Addressing the central problem of metaphysics

I am increasingly haunted by the central question of metaphysics:

Why is there something rather than nothing?

This taken as a whole just induces in me a sense of helplessness and smallness far greater than contemplating the vastness of the Cosmos, which I made a personal rule never to think about late at night. The constant rumination over this core metaphysical question is driving me crazy.

One problem-solving method when an immediate direct answer is not apparent is to break the problem up into a simpler problem. …

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your thoughts in response to

What is the Concept of “Nothing”? A Proposed Hierarchy ()

Much more to write about and consider, but I thought I'd at least respond ASAP in some capacity to your very thought-provoking response.

I do believe that information may be an important part of any resolution, since even logical statements themselves contain information.

Information may be both fundamental and emergent, simultaneously with different contexts. For example, you mention that information can only be created but never lost. Creation of information could be at the level of the very truth value of…

Richard Branson (+ crew) going into space means space tourism will be open to all of us soon, and I hope to experience Space someday.

But taking a bigger picture view, it’s only a start, and the Moon and Mars are coming soon. However, even that is only the start since we may eventually have access to warp drives and wormholes permitting us to traverse the cosmos faster than speed of light limitations.

So let’s say humanity, or more precisely “post-biological” humanity, has progressed to mastering spacetime itself including harnessing Black Holes for travel, energy, information storage, computation, and other…

Preliminary ideas and formulation of trading strategy

This post will serve to articulate and refine my beliefs and principles in momentum trading (buy strong performers high and sell higher), comparing and contrasting it with other types of trading strategy I’ve researched or tried out.

I’m writing this to help retain what I learned from my reading (and subsequent re-reading) of both books by Mark Minervini, who was featured in Jack Schwager’s Market Wizards:

  • Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard (published April 11, 2013)
  • Think and Trade Like a Champion (published January 1, 2017)

I’ve read many dozens of books on trading, and these were noticeably good, and…

Risks of life-changing injuries are always present

It’s been 6 weeks since I learned how to ride a self-balancing electric unicycle (EUC). It’s a King Song 16X that can reach 31 miles per hour and weighs 53 pounds. Luckily, I have not fallen at during those 6 weeks until the present, as I just rounded out my first 450 miles of riding.

King Song 16X with a 2,200 Watt motor, 1554 Watt-hour battery, fitted with side/power pads that can reach 31 miles per hour

I’ve been going relatively slow at around 10 mph, but have been emboldened to go faster as I build up experience and time riding. At first I only wore minimal protective gear involving a half-shell helmet and wrist guards, since it was such as hassle…

OneWheel+ XR and the King Song 16S

It Started with the OneWheel…

After putting in 113 miles on my OneWheel, I was hooked!

The OneWheel is a self-balancing electric skateboard with a single wheel, as the name implies. It’s definitely one of the coolest and most fun things I’ve ever tried, and feels exactly like snowboarding. But now I can “snowboard” without wearing winter gear like a winter jacket, multiple layers, and goggles, ride on concrete in the sidewalks and streets of New York City, and can even “snowboard” on flat ground and even “up” hill.

Let’s not even mention waking up early and feeling like a zombie (I’m an extreme night…

Observations on ramping up and achieving Flow

Just had an awesome “Flow” experience on the OneWheel after a 13-mile session rounding out the first week and 44 miles on it. Finally got the correct body mechanics down and was able to put that 13 miles on the OneWheel with minimal breaks, with the final miles feeling effortless.

I felt despair on previous days when I could barely get around one NYC block because the pain and cramping on my rear foot was so quick to come and so intense. This was terrible and depressing, especially after putting in 11 miles the very first day with no problem…

I’ve found a cool life hacking idea. After a few days, it seems like it’s possible to sustain the vegan meal replacements: Vanilla Huel and Chocolate Soylent.

The nutrition is awesome and I REALLY can’t believe I’m actually consuming vegan. I’m craving a huge T-bone steak, double Whopper, and Buffalo wings even just thinking of “vegan” food.

My focus also is the time and money savings. Each 400-calorie “meal” takes about 1 minute to make by just pouring water and adding powder into a mixer bottle and shaking, and it’s dirt cheap:
- $1.78 for Huel
- $1.50 for Soylent

Every moment in life is special, not just some

As we’re closing out the final days of the year, many are celebrating Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Day, and a few other assorted holidays. Personally, I also have a birthday in there too.

Some love this time of year since it means time to be with friends and family and take time off of work to recharge. However, others may feel overwhelmed or even depressed around this time where there’s so many clustered holidays and days of significance, since they may believe that they ought to feel, think, or act in specific ways that they don’t like.

Envy is lack of perspective, so broadening perspective can eliminate or mitigate Envy

The emotion of Envy permeates all aspects of society ranging from personal interactions to hierarchical organizations to political ideology and Parties in modern nation-states.

Envy is distinct from Greed even though they may be used interchangeably. More precisely:

  • Envy is wanting something that someone else has, and is driven by relative comparison
  • Greed is wanting more of something without any limitation and works on an absolute scale that does not reference others
  • Jealousy is closely related to Envy and Greed and is fear of losing what you already have

A deeper dive into the distinction between these three for decision-making…

Kevin Ann

AI/full-stack software engineer | trader/investor/entrepreneur | physics phd

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