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Notes on what is so overwhelming about our Time?

  • Thesis: Quantity is always infinite: There is always an infinity of contents and life has always been short (it depends on you how you define yourself within the stress)
  • Thesis 2: There is an increase of quality content
    Qualitative interpretation has increased

There is a lot of social disconnection

Additional Thoughts: “The Event of the Novel”

Language Zipf Mystery

Summary:

The second most used word of a language appears half as often as the first word.
The third most used word of a language appears a third as often as the second word.
So on…

The frequency of use can therefore be deduced from its position in relationship to the most used word.

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zipf%27s_law

“Zipf’s law was originally formulated in terms of quantitative linguistics, stating that given some corpus of natural language utterances, the frequency of any word is inversely proportional to its rank in the frequency table. Thus the most frequent word will occur approximately twice as often as the second most frequent word, three times as often as the third most frequent word, etc. For example, in the Brown Corpus of American English text, the word “the” is the most frequently occurring word, and by itself accounts for nearly 7% of all word occurrences (69,971 out of slightly over 1 million). True to Zipf’s Law, the second-place word “of” accounts for slightly over 3.5% of words (36,411 occurrences), followed by “and” (28,852). Only 135 vocabulary items are needed to account for half the Brown Corpus.[1]”

Everything will become Entertainment

Argument:

  1. Most people of the workforce are not exercising any particular higher skill, but still work for entertainment (Instagram, TikTok etc.).
  2. Because of the AI advancement, nobody’s higher skill will be relevant in the future anymore.

Therefore, in the future everyone will work in entertainment.

What is Philosophy? (Lesson Plan)

Preparing some fake red and blue ‘pills’

Asking the question:

  1. Would you want to know when you die?

Choosing the pills and showing, explaining why.

Asking

2. What is the Object of Philosophy?

Truth

Explaining Plato’s Cave Allegory:

  • Philosophy destroys and destructs our dreams, fantasies and false beliefs. It does not cover the darkness. It does not allow for distraction. 
  • Yet, by destroying what is false, it creates meaning out of nothing. Then philosophy becomes the challenge to think one world behind all our shadows and to build a cloud-castle for our true dreams.

Giving some pink candy and a harmless blue pill.

I think part of the outcome must be that the truth is not immediately presented as the right choice as many philosophy teachers and professors presume. It will reduce the students wills to discuss with each other (in general I recommend not to let them know your own opinion).

Comprehensive Input: Stephen Krashen, Steve Kaufmann, LingQ

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The Theory

In this older original Video, Stephen Krashen lays out how to learn a language:

Steph Kaufmann has adopted these ideas and realized them in a software. Here, you find the best explanation of how to use LingQ

In this interview both talk about a central ingredient of the method which is: comprehensible input

  • Grammar is interesting but should not be overdone
  • The universal feature of all learning is a focus on comprehensible input

The Power of Reading: Krashen in further talks

The Simulacrum

Simulation: A painter draws a horse that is so real that it cannot be distinguished from a hourse

Arguments:

  • During the media “explosion of events”, any event has a “contra-positive”
  • Every event is staged (eg. war is reduced to TikTok, Instagram, or news)
  • The line between marketing, news and truth is impossible to discern (eg. Sylvester Stallone is in the hall of fame of boxing)
  • Reality becomes the hyper-real
  • The signs of disaster are pictures to be consumed
  • The media create copies: non-events that are easily digested
  • We become complicit in disinformation campaigns, we enjoy deception
  • We dictate the screen, are the editor, and subscriber
  • If we search long enough we will believe in any event as truth

Notes

  • Did you lose contact with reality?
  • Isn’t writing already a virtual reality?
  • Everything conceals nothing

Introduction from “Then and Now

  • What is the Real?
  • Abstracts for exchange
  • “The Shift”
  • The recycling of lost ideas (Jogging instead of walking)