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Biweekly links for 10/31/2008

by Michael Nielsen on October 31, 2008

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  1. Thanks again for a fine crop of links, Michael.

    Can we assume these links are all (somehow) related to your developing vision of The Future of Science?

    Assuming so, then following remark relates to the (outstanding but downbeat) link “Ask YC: How to survive grad school”, which expresses a sense of futility and despair that correlates almost perfectly with David Edgerton’s essay The charge of technology in the 23 October 2008 Nature.

    There is one difference though. The Nature article is associated with a blog that attracts (in leading order) zero posts … while the “Ask YC” blog post attracts dozens of replies

    But at the end of the day, none of these writers (despite their passion) envisions a hopeful scientific future.

    So the question is, is the Michael Nielsen vision of the future equally bleak?

  2. John,

    No, they’re definitely not all related to my book, although some are. It’s just whatever I find particularly striking, and think some readers might enjoy, too. I certainly don’t even come close to agreeing or endorsing everything that’s said in the links. Many I find interesting precisely because they differ greatly from what I think.

    As regards the tone of my book, over the long term I’m extremely optimistic about most things in our society, including science. I’m the type of person who gets very excited about quantum computing as an 18-year old undergrad, in 1992…

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