What is the task of all higher education?

From a doctoral examination. — “What is the task of all higher education?” To turn men into machines. “What are the means?” Man must learn to be bored. “How is that accomplished?” By means of the concept of duty. “Who serves as the model?” The philologist: he teaches grinding. “Who is the perfect man?” The civil servant. “Which philosophy offers the highest formula for the civil servant?” Kant’s: the civil servant as a thing-in-itself, raised up to be judge over the civil servant as phenomenon.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer


Starting the blog

Sometimes I’ll feel like saying something too long for a tweet, or maybe not obvious enough from just a bunch of links with no further explanation (but they will always be obvious to a great extent). I’ll then post it here and reasonably expect nobody to read it, the posts will not be particularly optimistic, you will not be happier after reading the blog, thus it is unlikely that

The posts will be short, so that I do not spend too much time writing them and you don’t waste too much time reading them. I don’t have great aspirations of pretensions for this blog, but to write something and get it out of my head. The topic may include everything, but will probably focus on information processing, from artificial intelligence to cognitive biases, including emergent behaviors from natural and artificial laws, rules, programs, etc. Someone is giving a good use to informationprocessing.wordpress.com, hence the narcissistic address.

Posts will probably contain many links. There are several million caffeinated apes spending many hours typing in non completely random ways, and most know more than me about what they type, therefore I find few reasons to waste resources in the cloud (with all that is implied by that) adding worse contents. Try to read one post or two to see if any of this makes any sense.