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brain sync

I was just watching a VideoCD I recorded from a DivX-encoded AVI file. As it happens, the AVI file had the audio slightly out of sync with the video, about 100 milliseconds. I didn't want to go through the re-syncing, so I left it like that.

Only 100 msec and yet the brain manages to pick it up properly, and you can see the difference between the image and what's being said. And then eventually you ignore it automatically, and everything is allright again. Amazing.

Yet I can't help thinking that this incredible biochemical machinery is the same that can in some cases watch Jerry Springer every day or think that a Windows PC or a wad of green paper or an ICBM are the pinnacle of civilization.

All of which proves, I guess, that our "superior" brains are the source of all our problems and all our solutions...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on July 19, 2002 at 12:10 PM

ayn rand

I keep coming back to the idea of corporate greed and where it comes from. I read Ayn Rand's For the new intellectual a few years ago, along with parts of The Fountainhead. The books are full of interesting concepts, but while at the time I thought I agreed with most of them, I find that's not true anymore. Rand's absolutist philosophy of complete self-reliance and its subsequent emphasis on greed (endorsed by some prominent people such as Alan Greenspan) might be good for the individual, but it's definitely not good for society.

Greed, in Rand's terms, was in a sense the essence of society's path to advancement. In retrospect, her thinking seems to entail a pretty childish and naive view of the world. Self-reliance and personal responsibility are good, but they can't be everything, not when society by nature forces us to depend on others. I guess it's simply a problem that absolutism never works, no matter in which direction you take it.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 19, 2002 at 9:50 AM

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