2015-08-12 NFMS synopsis

If I were to write some notes for my son about life, what could it contain?

This is just a quick brainstorm:

  • Existentialism, God, and science. God is, – but what is it? Bits of philosophy too, and inspirations.
    • Is there some kind of God or divine purpose. We cannot prove this, so it is a question of believe. So the question boils down to: will your life be most meaningful on the assumption that is a purely mechanical universe, or that it a universe with some kind of higher intention.
    • Quotes, sources, and approaches to God that I think catches some of the mystical essense, and which I find inspirational
    • What is the mysticism, the union with God, and the quest of catching it.
    • The existential pain and how to cope with it.
  • The big world
    • The collective cognition, the modern society and world of science and business.
      • Human intelligence, machine intelligence, and organisational intelligence. AI as collaboration of different kinds of thinking, instead of thinking about I in AI as human.
    • Mythology, the collective unconscious, archetypes. In classical and modern form.
  • The small world
    • How we are shaped by our social connections
    • Introduction to social interaction
    • group sizes, dunbar’s number, degrees of separation,
  • Communication
    • receiver-oriented communication
    • map is not the territory
    • different senses in communication
  • The mind
    • How the mind works: neural networks, and physical structure of the brain.
    • Introduction to psychology
    • Learning and memory
    • Irrational mind
  • Self development
    • organising oneself
  • Projects
    • Lean approach
    • agile methods
  • Science
    • Math
      • Logic thinking, and symbolic processing
      • Understanding exponential
      • Fun mathematical “paradoxes” and games
      • paradoxes and fun statistics
    • Computer Science
      • how to approach it
    • Physics / Chemistry / Biology / ….
      • a quick overview of the fields
  • The arts and culture
    • a subjective tour
    • a lean approach, and empirical tools
    • structures in music
    • structures in pictures (ratios, perspectives, colours, and computational)
  • Basic toolbox of independence
    • Cooking
    • Cleaning
    • Economy
    • Taking care of oneself
    • Emergency