Sunday, October 27, 2002

NYTA & Subjects of Interest

(originally posted at

I've been nominated for a seat on the NYTA's Board of Directors as Technology Coordinator.  I've accepted and await the vote on the resolution.

The problem with listing subjects of interest is that there are too many interesting things in the world.

I'm trying to come up with a list of study subjects, but I'm finding it difficult to narrow it down.  Instead of narrowing the list, I've merely grouped subjects into four groups:

Life: bio-sciences and philosophy - life and how it is defined.  of particular interest are the neuro-sciences.

Habitats: physical containers, from the universe as a whole down through the lowly eco-system.  astronomy and the earth sciences.

Technology: the yardstick of human knowledge.  computing, nanotechnology, artifical intelligence, genetic engineering, cryotechnology, robotics, transportation, medical engineering, optics.

Interaction: how the above three groupings relate to one another.  sociology, politics, human-machine interation, ecology, psychology, behavioral science, urban planning, communication.

My goal is for any subject you can come up with to easily fit into one of the groups listed above.  But the ones listed are the ones to pay particular attention to, as they may have a direct impact on human life in the future.

It's difficult not to have an anthropocentric view.  But is an anthropomorphic view necessarily a bad t hing?  I'm a human with a (currently) limited lifespan.  I consider myself to be made of two constituent parts - mind and body.  My body may live or die.  I don't want my mind to ever die.  That's the whole point of this, isn't it?

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