1. thoughts on prisons

1.1. what is a prison?

Definition 1. A place to store suspects until the court figures out what to do to them (aka “jail”).

Definition 2. A place to store bad peeps until they become good peeps.

Definition 3. A place to store bad peeps as a form punishment. The degree of the punishment is determined by the length of time spent in storage.

Definition 5. Any combination of Definition 1, Definition 2, Definition 3, or Definition 4. This gives us the following number of extra variations: $$\sum_{i=2}^{4} {4 \choose i} = 6+4+1 = 11$$

1.2. thoughts on Definition 1

If the storage is causing no harm on the suspect, then the suspect could be stored indefinitely. This implies things like, a very comfortable storage with nice bed, food, no harm on income, no harm on psychology, no mixing with bad people that may corrupt him, etc.

But usually the storage does cause some harm (e.g. shit bed, mixing with shit people, etc). Thus, Definition 1 is only good if the expected harm with the free suspect is more than the expected harm with the stored suspect, which depends on:

• How slow the court is to finally figure out shit.
• How likely the suspect is to run away if he is not stored.
• How much loss would happen if the suspect runs away (e.g. how much money gets permanently lost).
• How much suffering will the suspect endure by being stored; depends on how shit the place is.

Generally, I think there is a lot of room in reality of making Definition 1 a good tool in a legal system if the storage is not for too long, and the storage is not too harmful on the suspect.

1.3. thoughts on Definition 2

Definition 2 is basically a synonym to the naturally occurring concept known as “parent”:

• If the bad person is a child — then he should be parented by his biological parents, or relatives. Evolution has already made parents, and family members, evolve to be good trainers of their children, but a government is not evolved as much as them. Therefore, resorting to use a government facility as a parenting facility is suboptimal, and we better use what billions of years of evolution has given us: biological parents or relatives.

Involving the government to offer parenting services goes under micromanagement, ends up wasting too much money, opens the door for a corrupt government to raise such bad people as good voters for them, and lack enough personal touch in fixing the bad people.

• If the bad person is an adult — then it means that the time of parenting is gone. In such case, you better give up on parenting, and look for other things.

Practically, when governments store bad people in prisons, with the claim of making them better people, they often make them into worse people, as they mix up with possibly worse people in the prison.

So those who claim that prisons are as per Definition 2, they are indirectly saying that prisons are bad.

1.4. thoughts on Definition 3

Let's look at the extreme ends of punishment by storage:

• The most peaceful form of storage — a comfortable hotel. In such case, it's a pure waste of money.
• The most painful form of storage — either (depending on country):
• A solitary confinement: so much money is spent on feeding the bad doer, electricity, building maintenance, and guard salaries.
• An imprisonment with a bunch of horrible gangs: so much money is wasted, plus the imprisoned people turned into worse people (possibly also with herpes).

On the bright side, Definition 3 can have a deterring effect via fear, as it may cause the good people feel that becoming bad people is a bad idea.

But, there are cheaper ways of achieving fear and deterrence of good people from becoming bad, that does not have the side effects of Definition 3, such as:

• Monetary fines.
• Firing from job.
• Lashing/flocking.
• Execution.

Such methods hardly cost any money (i.e. no money to spend on food, building maintenance, guards salaries, etc), and hardly has any effect of mixing bad people with worse people (and hence less chance of corrupting people beyond their corruption).

So, Definition 3 is surely a bad idea, as there are equally effective methods that are cheaper with less side effects.

1.5. thoughts on Definition 4

A Gulag is basically a forced labour camp, with huge negative emotional thoughts around it due to Stalin. But —philosophically— what is a forced labour camp? Is “capitalism” a huge forced labour camp? Is life a forced labour camp?

See, it's fundamentally a more complex problem. Just because Stalin abused the concept, and showed us that it can be bad, it does not mean that the concept itself is fundamentally bad. We just need to have a deeper look right now.

What if someone shits on streets, or on someone's property? IMO it's fair to have the law enforcement force him clean the streets and the properties. Is it forced labour? Yes. Is it a form of Gulag? Yes. Is it bad? No. It seems a great disciplinary action to fairly punish the bad doer in kind.

For the vast majority of cases, we don't need forced labour camps, as capitalism and the monetary system functions as a huge Gulag (which is good). Hence, often paying monetary fees to compensate for damage caused by bad doers is a good idea, and is practically a good form Gulag.

My thoughts are:

• Stalin-style Gulag is very bad.
• Making people who shit in streets, to clean the streets, is a good kind of Gulag.

1.6. thoughts on Definition 5

Since Definition 5 is a mixture of Definition 1, Definition 2, Definition 3 and Definition 4, my thoughts on it is also a mixture of what's in Section 1.2, Section 1.3, Section 1.4 and Section 1.5.

1.7. summary

These are good:

• Storing high-risk suspects, comfortably in isolation, until the court figures out the verdict.
• Making people, who shit in streets, clean the streets.

• Punishing people by storing them, as it is too expensive.
• Parenting people by storing them, as it's micromanagement and a redundant concept to biological parents or relatives, except that governments are not evolved to be good at it.

The better alternatives to the bad ones are:

• Forgiveness as a choice to victims in case they just feel so. Sometimes forgiveness does better to a society, and giving this tool to victims allows them to act dynamically according to the current situation that they live in.
• Instead of punishment-by-storage, cheaper punishments should be used, such as monetary fines, termination from job, flocking, lashing, exile, capital punishment, etc.

