Play here and now

December 23, 2018

Allan Watts

“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

(The Essence of Alan Watts, 1977)

Allan Watts, British-American philosopher (1915-1973)


Enso (‘circle’) by Bankei Yotaku (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)


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Is Artificial SuperIntelligence a threat to the human race?

April 22, 2018

Stephen Hawking, 75th birthday public symposium at Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge, UK (July 2, 2017).

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate… Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

(BBC interview, December 2014)

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

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Do what you can with what you have.

April 15, 2018

Stephen Hawking

“However difficult life [or your situation] may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

(Stephen Hawking at an Oxford University Union speech, 2016)

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

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White is in a challenging position.

You play white. It’s your turn to move. You can’t win, but you can reach a 6-5 score (:


A wonderful mistake

April 1, 2018


(Stephen Hawking in 1995. Click to enlarge.)


“Next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.”

(From the science documentary television mini-series
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, 2010)

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)


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Intelligence and longevity

March 25, 2018

Stephen Hawking in January 2015.

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

(A Briefer History of Time, 2005)

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)


Intelligence makes you live better and longer!

Young Stephen Hawking and his two sisters, Philippa and Mary.


Stephen Hawking aged 12 in the garden of his St Alban’s home, Hertfordshire, Southern England.


Stephen Hawking in the sixties with his first wife Jane Wilde.


Stephen Hawking in his office at the University of Cambridge, 1982.


Professor Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge..Photograph © Jason Bye.t: 07966 173 930.e:

Stephen Hawking, mid-October 2012.

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An abalonian interpretation:

During a game, you often have to face unexpected situations, whatever your ability to anticipate. When it happens, you need to adapt your strategy on the basis of this new data.


Diversity is better!

February 11, 2018

Peter Kropotkin (Пётр Кропоткин), photographic portrait by Nadar.

“[…] variety, conflict even, is life and […] uniformity is death.”

(Anarchism: its philosophy and ideal, 1896)

Peter Kropotkin (Пётр Кропоткин),
Russian scientist and anarchist theorist (1842-1921)

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Abalone according to the official rule: a dull uniformity ):


Abalone according to the player community: a joyful variety! (:


This series of quotes is about Anarchy, Freedom, and disobedience to the arbitrary imposed rules.

See also : Sons of Strategy