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About

Posted on Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Contact

Feel free to email me: scya597@minerva.kgi.edu

Goal

My current goal is to accelerate the speed of the human's intellectual and technological progress by unlocking the full potential of the computer as a medium and building a truly universal Open Hyperdocument System with concept as the fundamental element and bi-directional hyperlink as the basic structure, and build on that system the next generation of the Internet. (Recommended Reading: My Vision: The Context, My Vision: A New City)
My medium-term goal is to understand the mind, intelligence, and life from a Complex Systems' approach and utilize this knowledge with other disciplines to develop a humane way of integrating our mind and body with technology to help humanity reach a higher level of intelligence, capabilities, and life form.
My long-term goal is to ensure that the order of the observable universe will not come to an end in the future because of Physics limitations and that the order will continue and evolve forever.

Mindset

Self Awareness
  • Every moment in life I am experiencing, every love I have received from my loved ones, they are gifts. Don't take them for granted. Be grateful.
  • I am ambitious to invent the future that pioneers of the last century were trying to build but not feasible at their time.
  • I am ignorant. All I can do is be as humble and open-mind as possible and never stop learning.
  • I am selfish. Admit it and try hard to make less harm to others.
  • Good mental health is based on good physical health.
Motivation
  • I don't do things to become someone. I don't write code to become a software engineer. I don't study science to become a researcher. I don't learn philosophy to become a philosopher. I don't learn how to do business and analyze the market to become an entrepreneur. I don't create art to become an artist.
  • I do things for two main reasons. One is for fun, and the other is for achieving my goal. What really matters is not what I've done, but how much I enjoy them and how well I can utilize them to achieve my goal.
  • My value is in how much I can give to the world, not in how much I can get from the world.
Decision
  • Don't assume that I can't do something until I know it well enough.
  • Rules and customs exist for a reason. Don't break them just because I don't like them. Breaking rules and customs is a decision, and I should always carefully evaluate the potential consequences before making the decision. Only realistic, determined, self-aware, and responsible people are qualified to break the rules and customs.
  • For every painful failure, reflect on and sum up what I learned from it, and translate it into principles. The next time I'm in a similar situation, follow these principles and avoid making the same mistake twice. Reducing mistakes is much more effective than pursuing perfect.
  • For small, everyday decisions, speed is more important than quality. For big decisions that are hard to reverse, gather enough information to get them right.
  • If the cost of failure is tolerable, but the reward for success large, then the decision is worth making. Conversely, if the loss of a decision failure is unbearable, no matter how low the probability of failure, don't do it.
  • Don't make any important decisions when I'm in a bad emotional state.
Execution
  • Always look for the best tools to augment execution.
  • My next twenty years are unknowable because it depends on my next five years. My next five years are unknowable because it depends on my next year. My next year is unknowable because it depends on my next two months. I have the next two months under control, make the best of it.
Learning
  • Practice makes Perfect. Don't try to get to the top by taking shortcuts. Make concrete progress every day.
  • Keep a Beginner's mind.
  • Use Metacognition. Design customized learning strategies and continuously optimize them according to learning outcomes.
Communication
  • Humans are complex creatures, and their behavior is often not as simple as it seems. Never think I know enough about a person. Listen and don't judge.
  • When facing conflicts, follow the four steps of nonviolent communication.
  • Let people impress me.
  • Make deep connections with people.
  • Be radically open-minded.
  • Only spend time on people who value my time.
Philosophy
  • Purely factual premises can not infer ought-judgments.
  • Humans invented words like "why," "meaning," "good," "success," which represent abstract ideas that we imagine they exist, but will never get a clear definition. With these words in hands, we can't stop our urge to ask questions like "Why do we live?", "What is the meaning of our life?" These words are like hammers. With a hammer in your hand, everything looks like a nail. But not everything is a nail. And many philosophical questions, such as "What is the meaning of our life?" might not be as important as we thought.
  • Thoughts and feelings are not "me" or "reality," they are just events in the mind. Memory is memory and planning is planning.

Strength

I am a hard-working, passionate, goal-driven self-learner, and I am always willing to challenge myself to learn new things. I learn both deeply and quickly, and I care about consistency. Here are some of my self-learning experiences:
  • Learn Deeply: I was from a literary family, and I was terrible at Physics before ninth-grade. After self-learning for 18 months, I ranked 10th place among 5,000 competitors in Taiwan's National Selection of the International Physics Olympiad and obtained the direct recommendation to National Taiwan University.
  • Learn Quickly: I had never written any code when I started college. After self-learning for 3 months, I built an audio/visual interactive instrument software with my friends using web development technologies.
  • Learn Consistently: I started writing in 2013 and have been writing at least one article a month ever since. I have averages 7.5k views per month in my blog, 1.3k followers on Medium, and 1.5k followers on Facebook.

Background

I have received one year of training in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at National Taiwan University. During my time at NTU, I've finished a senior project and several graduate courses, and my academic performance ranked the top three in the whole department. However, NTU couldn't meet my learning needs and desires. I decided to voluntarily drop out after freshman year (2017).
After two years of personal exploration, extensive reading, and working, I attend Minerva Schools (2019), a four-year university program with a 1.9% acceptance rate and students from more than 70 countries, focusing on combining education with practical skills in a real-world setting. I prepare to major in Computational Science in the following years.

Fun

  • I started playing Soccer since 2013 and my position was left forward. I was captain of the soccer team in high school.
  • I started doing Competitive Boxing since 2018. I stop participating in games after I came to Minerva in Sep 2019 but still practicing daily.
  • I started learning Argentine Tango since 2020, and my short term goal is to reach the level of locals in Buenos Aires in two years.
  • I started learning Sketching since 2020, and my short term goal is to completely capture the expression and details of a face.
  • I enjoy Cooking and have cooked 56 different dishes in 15 weeks during a semester in NTU. My cooking journey is still going on in Minerva.

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