincing the King. To me that is the added value in antiques. But the research chef does not have to learn from scratch every single step in the process of burning raw flesh, since all that hard work has already been done. I think you mean 50. Why couldn’t a great architect write his knowledge down in a book? Or knows what kind of tool we need to make to make the tools we need to make to make the tools we need to make to make a fab. The quasi-medieval equivalent of a proof-of-concept for research grants or R&D funding? A reluctant-seeming admission of “Tell the king we only have the common tricks of making gold that he has already seen and we have so far failed in all our studies” is more convincing than “yeah, we’ve invented elixirs that guarantee you seventy years of life but eh, we can’t even be bothered to offer you one; instead, here’s a long-winded lecture and you can try persuading the king nothing doing when you get back”. The real actual problem to advance science, is much more the “worldly affairs”, than any asymptotic maximum in any field of sciences. Point of order: a “man of war” who didn’t know math or architecture — at least, the basics of architecture that are relevant to siege works — would be a pretty crappy man of war indeed. The art teacher sees art as one of the activities that define us as human beings. I think that in every creative act there is already a confinement within yourself. (And he’ll reveal it in the next post, and I’ll feel sooo clever for having guessed!). The fab would be the hard part (for me, anyway). August 2, 2020. One will be a master teacher who has devoted decades to learning the textbook-writing skill, and who can write a brilliant Introduction To Architecture textbook that makes the first ten years of architecture ability seem perfectly natural and easy to master. How does a sailing warship drink? The second term is the speed at which a master can discover new knowledge. I welcome the new augmented reality that will save us from suffering elephantine works for too long. It isn’t an accident that all great mathematicians and scientist do their most important work in their 20’s and that for the all major tech companies once you turn 30 you are basically a lost cause. Nah, with all the new articles on doctor burnout he needs a few hobbies. My point is that while we’re standing on the shoulders of giants, that doesn’t mean we don’t know what the giants did. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis The Alchemist asked if I wanted a drink. His victims could go through the source code and recompile all they wanted to, but they’d never find out how it was done or how to stop it. This far into the project, only the last few hours of an Alchemist’s life are of any value at all. You can absolutely use Socratic dialogue to teach – under certain circumstances. Personally, I have been taught — and I had plenty of opportunities to confirm this on my own — that if you can’t explain something, you do not truly understand it. It’s good to have something I can point to now, because I think about this a lot myself. Glad to see this has some traction; I started unilaterally as soon as my writing wasn’t being graded. If the king thinks they are sitting on the secret of curing all ills and extending lifespans, which is the better gambit: a ‘reluctant’ surrender of a secret that isn’t a secret (we can’t do that actually as of yet, we only have progressed to making gold and weird booze) in order to divert suspicion, or a brazen admission of “oh yeah we probably could do something if we took the time, but we don’t have the time to spare, even though we already have life-preserving elixirs and are working to achieve immortality”? But overall, I haven’t made much huge “I’m a different person now” progress since I was 16. So, if the apocalypse happens and you need to rebuild computers from nothing, well, I can’t mine the materials and I need some mechanical engineers to make the photolithography equipment and such, but as far as just designing the microprocessor goes, I could do that myself with enough colored pencils and graph paper. Well, are 35-year-olds actually less idiots than 25-year-olds, or do they just think they are? It might seem that to accelerate itself the second time it would need the second half of its weight to also be fuel, leaving us with the impossible situation of a rocket that consists entirely of fuel. We do not have the Stone, but we have tinctures that can stabilize the lifespan, make sure nobody dies before their time. I think it would be a great tool! The future is a very old promise; the present doesn’t give me much respite. I took his point. ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS | ART IS LONG LIFE IS SHORT Born and raised in Memphis, Allison Read Smith comes from a creative and curious environment where story telling and a strong sense of humor allowed for long contemplations of elements of life. Well, imagine a science that takes one-tenth as long for a student to understand, as it did a master to discover. Raise the exponential growth by another few centuries… (Imagine alchemists are able to stop aging for a fixed number of centuries, but then the intervention expires and one returns to the expect mortality risk for having become several centuries old. The following numbers inherit this error. “The word ‘alchemy’ comes from ‘al-Kemi’, the Arabic word from Egypt. The common thing is to think of art as a simple picture hanging on the wall or a sculpture adorning a roundabout (king size, if possible) but this is no longer so. I hope you do finish that project! . And it seems that over the past few centuries, the most productive skills have required longer and longer periods of education, to the point that people’s lifetime productivity is being cramped by a diminishing length of their working lifetime. TV Shows. He, too, had failed. The fiftieth alchemist in the sequence has 696 years of learning, and is able to do a scant five months’ original research before his death. I did, but no amount of staring could make