Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans

Generalist vs specialist

AI: artificial intelligence or artificial idiocy?

Recently, I have noticed many articles on Artificial Intelligence (AI), including this one: Artificial Idiocy. It was written by Slavoj Žižek, Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School, and International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London. I also noticed an excellent article by Wim Naudé (b.1968), an...

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

My blog title is a phrase that is attributed to Chinese philosopher Confucius (c. 551 – c. 479 BCE). Someone at Quora wonders what is meant by it as "I am definitely not trying to make my life complicated." That addition poses an interesting perspective: why do we insist on making life complicated? First and foremost, I agree with the observation by...

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The silo mentality in scientific articles

Last week, I noticed a Big Think article: Why are flood myths so common in stories from ancient cultures around the world? I've written about this in several blogs (eg, my 2016 blog). Actually, there is no flood myth; it's part of our geological history. Also see Wiki on the post-glacial sea level rise. The above might be viewed as yet another example of my recent...

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The more you know, the less you understand

My title is borrowed from the Tao Te Ching (c.400 BC), written by ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi (a.k.a. Lao Tzu). Usually, his assertion is true; especially in matters of the heart (see song below). Recently, I noticed an exception at a macro level: the more you know, the more you understand. At a micro level, we tend to get bogged down in the details....

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Experts vs Generalists

The website thesaurus has the following antonyms for expert: "awkward, clumsy, green, ignorant, inept, inexperienced, unskilled, unskillful, stupid, unintelligent, amateur, inexpert, unknowledgeable, and untrained". Clearly, there must be something (very) wrong with not being an expert. Most people are, however, not experts in any given field (eg, aerospace...

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How to deal with an information overload (2)

My recent blog, How to deal with an information overload, left me thinking on this topic. Our body, mind & soul have their own ways of dealing with the vastness of sensory stimuli (ie, hearing, sight, smell, taste, touch). My diagram below is an illustration how I perceive its modus operandi. DIKW-model: Data > Information > Knowledge > Wisdom Following...

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