Makin Rumit Masyarakat, Makin Sederhana Peraturan

Ini adalah hasil obrolan acak di sebuah media sosial antara saya dan Nadia Charissa, seorang mahasiswi Ilmu Hayat 2011 ITB. Saya pakai warna #808000, Nadia pakai warna #111111.

I used to think that… Some engineering students, especially information-processing major, claim themselves as Übermensch, the top of the evolution. But… Really?

Ha! The top of evolution!

Yes. The ultimate form. The Omegamon. The Charizard. Name it. As I search more, several times did I come back to these questions: What are that you deem important in life, the variables that determine your self-worth?

And when I feel that those questions hurt my head… I flush my toilet and walks away from the bathroom.

Best thoughts are in the shower… or when you’re taking a dump.

:D. Then, combined with the joke books I’ve read and embarassing experience I’ve had…
…I can almost always think of a hillarious concrete study-case for the abstract philosophy my brain just found.

You should make one and then propose it to publisher of scientific journals.

Come to think of it, I sometimes dislike how scientists trap a vast amount experience into only a few words of knowledge. In IT field of study itself, academicians and engineers have slightly different perspective.

I’m listening.
(or reading)

For example, how do you store student ID-number? As integers or strings? Academically, you should strictly represent student IDs as strings, because you never do any arithmetic operation on them. You don’t sum NIM. You don’t multiply NIM.

But, practically, in engineering, storing as string will take up much larger memory space. For example, storing 13509058 as string will take up 10 bytes, as 1 character needs 1 byte. But storing it as integer will only take up 4 bytes!

You can see here that engineers usually prioritise this variable, the very reason why engineers exist: efficiency. I’m sure biology also has something like this—conflicting views from academician and engineers (or practician, but engineers sounds more cool).

In “generalising”, academicians limit the number of variables taken into account. While in practice, the number of “unwanted” variables vary from none to a number you don’t want to see.

Eell, actually it is true, we make boundaries for specific variables. I guess we’re just can’t handle all the “unwanted” ones. The paper will be too complicated to read.

Ya. I absolutely agree.

Biology is not just biology, chemistry is not just chemistry, physics is not just physics.
Everything is connected.
Ahaha jadi serem juga gue mikirnya…

Back to several months ago, the society was a simple relation between farmers, hunters, and cloth-makers.

Several months…

Then someone decide to keep sheeps, then counting them, keep counting them day by day, finding a way to count them when the number of fingers cannot suffice, start using colored stones to do the base-10 number-storing, building a machine to count a farmful of them, applying generic laws into computing, publishing the ideas, and…
…the informatics engineering major was founded.
It was so fast.
Same thing happened to visual communication design major, which initially is founded to mark sheeps so they won’t be swapped.

Humans can be so creative.
Wanting to simplify a lot of things, make things complicated for the next generation.


Like the biosystematics conversation in kantin Saraga.
They just wanted to make rules for naming ALL the creatures on earth.
“It’ll be much easier for the next generation,” they thought.

Well, Adam was told to do so…

Linnaeus must be a religious man. :))
I guess what was considered ‘easy and simple’, can be considered now as ‘useless’.

My hypothesis: the more complex a society is, the simpler should the rules be.

Ah, agree!

That is why Lord Jesus summarized the 700+ Laws into two (TWO!) crucial points in the Great Commandment.


Ketika orang-orang Farisi mendengar, bahwa Yesus telah membuat orang-orang Saduki itu bungkam, berkumpullah mereka dan seorang dari mereka, seorang ahli Taurat, bertanya untuk mencobai Dia: “Guru, hukum manakah yang terutama dalam hukum Taurat?”

Jawab Yesus kepadanya: “Kasihilah Tuhan, Allahmu, dengan segenap hatimu dan dengan segenap jiwamu dan dengan segenap akal budimu. Itulah hukum yang terutama dan yang pertama. Dan hukum yang kedua, yang sama dengan itu, ialah: Kasihilah sesamamu manusia seperti dirimu sendiri. Pada kedua hukum inilah tergantung seluruh hukum Taurat dan kitab para nabi.”

Love God, love people. Itulah yang diinginkan Tuhan dari kita; tujuan utama kehidupan manusia.


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