Category Archives: Philosophy

Fight fire with fire

Years ago when Turkish football team Galatasaray was winning game after game and finally won the UEFA Cup, sometimes they were given a hand when they got in trouble, especially in local league. Continue reading

Boiling Frog

Sometimes impact of incidents is determined by the speed of realization. Generally more slowly it happens, more powerful the outcome becomes. Some examples are,

  • Boiling frog (though hasn’t been proven yet) : If a frog is boiled slowly, it cannot be aware of the situation and waits to die Continue reading

Ideas that Changed Me

I’m going to give you a summary of important ideas that changed my life perspective. They’re either from important people or from numerous important sources.

  • Raphael Haftka’s emphasis on good graphics. Haftka among other things, taught me that using original and effective graphics are very important not only for effective communication but also for comprehension of the situation at hand. It is very powerful because the main advantage of our brain compared to digital computers is the pattern recognition capability. Good graphics unleash the hidden power in our brains. Continue reading

5 Important Rules for Math/Science Work

  1. To understand the problem, divide it into pieces. But keep your perspective as broad as possible.
  2. Create solutions in pieces as well
  3. Change the inputs to comprehend the structure. Marginal inputs are especially important.
  4. Analyze the problem with simple models
  5. Apply solution candidates to simple examples

“Teachers learn by teaching, parents mature by parenting.”


Do It

Plan B (a.k.a. Redundancy)

Years ago when I was recruited as a research assistant, the dean asked me whether I plan my future as an academic fellow. I gave him an answer something like this: “Dear Professor, I never make my decisions on a solid plan. Instead I plan for several different scenario and when the time comes I select the most suitable one.” Continue reading

The Angel, The Evil and The … Ordinary People

This post is the result of a conversation with a friend of mine. Generally people categorizes other people as either good or evil. For me, we actually deal with 3 kinds of personality: The angel type, the evil type and the most common ordinary type. There is an interesting puzzle called “The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever” where there are three gods that either speak correct, wrong or random all the time. The objective of the puzzle is to find who’s who by asking yes-no questions. This is indeed a very correct abstraction of real human character types. Continue reading

Browse vs Search

In 2004 I noticed an interesting philosophical difference between two file sharing technologies, namely BitTorrent and peer-to-peer. Peer-to-peer technology is based on searching. You submit keywords and any computer connected to special hubs returns query results and you decide which file to download in return. Although BitTorrent offers a similar search feature, it offers more by categorizing the files and presents an alternative to find information, which is known as browsing. I frequently use both techniques, but I’m especially inclined to browse because historically I benefited from it most. Continue reading


“Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.
Alan Perlis