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Shifting My Own Bits – Part 3

In Part 2 I explained the central conundrum I’m facing: TL;DR: Participating in life makes me feel like a fraud, but I need to participate in life in order to be happy. I have made some progress in understanding the origins of this position. In late June I read Atlas Shrugged and was fascinated by the prolific discussions of morality. As I pondered, I realized that I don’t have a well-defined moral code. Morality here answers the question of “why … Continue reading

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Shifting My Own Bits: Part 2

TL;DR: Participating in life makes me feel like a fraud, but I need to participate in life in order to be happy. A year-and-a-half ago I wrote Part 1 of my foray into understanding myself, at the time coming up with several explanations for my attitudes. Unfortunately, knowledge is only half the battle; understanding that my attitude doesn’t match reality doesn’t make it easy to change, to reinvent myself. It’s easy to follow advice and take a step in the … Continue reading

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Shifting My Own Bits: Part 1

Refactoring plays an important role in the software development lifecycle — an opportunity to incorporate lessons learned, improve code quality, and lay down a solid framework going forward. The entropy decay of code over time that necessitates refactoring plays a role in other places as well, such as our minds. We can apply the principles of science and engineering to ourselves, allowing us to control who we are with rigorous analysis and study. This rather long essay won’t be appealing … Continue reading

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