An app to resize Launchpad icons on macOS

So you want to resize Launchpad on macOS? When Apple introduced the launchpad a couple of OSX versions back the screen resolutions used to be a whole lot smaller. Remember when HD still was a thing? 😃 Anyways, launchpad icons just look awfully huge on a 2K or 4K display but macOS doesn’t provide any settings to adjust their size to show more of them on a single page on Launchpad. Luckily, yours truly came up with a solution! 🤓 (more…)

Meaning and the brain. What are concepts?

Previously, I have blogged about meaning in language, and especially the dichotomy related to it. Now, I feel, it’s the time to look at the issue from another perspective. Sure, our language models meaning in its own way, but how is it represented in the brain? This post will be about concepts and how they are understood. 🤓 (more…)

Meaning in language - semantics vs pragmatics

When we communicate, the most important thing our words seem to convey is a meaning of some sort. It’s quite easy for us to intuitively understand what words such as dog 🐕 or cat 🐈 mean. But for a linguist, it’s a whole different story. (more…)

Tips for language self-study 🎓

When it comes to learning a language on my own, I am a true expert. I studied Spanish entirely on my own and reached to such a high skill level that I was accepted to study the language in the University of Helsinki. How did I do it, when people having studied the language in proper courses given by professional teachers failed to get accepted? 😯

There isn’t really anything magical to learning a language. The key thing that is needed is that you as a language learner have to be active in learning. If you never touch a dictionary to figure out what new words mean, you are doomed to fail. Another crucial point is to have a good study book. This post, however, focuses more on other ways to practice the language than a study book.  📗 (more…)

Can a computer have a soul? Part 3/3

The idea of a conscious computer has been presented lately in many Hollywood movies such as Her, Ex Machina and Uncanny. Is there a seed of truth to that or is a computer with a soul just Sci-fi that will never see the light of day? Before reading this post any further, take a look the first and second post in this series. ☺️

Previously, I have covered qualia, dualism, identity theories and two materialisms. This time, we are going to dive deep into emergence. (more…)

Can a computer have a soul? Part 2/3

In today’s world computers are developing at an astonishing pace. Tesla and Google are developing self-driving cars, for instance. Are robots going to develop a soul at some point? This is the second post in this series. Make sure you have read the first post before reading this one any further. 🤖

Last week, I covered qualia, dualism and two identity theories. Today, we have two materialisms on the plate: eliminativism and reductionism. Leaving the emergent materialism for the last post of the series. (more…)

Why don't we always see what's in front of our eyes?

You are walking down the street looking in front of you and suddenly, someone says hi to you. You turn your head and see your friend. How did that happen? Why didn’t you see him when you were walking before he caught your attention? These things happen to people, because we are hardwired to ignore most of the things around us. 😮

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