18 March 2018
Zen, isn’t it?
Recently, I have some encounters of this zen topics: on YouTube video, on a Geekcamp 2017 talk, and on a podcast.
The YouTube video that I encounter was a video by Kurzgesagt on the topic of emergence. It talks about when a living being is by itself, it is pretty stupid, but when it become collective, intelligence emerged.
- There is no wet, but collectively, there is wetness.
- There is no city, but collectively, there is a city.
- There is no society, but collectively, there is a society.
What if we make a programming language interpreter, using the programming language itself, and later use this interpreter to interpret it’s own source code. This is what is meant by meta-circular.
There is no program, the source code is representation of the program.
Similarly, there is no interpreter, the source code is representation of interpreter. Hence, if a source code of an interpreter of a language is written on the language itself, theoretically, it should be able to interpret itself, right?
The podcast series is about analog and digital recording.
Digital audio is for machine. Song recorded using analog recorder could have a faster beat around chorus. Digital made it even and regular, made the beats tied to a clock.
A record is a performance of the song at that time of recording. This means that there is no song, there is a representation of a song.
This is not a thought. This is a representation of a thought itself.