my eyes settle on the color of the liquid in the flask. – The field is closed and everything that have to be said have been say. . Wikipedia was too successful, and tilted every collaborative web page provider towards making tools for encyclopedia building. To stop would be to reset a process requiring four thousand years of gradual asymptotic improvement all the way to the beginning – texts are not worthless, but only the true tutors trained by tutor-tutors trained by tutor-tutor-tutors are fit to tutor an alchemist. We live in a very interesting time of hypermodern or super modern architectural re-expansion and that permeates the rest of the arts. I’ve heard Egyptians use Misr to mean Cairo (! Or is this faux-zen ‘It’s not-not X, but also not X’ language intended? I think this is one of those things that vary quite widely person-to-person. I think it probable OGH can do more good by writing SSC than by toiling as a cog in the healthcare system. Do they actually have more insight, or have they just adapted to their lower ability to learn new things? I mean, you explicitly say that it is good for information to be “absorbed in a social way“, really can’t imagine why feel guilty about not trying an unproved approach when the current one works so well with justified reasons.). But I was no Caesar. The process of knowledge-accumulation and wisdom wasn’t linear, certainly, but it *was* an increasing function. Quite amusing as usual, though I must agree with the criticism that the alchemist being overly haughty towards the king, via the messenger, seems a bit too risky to be the right move to make. The item format is a vinyl LP. I wouldn’t write that book for my 25 (or 35..) year old self. To deal with this people designed the multistage rocket: In the first stage a big rocket burns most of the fuel and accelerates a certain amount. In practice, at a certain point the equipment for storing and burning the fuel takes a significant amount of weight. It would be like asking mathematicians to stop learning additions and subtractions, (after all we have better than army of less competent alchemists for that, we have computers), and to go directly to the field they are better at like highly advanced graphs theory or I don’t know what. I wrote a digital logic simulator in C# and WPF, where you’d start with just the basic logic gates (NAND, NOR, NXOR, AND, OR, XOR, NOT) and in the end have a gate-by-gate simulator of the NES. Rough translation: “Proofreading never ends.” It’s not “we can’t do this”, it’s “we can do this but we can’t be bothered”, in which case see ‘swords, stabby bits of’ as applied military research with you as the subjects. So how long would you have to study, before you were an architect?”, “Why so? And those kids can make little tiny advances in various areas without needing to understand everything underneath. No. This is my favorite story you’ve written by far. I welcome the new augmented reality that will save us from suffering elephantine works for too long. Like the alchemists you want to do something important and memorable. See what happens when you focus on alchemy too much? Our aim at Studio Spindler is to provide beautiful, collectible, abstract art. In that sense, creativity is not exclusive to art. But then, first order logic has no idea what the reals and natural numbers are, especially when it tries to talk about them.”. 20 year old idiots need the motivation to read it as well. And if so, whether anyone really does know how to make a computer. A misstep is too terrible to contemplate. It gets you an extra 33% effective lifespan, perhaps, but that just stretches the problem out a bit. A teenager simply lacks the cognitive tools one needs to grapple with reality’s nuanced complexity. With all your experience how do you best describe art? I’m slightly confused. Redactors of redactors, to make the textbooks truly perfect.”, “Perhaps what you are trying to say is that redaction is an Art.”. I never got why you couldn’t nest parentheses (I was a math major, and it always seemed useful to be able to do (makes clause dependency easier to figure out)). Fortunately, you don’t have to take things on faith; instead, you can use trust. It is not unteachable, but neither can it be taught. I’m not an expert on this, so corrections are welcome. Everything else is by-product. Open Menu Close Menu. Related to this, your post on your psychotherapy observations and the focus on Akrasia that LW had a while back, I think you should check out Tony Robbins in some depth if you haven’t already. They’re trying to go from 70 to infinity years lifespan in a single step. Would some first redactor have to spend seventy years coming up with principles of redaction to pass down to his student, who advances the art by sixty-three more years, which he passes down in turn? But this story is about feeling like you can’t transmit knowledge quickly enough. One was in Latin -- and it read "ars longa, vita brevas" and that means "art is forever and life is short." What should be my course of study? He raised those questions last time but didn’t answer them. It definitely explains the “WE can build a processor, but I can’t” from some of the other comments. How do you spend your time at home during the lockdown? “That doesn’t seem right. The representative is accustomed to serving something greater than himself, so this is the pep talk needed, he will then turn his skill set (convincing the King of a truth without getting his head cut off) into the next step. So either this is a mistake or everything else is a mistake. . And the very least capable, like me, have time to waste talking to outsiders, trying to convince them of our mission. the full stop is part of your sentance, not the quoted text, and sits outside. This is good, but I think I *may* have found a minor mistake: It is not unteachable, but neither can it be taught. (Please note that not every assertion in parantheses is fully correct – as might be guessed I put them in there for effect). 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