IMO capital punishment is even more humane than life-time sentence as the latter amounts as 20 years of torture (i.e. beating/raping by gang members in prisons).

2. can consciousness arise from physical complexity?

This article contains a series of thought experiments that try to mimic evolution from a physics and evolutionary point of view, with the goal to see how will consciousness arise from complexity.

2.1. thought experiment

First let's define consciousness:

Definition 6. $x$ is said to have “consciousness” if, and only if, $x$ has a point of view.

2.1.1. low complexity

Consider the following thought experiment:

• A large basket is filled with lots of balls of equal sizes, but different masses.
• The basket is constantly shaking.
• The rule is: balls at the bottom are the losers.

Result: after a while, heavy balls will be eliminated 1st, and the lighter survive longer.

Question 1. Do the winning balls have any consciousness? Feelings? A point of view?

Answer 1. As per the standard Physics model: perhaps they don't. They are just stuff happening as matters interact as energy moves from higher to lower — they have no point of view, nor feelings.

2.1.2. more complexity

Now let's increase the mechanical complexity of the balls:

• Each ball has a working combustion engine inside of it (with fuel tank, throttle, etc).
• Each ball can swing a leg (or stick/bat) by its engine.
• Engine's throttle is attached to a tentacle.

Result: balls that have strategically positioned throttle tentacles will survive longer than otherwise. Reason: the position of the throttle can determine that if a 2nd ball comes close to get over the 1st ball, the 2nd ball will hit the throttle tentacle of the 1st, which causes the 1st to spin a kick against the 2nd, ultimately disabling it from getting on top.

2.1.3. much more complexity

The balls now have several sensors (cameras, pressure, gyroscopes, accelerometers), with ASICs that implement image processing using neural networks. Each ball even has a rat's brain hooked up in it as an extra processing unit beyond the ASICs.

What about now, how will the answer to Question 1 be? Will the standard Physics model find out that the balls have a point of view? Nope, Answer 1 still holds, and even the rat's brain is nothing but a mere collection of matter that's reacting with each other as energy is flowing from higher levels to lower levels.

2.2. conclusion

Conjecture 1. Consciousness is beyond the reach of the standard Physics model.

But we seem to strongly know that we have a point of view, or consciousness. Therefore, I think, consciousness is not physical, and that the reality might be that we are living beings in another world, that are hooked up to some simulation. We might be right in a simulation (possibly tested for something).

IMO consciousness seems beyond this universe/simulation. I.e. this simulation's internal API does not expose enough information to tell us where consciousness comes from.

Maybe we are in a pretty deep recursion of simulations. Maybe if we die here, we wake up in the parent simulation, up until a point where we end up being in a life form that finally exposes adequate API to explain the source of consciousness.

Meanwhile, I think it's good to behave nicely in this simulation, based on how nice is defined in this simulation. So that in case we are being audited for good behaviour, we do a good job, and please the simulation's master.

Question 2. How do we know if we do a good thing in this simulation, then it's good in the parent simulation?

Answer 2. We don't know. But IMO that's our best bet.

My reasoning to Answer 2 is that, if we simulate people in this universe to test people, it would not make sense to hate those that behave properly in the scenario of our child simulation. Evolution rewards good doing, and it's hard to see a surviving species hating the good doers.

I know it's not enough evidence. But until I formalize this better, which I work on slowly from time to time, that's what I have for now.

3. imo music is not good

Unless you are a spy or a secret agent, then when you listen to music, you only get this information:

• That some retards liked generating noise in certain way.

That's it. Now the next question is:

Question 3. Why do you need that information?

Answer 3. Maybe to study stupid humans that their intelligence didn't evolve fast enough to realize that music is shit.

So if you are not studying retards (e.g. their history, how to cure the, etc), then why bother with this shit? No reason!

Unless you are listening to music to study retards (for a greater purpose), listening to music has these problems:

• Induces bias to your brain's activity.

For the drums damage point, evolution-wise, we are more evolved to handle sounds found in nature, as opposed to sounds produced by musical instruments. This may explain why music is more harmful to our ears than natural sounds.

But what do I mean by the bias shit? Basically music IMO alters how you think. E.g. depending on the music you listen, you may end up being more risky, more cautious, etc. IMO this is not good, because it induces some artificial bias in your brain's function as shown in Figure 1.

IMO it's better to keep your brain at neutral, so you get thoughts that hit the center, without having external bias due to music to drag your thoughts to the sides.

3.1. criticism

Some people disagree with me and say that music can make people smarter. But IMO the study has a fundamental flaw: the alternative to music classes for kids were drama lessons and nothing. They didn't include, say, mathematics classes as an alternative.

This is why the study is shit: maybe the reason the kids that learned music became smarter was thanks to them needing to learn musical notes (those fancy symbols for music) which functions as some kind of programming (except for generating sound).

In other words, if the kids had taken a programming class, or extra mathematics classes, then maybe they would have been even smarter, without having the side effect of musical instruments possibly damaging their ears.

IMO it's disgusting that the study claims it's due to music that kids became smarter, and not because of the abstract mathematical and logical aspects of generating music, which —itself— is not music.

This other study says that that study is shit, but then adds its own shit by doing similar wrong shit. One funny aspect it mentions that music is good to calm retards. See… I LITERALLY told you music is for retards!