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  1. You certainly can, but definitely a lot better in other languages. This is also why to become rather fluent in Spanish has been a lot more difficult for me than in English. Spanish is a significantly more complex and rich language. But this also comes at a cost: The more complex a language, the more difficult it is to learn, the more difficult it is to express oneself properly (since there's so much depth that you could potentially be missing), the less people will actually be able to speak the language. For example, in German or Spanish you can certainly express yourself with more depth than in English, but that ain't easy. If you don't do it properly people might take it the wrong way. One of my American friends once said to me when was travelling through Europe: "I admire you Europeans, everybody can speak at least two languages. In America, most people can't even speak one language properly." But of course he failed to see that this is also the case with most Europeans, including the bilingual ones.
  2. For me it helps to make some things less easily accessible. For example, I don't have the facebook app, just the messenger. I could check facebook if I wanted to using the browser, but this is less convenient, so I end up not doing it if I don't need to.
  3. The crowd is always dumb, only the individual may be smart. This wouldn't be the first fake miracle that went viral. Example: In 1995 there was a phenomenon in India where Ganesha statues suddenly started to drink milk from spoons that people offered. It was not just happening once, but all across india people reported this. Everybody thought this was some heavenly miracle and it was all over the news (google it: hindu milk miracle). Later it turned out that it was nothing but capillary action: The surface tension of the milk was pulling the liquid up and out of the spoon, before gravity caused it to run down the front of the statue. Later people tried it with different statues not just of Ganesha and it worked as well. I'm not saying that paranormal phenomena or miracles aren't possible, not at all. But there are many cases, especially those that got hyped by the media that turned out to be fakes. If I could turn water into wine, I wouldn't tell anybody about it. It would start a fkn wine company and get rich as fuck.
  4. You want to replace your old belief by a new one. Thus you seek a consistent, logical argument. This is not the way to really know Truth. Truth is beyond belief, reason and logic. To know it you have to become it. Regarding the video, to me it looks like the parents are abusing the child. It's not Alah who prints these letters on the child, but the parents.
  5. "Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."
  6. 100% agree! Actually, I think the best pick-up is when you yourself forget it's pickup. When you really enjoy yourself, the situation, you're relaxed and have fun, getting a girl isn't an issue.
  7. English is the best language I know for science, business and engineering. It's simple, clear, to the point and its vocab doesn't allow for too much interpretation. However, in my opinion the biggest shortcoming of the English language is that because of it's directness, you can express a lot less nuance and subtleties than in other languages. In German as my native language, you can really express an idea in its deepest complexity with only one word. For example, take the word "to think" ("denken" in German). Depending on the situation and the exact aspect of "thinking" to want to express, you can alter the word slightly to "vordenken", "nachdenken", "mitdenken", "überdenken" etc. As an example, "mitdenken" means something like to actively think in a teamwork for a common cause. Something like this is very difficult to express in English in a simple manner. So, a lot of these subtleties are lost.
  8. How can intent equal action plus something? This doesn't make sense. In order to perform an action, you must first have the intention to do something.
  9. Why not be passionate about everything?
  10. It can kill you.
  11. Perhaps you have found enlightenment, but you haven't discovered the profundity and joy of meaninglessness yet. So far, I have found the latter, not the former, I'm happier this way.
  12. It depends on whether you are interested in the technicalities or the big picture. For the big picture I recommend the book that I mentioned previously. Otherwise: Artificial intelligence - a modern approach by Russel and Norvig, An intro to statistical learning with R by James, etc. or Hands-on machine learning with scikit-learn and tensorflow by Geron. For programming skills and practical ML, I prefer online courses over books. You can find plenty on coursera and udemy for very little money. However, by no means am I a ML expert, I'm just a student who is fascinated by big data and ai
  13. The price you pay when you rebel against the herd is a lot less than the price you pay when you go with the herd. However, you have to do either one properly. The price is highest when you half-ass rebelling and half-ass conforming.
  14. I just love the place and want to become fluent in Spanish. Right now I'm a Master's student and live off my savings from the job I quit in Germany. Same for you: if you ever happen to be here, let me know, I'd love to meet fellow actualizers! I will certainly let you know when I'm close to Göttingen
  15. I didn't say these advancement will happen soon. I said that in the 3-10 years we will have serious issues as a result of striving to make these advancements happen. Don't think that AI is in it's infancy. It is, when measured on the scale of what is possible, but the accomplishments that were made in the last 10 years are quite remarkable. It doesn't necessarily take new algorithms to make progress in the field. Rather it's about applying what we currently have in a new context. A lot of unbelievable achievements have already been made, they are just not commercially feasible yet. But once there's a business case they will spread like cancer as we have seen with so many disruptive innovations. In the end, there are predictions of all kinds. From what I know and what I see as some working in the field on a daily basis, I see the AI-future with scepticism.