Collin Chan

Vancouver , B.c., Canada

About Collin

Bio

Stupidly intelligent, proudly humble, genuinely sarcastic, depressingly happy, and purely perverted. A rational lunatic. An artless artist, a gadgetless geek. Did I mention that I'm a consistent paradox? I've made the switch from code to prose (read: traded money for passion) and am currently wondering why this textbox won't let me paragraph.

Areas of Expertise

Computer Science

I'm passionate about

Boobs, theory of everything, ethics, brains, and saving the world. But mainly boobs.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Collin Chan
Posted 11 months ago
Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating
I love this kind of semi-facetious over analysis of very human things. Her sarcastic humour is well delivered. At the same time, I think it masks a couple things that need to be called out. 1) She didn't initiate any contact with her fake guy profiles? I call bullshit on that. Women almost never initiate the contact in online dating, especially the "most popular" ones she claims to have had contact with, because they are already inundated with messages. Even if she didn't initiate the contact, wasting people's time who are possibly in as much worry about their marital status as she was is not funny. I really hope she came clean with them in the end and sent them some chocolates at least. 2) If $1300 is her entire month's rent, was she really willing to pay half her month's rent on a first date? I think she was expecting him to pay for it the entire time he was ordering. If she had tried to slow him down on the ordering and he came back and said don't worry I've got it, that would be a different story, but I doubt that happened either because she would have mentioned that as it would have made her "he's a douche" story more compelling. This don't get sympathy points, it's karma biting. I'd love to see her come back and give her divorce calculations. =) I still think she's an intelligent and witty person and she had me until she said, "...before you turn on me..", which is why I don't like ragging on her, but I feel these things needed to be pointed out.
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Collin Chan
Posted over 2 years ago
Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison
This is why we have to do away with the prison system. It doesn't help fix a ruined life by ruining another life. I'd say people who have done tremendous wrongs have something more to contribute than the mainstream gas guzzling reality tv watching apathetic crowd. Those who have done wrongs know what it means to lose something. They've had plenty of time to reflect. They have the motivation to do some good. I applaud Damon for resuscitating people who are essentially already dead. Great speaker and great speech.
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Collin Chan
Posted over 2 years ago
Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born
If they were considering homeopathy, and it works as a placebo, then by doing the research, they would have undone that effect. And therein lies the catch-22 of placebo therapy. You can't ask somebody if they want to try placebo therapy like you can't ask somebody who's asleep whether or not they want to be woken up. I did see a documentary before about alternative medicines, and what they noticed was that the homeopathy "doctors" had a lot more time to spend when their patients and to talk with them about their ailments. So I could imagine that somebody might want to do homeopathy treatment for that reason, even knowing fully that it's a placebo, and it still might help their condition. And of course, knowing that it's placebo, they would also seek scientific medical help.
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Collin Chan
Posted almost 3 years ago
Iain McGilchrist: The divided brain
I kept thinking about the atheist-theist schism during this talk. Seems like the theists tend to be more right brain oriented, often not expressing themselves as precisely as left brained people because they are talking about right brain stuff. Atheists, who tend to be more left brained, prey on those imprecisions to reject everything the theist is saying, including those indescribable things that are important to us all. Like the speaker said, we need both points of view for complete fulfillment.
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Collin Chan
Posted over 3 years ago
A Universal Language...
You may want to look into the work of Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker. Chomsky approached language from the "mathematical/analytical" side to find a universal grammar, and Pinker's work backed up that theory with the biological/neurolinguistic approach.
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Collin Chan
Posted over 3 years ago
Sebastian Thrun: Google's driverless car
I think this technology could save a lot of marriages: 1) Everyone knows that modern couples just don't have enough time for "one of Maslow's basics". 2) You could put curtains up. 3) It's exciting! 4) There's no chauffeur to snoop in the rear view mirror (which could be a plus or a minus, I guess.)