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  • Bill Hill: Homo sapiens 1.0 - The world's most important operating system

    Maybe it does not coorelate... none the less, the most brilliant and intuitive minds do have a very large vocabulary. Not because of any mathematical trend... in fact, it is likely against the norm. I am simply saying that the most brilliant people were said to have a 20k vocabulary years ago, yet I think the brilliant people of today have a larger vocabulary (say 50k).

    I will not say anyone is right or wrong. This is simply what I see and what I believe.

    Nothing is clear. Everything depends upon your worldview. It is best to understand that in any sort of conversation. One should not attempt to convince people of everything you believe, merely present them with the information you have and let them use it as they see fit.

  • Bill Hill: Homo sapiens 1.0 - The world's most important operating system

    It would be nice to be able to download the videos for offline viewing... But personally I would just like a text transcript of the videos. I don't have the time or the interest to watch a video, but I would like to know what the actual content of the video is.

    So as to not corrupt the flow of the conversation: I find it very interesting how people talk constantly about the format of documents. It is absurd that the format should have any true matter to our ability to access it. I am at a complete loss why there isn't some single group that has all of the specs for every file format concieved.

    Yes, I understand that it is difficult because even when you know what the data is, you cannot tell people how to understand it without learning key ideas about how your software works... but this is the very attitude that hurts the software industry; and is also what open source is trying to change.

    As for the life of data; to my knowledge DVDs have a shelf life of 100 years. That seems pretty good to me. I doubt I will ever lose anything valuable I ever created, as long as I keep copies that I don't use on the shelf. In 100 years there will doubtless be much better data storage that will let me keep, say, 1000 dvds worth of stuff on one disc that will last another 100 years.

    What is important is to disregard old data. If something has no real value to it, it ought to be deleted. We need to learn how to categorize, save, and relate new data to old data, so that we know what is valuable, and what is not.

    Of course, the way society is going is not to try to make life simpler, but to just make data bigger. If something only has 100 words worth of value to it, we just make it into a video that takes up 100,000 words worth of space. To me, that is a sad state of affairs.

    As for language complexity over time... I disagree that language was just as diverse 100 years ago. I say that because I once read an article that talked about the vocabulary of 'very intelligent people' over the past 100 years or so. I was shocked when they said that the brilliant people had a vocabulary of only 10 or 20 thousand words(or something along those lines).

    The most intelligent people know only 20k words? No way. Not in today's society. I say that because I went through a dictionary and highlighted the words I know and use. I was highlighting a good 75% of the words. The dictionary I was using had 60,000 words in it. I am not exactly the most brilliant person on the planet, so if I know 30,000 words... the smart people must know more... and language has obviously become more diverse.